I attended my first Worldcon (Worldcon 76) last weekend and it was amazing!
Worldcon, or more formally the World Science Fiction Convention, the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS), is a science fiction convention. It has been held each year since 1939 (except for the years 1942 to 1945, during World War II). The World Science Fiction Society administers and presents the Hugo Awards, the oldest and most noteworthy award for science fiction. (from Wikipedia).
This was the first literary convention I had ever been to and it will definitely not be my last. I hardly have friends in real life who are into reading books, let alone reading SFF books. So it was great to attend a convention full of book nerds and on top of that, those who love the genres that I love reading.
I am finally done reading all books written by Gillian Flynn so I thought I will briefly talk about her books. She has written 3 novels and one short story. All these four belong to psychological thriller genre. Before reading her books, I did not even know that this genre existed. I had read sci-fi thrillers and crime thrillers with detectives. But I had not read a dark and twisted novel with immoral characters like the ones in her novels. She is amazing at portraying the dark side of her female characters. She is one of my most favorite authors and one of her books is an all time favorite book of mine.
I read “The invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick few years back and then at the end of last year, I finished his other two books. His books are a blend of stunning artwork and great storytelling. In all these three books that I read of his, half of the pages have text and the other half are filled with beautiful sketches which drive the story forward. He blends history, fact and fiction with some stunning art. I have never seen any other author use this unique style of storytelling in a book. Books like these are worth owning just for the artwork. His books are mostly targeted for children but I am sure adults will love these books too.
I discovered Guy Delisle in December when I saw one of his books on the library shelf. Continue reading