About Jonathan Ryan

Jonathan Ryan is a novelist, blogger and columnist. His novel, 3 Gates of the Dead, published by Open Road Media, is in bookstores everywhere. The sequel, Dark Bride, will be out in April 2015

My Sad Devotion To An Ancient Religion

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) This is going to sound really messed up at first, but that scene in Star Wars: A New Hope, when the Imperial Officers are all talking about their plans for the Death Star and Vader says, “I find your lack of faith disturbing,” and then uses the Force to choke Admiral Motti expresses so perfectly what being religious feels like sometimes. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s this part:It’s not the part w … [Read more...]

Martian Love

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(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)I had a couple of hours alone one evening this past week and boy, did I use it to the fullest! I watched, in perfect peace and in absolute control of the remote, “Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths.” It was delightful. Not only was it a great superhero story with lots of action and insight into Batman’s inner darkness, but there was an AMAZING scene between J’onn J’onzz and the alternate Earth’s President’s daughter, Rose.The two felt a c … [Read more...]

One Lantern, Two Lantern, Green Lantern, Blue Lantern

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(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)I’m a big fan of the Green Lantern. If I was going to be a superhero, that’s what I’d want to be. Also, the Lanterns remind me of the Catholic Church—they choose people from among the community and assign them to care for the people in that place, they have councils and a hierarchy, they make fabulously horrible mistakes with galactic repercussions and, ultimately, their objective is to bring justice and peace. I like the Green Lan … [Read more...]

Caecilius Est Doctor

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 (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) When I was in middle school, I started to notice that very often there would be a connection with the things I was learning and the things I was living. It seemed uncanny at times how we’d study a particular historical item, or something in religion or science and then that thing would show up in some way in a conversation or, even better, it would be useful to a situation I’d find myself in. And, sometimes it would be on a … [Read more...]

The Injustice League–Gods and Monsters

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) Warning: Potential Spoilers I came across some of DC’s “Justice League Gods and Monsters Chronicles” short videos today. I could share them here for you to make up your own mind, but I don’t want to be the one who shares them with anyone. They bill it as “dark” which is usually something I can get behind (tonight’s blog was initially going to be about how awesomely dark the new Aquaman looks, but then I saw the shorts) —b … [Read more...]

Nerdy By Nature

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 (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)When I was a kid (and it still happens now), whenever someone called me a nerd, or weird-o, or any of the other charming titles I was given, I didn’t get offended because, in my head, they were recognizing that I liked what I liked and wasn’t put off admitting it just because it wasn’t popular. I was proud of the fact that nobody else dictated who I was going to be and I chose to be authentically, unapologetically me. They didn’t nece … [Read more...]

Master Sue

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) I know that this is an entertainment blog, and that martial arts are not strictly “entertainment,” but they are “arts.” So, I’m going to write about that today. I want to tell you about my Yoda; my Master—Master Sue. She doesn’t look like a Muppet and she’s not wrinkled and green; she’s really gorgeous. And she’s awesome. Right now she’s kicking cancer’s ass, but she can kick yours (or your Master’s), too. Even in the midst of chemo a … [Read more...]

Soul Soothing Sounds of Star Wars

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.) Saturday night I purchased a Star Wars album on iTunes because my stupid phone won’t let me have my Star Wars CD on it since it last updated.  Anyhoo… I got to listen to the album on my way to work Sunday morning, rather loudly, in my car.  This particular version comes with the “Fox Fanfare” and then goes into the “Main Title” for A New Hope.  I often have an emotional response (not bawling or anything) to some of the Star Wars music … [Read more...]

Jane Says…

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(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)There are certain books that I read over and over because no matter where I am in my life, they speak to me. They have spoiled me for inferior books. Like The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia, I couldn’t even guess how many times I’ve read another favorite—Jane Eyre. Some of the best lines ever written come from this poor, plain girl who has suffered so deeply, been overlooked so thoroughly and came to know herself so compl … [Read more...]

The Vision is a Vision!

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)WARNING: SPOILERS I actually got to go to the movies to see a movie! My family and I went and saw Avengers: Age of Ultron. It started off wonky—it looked like a video game. I actually thought that we were watching a training simulation or something at first. I’m still not sure whether the movie adjusted or I did, but it seemed to correct itself. I thought the rest of the movie looked great.And it was great. I’m a sucker for sup … [Read more...]


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