Archives for September 2008

“Cyndere’s Midnight”: Reviews and Interviews, Part One

Reviews are beginning to pop up here and there for Cyndere's Midnight: … [Read more...]

Today’s Favorite: Dragons!

Guillermo del Toro has said that he cannot wait to bring Smaug to life in the big-screen version of The Hobbit. … [Read more...]

Curator and the Coens

When Alissa Wilkinson, editor of The Curator, asked me if I'd contribute some perspectives on the Coen Brothers' movies, I revisited my original reviews of Barton Fink, Fargo, and The Big Lebowski, and decided to hold them up and compare them with the Coens' latest... Burn After Reading.By comparison, the new film doesn't hold up so well with either of those three memorable, masterful films. But it's still a hoot and a holler, and I recommend it to Coen fans... but not necessarily to … [Read more...]

An Unforgettable Night at Third Place Books, Celebrating “Cyndere’s Midnight”

Here are a few moments from Thursday night's crowded Cyndere's Midnight release party. Over 100 people packed in for the reading. I read a chapter from the middle of the book called "The Watcher and the Ruined Farm," talked about the profundity of "Beauty and the Beast," and reminisced about my favorite monsters. It was an unforgettable evening, a wonderful time to chat with old friends and meet new friends. I was greatly encouraged by the enthusiasm.Check out these pics by photographer … [Read more...]

To Save Ourselves?

It's extraordinary to me that the United States can find $700 billion to save Wall Street and the entire G8 can't find $25 billion dollars to saved 25,000 children who die every day from preventable diseases. - Bono, rock star and anti-poverty activist (The American Prospect blog) … [Read more...]

What Cookie Monster, the Abominable Snowman, Frankenstein, Gollum, Darth Vader, and Daniel Plainview Have in Common

What do Cookie Monster, the Abominable Snowman, Frankenstein, Gollum, Darth Vader, and Daniel Plainview have in common? … [Read more...]

Quiz: Johnny Depp will play A) Dillinger, B) The Mad Hatter, or C) Tonto…

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE:Johnny Depp will soon add to his impressive list of characters by playing:A) John DillingerB) The Mad HatterorC) Tonto?Answer? … [Read more...]

The Kindlings Muse Movie Show is Back!

After taking the summer off, I was happy to reunite with the team for another Kindlings Muse movie show, recorded at Hales Pub and Brewery. Jennie Spohr was not able to join us; she's home enjoying the company of her newborn. Congratulations, Jennie! But I enjoyed a lively conversation with Greg Wright and Dick Staub about our favorite films of the summer, some new releases, some DVDs worth renting, and took a few moments to share some personal favorites that we consider "classics." … [Read more...]

New Auralia Thread Contest: Name the Site of a Meteor Strike

In the third book of The Auralia Thread -- Cal-raven's Ladder -- Cal-raven will venture to a very creepy place... a place where a meteor once struck and destroyed a forest, leaving a deep crater full of strange, glittering dust. … [Read more...]

What Do “Cyndere’s Midnight” Readers Have in Common?

People who pre-ordered my new novel Cyndere's Midnight, or rushed out to grab a copy, are sending in photos to mark the occasion. To thank them, I'm sending them all free Cyndere's Midnight bookmarks.And there's good news: I can extend the deadline another couple of weeks, because I just found out that the publisher's sending me MORE bookmarks!The pictures are even more fun than I anticipated. I'll post a few of them below....So, what do these pictures show us about people who are … [Read more...]