My blurb blitz blog tour for my vampire fantasy novel, Drasmyr, continues today. Every day until July 19th, 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: Fantasy Powered by Love (http://fantasypoweredbylove.com/)Please check them out and show them your support.
And check out the sponsor of the tour: http://www.goddessfish.com/.
My blurb blitz blog tour for my vampire fantasy novel, Drasmyr, starts today. Every day until July 19th, 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: fuonlyknew (http://fuonlyknew.com/) Please check them out and show them your support.
And check out the sponsor of the tour: http://www.goddessfish.com/.
Old Movie Review: The Factory
“The Factory” is a crime/action/thriller inspired by true events and starring John Cusack and Jennifer Carpenter. The IMDB rating gives the movie 5.4 stars out of 10, which I think is absurd. This is a really good movie, with a killer twist. Of course, it is based on true accounts, supposedly, and truth is often stranger than fiction, or so they say. Regardless, I heartily disagree with the IMDB rating.
Anyway, John Cusack plays the main character, detective Mike Fletcher, a rough and tumble cop, and Jennifer Carpenter plays his partner, Kelsey Walker. Together they are investigating a series of disappearances. They suspect a serial killer, but have no bodies, only missing person reports. But the catch is (and the killers mo), all the victims are prostitutes. As a result, there’s hardly an outcry to solve the case; in fact, detective Fletcher is under some pressure to wrap it up and let it go. But he’s not willing to let it go. He’s hell bent on finding out what’s happened to these women and no one’s going to stop him.
Then, the unthinkable happens. Mike’s teenage daughter, Abby, goes missing. At the time of her disappearance, she is roaming the streets and dressed, as some teenage girls are wont to do, in rather scanty ill-concealing clothes. Mike fears the worst, and soon the evidence begins to mount that his fears are justified. Now he’s on the case of his own daughter’s disappearance, and he’s running out of time.
Strengths: well, the movie held together well; it was easy enough to follow. The acting was fine and the plot was engaging. And, like I said, there was a killer twist. Maybe saying that much gives away too much. But it’s worth watching just to see the twist. I saw it with two other people, and none of us saw it coming. And when they did the flashback sequence to “explain” it, they did drop plenty of hints throughout the movie, nothing too obtrusive, but lots of small things that when taken together came together well. Weaknesses: well, there was one strange sequence which didn’t make sense at first, but was explained by the end. So, perhaps that’s not a weakness. Also, there were a few cases of weak dialogue, but not a lot. Of course, all that said and done, it is kind of disconcerting that it was inspired by true events.
Anyway, as a piece of pure art, I’ll give it four stars out of five.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Goddess Fish Promotions will be sponsoring a promotional blog tour for my book, “Drasmyr,” starting on 6/17/13 and running through 7/19/13. It is a strictly promotional tour, meaning that every visit will be limited to excerpts from my book and a book blurb. During the tour, I’ll be posting links to the blog host of the day as they occur. Also, make sure you check out the sponsor of the whole tour–Goddess Fish Promotions–it wouldn’t have been possible without them.
Finally, I will be awarding one randomly chosen commenter on the tour (for those who comment on the tour sites—not atoasttodragons) with a Reaper metal miniature, specifically, a Dark Heaven Legends version of Dracula. It is excellent for collecting, or to use in gaming.
Blog Tour Schedule
- June 17: fuonlyknew
- June 18: Fantasy Powered by Love
- June 19: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
- June 20: Fae Books
- June 21: The Dan O’Brien Project
- June 24: Penny For Them…
- June 25: Reading In Twilight
- June 26: Danita Minnis
- June 27: My Odd Little World
- June 28: Loose the Hounds
- July 8: You Gotta Read Reviews
- July 9: Kay Berrisford
- July 10: Farm Girl Books
- July 11: Dawn’s Reading Nook Blog
- July 12: Pink Fluffy Hearts: Diary of a Coffee Addict
- July 15: Dalene’s Book Reviews
- July 16: All in One Place
- July 17: Melissa MacKinnon | Author
- July 18: Straight from the Library
- July 19: Andi’s Book Reviews
“The Dark Sleep” is a short film based on an H.P. Lovecraft story “The Dreams in the Witch House.” I have only read a couple Lovecraft stories and “The Dreams in the Witch House” is not one of them. So I cannot comment on the accuracy of this particular portrayal or even the quality of the original tale. Still, I have always loved the macabre feel and the notions of alien deities that mention of Lovecraft conjures up. I even played the RPG game “The Call of Cthulu” a couple times back in the day, so I went into this movie with reasonably high expectations. Now, on to the review.
The main character of the film is Nancy Peterson, played by Ashley Galloway. She is a recently divorced writer who purchases a house from her ex-husband, Pete, for zero dollars. There is but one stipulation: she cannot paint over the bizarre painting found in the basement. However, once she sets up shop in the house, she is soon beset with strange nightmares and encounters with extra-dimensional creatures. Her concentration goes to pot: she can’t write; she can’t sleep; and she grows more irritable with every passing day. Her sister, Kelley, comes to visit and to lend a hand, but soon she is drawn into the surreal web of macabre construction herself. Can Nancy solve the mystery of the house for the sake of her own sanity and her and her sister’s safety? Watch the movie and find out.
Strengths: overall, I thought the story held together fairly well. There weren’t any gaping logical flaws (assuming you can accept the premise of extra-dimensional travel through dreams), and most of the acting, although not stellar, was fine. There were some weak parts, though: most notably a brief scene in the very beginning and the climax at the end, both of which featured the ex-husband. Weaknesses: special effects do not make a movie, but they can add to one. And in this case, I think the effects subtracted. It was a low budget movie and it really did show. That said, the scenery and surreal atmosphere of the dream sequences was handled well; it would have been nice if the effects were up to snuff to complement such, but alas, they weren’t. Another weakness was how the house appeared … well, maybe not. But both my friends and I were expecting an old beat up thing from the nineteen-twenties, or something like that, but it looked like a reasonably modern house. And that just did not fit the tone of the movie.
Anyway, I’ll give this film three and half out of five stars.