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One Con Glory

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  392 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Diehard fangirl Julie loves Buffy marathons, fighting about comic book continuity, and being left alone. But more than anything, Julie loves Glory Gilmore, a mostly-forgotten C-List superheroine from the world of '80s comics. For years, she's longed to reclaim the precious Glory action figure that's eluded her grasp so many times before. And one fateful weekend, she has th ...more
Paperback, 107 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Alert Nerd Press (first published November 10th 2009)
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Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
My inner geek (well hidden behind tattoos and a swear word laden attitude) is squealing like a little piggy over this gem because let me tell you, it was pretty fucking awesome (and I hate that word).

Julie is a feisty, no holds barred heroine and Jack is just bloody adorable. Add in comics, Star Trek and Buffy (that show still beats a lot of the modern crap about), and you have a brilliant little book.
Bonnie Burton
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved LOVED this book! This is the kind of geek girl lit that I want to see become more and more of a trend. In fact, this needs to be a movie! It's not every day you find a female geek character in a a book as not only a MAIN character but a likeable one at that. Julie is a character you feel for, root for and want to go to Comic-Con with! It's a fun rom-com that doesn't insult those of us who love to flirt in Klingon. Do yourself a favor and read this book!
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, romance, kindle
Julie has trouble keeping Glory Gilmore in her collection of dolls..After a certain event she's once again left without a Glory and it just so happens the Con she'll be attending is auctioning one off. She also has some interview a guy while at the Con..And what a shock she outright hates him and of course he LOVES Glory Gilmore too, he's also a geek but she keeps saying he isn't until he properly proves himself as one....*rolls eyes* Seriously, it just gets more predictable as you read that I'm ...more
Kiala Kazebee
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My good friend Sarah Kuhn wrote this awesome book about a lady nerd on a quest for a rare action figure named Glory Gilmore (GILMORE GIRLS REFERNCE FTW!) A must read for all nerds everywhere who know what it's like to obsess over minutiae and attend crowded cons while dealing with the geek's disease - social anxiety.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. Fun novella, geeker then Geekerella would have been four stars but the main character Julie was kind of annoying and hard to identify with. Bumped up from 3 stars for the Buffy extras.
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
There were cliches and stereotypes, characters that were "real" and "layered" in really obvious ways (the hot actor ruining the character he plays in the adaption of Julie's favorite comic book is actually an honest to goodness geek like her deep inside! Yawn.), but there were also some amusing bits, and yes, some recognizable characters among the cliches. It was ok. Read in one sitting, so not a huge commitment, in any case.

And Angel is so not Buffy's soul mate. They're too fundamentally diffe
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute. Tons of geek references. Not bad. 3 stars.
Years Decades of Star Trek, and this little novella is what finally made me notice that I, like the protagonist, consider The Prime Directive to be a completely valid philosophy to apply to most of the life I've discovered on this planet. Thank you Sarah Kuhn for giving such a quirky, interesting, entertaining voice to mildly misanthropic/introverted geek-ish women everywhere. And for giving her a hot male lead, because every real world geek-guy I've ever know would rather have an FHM model on h ...more
Jason Bergman
May 21, 2011 rated it liked it
One Con Glory is an entertaining but very short trip through the world of nerd culture.

It's obvious that the author has a real love for this world, and it's always great to see someone who actually cares enough to get the facts right.

But to be perfectly clear, this is practically a fangirl fairy tale. Even though the author swears that the main character isn't just a stand-in for herself, it's hard to shake the feeling that this is a couple of explicit paragraphs and name changes away from bei
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic geek/fandom romance from a smart author! Full of all sorts of apt pop culture and sci fi references, interesting, quirky characters (I swear I've met some of them before), and nail-biting romance to top it all off. Recommended for self-proclaimed geeks, anyone who's been to a convention, comic book fans, and anyone who enjoys fan fiction. :)

Can't wait to read more from the author!
Tara Gelsomino
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such a charming read! I loved the snarky heroine and the way Kuhn captured con-life and the Hollywood setting. My only real complaint that it's only a novella and I wished it was a longer, more complex story because I enjoyed the writing style. I'm now reading her superhero romance, Heroine Complex, which is quirky and delightful as well.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a cute, one-sitting read. The very specific references will likely alienate readers who don't have those exact reference points from particular fandoms within certain time frames, but these will also delight everyone who gets them.
A very off putting opening scene but overall fairly enjoyable without being compulsive reading.
Nicholas Karpuk
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find fans exhausting. I know that may sound a little weird coming from a guy who's rereading the entirety of the Discworld books in order, but I do. I just don't have the sort of mental energy required to take a deep dive into anyone subject. I've read and reread all the Harry Potter books and seen all the movies, but I'll be damned if I can tell you who the nicknames apply to on the Marauder's map.

But beyond exhaustion, I also find fans fascinating. I've watched countless videos where people
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
I can't remember exactly where I heard about this book, but I do remember thinking that it sounded like some fangirly, nerdy goodness. But now for confession time: when I started, I was pretty concerned. The first couple dozen pages weren't ringing true for me and I was having trouble getting a grasp on the characters/situation. So I was ready to sadly take one for the team and finish it in a rush to better reach my reading goal for the year. Stupid reading goal. Still way too far away.

Izzie & Coco Book Club
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: geek-romance
Check out our video review!

One Con Glory is a fantastic geek romance book. It is a short and wonderful read about geek writer, Julie. We follow her on her quest to find her childhood comic book heroine figure, Glory Gilmore. The main character is smart, funny and you root for her all the way. It's such a great book that my sister and I mention in the video review that it would be a great movie. After a quick google search, I've found out it is being made into a movie! It is full of nerdy and nos
Tellulah Darling
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-adore
Loved it! I've been looking for an awesome Con based romcom for ages. Many have had aspects I've liked, some I've flat out despised but this one did it for me in every way. The geek references come fast and furious. Look, I had a "My other car is a Romulan Warbird" sticker on my first car, so yeah, this made my heart happy. But mostly I just loved the romance. It's short. More a novella than a novel so that was a bit disappointing because I wasn't ready for it to be over. And I think a longer le ...more
Berni Phillips
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a lot of fun for con-goers. Light and frothy, taking place at a comic book convention, Julie and her friends reference enough pop culture entries to make your head spin. If you've never been to a con and are curious, this would be like looking over the shoulder of someone who does go.

It's short and pretty slight, but it was a nice diversion to read at lunch at work. I'd read more by her.
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it

First Impressions:

Thea: I was actually a little nervous starting this novella – I don’t think I’ve ever known an author before reading their work. I love author Sarah Kuhn’s online voice, but writing fiction is a horse of a different color if y’know what I’m sayin’. But, a few pages into One Con Glory made me realize that I really need not have been so worried – because this is one damn awesome, geektastic book. Well written, zippily paced, with a healthy smattering of ner
Shannon Everyday
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who loves going to Comic Book conventions, I was excited when I read the synopsis for One Con Glory. Julie is a huge fan of the character Glory Gilmore, who ties into this story in different ways. Set at Ginormocon, Julie is set to do an interview with Jack, one of the stars of a TV show based on the comic that featured Glory. Julie is not looking forward to this, as she feels that Jack just says stock answers and doesn't engage his true self. One Con Glory is a fun, engaging book, th ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella, geekdom
Sarah Kuhn became a favourite new author of mine this year, so imagine my delight when I discovered she had also written a geektastic short story as well.

One Con Glory starts off a little shaky. Techniques and traits I adored in Heroine Complex were still being honed, and Julie is a bit hard to cheer for at the start, because she's kind of unfairly mean. But part 2 kicks in and the interactions with Jack in particular were so darn charming. The story finds its groove and by the time of the final
Sarah Kuhn’s books are fun and upbeat, but also get you so attached that you wish there was more of the world you could dive into right now every time you finish one of her stories. I was still on a Heroine Worship high when I picked up One Con Glory, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this novella for its own reasons. It reads a bit like a romantic daydream and has a lot of personality (is that a weird thing to say about a book?), and I loved the addition of the author interview at the end. A ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
If I hadn't read Geekerella earlier this year, this novel might've struck me as better. I understand completely that this came several years earlier. Regardless, I found it cute.

It gets to do what Geekerella couldn't do: make real life references. Plus, Julie is actually a reporter rather than a popular blogger.

However, I can't rate it too high. For a 94 page novella, it dragged in parts and was kinda forgettable. (view spoiler)
angelique Kobylinski

I love this. I need more romantic comedies set at science fiction conventions. I thought the characters were very interesting.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rather short tale of geekery and a fun romance that kicks off with a hilarious drunken one night stand.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novella
This was a fun little novella. Things had to move along quickly, but I would have liked to read more about the characters and the romance.
Tiffany Terrion
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Con glory at its finest

Great story on a girl, a con, an assemblage of friends, and how a plan can go off the rails.
SallyRose Robinson
I really enjoyed this fun book. It was very much a Con-Goer's dream of how things could go.
I had fun with it.
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Have you ever watched a movie or TV show that was filmed in your neighborhood or your childhood hometown? You know that funny little rush you get when the star of the the show suddenly arrives at a super familiar location? You can't help thinking (or sometimes even yelling out), "Hey! I know that place!" or, "I've been there!" or, "Oh my God! I used to eat lunch there all the time!".... You feel silly getting so excited over a bit of scenery, but you just can't help it. That's kind of how I felt ...more
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed this book for my blog almost 2 years ago, it's still one of my favorites.

Sarah Kuhn, the author of One Con Glory recently posted on geek six when Christy mentioned her book. I got curious, so I picked it up and I’m super happy I did. Here are 6 reasons why

1. To get a taste of the book, the main character, Julie, has her own blog. Excerpts of it are in the book, but I just looked at it and it is extensive, nerds like extensive things so of course I approve.

2. I’ve traveled the convent
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Sarah Kuhn is the author of Heroine Complex—the first in a series starring Asian American superheroines—for DAW Books. She also wrote The Ruby Equation for the comics anthology Fresh Romance and the romantic comedy novella One Con Glory, which earned praise from io9 and USA Today and is in development as a feature film. Her articles and essays on such topics as geek girl culture, comic book contin ...more

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