The Sunday Post # 16

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Random News And Goings-On

Capclave Con Report

Last weekend I went to my first ever Capclave, this is the local SFF convention held annually by the Washington Science Fiction Association. This year’s guests of honor were Robert Sawyer and Martha Wells. This is a smaller convention, usually around 400

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Murderbot Ribbons

people, so it’s nice and cozy and there’s plenty of time to see most of the authors there at one event or another. They have a pretty standard size dealer room, a mass signing event on Saturday night, and primarily panels, readings, and some writer workshops. It’s a good convention for fans and writers alike!

The first day of the convention I drove down to the DC suburbs to meet up with my friends and fellow r/fantasy mods who were to be my con buddies. David was kind enough to let me and our other friend, who had come in from NY, stay at his house for the duration of the con. Thank you for being such a fantastic host!

On the first day we went to some panels and then met up with Martha Wells to ask if she had any Murderbot badge ribbons left. She was kind enough to invite us to eat dinner with her and her husband. Both Martha and her husband were super nice and it was fun to chat with them and I tried not to be awkward at all and I think I only failed at that once or twice (I’m trying so hard to change but it’s a slow process lol). Anyway, much internal squeeing was had, rest assured.

Later that night David talked us into going to do Eye of Argon, which is apparently a SFF con tradition and I had no idea it existed, but it was fun. I’m usually not for interactive things (we had to read and help act out scenes) but it was late and I think we were all feeling a bit silly by then so good times were had by all.

The rest of the weekend was spent going to panels and readings and trying to squeeze in meals in between (we had Akira Ramen for lunch on Saturday and it was amazing). We went to Martha Wells’ reading and she read from the new Murderbot novel – omg we were all laughing, it’s going to be so good I can’t wait to read the entire thing. The mass signing was fun even though I only had one book to get signed (The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells)–mostly just hung out and chatted with friends. I’ve met several of the other authors before since they’re local and many go to Baltimore Book Festival or Balticon. I was really good and didn’t buy any books while I was at the con. I did, however, acquire an ARC of Docile by K.M. Szpara from the author himself after one of the panels we went to (thanks again to David for asking for me lol).

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Ramen!

The last panel of the con had to be my favorite of the entire show–everyone on it had such fun and enthusiasm about fandom works and were like ‘canon, what’s that? pfft’ and then Martha told us all about Legends of Tomorrow and how fun and crazy it is and if that show suddenly picks up several new viewers they have her to thank for it. ❤

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Last panel of the con featuring Kelly Dwyer, Martha Wells, Keith DeCandido, K.M. Szpara, and Natalie Luhrs

Overall, Capclave was a lot of fun! I’ll definitely be going next year. It will be their 20th anniversary and they’re inviting back many previous guests of honor so the author line up is looking amazing already. If you’re in the area I’d recommend checking it out for sure.

Other Happenings

The rest of the week was mostly spent with me trying to catch up on sleep. I was supposed to go to another book event downtown on Wednesday but was completely worn out from social interaction so we went to see Zombieland: Doubletap instead. It was fun and I had a great time revisiting those characters. Thursday was my birthday so my boss bought us all lunch. I’ve completely blown my ‘eating well’ diet this past week so definitely need to get back to that. Saturday we went out to breakfast with my in-laws to celebrate mine and my father-in-law’s birthdays and then in the evening went to a Halloween party. Today is my only ‘relaxation day’ but it will be spent catching up on housework–my husband has his DnD group over tomorrow night and next weekend is  the Baltimore Book Festival and the following weekend is my book club meeting. Busy busy busy! Hopefully will be able to squeeze in some reading and blogging time at some point. 🙂

New Book Arrivals at Way Too Fantasy

Physical Books

Somehow over the past two weeks I’ve managed to acquire quite a few physical books! Not sure how this happened, haha. *sweats*

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  • Docile by K.M. Szpara – the lone book I came home from Capclave with! Very much looking forward to this one, thanks again to Kellan for the ARC!

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  • The Killing Fog by Jeff Wheeler
  • Now Then and Every When by Rysa Walker

These were two surprise ARCs that have arrived in the past couple of days. Much thanks to both 47North and Wunderkind PR for sending these my way, looking forward to digging in and seeing what they’re all about.

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So, a couple of months ago I signed up for Owlcrate, wanted to check it out and see the book and goodies selection. So far I’ve been having fun with it. I think after awhile I might decide I’ve had enough of the knick knacks, but for now I’m getting some cute things and signed exclusive book editions which is pretty darn cool. This month’s books (two this crate!) are:

  • Crier’s War by Nina Varela
  • I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

Both of these look like my kind of jam so into the TBR pile they go (hopefully not for too long!).

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Last but not least, two new purchases! Somehow I totally forgot Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik was coming out (whoops!) and Suitors and Sabotage by Cindy Anstey — I think I saw this one over on Brittany’s blog, Perfectly Tolerable, and thought it looked like my type of book so I had to check it out.

Ebooks

I picked up some new ebooks, mostly due to sales. So hard to resist when they’re very reasonably priced.

  • The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
  • The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore
  • Time of Daughters by Sherwood Smith

Audiobooks

I caved at some point and got some extra audible credits because I wanted to catch up on my TBR and I’ve been getting through audio a lot faster than print lately. Then my regular credits came in. One of these I have since read and another I’m currently working on.

  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • Blood Price by Tanya Huff
  • Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
  • Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Sorry I don’t have any posts to share this week because this was already running long, will get back to sharing on next Sunday. That’s the news for this week, see you next time!

15 thoughts on “The Sunday Post # 16

  1. Tammy says:

    Wow, dinner with Martha Wells? That’s so cool. I’m trying to imagine something like that happening at San Diego Comic Con, and I just can’t 😁 Sounds like such a fun time! I have a copy of Docile too, and I’m looking forward to it.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      It helped that she knew my friend I was staying with lol. She is so nice though! Also these smaller cons can be great for getting to know people because there’s less of a sea of people. Still, in my head I was like ‘holy crap is this really happening?!?’ Lol
      It was definitely a fun time! Hoping to get to Docile in December after I finish up with my current tbr. Hope we both enjoy it! 🙂

  2. Zezee says:

    That sounds like a great outing to go the con and have dinner with Martha Wells. That’s awesome!!
    Zombieland Doubletap was so fun. I love zombie movies but haven’t seen the first one. I think if they make this a series of movies, they’ll become my favs. Love zombies and action and humor and all that.
    ‘Salem’s Lot made me a teensy scared when I read it, but I loved it. Was a good read.

    • waytoofantasy says:

      It was definitely a great weekend, loads of fun. Doubletap was fun, I’d be interested to see how you feel about the first one if you go back and watch it–this very much felt like a new chapter in the story. I was so impressed with that first one though, and the whole ‘you can never experience something for the first time again’ means I still love the first one just a bit more, but they’re both great. 😀
      So far I’m 19% into ‘Salem’s Lot, he’s still describing the town at this point lol! Gotta love King and his descriptions lol. 🙂

      • Zezee says:

        lol indeed. That’s one of the things I liked about ‘Salem’s Lot – the depth of backstory we get. He goes off on so many tangents. It can get annoying for some, but I loved it.

      • waytoofantasy says:

        I don’t mind backstory, that’s always cool. Sometimes he doe get caught up in his descriptions though–like, I don’t need to know what every leaf on a tree looked like (an exaggeration but you get what I mean lol). Still, I’m enjoying it so far and I think our book club will have a lively discussion about this one in a couple of weeks. 🙂

  3. Captain's Quarters says:

    I LOVE MURDERBOT!!!!! I am not one to squee over meeting authors cause I usually don’t want to meet any. But dinner with Martha Wells and Murderbot ribbons. Well, I might make an exception for that!
    x The Captain
    PS Happy belated birthday. Arrrr!

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