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Fantasti*Con Paperback – March 9, 2012
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" FantastiCon is a well written mystery" that's "easy to read and filled with fun quirky characters." - Amazon Reviewer Rachel Eliason
From the Author
Mr. Osterman takes great pride in both weaving a story of suspense and drama but also in bringing to life on the page some of the more colorful events from his experiences at the annual Dragon*Con conference in Atlanta, GA. As a self-published author, he relies heavily on you, dear reader, for word-of-mouth recommendations, reviews and Facebook likes.
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Allison is a graduate student whose only outlets are her online fantasy game and her once a year trip to a major science fiction convention, FantastiCon. This year's trip however turns into a whodonit mystery as she picks up a stalker. It starts out creepy but relatively harmless, notes threatening to "test" her and flowers sent to her hotel room. It escalates quickly to scarier stuff, like pictures being taken of her in her sleep and hacking her computer. There are also a nice assortment of side characters and possible suspects; an online friend she's never met in real life, a neighbor who just happens to be there, the mysterious "shadows of Detroit" and even a hint that Allison might be the culprit herself.
FantastiCon is a well written mystery. It could use a better copy editor, though. It has numerous little misspellings, 'in instead of an' or similar sorts of mistakes. The mistakes are relatively minor and didn't hinder my reading experience. However if you are a nitpicker you might feel differently.
As a mystery goes there were several times during the course of the book when I thought, "if so and so ends up being the stalker I am going to be pissed." because I felt it was too obvious. But a little bit over halfway through I realized that I felt that way about several characters, so it clearly wasn't so obvious. In the end the stalker's identity was in fact a good blend of "I should have seen that coming" and "I didn't see that coming".
As someone who has attended a number of science fiction conventions, FantastiCon was a great setting and very realistic. Many aspects of the novel describe the quirky world of cons and con goers well. However I am not sure how the novel would read to someone who had never experienced the con environment. Would the amount of time and effort fans put into costumes, online gaming and seeing their favorite stars really be believable? (trust me, it's true.)
Overall I would rate FantastiCon a solid four stars. It's easy to read and filled with fun quirky characters. The mystery keeps you moving and the ending is surprising. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone.