I love the concept of this book. "Twenty-Two Tales of Paranormal Gatherings Under the Guise of Conventions" is written on the front cover. I couldn't resist the urge to read this book because of that. After all how many times have you seen someone dressed up for a convention, whether it be on television or in real life, and seriously started to wonder about their lives. This book explores what it would be like if the werewolf convention actually has real werewolf attending or if the person sitting next to you at a convention is actually an alien. This book is a fun read all the way through. These stories deal with practically any supernatural creature you can think of. Some stories are hilarious while others are heart warming. One of my favorites is What We Found in Our Room by Will Morton. It's about an author who is attending a convention and finds a unicorn in her hotel room. Her husband doesn't believe in the supernatural and is having a hard time believing what he is seeing. It's a great story. This is a fantastic book that fans of the paranormal genre would love to read. Faeries, Aliens and Sirens oh my! Whatever your favorite supernatural creature is this book has a story about it. This is a great collection.
I think UnConventional is the second anthology I've ever read. The thing is that these books don't call my attention. Why invest my time reading short stories when I can be reading a whole book? But when I saw that Spencer Hill was going to publish an anthology and Kate Kaynak was one of the authors, I had to give it a try. And Oh. My. God. I loved it! There are some pretty awesome authors in this book. I'm not gonna lie, some stories I didn't get. With 20 plus authors with different writing styles, there's always going to be 1 or 2 you are not going to like.
There are a few stories I couldn't get out of my head and enjoyed reading very much. This is my reaction at the end of each of those stories: "Noooooo! Why did it end? I need more NOW! And here they are:
Family Ties by Keshia Swaim Myrtle by Melina Gunnett The Sirens by Danielle M. LeFevre Beast in Show by Kate Kaynak So, These Monsters Walk into a Con by Patricia Puckett The Ascension by Daniel A. Cohen Firestorm by LS Murphy Steampunk Fairy Chick by Anthony Francis
You guys need to read this book! Not only the stories are amazing but check out those titles, they are awesome!! It is a great read and you go from one awesome story to another in less than 30 minutes. So, what are you waiting for?
My first CON, Norwescon 1996, where I worked in the dealers room and met Marion Zimmer Bradley, saw fairies and Klingons and knights and vampires.....well, I was hooked. If you've ever been to a CON, dreamt of going to one, this book of shorts has at least one story with characters you will recognize. Good stuff!