Title: The Longest Con | Author: Michaelbrent Collings | Publisher: Michaelbrent Collings | Pub. Date: 08/06/2016 | Pages: 435 | ASIN: B01JWK8T56 | Genre: Horror/Comedy | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Received from author for review consideration
The Longest Con
Would you like to know – I mean, REALLY know – what they’re doing when they go to those fancy comic-cons? Because it ain’t just writing.
See, every year, thousands of people attend comic-cons dressed as monsters.
Of course, you probably already knew that.
But did you ALSO know that…
every year, thousands of MONSTERS attend comic-cons dressed as PEOPLE.
Sure. Nothing could POSSIBLY go wrong there.
Luckily, the con organizers have placed Wardens throughout the conventions. These undercover supernatural troubleshooters are tasked with stopping mayhem before it starts . . . or solving the murders after they happen.
I’M MICHAELBRENT COLLINGS: author of this book, and one of the Wardens. My job is to go to the cons, where I sell books, make fans, and kill the occasional monster.
It’s not just me, either. Those authors I told you about, and even more . . . you’d never guess what many of your favorite authors are REALLY up to at the conventions.
Luckily, though, you don’t have to guess.
JUST READ THIS BOOK.
And get ready to have . . . your . . . mind . . . BLOWN.*
* Disclaimer: your mind may or may not be blown
The Longest Con Review
Well, I can’t say my mind was blown but I did laugh my butt off. A lot. After having just finished a very good, but a little depressing, book it was just what I needed.
If I could name two flaws that The Longest Con has it would be these. Being so funny I can’t say that it was very scary. And it made me jealous that I’ve never been to a Con! of any kind. If you read the book you’ll get the exclamation point.
I do urge you to read it. It’s hilarious and it was interesting to see some favorite authors in more…unusual roles. I have a few books by Michaelbrent Collings and they are now pushed to the top of the To Be Read pile.
Don’t get me wrong, though. It’s not all joke after joke. The Author/Warden works them in very naturally with the rest of the plot that’s going on around him. That’s no mean feat. Sometimes if a book tries too hard for the jokes the plot becomes unraveled or hard to follow. That is not the case with The Longest Con. There is a plot and it’s a good one with lots of twists and turns and a host of fascinating characters.
It also accomplished another very important thing. It made me want to read the other authors mentioned. I have read some by Mercedes Yardley, mostly short stories but they were great.
As I said I’ve never been to a Con! of any kind but he really made me feel like I was there. The Otherworld creatures were also described very well. I also loved the footnotes, which were generally funny.
All in all if you’re going in expecting gore and terror (and if you’re expecting that from the description what’s wrong with you?) you will be disappointed. However, if you’re looking for a rollicking good time with humour and mind-bending twists then that’s what you’ll get. I honestly think that’s the first time I’ve used the word ‘rollicking’ in a review. Ever.