GeekPrime recently introduced you – and me – to his favorite way to spend money at Cons – the Small Press Area.  Being a wonderfully sharing person, he brought me to Small Press with him when we were at WonderCon 2013.  And yes, there is a lot of amazing art there.  There are also BOOKS.  Did I mention that I’m  a voracious reader?  We picked up several children’s books and then a booth with this as a giant backdrop caught my eye:


We meandered over and the friendly and vivacious lady at the booth introduced herself and her book.  She explained that as someone who’d gone from non-gamer sort of watching friends play to a gamer herself, she wrote this story to help bridge the gap between non-gamers and gamers.  I was fascinated – and probably got a little geeky fan girl :P.  As an avid reader, meeting a real live author – who wrote a book that looked and sounded really interesting – was as exciting to me as meeting a really popular singer (I’d put a name in here, but really don’t know who’s hot right now) would probably be for normal people ;).  So we chatted – she mentioned Felicia Day (now that name I know!) had endorsed the book – and then Geekprime bought it for me (cause he knew I REALLY wanted it by then).  Then I (slowly – did I mention how much I enjoyed this amazing and friendly author?) moved on to the rest of the Con and home.  When I finally started reading the book at home, I discovered what Genese Davis had failed to mention: that it should come with a warning label saying “do not start reading this book if you have deadlines to meet in the next few days.” Seriously, I could hardly put it down.  And we won’t discuss my deadlines that week.

Anyways.  I really really really hate spoilers, so don’t want to say much about the actual story and risk spoiling for anyone else.  However, Genese Davis’ website has a really neat little trailer that I think does a good job of capturing the essence without giving anything away:

I do want to make one thing clear though: I really don’t think this book is just for gamers.  I think it could help non-gamers understand the appeal of MMORPGs and gaming communities and the good that can come from them.  I also need to mention that the writing is fabulous and the gorgeous descriptions and smooth flow of the action make it easy to see this book becoming a movie someday.  I also really appreciate the fact that – despite a college and gaming setting – the author did not feel the need to use gratuitous sex scenes or lots of  foul language.  Instead she provides a beautiful example of the fact that a brilliant story told by someone with a good vocabulary has no use for such lowbrow tactics.  So enough from me – go read the book already, then come back and let us know what you thought of it.