Sunday, March 16, 2014

Veronica Mars ....The movie funded by a kickstarter

Veronica Mars (2014) Poster 

Directed by Rob Thomas

Starring Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Chris Lowell, Enrico Colantoni

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown - just in time for her high school reunion - in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who's embroiled in a murder mystery.

Review by Sceona

10 out of 10 Muddy Crowns

*Warning- This is a totally biased review by a true fan who loved the TV series*

When news broke last year that that a kickstarter campaign was created to help raise money for a Veronica Mars movie, fans ecstatically gave their hard earned money to ensure that the movie gets made. All in all the kickstarter ended up raising $5.7 million and as of 2 days ago fans were able to see the movie on either the big screen or through digital download on the same day. I was one of the lucky fans to have an AMC theatre showing the movie in my area. This movie was only released in a limited viewing and only through AMC. 

This movie did not disappoint. It had everything that I wanted and needed and I found myself smiling the entire movie. The cast was phenomenal and the cameos were hilarious. The storyline was perfect. It made you laugh, it made you sad, and some parts even made you jump. The movie ended like some movies should, an opportunity for a sequel. After the movie ended, I was already itching to see it again, and while at dinner with my boyfriend I asked him how he would rate this movie since he never watched the show. To my not so much surprise, he gave it an 8 out of 10, he even said that he wanted to watch the TV series. So even if you never watched the series or watched each episode 20 times, this movie will not disappoint.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Her ... A Spike Jonze Love Story Review



Written and Directed by Spike Jonze

Main Characters:  Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Chris Pratt, Rooney Mara

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

Review by Sceona:

9 out of 10 Muddy Crowns

Theodore is a lonely writer who is going through a divorce and purchases the new OS1, which is advertised as the world's first artificially intelligent operating system, "It's not just an operating system, it's a consciousness,".  As Theodore and 'Samantha' get to know each other more, they find themselves in love with each other. 

For me, even though we didn't get to see her in person, my favorite part about this movie was the voice of Scarlett Johansson as Samantha. she sounded both real and machine at the same time, and I found myself wanting one. I just wouldn't want a relationship with it and that crazy sex scene. I loved how Theodore's friend Amy and co-worker Paul were so on board with his relationship with Samantha and the only one to have a problem with it was his ex-wife. 

 It's a true futuristic but simplified romantic drama about a hopeless romantic and the quest for love and understanding.

Review by Frankie Brazelton
10 out of 10 Muddy Crowns
Fucking Brilliant

Her is a somber heartfelt masterpiece.

Set in the no-so-distant future, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love with his operating system named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). Johansson’s performance, though strictly auditory, is riveting and spell binding. This story belongs equally to both characters. It’s as much a tale of a heartbroken hopeless romantic seeking true companionship and human contact as it is about an artificial consciousness that grows ever more self aware and grapples with human emotion and desire. Spike Jonze managed to create one of the most intimate and erotic scenes in film history set against an entirely black screen. There was absolutely no visual aid, yet the emotion and passion was palpable.

I’ve not one negative opinion of Her. I loved the understated and nostalgic fashion, the clean uncluttered look of the setting, the emotional and very real performance of Joaquin Phoenix, the astounding and gripping performance of Scarlett Johansson, and the incredibly artistic and phenomenal directing of Spike Jonze. This film was nothing short of genius.

The Queen of the Vampire Genre and the return of her Brat Prince!

Anne Rice announced on Sunday through The Dinner Party Show (podcast) that she is reviving The Vampire Chronicles and gifting her rabid fans with a new vampire novel appropriately titled Prince Lestat. Rice fans have long awaited the return of Lestat and couldn’t be more thrilled as exhibited by the activity on Anne’s facebook page, which just soared past 1 million likes. Social media is abuzz with article links being posted everywhere from the NY Times to the humblest of blogs. It seems Lestat has indeed been resurrected once more.

You can pre-order Prince Lestat beginning this Saturday, March 15th. It will be released October 28th, 2014.

I’d also like to point out that word on the street is,  there will be a coronation for Lestat at the annual Lestat Ball in New Orleans. It’s sure to be the event of the year. I’d exsanguinate each of our readers to get my claws on those tickets!

Look for our reviews by yours truly in the beginning of November! We’re already planning a give away befitting the occasion!

Anne we bow to you! We, your fans, could not be happier at the return of our dark prince. And fingers crossed for another book tour!


Monday, March 10, 2014

Sceona's Review on Timebound by Rysa Walker and our questions were answered by Rysa herself!!!!

Timebound by Rysa Walker

Review by Sceona 

7 1/2 muddy crowns out of 10.

When I picked Timebound by Rysa Walker to be our very first book to review for our brand new blog, I was immediately drawn to the cover and the subject of time travel. While I'm not a huge fan of reading about history, I was delighted that this book had a futuristic element. I loved how there could be different timelines and the plots and twists although sometimes confusing, made it where you weren't quite sure who was the enemy and the ally. And while I'm not up to date on all the religions, I found it quite fascinating that someone could create a religion with the changes in a timeline.

The reason why I didn't give it a full 10 muddy crowns was because I felt that some parts felt rushed (the romance with Trey) and some parts just had too much information. But overall, I loved this book and can't wait for the next one.  Plus, I can totally see this book becoming a movie. 


And with great excitement, Frankie and I were able to submit some of our questions to Rysa which she generously answered......

Thanks so much for inviting me to join you at Mudville Dames!  I love book blogs and am always delighted to find a new one.

1. If you could travel to any place and at any time, where and when would you go? 
I've probably already tipped my hand on that a bit in my writing.  I'm very drawn to the Progressive Era, especially the years between 1890 and 1920.  There's so much going on and it's an especially active period for women, as more of them begin to seek out higher education and become politically active.  Back in graduate school, my primary area of study was women's political history, so that era is like catnip for me.  And if I had to pick a place, it would be Chicago during the Columbian Exposition, for pretty much the same reason that my CHRONOS historians visit so frequently. Most of the people I'd want to meet showed up at the Fair during its six month run, so rather than having to travel all over and find them, they'd be coming to me.  But I'd definitely stay at the Palmer House, rather than Holmes's World's Fair Hotel!

2. The dark religious undertone was my favorite thing about Timebound. This religion becomes extremely powerful; a force to be reckoned with. Was there a message there that you were trying to convey to your readers?
The Cyrists are a blend of negative aspects from a wide array of religions--a faith constructed by a cynic who is interested only in the ability of religion to manipulate people. Fortunately for him (and unfortunately for many, many others) he has the ability to manipulate others by bits of "prophecy" and "miracles," that are nothing more than 24th century technology, skillfully used to his advantage.  

Religion can be an incredible force, both for good and for evil.  The seeds of both are there, and what really matters are the extremes to which people are willing to go on behalf of their faith. I'm one of those people who has always had an issue with blind faith--I won't go into my specific religious beliefs, but I think there is a purpose behind humanity's capacity for reason. I think that mixing politics and religion is a very risky enterprise, because it puts too much power into the hands of a few. 

3. It’s obvious that you’ve done your research for the time periods visited in the novel. Did you already have knowledge of H.H.  Holmes and his monstrous activities or was that something you stumbled upon in your studies for this novel? Are you drawn to the macabre? It added to the realism of the time period. I personally found it enticing. 
I was aware of Holmes's presence at the World's Fair going in, thanks to an excellent book by Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City that I read a year or so before I started writing Timebound.  It's non-fiction, with lots of lovely footnotes for geeks like me who like to track everything down, but it's written almost like non-fiction for those who like to skip the details and roll with the story.  

As for the macabre,  I'm definitely drawn to it.  I think every story I've ever written has had some creepy element, so you won't find me writing slice-of-life or fluffy romance under a pseudonym.  I was reading Stephen King in middle school and always enjoy a scary book.  I steer clear of the movies, however--spewing arteries put me off my popcorn and make me sleep with a night-light. 

4. Will there be a sequel to Timebound and if so, when are you anticipating it to come out?
The CHRONOS Files is mapped out as a three book series, with two (or possibly three) novellas in between.  The first draft of book two, tentatively entitled Time's Edge, is currently with the editor, and is slated for an October release.  I'm just finishing up the draft for a novella from Kiernan's perspective, and am hoping to release it (eBook only) in late May.  The final book and novella(s) will follow a similar pattern in 2015.  I'll be posting updates on the releases at and on the Timebound Facebook site when I have more specific info to share.
5. Any upcoming plans for a book tour?
At present time, no.  As you can tell from the publication schedule above, I'm going to be chained to my computer for the next year and a half!  I may attend a few comic-cons, however, and I'm planning to attend UtopYA--a YA conference in Nashville--this summer.  I haven't heard back from them on whether I'll actually have a signing table, since I came on board a bit late. (I'm learning you have to book these things about a decade in advance.)   But if all else fails, I'll set up at a nearby Starbucks.  I kind of like that idea anyway, since there will be a nearby supply of fuel.  ;)

And for some Extra Extra news.... Rysa is currently working with Mark Morgan's Outlier group (executive producers for the Twilight films) and they are in the process of "shopping" the idea around to various studios, directors, and actors for her book to become a movie. How cool is that?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Frankie's review on Timebound (The Chronos Files #1)

7 out of 10 Muddy Crowns

Make no mistake about this book, it is a character drama through and through. If you want a sci-fi thriller you’d be happier picking up a Crichton novel. It’s a story of time travel, self discovery, complicated relationships and difficult life-altering decisions.

The story follows a teenage girl, Kate, as she time travels to stop her grandfather from altering events that have devastating consequences. Keeping up with the altering time lines is great fun. The historical accuracy that Walker gives to the story line is colorful and enticing. The contrast between time periods was written beautifully and with enough detail to allow the reader to see and experience the past through the 21st century protagonist’s eyes. Rysa particularly shines as she immerses you in the 1893 World’s Fair.

Though the characters were well developed, I found it hard to connect to Kate. Reading the story from her point of view was sometimes off putting as I wanted more than her inner dialogue and teenage notions. I’m not judging too harshly as I believe the book is probably quite popular to its key demographic (teenage girls). I also would have preferred a little more of a scientific explanation of time travel and CHRONOS. I’m still holding out hope that a sequel will answer more of those questions.

Still not sure if this is the right novel for you? It has even more to offer! The meaty plot of time travel, love and loss is laced with a potent anti-religious undertone that leaves the reader asking deep and profound questions. This, much to my delight, was an unexpected bonus. The villain in this story uses his knowledge and time traveling ability to go back in time to create his own religion, not only changing the lives of his family, but of the world. All in all, I’ve found Timebound to be a hearty and satisfying novel indeed.