Mark Robinson

The StormHunter Mark Robinson was the Science Guest of Honour at Can-Con. He had just returned from shooting footage in the Arctic, which will be playing the week of November 10-15 on The Weather Network, so check it out when you get the chance! He was an incredibly dynamic panelist, so to any teachers in the Toronto region, email him because he does presentations at schools and he’s totally worth it!

Victoria Higgins and Meghan Dunn

Victoria and Meghan have become a staple at Ottawa’s geeky events, and I love talking to them. Their book, Alice Hearts Welsh Zombies by Victoria Dunn, is going to be read at Halloweenie Reading Night on October 24th at Venus Envy at 7:30pm. Be sure to check it out for a Halloween treat!

Renaissance Press

The Renaissance Press (two links to follow there) table was manned by Caroline Frechette (middle), the author of the new book Blood Relations. Super fun to talk to, and very awesome to listen to in a panel. You can find Renaissance Press at Ottawa Geek Market at Table 807.

Linda Poitevin

I met Linda at Can-Con the first weekend in October, and she was awesome to talk and listen to.

Linda Poitevin is a Dark Urban Fantasy author. Her book Sins of the Lost is the third in a series and it is coming out October 15th! So you have just enough time to pick up the first two and read them over the weekend…good thing it’s a long weekend!

Can-Con

I was at Can-Con this weekend and meet a while bunch of amazing people and got a lot of pictures of the TARDIS with authors. One of the authors wrote about her experience at Can-Con here: S. M. Carriere. I will be posting pictures from this convention starting on Thursday, interrupting my Fan Expo pictures, which will continue afterwards. 🙂

Quickies: Book Reviews for Aurora Prize Awards – Best Adult Novel

I have to admit I didn’t get a chance to finish all the books in this category. There are even 2 that I didn’t have a chance to read at all. I feel terribly guilty about it.

I’ll have to do better next year and look for the books before the voters pack comes out.

Destiny’s Fall by Marie Bilodeau

Characters: 4/5

Writing Style: 3/5

Story: 3/5

Fun: 2/5

Overall: I found this book really easy to read. The characters were well rounded and interesting and the world was fascinating. Having not read the first on the series was a huge handicap however.

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Healer’s Sword: Part 7 of the Okal Rel Saga by Lynda Williams

Characters: 4/5

Writing Style: 3/5

Story: 3/5

Fun: 4/5

Overall: Having not read the first 6 books in this series wasn’t much of a problem. The characters and the world are introduced clearly and quickly. I had the feeling that I was missing some history but not much. The characters were fascinating and I can’t wait to read the whole series.

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The Silvered by Tanya Huff

Characters: 4/5

Writing Style: 4/5

Story: 4/5

Fun: 5/5

Overall: If you enjoy fantasy, steampunk, or reading you’ll love this book. Everything from the characters to the world are perfectly put together. It took me a chapter or two to fully grasp what was going on but from there on I couldn’t put it down.

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Triggers by Robert Sayer

Characters: 3/5

Writing Style: 4/5

Story: 5/5

Fun: 4/5

Overall: This was a fantastic concept and flowed beautifully. Sawyer is a master, whose genius is overwhelming for an aspiring writer. He weaves lives and stories beautifully. This is a perfect meld between a political thriller and a science fiction.

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