Got a bit of a late start. After packing everything up and leaving the luggage with the concierge we got to Javits around 11am. First thing we did was get wristbands for Sleepy Hollow. Just as I thought, there was no reason to be there at the crack of dawn; there were plenty of wristbands left and we didn’t have to wait on line. It took two minutes to get them.
So until the afternoon we roamed the exhibit hall and artist’s alley.
My luggage and carryon was already so full and heavy with books that I had to stay away from the publishing booths, but I picked up only one book. It’s an ARC of Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton.
I stared reading it that afternoon when I was waiting on the Sleepy Hollow queue. Here is a description and my review:
For readers of A Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games comes an epic new series.
The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor. As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world. And she’ll be with the boy she loves–who’s also her best friend.
But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes. Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.
And now it’s too late to walk away.
It was an enjoyable read. The world building was well done. It is very much secluded to their world though. I often wondered if the consequences of the Seekers’ actions in the world would come back and have a bigger impact on the whole of the story. It was briefly mentioned in passing, but this is the first book of a series and so it is possible that we’ll see the repercussions of that night on global scale.
The start to developing the characters was good. They have a mix of strength, determination and flaws. You certainly understand their motivations. I liked that it was told from different point of views. I must say though that that love triangle was weak, especially on Quin’s part. Some of her feelings came on too suddenly.
Maud was my favorite character. I found her and her history to be the most interesting of all.
It is described as “For readers of A Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games comes an epic new series.” It is a very tame GoT (the PG-13 version).
The action was good, however, some parts lacked suspense. I put the book down for a week around the beginning of part three. Also, and maybe it’s not fair to judge too harshly since it is an ARC, but it did get repetitive about the time jump. It got to a point where I would think to myself how many times in a chapter will we be reminded that some time has past? I lost count.
Although I lost some motivation to continue reading, I did finish and it has interested me enough to see what the next book brings to the story.
3 out 5 athames
In artist’s alley I bought this print of Padmé Amidala from Jason Palmer:
My sister and I looked through his portfolio and he has many great drawings from different fandoms. Here are several examples:
Next time I’ll get the one of Arrow.
Victoria asked if he does any commissions and he said he does not at the moment because he is so busy.
Sunday, October 12| 3:00 PM-4:00PM| Main stage 1-D
The guest speakers were: actors Orlando Jones, Lyndie Greenwood, Sakina Jaffrey; and producers and writers Len Wiseman and Alex Kurtzman.
First we saw the first half of the episode that aired the next evening, “Go Where I Send Thee…”. It was the episode with the Pied Piper. It got my heart jumping.
Like the Pied Piper there will be several twists on legendary characters in the show.
They’re showing 11 episodes in a row, then there will be a short hiatus before showing the rest of the season.
The cast is so funny, especially Orlando, and there were a lot of laughs during the q&a.
Sakina Jaffrey plays the new sheriff in town. She made a joke about how keeping order and civility in Sleep Hollow has made her a party pooper and a kill joy.
She also learned from Len and Alex at the panel that she was cast because of her work on House of Cards and that was like her audition.
Len and Alex asked the audience by a show of hands who DID NOT see the twist from the season finale coming. Everyone raised their hands.
What kind of shocking twist can they do next?
I can’t remember this part accurately. Orlando either already watched or he wants the fans to send him their reaction videos to shocking twists.
The scene with Irving’s vision of fighting during the apocalypse was filmed right by Lyndie’s house. When she went out that day she saw the “worst car wreck ever” and soon realized it was only the Sleepy Hollow set. LOL “Oh, it’s us.”
They have lots of meetings with the creature makers to develop the look of the monsters. The parts hanging in the make-up room/creature department look gross. Moloch looks just as scary in real life as he does on TV. They even have John Cho’s head. LOL We’ll a copy of his head.
When asked about their character switching sides and becoming evil, Sakina said she wants to get that call.
Another fan asked if Team Apocalypse (Ichabod and Abbie, though I thought they were Team Witness) would sing together. Len and Alex were surprised to learn from the fan that Tom could sing and were joking that they would text him right that second. They knew Nicole can sing.
They did reveal that Ichabod discovers karaoke. LOL I can’t wait for that.
Lastly, of all the details I can recall now the panel was asked what is there favorite Ichabod vs. Modern Times.
Scenes mentioned were:
-the pen at the bank
-the tangled scotch tape
-karaoke (yet to air)
-when he could not put the ambulance in reverse
-recording his last message while in his coffin and the memory ran out
I wish they had done a cast signing this year, but getting to see the panel was great, great fun.
Finally, all the books that nearly broke my back transporting home:
Until next year! I hope they correct the ticket purchasing process!