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Lost at the Con
     

Lost at the Con

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by Bryan Young
 

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Lost at the Con tells the tale of a drunken political journalist and his dangerous assignment to a sci-fi/fantasy convention. It’s a blend of fictional Gonzo journalism and geek culture in a way that is sure to please audiences inside and outside the geek community.

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Lost at the Con tells the tale of a drunken political journalist and his dangerous assignment to a sci-fi/fantasy convention. It’s a blend of fictional Gonzo journalism and geek culture in a way that is sure to please audiences inside and outside the geek community.

Editorial Reviews

Amy Ratcliffe
This book has appeal for both geeks and new initiates like Cobb. From the geek perspective, it's fun because you have the inside knowledge and you get to feel a little superior to Cobb. You'll recognize the setting, but you'll still be surprised by where events lead. I recommend checking it out.
Andy Wilson
Young's style is terse and crisp. He writes in a way that compels you to keep flipping pages as you delve deeper and deeper into what is either the strangest of cultures you will ever enjoy or something warm and familiar to all geeks who go to these types of cons.

If I had to compare it to anything else, I'd call it " Hell's Angels" meets "Breakfast of Champions" meets "Amazing Spiderman"

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012936929
Publisher:
ShineBox Digital Publishing
Publication date:
07/07/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
453 KB

Meet the Author

Bryan Young works across many different mediums. As a film producer, his last two films (“This Divided State” and “Killer at Large”) were released by The Disinformation Company and were called “filmmaking gold” by The New York Times. He’s also published comic books with Slave Labor Graphics and Image Comics. He’s a contributor for the Huffington Post and the founder and editor in chief of the geek news and review site Big Shiny Robot!

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Lost at the Con 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
OmahaStar More than 1 year ago
I don't remember where I heard about this book. It could have been something I overheard at a con, or on Facebook, or any number of places. Regardless, I'm glad I heard about it. I've been going to Dragon*Con for years now, and this book is written by someone who obviously has spent some time at this convention. The way he captures the feel of the Marriott, the Hyatt, and the other hotels in the area, as well as the feel and even the smells surrounding the hotels, is spot-on. When he describes the hallways, the lobbies, rooms and bars, if you've been to Dragon*Con, you know exactly where the character is. It makes the story more real. The narrator of this story is Cobb, a cynical political writer stuck in a dead-end job for a second-rate wanna-be news website. He hates his life and his job has sucked the joy out of his life (and who here hasn't experienced that at least once?). His boss, a disgusting jerk of a man at the best of times, sends Cobb to cover Griffin*Con, a thinly-veiled fictionalized Dragon*Con, in Atlanta. Cobb was a fan of comic books in his youth, but hasn't even thought about comics or science fiction since high school. Why him? And why does his boss decide to tell him this only one day before his flight is to leave ... when the tickets were bought months ago? Fans of sci-fi in general, and those who go to sci-fi conventions in particular, will get a thrill out of this book. It's a quick read - even though I tried my best to only read a chapter per day, in an attempt to savor it, I failed ... the story just drew me in. The characters, including Cobb, Sylvester, and a certain steampunk former President, are well thought out and three-dimensional. And one of them in particular is just about the funniest character I've read this year. This is an easy five stars for me.
Sherlock_Darcy More than 1 year ago
To sum up in the first sentence, there were times I was laughing so hard I literally had tears rolling down my cheeks & people around me thought I'd lost my marbles (was reading on a plane). Imagine, if you will, a political reporter, who knows absolutely nothing about the fandom world, assigned to cover an event like Comic Con or Dragon*Con... really, imagine it - because I think you'll then know why I was laughing so hard. Young's wit at portraying Cobb (our reporter) is sly too - what appears on the surface as a jaded, self-loathing, drunk, is actually a carefully crafted, soulful character who just wants to be loved, respected, and accepted... much like most of the people who attend Sci-Fi/Fantasy conventions. Watching Cobb's character arc, as he changed from a jerk to a, well, still a jerk, but a jerk who who cares, was wonderful and satisfying. In short, I can't wait to read it again!
ROBOThub More than 1 year ago
Lost at the Con gives readers great perspective on "Geek" Convention-going from both the uninitiated and geeky con-regular point of views. All wrapped around a great story and interesting characters we are treated to what it's like to attend one of these conventions and find one man learn some things about himself along the way. The story is well written, the characters loveable and flawed, and Bryan Young paints a great backdrop to set it all in.
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This book took me by surprise. It was funny, heartfelt, and taught me a lot of stuff I didn't know about convention culture. This is going to be a cult hit. I would recommend more by this author, as his short story collection is also dynamite. It's called Man Against the Future.