Thursday, January 19, 2012

Book review: Sauntering Vaguely Downward by Nessa L. Warin

Sauntering Vaguely DownwardSauntering Vaguely Downward by Nessa L. Warin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bitch Factor 10 rating-- 4.2

note: I received this ARC of SVD through NetGalley for review

Sauntering Vaguely Downward is a sweet love story about two convention-going geeks who make a love connection at Dragon*Con. For the uninitiated, Dragon*Con is the "largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe!"-- or so says their website ( I have a friend who has attended Dragon*Con in the past, so I was already familiar with the conference, and I do have a desire to attend in the future. Yeah, I'm geeky like that!

I think that it is very fortuitous that our main characters Dylan and Brendan are able to find each other, especially given all the distractions of a four-day, full-on CosPlay-mageddon. Personally, I've never hooked up at a conference or convention-- and believe me, I've tried! At least these two have some interests in common-- particularly being fanboys of the works of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (to which the title subtly refers). The small conflict there is in this love story has to do with whether or not these guys can sustain a relationship once Dragon*Con has ended--especially given that they each live 4+ hours away in RL (real life, for you non-virtual-world people). You'll have to read for yourself to see if Dylan and Brendan work things out.

Ok, this is not a book for everyone, but if you're the kind of geeky person who plans out your con makeup, wardrobe and sick days months way in advance, then Sauntering Vaguely Downward is the aw-cute, gay romance book for you!

Ps. I'm glad I didn't see the cover before downloading this one, because that would have deterred me from reading this-- yeah, yeah, book by its cover, etc. etc.

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