Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Children of Lubrochius

Upcoming Book Blast for The Children of Lubrochius

Goddess Fish Promotions is sponsoring a Book Blast for the official launch of my book, “The Children of Lubrochius” on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The Book Blast will last the entire day and will include blurbs, excerpts, and perhaps the occasional review. Make sure you check out the sponsor of the Cover Reveal–Goddess Fish Promotions–it wouldn’t have been possible without them.

I will be awarding one randomly chosen commenter on the tour (for those who comment on the tour sites—not atoasttodragons) with a plastic Reaper miniature from the Chronoscope line. It is of a demon by the name of Krampus and is excellent for collecting, or to use in gaming, so make sure you comment on all the sites to up your odds of winning on April 2nd.

Hope to hear from you on the tour.
1: Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
2: Deal Sharing Aunt
3: My Devotional Thoughts
4: Room With Books
5: Andi’s Book Reviews
6: Literary Lunes Magazine
7: Queentutt’s World of Escapism
8: The Bookie Monster
9: Multi-Verses of Liza O
10: Two Ends of the Pen
11: Reviews by Crystal
12: The Avid Reader
13: It’s Raining Books
14: Long and Short Reviews
15: Rose and Beps Blog
16: Let’s Get BOOKED!
17: Kit ‘N Kabookle
18: Jodie Pierce’s Ink Slinger’s Blog
19: The Cerebral Writer
20: Hywela Lyn ‘Romance That’s ‘Out Of This World’

Review of Drasmyr at Cirsova

A fellow blogger has reviewed Drasmyr on their site. They will also be posting an interview with yours truly later in the week. Check it out.

Book Review: The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss, 4*’s)

I was looking for a new fantasy novel to read and I’d heard good things about Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind. So, I gave it a gander. It’s an interesting idea for a story. The main character is a man named Kvothe (pronounced Quothe) who, after living quite the life of adventure and glory, is now living the quiet life of an innkeeper in a backwater village on the edges of civilization under the assumed name of Kote. He has a companion named Bast (who appears to be a demon of some sort, but apparently a tame one, as he is apprenticed to Kvothe for reasons which are never explained in book I—yes, this is supposed to be the first book of a trilogy). Anyway, one day a certain scribe by the name of Chronicler arrives at the inn and is looking for Kvothe—actually, he is rescued by Kote from evil quasi-demonic spider-creatures called Scrael. Chronicler wishes to record Kvothe’s story, the real story from the legend himself. At first, Kvothe is hesitant, but then he relents. What follows is his story.

 

The novel begins with his early life as part of a company of traveling entertainers. His father is head of the company. One day the company takes on an old arcanist (kind of a scholarly wizard type of person) name Abenthy, or Ben for short. Soon Ben and Kvothe strike up a friendship even though Kvothe is only around ten years old. And Ben soon learns that Kvothe is a remarkably adept young boy, so much so, Ben begins to teach him the rudiments of the arcanist teachings: things like chemistry, alchemy, herbology, etc…. Eventually, Ben leaves the company but not without leaving the young Kvothe with the notion that he could really make something of himself if he were to go to the University. A short while later, the entire company except Kvothe is wiped out by quasi-demonic creatures called Chandrians. Kvothe swears revenge, but he has a long way to go. First, he lives in the wild accompanied only by his lyre (or is it lute?—I’ve forgotten) which he plays until it has but three of its seven strings left. After some little adventures, he gets to a large city and lives as a street urchin for a while, picking up the requisite skills of begging and thievery. Finally, he gets to the University and things really take off.

 

Strengths: the writing was good, very impressive for a debut novel. The concept was pretty good, too: everything told as a kind of reflection by the older Kvothe. The characters developed well and the action, the rivalries, and the tension were all good. Weaknesses: in terms of structure and writing there weren’t really any. However, the story did not grip me completely. Maybe fantasy literature is losing its allure for me … which can’t be good, because I’m a fantasy writer. Still, it was an impressive work.

 

I’ll give Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind four or maybe even four and a half stars (if I’m feeling generous) out of five.

The Children of Lubrochius

Upcoming Book Blast for The Children of Lubrochius

Goddess Fish Promotions is sponsoring a Book Blast for the official launch of my book, “The Children of Lubrochius” on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The Book Blast will last the entire day and will include blurbs, excerpts, and perhaps the occasional review. Make sure you check out the sponsor of the Cover Reveal–Goddess Fish Promotions–it wouldn’t have been possible without them.

I will be awarding one randomly chosen commenter on the tour (for those who comment on the tour sites—not atoasttodragons) with a plastic Reaper miniature from the Chronoscope line. It is of a demon by the name of Krampus and is excellent for collecting, or to use in gaming, so make sure you comment on all the sites to up your odds of winning on April 2nd.

Hope to hear from you on the tour.
1: Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
2: Deal Sharing Aunt
3: My Devotional Thoughts
4: Room With Books
5: Andi’s Book Reviews
6: Literary Lunes Magazine
7: Queentutt’s World of Escapism
8: The Bookie Monster
9: Multi-Verses of Liza O
10: Two Ends of the Pen
11: Reviews by Crystal
12: The Avid Reader
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Movie Review: Pompeii (2014) (4 *’s)

Pompeii is an interesting concept for a movie. It’s basically a complete fiction of the events surrounding the destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius. It tells an interesting little tale with the impending destruction of an entire city as the backdrop. So, in a sense, especially with the love story, it’s kind of like the Titanic of a number of years ago. The only actor I recognized in the movie was Kiefer Sutherland who played a corrupt, scuzzball Roman Senator. It was supposed to star Carrie Anne-Moss of Matrix fame as well, but I never noticed her. Perhaps, she was the young lady Cassia’s mother. Not sure, though. All the other actors were new to me.

 

Anyway, the story begins with the slaughter of a Celtic clan by a legion led by the future Romon Senator (Sutherland), Corvus. The only survivor is the resourceful young boy named Milo who survives by playing dead. Unfortunately, he is captured a short time later. Years pass and we find Milo a gladiator in one of the Roman outposts in Great Britain (or whatever it was called at that time in history). He is quite effective and deadly. As a result, he is shipped with many other slaves to a less remote spot in the empire, namely Pompeii. On the way, there is a brief encounter with Cassia, a young Roman lady who is returning to Pompeii from Rome. They have a brief moment together, when she helps him put down an injured horse. From there the story evolves, following Milo’s experiences in the new arena and Cassia’s harassment by now Senator Corvus. They (Milo and Cassia) manage a few more brief moments together to strengthen their growing attraction. This, of course, earns the enmity of Senator Corvus who is obsessed with Cassia. Then, as everything starts to go to pot, Mount Vesuvius erupts and utter chaos and destruction come flooding down through the city. Can Milo and Cassia escape from the doomed city and the evil Senator? Or are they doomed as well? You’ll have to watch the movie … cause I ain’t tellin’!

 

Strengths: the plot was good, the acting was good, the special effects were good. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. I wasn’t expecting much, but it did prove to be worth the while. They spun an engaging tale out of whole-cloth that kept me interested. Weaknesses: there were one or two things that were just outside the bounds of probability. But those were minor. Regardless, I enjoyed the movie quite a bit.

 

I’ll give Pompeii four stars out of five.

The Children of Lubrochius

Upcoming Book Blast for The Children of Lubrochius

Goddess Fish Promotions is sponsoring a Book Blast for the official launch of my book, “The Children of Lubrochius” on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014. The Book Blast will last the entire day and will include blurbs, excerpts, and perhaps the occasional review. Make sure you check out the sponsor of the Cover Reveal–Goddess Fish Promotions–it wouldn’t have been possible without them.

I will be awarding one randomly chosen commenter on the tour (for those who comment on the tour sites—not atoasttodragons) with a plastic Reaper miniature from the Chronoscope line. It is of a demon by the name of Krampus and is excellent for collecting, or to use in gaming, so make sure you comment on all the sites to up your odds of winning on April 2nd.

Hope to hear from you on the tour.

Movie Review: Robocop (2014) (3 1/2 *’s)

Robocop is a remake of the 1987 film of the same name. I don’t remember enough of the original movie to compare the two. All I remember was that it was pretty gory. This one wasn’t as gory, I think; it went the way of action-packed instead. Joel Kinnamon plays the lead character, Alex Murphy, a cop mangled by a car bomb and placed in a mechanical suit to survive. The film also stars Samuel Jackson, Gary Oldman, and Michael Keaton. Michael Keaton plays the bad guy, the evil exec of Omnicorp, Raymond Sellars. Gary Oldman plays Sellars’ brilliant scientist/henchman, Dr. Dennett Norton, who is constantly at odds with the Robocop program on moral grounds. And Samuel Jackson plays a newsman, Pat Novak, host of the program “The Novak Element” (I heard that the Novak Element was supposed to poke fun at The O’Reilly Factor of Fox News … if so, it did a poor job, but it was fine for the purposes of the movie).

 

Anyway, Alex Murphy is mauled by a car bomb and placed in the Robocop suit. Well, it’s really not a suit; it’s everything but his lungs, heart, and head, just about. Murphy has some difficulty adapting (imagine that!), but soon he settles into his new role as the Robocop; a marriage between man and machine in the pursuit of justice. Also of interest is the growing tension between Dr. Dennett Norton and Raymond Sellars. Sellars keeps making demands of Norton that push him just a little farther down the road to corruption, and each time Norton bends, until finally, he will bend no more. It makes for an interesting development. The Robocop character doesn’t really develop any more beyond the point of accepting his new role in life, but he does change (he kind of goes through a loop). Due to electrochemical manipulation, he becomes more robotic, but that, too, in time changes, although we are left to guess at the mechanism behind that (it is suggested that it is the soul or something not understood behind the change). Regardless, the movie roughly follows the same trajectory as the original with a similar climax. It is different because it explores in more depth the way that Alex Murphy deals with his new life as Robocop.

 

Strengths: the acting was fine, the plot was decent, and the action was good. Also, the special effects were superb, but that’s Hollywood these days. Weaknesses: I can’t think of any major weaknesses, although I kind of get tired of the big bad business exec motif that Hollywood keeps putting out. At least in the original, if I recall correctly, the bad guy was #2 and the #1 guy was not a villain. Anyway, that’s a tiny complaint, hardly worthy of mention.

 

In the end, I’ll give Robocop three and a half out of five stars.

Movie Review: The Son of God (4 *’s)

The Son of God is the latest of Hollywood’s religious movies. I normally limit my reviews on this blog to fantasy or science fiction; this movie is intended as neither. Some people, of course, may regard the story of Jesus of Nazareth as a complete fiction and therefore appropriate for a Fantasy Blog: I am not one of them. I am a Christian (at least, today I am) and am reviewing the movie in terms of quality of storytelling, etc…. The movie stars a number of people I have not heard of before, with the exception of Roma Downey as Mary, the Mother of God.

 

The story told is, of course, the story of Jesus of Nazareth. It starts with his miraculous birth and ends with his horribly, cruel death on the cross followed by his Resurrection and some of the events that followed that. It, pretty much, follows the events recorded in the New Testament although a few minor liberties were taken, but nothing worth getting upset about. Like most stories of Jesus there seemed to be a strong emphasis on the miracles he performed and, to me, that tends to distract one from his main message: love one another, love God, and talk to one another.

 

Strengths: the movie told the story of Jesus of Nazareth fairly well, although since it was a movie version of four entire Gospels plus, it obviously couldn’t tell every event, but it did hit all the highlights. The special effects were well-placed, well-chosen, and appropriately reverent. The acting was good, and the action flowed coherently from one scene to the next. Weaknesses: I can’t really think of any major weaknesses other than the previously mentioned tendency to focus on miracles instead of message, but a lot of people do that. If you are an atheist, I’m sure you’ll scoff at the movie and regard it as a complete fantasy, so perhaps that is a weakness. It is not a convincing proof that Jesus was who he said he was, but it was probably never intended that way.

 

Anyway, I liked the movie. It wasn’t as violent and gory as Mel Gibson’s The Passion, but it got the point across. I’ll give The Son of God four stars out of five.

Cover Reveal for The Children of Lubrochius

Goddess Fish Promotions is sponsoring a Cover Reveal for my book, “The Children of Lubrochius” on today, March 3, 2014. The Cover Reveal will last the entire day and will give a look at the cover for my new book. Make sure you check out the sponsor of the Cover Reveal–Goddess Fish Promotions–it wouldn’t have been possible without them. And, make sure you check out the sites listed below to get a look at my cover for the book.

I will be awarding one randomly chosen commenter on the tour (for those who comment on the tour sites—not atoasttodragons) with a plastic Reaper miniature from the Dark Heaven line. It is of an Eldritch Demon and is excellent for collecting, or to use in gaming, so make sure you comment on all the sites to up your odds of winning on March 3rd.

Hope to hear from you on the tour.

1: Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
2: Andi’s Book Reviews
3: Pressed Leaf Publishing
4: fuonlyknew ~ Laura’s Ramblins and Reviews
5: Rose and Beps Blog
6: Brooke Blogs
7: Gin’s Book Notes
8: Readers Writers Connect
9: Linda Nightingale…Wordsmith
10: Sandra’s Blog
11: A to Z Reviews
12: Writer Wonderland
13: The Write to Read
14: Welcome to My World of Dreams
15: It’s Raining Books
16: Straight from the Library
17: Long and Short Reviews
18: Booker Like a Hooker
19: Beckstar Reviews
20: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love