Archive | November 2012

Blurb Blitz Blog Tour: Stop #15

My blurb blitz blog tour for my vampire fantasy novel, Drasmyr, continues today. Every day until December 7th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where promotional material for my book will be posted consisting of a blurb and an excerpt, or so. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize. Today we have: Worlds of Possibilities (http://www.crmoss.blogspot.com/?zx=75ab74dbdcdd7af6) Please check them out and show them your support.

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Blurb Blitz Blog Tour: Stop #14

My blurb blitz blog tour for my vampire fantasy novel, Drasmyr, continues today. Every day until December 7th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where promotional material for my book will be posted consisting of a blurb and an excerpt, or so. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize. Today we have: The Bunny’s Review (http://bunnysreview.com/2012/11/drasmyr-matthew-d-ryan/#comment-3748/) Please check them out and show them your support.

 

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

Old Movie Review: Cowboys and Aliens (2011)

Some friends and I rented this movie the other night on kind of a lark… well, actually, they wanted to see it, and I was willing; so, we saw it. I wasn’t expecting much. I mean, something named “Cowboys and Aliens” just strikes me as silly. Apparently, it’s based on a graphic novel of some sort. The premise is basically in the title: space aliens versus cowboys. Like I said, kind of silly. The cowboys really shouldn’t stand much of a chance. But, of course, in Hollywood anything is possible.

 

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by the film. It was an intriguing blend of mystery and action, there were even some elements of horror. Not only were the aliens technologically superior, they were physically superior as well. So, it was a real David and Goliath type of scenario. The only advantage (and it wasn’t so much an advantage as an equalizer) the cowboys had was that one of them (Daniel Craig’s character) had an advanced alien weapon attached to his wrist. This he used to great effect throughout the movie.

 

The movie stars Daniel Craig as the ruffian Jake Lonergan and Harrison Ford as the retired army officer Colonel Dollarhide. Both are rough and tumble sort of characters who are at each others throats early in the film, but then put their differences aside to go and hunt some aliens with a collection of other cowboys, bandits, and even some Indians for good measure. The aliens are responsible for a number of abductions and attacks throughout the area. The only truly effective weapon the good guys have is the aforementioned device on Jake Lonergan’s arm. Things like guns, bows, and spears work to a certain extent but just lack that guaranteed lethality that they have against humans.

 

The movie kept me interested and seemed plausible enough (assuming you accept the premise) up until one instance where a woman walks out of a fire amid a spectacular pyrotechnic display. We are shortly informed that she is an alien from another world, but my first response was that they were throwing in weird mysticism and magic which didn’t really belong in a sci-fi film. There are a couple questions they leave unanswered in the film, like how did this woman get to earth, but after that one bit with the fire that I’m still a little irritated by (it was just an excuse to startle us with special effects) the movie returned to a “rational” sequence of events.

 

Overall, it was definitely better than I expected. I don’t intend to buy it, but it was worth seeing the one time. I’ll give it three and a half stars.

Blurb Blitz Blog Tour: Stop #13

My blurb blitz blog tour for my vampire fantasy novel, Drasmyr, continues today. Every day until December 7th, I’ll be visiting a variety of blogs across the Internet where promotional material for my book will be posted consisting of a blurb and an excerpt, or so. At the end of the tour, one of the commenters on the tour (the tour sites, NOT AToastToDragons) will win a prize. Today we have: Reviews by Molly (http://reviewsbymolly.com/) Please check them out and show them your support.

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

Another Nomination for the Very Inspiring Blog Award.

As a continuation of my post the other day, since I messed up with yesterday’s blog tour link, I’m going to nominate The Masquerade Crew for the Very Inspiring Blog award. Theoretically, they should nominate 15 other blogs in turn, but to me, that seems kind of excessive. This is only the 2nd for me on this go around. Anyway, three cheers to The Masquerade Crew (http://masqueradecrew.blogspot.com/)

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