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The Phoenix Comic Convention


The second I open the door I am greeted by a massive wave of people. I bite the tip of my tongue to escape the shock and glance very briefly back to my group. My husband met my eyes but quickly looked away. “You can handle this.” the look told me and I turn toward the crowd and take my first steps. 

Wading through this on my own would have been easy. I’m small and very quick and I have no problem weaving in and through tight groups of people if it means I will progress further and closer to my destination. However, I was with family. If I were to zig and zag through these people I would surely lose them and luck wouldn’t be what would bring us back together. Desperate searching would and that would waste the precious time we had all planned. 

My husband obviously sensed this in me as he shouldered next to me and we walked quickly and with the expressions of people with intent and serious purpose and the wave split. Convention goers moved out of our way like the parting of the red sea. People dressed in all manner of costumes fluttered about and it was only those whom hadn’t looked behind them that unintentionally blocked our way past but they were easily avoided. 

We made it to the vendor’s hall and paused. The booths of nerd heaven ascended before us and one couldn’t possibly see through the river of costumed geekery that danced and squealed throughout the main hall. We had arrived  We survived the treacherous roads that led us to the end of our quest and now our costly prize was ours to patron. 

The Phoenix Comic Convention this year was beyond packed! We were there both Saturday and Sunday and not only did we all get to meet and greet our favorite authors and artists but by the end of Saturday we even went to a book release party where we were fortunate enough to even hang out with some of these creators of imagination.

*Please click on the images to go to these author’s/artist’s websites.

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Jessica Feinberg, a Tucson local artist and good friend of mine was very generous and gave my husband and I passes to the convention and in return we were there to help her out in any way possible. Drinks, food, deliveries to other people at the convention, whatever. Jessica is a FANTASTIC artist! She pretty much draws and paints anything. Check out her website and see what I mean!

ImageI met Janni Lee Simner earlier this year at the Tucson Festival of Books, turns out we have a mutual friend, small world. She is the fabulous author of the highly recommended Bones of the Faire series and she just released her new book Faire After, the final book in this series. We were fortunate enough to attend her book release party where my sister Lindsey won Simner’s entire collection AND tickets to next year’s comic convention!

ImageI also met Jeff Marriotte at this years Tucson Festival of Books. He is one of the few authors that can relate with his fan’s different interests. My husband, whom is a complete science geek loves his books and Marriotte is one of the few authors that my husband will actually sit down and read the entire book in two days. I have a great interest in the psychology within his books and may have shared this fascination with my Mom. I highly recommend his book The Slab and Season of The Wolf.

ImageRob Osborne (the Absolute Tyrant) and I met a few years back at the 2008 Phoenix Comic Convention where he was gracious enough to work a commision for me of Gwen Stacey. We became friends on the classic website MySpace (I know, super dead) but lost touch shortly after we both forgot  our passwords or just lost interest in MySpace all together. He writes and illustrates his own comics and I highly recommend reading his Zango series about a supervillain striving to take over the world whilst in his pajamas.

ImageFrank Beddor is the author of the Looking Glass Wars series. I met Frank Beddor at the 2008 Phoenix Comic Con when he was publicizing his first book. I had been walking by nearly missing him when he captured my attention by pulling us over and bursting into his story. He fascinated me with his excitement for his story and the passion he shared with his potential readers. I bought his first novel then and there and have been hooked ever since. Definitely a Must Read!

While I love staying with family here in Phoenix I just can’t wait to get home and start reading all of the wonderful books and comics I purchased from the above authors. Tomorrow is most definitely going to be a pajamas and a book day. I love this weekend!

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


The name of the wind

I just want to take this small opportunity to say that this review was VERY difficult to write without the luxury of spoilers. Enjoy!

By chapter 17 I was so surprised when I realized that I really adored Kvothe. By the end of the chapter I just want to give the kid a hug and some fresh cookies… even if that may put him into a strange state of shock, the poor ragged thing. This is what one will come to understand when I say that Patrick Rothfuss knows the way to make someone really invest in his characters. By the time I reached this point, I wanted nothing more than to be there, in this world listening to Kvothe’s story with Bast and Chronicler.

I was quickly immersed into the story in a way I’m not normally involved. I felt panic the first time Kvothe called the wind when he was a young boy with Ben. I held back tears when Ben decided to leave the troupe, even though I knew it was for the best. When the priests came for Scarpy I was honestly afraid of them, but curious about the church and it’s going-on’s. And I actually cried when Kvothe had to say goodbye to Travis, that dear man who gave up everything to care for unwanted children.

The lore behind the Chandrian is beyond fascinating. I want to study them and pick through every story of them like a drug addict to crack. How did this happen? Mr. Rothfuss strings me along, giving subtle hints throughout the book, enough to feed one’s interests but not enough to figure them out on their own. I have my theories, but so little is given that I dare not commit to them. I know these things won’t be explained in just one book, which already tells you that I’m picking up the 2nd book as you read this.

By chapter 40 or so I can’t help but LOVE to HATE Denna. Exactly how it’s explained to Kvothe, men swarm over her and women loathe her. She’s clever and full of wonder and mystery. Exactly how I wish I was when I was 15, minus the money grumbling and what I have to see as trickery. Also, I want Ambrose to die a horrible death. I hate bullies and I absolutely hate how he gets away with everything. But the pure fact that I can read a book and feel that pure hatred for some fictional character tells you enough.

Just when I think it’s time for a new girl in Kvothe’s life he saves one. FROM A BURNING DEATH CLOUD BUILDING! YEEEEAAAAHHHH! Not to give too much away but this scene is CLASSIC. Who doesn’t like a little Die Hard action?

In short, I adore this book. The author has created such a fleshed out world and characters that you want to run when they run, fight when they fight and all the while you’re cheering them on and hoping they succeed in everything they do. I cried when things were terrible and laughed when things were hilarious and worried when the situations were dire.

This book gets five stars!

If anyone would like to join my book club and get in on our more in depth discussions join us here: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/99698-fictional-intrigue

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Book Review of Honor Among Thieves by Elaine Cunningham


I had the opportunity last month to have a chat with and take advice from some of the best writers out there. One of the most prominent things they all told me was “Write every day, if you can’t write, read, and read often and consistently.” I’m now on my third book since this advise was given. I took this advise very seriously, since I myself dream of being a real writer and sharing my stories in paper form with the world, and I have come to the decision that I will start writing full reviews of these books. In an attempt to expand my writing skills and hopefully get back on board with what you all expect from me, and what I expect from myself.

Unfortunately, my first review was a true dumbfounding experience. I can honestly say I may have lost something of myself by finishing this book. Which is such a disappointment, Elaine Cunningham, a very successful fantasy author actually wrote this book. I even suspect that she may have really written this book when she was 15 and only just decided to share it, claiming she wrote it much later on in life. Oh Elaine, I wish you hadn’t.

ImageI didn’t enjoy much of this book. The story is confusing and a lot of the time I found myself turning back to previous chapters to re-read something, for clarification and it was still unclear.

This book felt like an unfinished manuscript. Words were duplicated, jumbled, or incorrect all together, misspellings, and incoherent verbiage made this a difficult read, at best.

Did Vishni throw the dagger into the ocean? Because I read that she did, and yet it’s with them in the end. At what point did you find out the big geared secret about Honor, because I must have missed this startling realization until Fox is explaining it to the others. It is no doubt why these books are e-read only, they’re unfinished and rushed and the plot was not fully thought through.

I can tell there were some worthy ideas in there but they were not implemented. It is almost as if she had an idea, a brilliant idea of cons, mischief, and cleverness, and then forgot it half way through.

Ernest Hemmingway once said “The first draft of anything is shit”, and I do believe he was spot-on, but maybe even the final product, unedited, is still shit.

I really desired to be proficient in writing a much more intelligent review, a more fleshed-out review, but in fact I have nothing else to say.

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