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Lost at the Con #2020

Lost at the Con Lost at the Con tells the tale of a drunken political journalist and his dangerous assignment to a science fiction and fantasy convention Though he d rather be at home drinking his liver to death his

  • Title: Lost at the Con
  • Author: Bryan Young
  • ISBN: 9780615489490
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lost at the Con By Bryan Young, Lost at the Con tells the tale of a drunken political journalist and his dangerous assignment to a science fiction and fantasy convention Though he d rather be at home drinking his liver to death, his spiteful editor delivers an ultimatum take the assignment or lose the steady paycheck Since Cobb can t afford to turn down the job, he heads to Atlanta and dives head firsLost at the Con tells the tale of a drunken political journalist and his dangerous assignment to a science fiction and fantasy convention Though he d rather be at home drinking his liver to death, his spiteful editor delivers an ultimatum take the assignment or lose the steady paycheck Since Cobb can t afford to turn down the job, he heads to Atlanta and dives head first into the realm of Griffin Con, renowned the world over as the Mardis Gras of geek conventions There, he finds all of the science fiction, fantasy, and cosplay he would expect, but he also finds something sinister a seedy underbelly of geeky debauchery, slash fiction, booze, sex, and drugs Can he make it through this assignment without snapping and winding up on the front page himself Or will the entire experience change him in ways he never imagined possible It s been called A masterful blend of fictional Gonzo journalism and geek culture that is sure to please audiences inside and outside the geek community.

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    1. I found out after I read this book that it was an homage to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas And it really is Fear and Loathing at DragonCon er, GriffinCon Those readers who are familiar with DragonCon will recognize its fictional counterpart instantly I loved all the little in jokes But those who have never been to a Con, let alone this Con, will not be lost Though the book has lots of familiar sites for those who know, they are subtle and don t overshadow the story, which is that of an outsider [...]

    2. I got this book a while ago after I first got a Kindle A friend had told me about it around last year s Dragon Con and I put it on my Wish List So I figured that I d read it during Dragon Con this year It sucked The only thing that saved this book a little was how I knew EXACTLY where he was talking about a lot of the time and that was cool to me And Sylvester was kind of awesome But I hated Cobb I didn t care about him and wanted him to diaf already So there s that I don t recommend this one to [...]

    3. Lost at the Con What Every Geek Will Want For Their Birthday, IF They Don t Already Have ItHave you ever stayed up late reading a book, only to dream about the book, wake up early and properly slack off so you can finish it THAT is a 7 8 Sleepless Hours book Or in book terms Lost at the Con by Bryan Young In short, one of the funniest books I ve read since Chris Moore s Stupidest Angel with the geek cred of the zombie jamboree in space, Death Troopers If you have ever been to ComicCon or Dragon [...]

    4. My first thought when I initially started reading this book Hunter S Thompson traipses the Geek side of Americana Especially in the case of the Space Lincoln character, which could ve come right out of the drug fueled, paranoid ramblings of Fear Loathing if Thompson had garnished it with a wedge of geekdom My second thought This shit is hilariousd completely relatable whether you re a geek or not The main antagonist, Cobb, a journalist and an unreliable drunk of a narrator, tells his story in th [...]

    5. Cobb is a jerk, a completely unlikeable self proclaimed asshole, yet he did odd things that kept me guessing about him Full of priceless scenes and numerous geek specific references, Bryan Young nonetheless presents a believable noob of the whole sci fi fantasy cosplay convention phenomenon Cons no pun intended were a few formatting issues when the character submitted his reports and a couple of typos, but nothing to truly jerk one out of the reader experience The last half somewhat chugs along [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. Cobb is a man lost Lost professionally, lost emotionally, lost motivationally and lost romantically Then when his editor sends him on the worst assignment of his existence he finds himself physically lost for a few days in Atlanta In the human maelstrom of 60 s sci fi, pen and paper role playing games, costumes, knuckle dragging jocks, drioids, light sabers, a dead ex president and Hogwarts students Rowling never imagined he finds something very important.This is a must read for anyone who has e [...]

    8. Hilarious Lost at the Con is about a drunk political journalist who s sent to cover a sci fi convention Something he s totally clueless about An easy, humorous, read for anyone But especially for those involved in con community.

    9. Plot A political journalist gets an out of left field assignment cover a sci fi convention for his employer, a trashy web tabloid Under protest, he packs his bags for GriffinCon DragonCon minus the potential for trademark infringement The main character is a drunk, a raging jerk, and mostly unfamiliar with geek culture He s got some preconceptions about his fellow attendees male, overweight, hygiene challenged, and an axe to grind As he goes about the convention, judging, belittling, and getting [...]

    10. When this was offered as a GoodReads giveaway I had to enter I ve attended a few cons and, written with a lot of wit, a book about cons could be very funny I didn t win but I got it for my Kindle.Cobb calls himself a political journalist He writes for an online news site He hates his life having to work for an idiot just to get a paycheck He needs time to write his own great American novel.Between time spent at his stupid job, and time spent drinking, he just doesn t have the time, nor sadly, t [...]

    11. I didn t enjoy reading this so much as I enjoy that fact that I read it I also can t say that I think it was especially good, but it certainly made me think which is probably valuable It s an homage to Hunter S Thompson, and the narrator certainly has his fears and loathings and is for the most part loathsome Set at a massive sf media convention amidst a continuous haze of alcoholic mis adventures, a journalist with no knowledge of fandom has been assigned to cover the event At first he has no [...]

    12. Lost at the Con by Bryan Young is a wild romp through the world of a science fiction convention It is the story of Cobb, a political journalist who has sold out on his ideals for a steady pay check Disgusted with his personal and professional life, he is given an assignment he could care less about covering the science fiction convention Griffin Con based on the real life Dragon Con in Atlanta Armed with a pen, a press badge, and a glass of scotch or any other alcohol handy , Cobb sets off in se [...]

    13. Full disclosure I know Bryan Young personally Lost at the Con is, in many ways, a geek homage to Thompson s _Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas_ So I should probably start by saying that I thought that _Fear and Loathing_ was, at best, okay.The main problem I have with this book is the same problem I had with Thompson s I didn t like the protagonist They aren t people I choose to be around and would probably be people I d actively avoid, if at all possible However, I liked this book quite a bit tha [...]

    14. Bryan Young s Lost at the Con is a remarkable novel that tells the exploits of Micheal Cobb, a political journalist who is sent to Griffin Con, a sci fi geek convention filled with characters from our past and new ones from the present The only thing that can make this weekend bearable for Cobb is the constant stream of alcohol at nearly every corner From pedophiliac Harry Potter writers, being chased by Space Lincoln and rescuing damsels in distress, he will have bitten off than he can chew by [...]

    15. I picked this up a couple of weeks ago, after realizing that I d had but not read it for months.That was my mistake.Lost at the Con is a great story about Michael Cobb, a man who is plunged into a world far removed from anything he s ever known The story spends most of its time following him over four days as he walks, stumbles, and backs into one bizarre situation after another, while covering a convention for his publication.Bryan Young has done a wonderful job of bringing his protagonist s an [...]

    16. Cobb travels to Griffin Con in Atlanta, complaining bitterly inside his head that his journalistic skills are too good for a fantasy comic book type convention and so is he Free floating hostility and free flowing alcohol, together with a sense of superiority define Mr Cobb, pre Con Then the Con happens to Cobb, and he will never be the same again At a Harry Potter slashfic panel, he drunkenly threatens to bring down all the pederasts Two pretty girls adopt him and give him a better drug to part [...]

    17. This book reads in a style reminiscent of stream of consciousness, following the author main character s flow of thoughts The story flowed extremely well, and I found myself constantly empathizing with the main character, a political columnist forced to cover a geek convention against his will The book follows his journey through the convention, including the columns he submits to his spiteful editor.I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys conventions, stories of self discovery and red [...]

    18. This story made me laugh out loud As someone who has attended Dragon con the obvious inspiration for the setting for many years, I easily related to the situations that Cobb found himself in His lack of knowledge of fandom and the passion that geeks display makes this tale easily accessible to non geeks, but those in the know will get all the various pop culture references I plan on reading it again It s hilarious.Fans of Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter EVERYONE should read Lost at the Con.

    19. Hunter S Thompson would be proud after reading this masterpiece A well written journey into the world of cons where ppl dressing as their favorite superhero is the norm and child hood hero s can be met if you have enough money that is the book centers around Cobb a drunken, negative, journalist who didn t want to be bothered with such a lame gig as covering GriffinCon but after a few drinks a few rails of x and a cyber 16th president of the United states his mind will change forever give this bo [...]

    20. i thought this book was excellent poor michael cobb is lost literally and figuratively, but eventually finds his way and himself i was kinda disappointed when it ended i want my only issue is the book wasn t well proofread typographical and grammatical errors are here and there, but not so excessive to obscure the story if you re looking for a quick, summer read involving drunks and nerds, this is a must

    21. Wow This book has a lot of adverbs.And it is immature And preachy As if a teenage neck beard in training was laying out his fantasy of telling off all the plebs who dared annoy him with their presence We all know the type, the I m such a tortured intellectual and no one gets me That was this book But maybe he can redeem himself with the ending Nope Last chapter, though the shortest, might ve been the most pretentious of all

    22. If you haven t read it yet what are you waiting for This is the perfect book for any fun loving geek Even if you re not a geek, it s a great read It s funny and smart and by the end, you are left hopeful because if someone like Cobb can come to the conclusions he comes to at the end, then anyone can Get now

    23. A look in the introspective and phobia of what a normal person into immersion of geekdom in their own environment Here s my full review of what I thought of it at my blog But if you want the short of it, it was pretty damn good.

    24. this stuck me as basic 3 star quality, but in the end I had to give 4 based on the enjoyment factor I couldn t put this one down The lead character reminds me a limitless of Warren Ellis s Spider Jerusalem from Transmetropolitan than Hunter Thompson whom is mentioned in many other reviews of course, Spider is based in Hunter and Young s Cobb is unique in his own

    25. Lost at the Con is a great read, and a fun romp into the world of fandom at conventions While I ve never attended the con on which fictional Griffin Con is based, I am a veteran of quite a few comic and pop culture cons, and this book captures the feel well I ve met some of these characters Read and enjoy and share

    26. This was the First Book by Bryan Young that I read, and I loved it The writing style made me feel like I was following someone around a con in Atlanta, at a time in the characters life where that is exactly what he needed, to go do something out of there comfort zone and reflect on life Two days after I finished this book I bought tickets for my first comic convention.

    27. Thank you, Mediocre Show I heard about this on their show, that it was being given away as a free promo on the kindle snagged it before that offer expired And just started reading it It s a story on Griffin Con in Atlanta and a drunk Reporter sent to cover it as punishment by his editor.I found it a funny read in a Gonzo journalist way.

    28. I got this book from my penpal and it was something I never thought that I would read It started off very odd but as I continued reading I couldn t put it down Was such a good book would recommend it to anyone Specially for those going through somewhat of a hole in life.

    29. I was looking forward to a fun book about an outsider going to a Con Instead I got a character was not only unlikable but nasty to almost everyone he meets All while talking down to the crowd he is writing about.Why alienate your core audience

    30. It s hard to like a book where the protagonist is so incredibly unlikable and preachy, even if he grows However, the con setting is a lot of fun, it has some good laughs, the preaching makes good points, and Space Lincoln is awesome.

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