Monthly Archives: June 2014

Blog Tour: Stop #6

My blog tour for my fantasy novel, The Children of Lubrochius, continues today. Every day until June 27th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where I’ll be interviewing, guest posting, and providing promotional material for my novel. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize (a gift card at Amazon.com for $20). Likewise one of the tour hosts will win a prize at Amazon (a $10 gift card). Todaywe have: MAD Hoydenish!  (http://madhoydenish.blogspot.com/) Please check them out and show them your support.

 

And check out the sponsor of the tour: http://www.goddessfish.com/.

 

Finally, I am running a promotion during the entire tour. My novel will be available on Smashwords for 50% off for all those using the appropriate coupon code: LX23U.

Movie Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) (4 ½ *’s)

X-Men: Days of Future Pastis the latest installment in the X-Men series of movies from Marvel Comics. It is directed by Bryan Singer and stars the usual people as the X-men mutants: Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier (older), James McAvoy as Professor Xavier (younger), Ian McKellen as Magneto (older), Michael Fassbender as Magneto (younger), Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique/Raven (younger) and many more. The main character is, of course, Wolverine who has his consciousness sent back in time in the hopes of thwarting a massive war against the mutants with a new, deadly technology.

 

The movie begins in the future where the mutants are on the run from killer robots which have been designed by the brilliant scientist Dr. Bolivar Trask (played by Peter Dinklage) and unleashed to wipe out all the mutants, good, bad, and indifferent. The robots have been designed with the capability to transform to counter any mutant’s ability whatsoever. That trait comes from and is based on Mystique’s DNA, obtained by the humans in 1973 when Mystique tries to kill Dr. Trask but is captured in the process. It is Wolverine’s goal to go back in time and stop Mystique from her assassination attempt. In such an attempt, he will need the help of both Professor Xavier and Magneto at the height of their rivalry. So, while the other mutants prepare to hold off the final onslaught of deadly robots, Wolverine prepares for his journey, a journey which will take him into his past to a time and place where he does not have his legendary adamantium skeleton. He is simply bone and flesh: still formidable, but not quite as indestructable as he’s used to.

 

Strengths: the acting was good, the plot was engaging, the special effects were great, of course, and the action non-stop. I remain impressed by James McAvoy’s performance; he does a remarkable job as the young Professor Xavier—not that anyone else had a poor performance, I just think Mr. McAvoy stood out. Weaknesses: I can’t think of any specific weaknesses in the film except a trace of confusion concerning how and why Wolverine’s consciousness plopped into the time and place that it did at the end of the movie; it wasn’t made fully clear, at least to me. Besides that, everything flowed well, and if you can accept the basic premises of the movie (mutants and time travel) it made an exceptionally well-crafted tale.

 

Overall, I’ll give X-men: Days of Future Pastfour and a half stars out of five.

Blog Tour Stop #5

My blog tour for my fantasy novel, The Children of Lubrochius, continues today. Every day until June 27th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where I’ll be interviewing, guest posting, and providing promotional material for my novel. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize (a gift card at Amazon.com for $20). Likewise one of the tour hosts will win a prize at Amazon (a $10 gift card). Todaywe have: 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!  (http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/) Please check them out and show them your support.

 

And check out the sponsor of the tour: http://www.goddessfish.com/.

 

Finally, I am running a promotion during the entire tour. My novel will be available on Smashwords for 50% off for all those using the appropriate coupon code: LX23U.

Blog Tour: Stop #4

My blog tour for my fantasy novel, The Children of Lubrochius, continues today. Every day until June 27th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where I’ll be interviewing, guest posting, and providing promotional material for my novel. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize (a gift card at Amazon.com for $20). Likewise one of the tour hosts will win a prize at Amazon (a $10 gift card). Todaywe have: Books and Other Spells (http://www.booksandotherspells.blogspot.com/). Please check them out and show them your support.

 

And check out the sponsor of the tour: http://www.goddessfish.com/.

 

Finally, I am running a promotion during the entire tour. My novel will be available on Smashwords for 50% off for all those using the appropriate coupon code: LX23U.

Blog Tour: Stop #3

My blog tour for my fantasy novel, The Children of Lubrochius, continues today. Every day until June 27th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where I’ll be interviewing, guest posting, and providing promotional material for my novel. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize (a gift card at Amazon.com for $20). Likewise one of the tour hosts will win a prize at Amazon (a $10 gift card). Todaywe have: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews (http://lisahaseltonsreviewsandinterviews.blogspot.com/) Please check them out and show them your support.

 

And check out the sponsor of the tour: http://www.goddessfish.com/.

 

Finally, I am running a promotion during the entire tour. My novel will be available on Smashwords for 50% off for all those using the appropriate coupon code: LX23U.

Blog Tour: Stop #2

My blog tour for my fantasy novel, The Children of Lubrochius, starts today. Every day until June 27th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where I’ll be interviewing, guest posting, and providing promotional material for my novel. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize (a gift card at Amazon.com for $20). Likewise one of the tour hosts will win a prize at Amazon (a $10 gift card). Todaywe have: Rogue’s Angels (http://roguesangels.blogspot.com/) Please check them out and show them your support.

 

And check out the sponsor of the tour: http://www.goddessfish.com/.

 

Finally, I am running a promotion during the entire tour. My novel will be available on Smashwords for 50% off for all those using the appropriate coupon code: LX23U.

Blog Tour: Stop #1

My blog tour for my fantasy novel, The Children of Lubrochius, starts today. Every day until June 27th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where I’ll be interviewing, guest posting, and providing promotional material for my novel. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize (a gift card at Amazon.com for $20). Likewise one of the tour hosts will win a prize at Amazon (a $10 gift card). Todaywe have: Andi’s Book Reviews (http://andisbookreviews.blogspot.com/) Please check them out and show them your support.

 

And check out the sponsor of the tour: http://www.goddessfish.com/.

 

Finally, I am running a promotion during the entire tour. My novel will be available on Smashwords for 50% off for all those using the appropriate coupon code: LX23U.

Announcement: Upcoming Blog Tour for The Children of Lubrochius

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for The Children of Lubrochius by Matthew D. Ryan (me), a Fantasy book available now. The tour will run June 9 – 27, 2014. The tour will consist of guest posts, promotional blurbs, interviews, and perhaps the occasional review. Throughout the tour, The Children of Lubrochiuswill be available for 50% off at Smashwords for those who use the appropriate coupon which is: LX23U. I also will be awarding a $20 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn host.

The list of tour sites is now complete. Remember to check out Goddess Fish Promotions; it wouldn’t have been possible without them!

June 9: Andi’s Book Reviews
June 10: Rogue’s Angels
June 11: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
June 12: Books and Other Spells
June 13: 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!
June 16: MAD Hoydenish
June 17: Our Wolves Den
June 18: Lockdown – A Bunch of Brilliant Projects
June 19: Room With Books * (bad link)
June 20: Literary Lunes Magazine
June 23: Angels with Attitude Book Reviews June 24: Long and Short Reviews
June 25: Welcome to My World of Dreams
June 26: Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
June 27: Mismatched Bookends

Remember: the Smashwords coupon code for %50 off is: LX23U

Movie Review: Maleficent (2014) (4 *’s)

Disney’s Maleficent is the latest reimagining of a Disney children’s tale as a rated PG film—more palatable for adults, but not quite as intense as a PG-13 or higher film. It is based on the Disney classic Sleeping Beauty, my favorite as a young child (I mean, it has a dragon! What more do you want?) Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie in the title role, Elle Fanning as the Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), and Sharlto Copley as King Stefan.

 

The story begins with the younger years of Maleficent, a female human-sized fairy living in the fairy moor right next door to the human kingdom. One day she finds a young human boy who is trying to steal a small gem from fairyland. She makes him give it back and the two of them become friends. As time goes by, their relationship deepens. When Maleficent turns sixteen, Stefan gives her what he says is true love’s kiss. Unfortunately, things don’t last and he becomes an infrequent visitor lured away by the honors, riches, and desires that dominate the human world. Maleficent is hurt, of course, but she survives. She goes on with her life. But soon the king of the human kingdom turns his eye toward her moor and conflict ensues. This conflict forms the backdrop of the entire Sleeping Beauty story. But it’s Sleeping Beauty with a twist. Maleficent is set up as a sympathetic character for the movie.

 

Strengths: the acting was good, the plot good, and the special effects were quite remarkable. I couldn’t find any logical holes in a single viewing. The life lessons were decent; the message about love well-taken. Weaknesses: my biggest problem with the film is that since it is based on Sleeping Beauty it would likely draw a very young crowd in spite of the PG rating. It’s not as bad as a PG-13 rating, but even so, redefining Maleficent as a misunderstood heroine will likely be confusing to the very young who are familiar with the original tale. Further, I felt that Disney missed an opportunity to reconcile King Stefan with Maleficent—such would have made a powerful tale of forgiveness that would have been very instructive. As it was, the ending was okay, but perhaps a little dark for the very young.

Anyway, I’ll give Disney’s Maleficent four stars out of five with a warning that some of the plot may be too mature for the very young. Still, it was a good movie.

Announcement: Upcoming Blog Tour for The Children of Lubrochius

Goddess Fish Promotions is organizing a Virtual Book Tour for The Children of Lubrochius by Matthew D. Ryan (me), a Fantasy book available now. The tour will run June 9 – 27, 2014. The tour will consist of guest posts, promotional blurbs, interviews, and perhaps the occasional review. Throughout the tour, The Children of Lubrochiuswill be available for 50% off at Smashwords for those who use the appropriate coupon. I will be awarding a $20 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn host.

The list of tour sites is currently under development. We will keep you informed as we get more information. Remember to check out Goddess Fish Promotions; it wouldn’t have been possible without them!

June 9: Andi’s Book Reviews
June 10: Rogue’s Angels
June 11: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
June 12: Books and Other Spells
June 13: 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!
June 16: MAD Hoydenish
June 17: Our Wolves Den
June 18: Lockdown – A Bunch of Brilliant Projects
June 19:
June 20:
June 23: Angels with Attitude Book Reviews
June 24:
June 25:
June 26: Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock
June 27: Mismatched Bookends