Monday, December 29, 2014

Prince Lestat by Anne Rice | Gothic Horror Book Review | Vampire Chronicles #11

Mulluane | Monday, December 29, 2014 | Be the first to comment!

Sequel To Queen of the Damned



A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return…From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology--a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller.
"What can we do but reach for the embrace that must now contain both heaven and hell: our doom again and again and again…" --from The Vampire Lestat

Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned ("mesmerizing" --San Francisco Chronicle), a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat ("brilliant…its undead characters are utterly alive" --New York Times) left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces--the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles.

The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis…vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned…Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.

As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th-century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles-Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures-come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who-or what-the Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why…

And, at the book's center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw--the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat…

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Prince Lestat by Anne Rice | Gothic Horror Book Review | Vampire Chronicles #11

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| Author: Anne Rice
| Series: The Vampire Chronicles
| Genre: Gothic Horror
| Content: Vampires, Ghosts
| ISBN-10: 0307962520
| ISBN-13: 9780307962522
| Publisher: Knopf (October 28, 2014)
| Hardback: 480 pages
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #11)




♥ Mini Review ♥
They are all here. All of my beloved vampires. So proud, so elegant, so... conflicted. Anne Rice has ruined me. Because of her I cannot abide mainstream vampires. They don't fit into our world. But these beautiful, graceful and impossibly old creatures do fit. And they fit so well, I often feel them stalking my dreams.

Monday, December 15, 2014

'Tis The Season To Be Busy!

Mulluane | Monday, December 15, 2014 | 2 Comments so far
Well here we are.



This year is waning and another isn't far.



Life gets crazy as holiday celebrations are planned.

Decorated Raindeer


Even my cat tried to lend a hand!

Cat knocks down tree
(Well it tried, that is what counts right?)


There is a winter storm forecast, I hope that it snows...

Festive House


Maybe this year rabbit won't try to take snowman's nose!

Rabbit stealing Snowman's nose

Stockings have all been hung with delight...

Stockings on firplace


And Santa is ready for a long christmas night...

Santa and sleigh


Through all of this chaos I'm trying to read...

Reading Chair

A task at which I just can't succeed...

Elves on strike

So I think that I'll be taking a break...

exhausted Santa


To see just how many posts I can make...
Santa on computer



You'll see 2 reviews before I go on holiday...

Elf waving



But I will be back after New Year's day...

New Year's Banner
See you all soon!


Clipart/gif source: Webweaver's

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rick Riordan Quote | Weekly Quote 29

Mulluane | Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 4 Comments so far

“Jason scratched his head.

"You named him Festus?

You know that in Latin,

‘festus’ means ‘happy’?

You want us to ride off

to save the world on

Happy the Dragon?”

-- Rick Riordan, The Lost Hero --

Book Quote from The Last Hero by Rick Riordan on a background designed by @Mulluane

About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is Rick Riordan's. The design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

I probably should have done something holiday themed but I saw this one, and when I stopped laughing, got to work putting it all together!

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Elizabeth Kerner | Weekly Quote 28

Mulluane | Thursday, December 04, 2014 | 4 Comments so far

“What good I thought I could do,

all alone, against thousands

of years of mistrust and

the power of a Demonlord,

I cannot now imagine:

but such are the dreams of youth,

too gloriously stupid to realise

what cannot be done.

And without those dreams,

how should we ever accomplish

the impossible?”

-- Elizabeth Kerner, Song in the Silence --

Quote about the dreams of youth by Elizabeth Kerner on a background design by Mulluane

About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is Elizabeth Kerner's. The design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!


My Review of Song in the Silence.


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Book Blogging Tips: Make Sharing Easy | Prequel

Mulluane | Wednesday, December 03, 2014 | 2 Comments so far
I remember fondly starting my blogs back in 2008. It did not take long before I was a part of a community I never knew existed. A community of book bloggers. Back then it was a small group. Maybe 200 SFF bloggers worldwide. And it was awesome. We were featured in each other's blog rolls. We shared each other's posts. We commented religiously. We even had our own forum. SEO was easy. It depended heavily on backlinks and as a community, we made sure to link to each other frequently.

Unfortunately, in 2009 I lost internet access and could not blog anymore.

Fast forward to 2014. My area finally gets DSL and I quickly started blogging again. And I discovered a vastly different atmosphere.
  • Seo is now so complicated it has spawned its own community of bloggers just to help us navigate the changes. 
  • The small, select SFF community has now exploded into 1000's, maybe even 10's of 1000's of bloggers. More than I could ever hope to develop a relationship with. 
  • Twitter has exploded as has Goodreads. 
  • Facebook is now worthless unless you can pay and Librarything is almost dead. 
  • On the upside I discovered Tumblr, Pinterest, DeviantArt, Buffer, PicMonkey and Listly to mention a few. Yay! New programs to play with!
So I've spent the last year exploring, testing, reading, researching and redesigning my blogs. My posts as a result have been a bit sparse, my followers a bit slim, but I now feel alot more comfortable with the process.

And you know what I discovered? Sharing is still the key to SEO. Main difference is that it is alot more visual, less likely to be reciprocated and the focus is different. Now the focus is to sell yourself as an expert in your genre. The more quality content you share, the more people will take you seriously and visit your blog!

Personally, I miss the old way so I still tend to share content from the blogs I admire, even if nobody notices. But that brings us to the purpose of this post and the series to follow. There are a plethora of blogs I either can't share or I have to put alot of work into creating a good share from scratch. Here is a quick list of the reasons why:
  • No image or image is too small or too wide.
  • No alt text on images
  • No RSS feed. 
  • No subscribe by email either.
  • No share buttons.
  • No tweetable text.
  • No pinned tweet or Facebook post.
  • No follow buttons or hard to find.
Old Bat's Belfry: Make Sharing Easy! | Prequel post outlining what I'll be discussing. Stay Tuned!What I plan is to to do a series of posts which suggest solutions for each of the listed issues plus I have a bunch of tips and tricks on how to make your content stand out in the crowd while increasing your SEO.

Note: I will be focusing on the blogger platform. Some of the things I'll be going over, Wordpress already has plugins for.

Blogger on the other hand has the tools you need in place but you'll have to manually make use of them. Something you are likely already accustomed to doing. And the reason why I love blogger. I want to learn how to make blogger do what I want it to do instead of just installing a plugin.

Please understand that I am not a trained expert. Everything I do is self taught. I have however, done alot of research, experimenting, coding and testing. My solutions may not be perfect, or WC3 compliant, but they work. Plus, I'll be linking back to the real experts whenever possible.

So what do you think? Love the idea? Is there anything you are particularly interested in learning about? Anything I missed? Do you hate it? "Hey Mulluane, I just want you to post more reviews and quotes, I don't care about SEO, sharing and visibility!"

Let me know in the comments. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It's a Bat! It's a Frog! It's a Bat Frog? | Thursday Trivia

Mulluane | Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 3 Comments so far
I know I haven't done one of these posts in awhile but I saw these articles on Nation Geographic and I could not resist sharing. So instead of a quote this week I'm sharing Bat Frogs! Once again Mother Nature has blessed me with a good old-fashioned belly laugh!

First up we have what looks like some sort of demon toad...

Surprising Photo: Toad Eats Bat | Source : http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/25/surprising-photo-toad-eats-bat/
The toad and its bat prey in Cerros de Amotape National Park. Photograph courtesy Yufani Olaya and PeruNature.com
Actually, as strange as this might sound, this is a Cane Toad trying to eat a Free-Tailed Bat. The good news is, the toad eventually had to spit it out. Never could figure out how to solve the problem those wings created. The bat actually survived. (Which is good. I'd hate to have to hurt a little frog. Which only weighs 4lbs. Ummm... Lemme rethink that for a minute...)

Next up is an actual Bat Frog! Named "Dendropsophus ozzyi" in honor of Ozzy Osbourne, who supposedly bit off the head of a bat at a Black Sabbath concert in 1981. 

Ozzy is likely just beside himself with joy. 

Bat Frog | Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141108-frogs-new-species-amazon-bats-animals-science-ozzy-osbourne/
PHOTOGRAPH BY PEDRO PELOSO
Told you truth was stranger than fantasy! This little guy makes a high-pitched, batlike call; first frog ever to do so. Well the first one they have discovered. This guy has gone unnoticed in a well explored section of the Amazon and yet was only discovered recently. I'm guessing that pretending to be a bat worked out rather well in his case!

Don't forget to check out the links. I just skimmed the surface. There is more info contained in the original articles.

More celebrity critters: (Discovery News Video)



Personally, I can easily see either one of these critters showing up in a fantasy novel someday. So what about you? Heard or read (or seen) any strange critters lately that you think would fit right into a fantasy world? Inquiring minds want to know!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Hero and The Crown (Damar #1) by Robin McKinley | Fantasy Book Review

Mulluane | Tuesday, November 18, 2014 | 2 Comments so far

eBook Release Day Review!



In Robin McKinley’s Newbery Medal–winning novel, an outcast princess must earn her birthright as a hero of the realm

Aerin is an outcast in her own father’s court, daughter of the foreign woman who, it was rumored, was a witch, and enchanted the king to marry her.

She makes friends with her father’s lame, retired warhorse, Talat, and discovers an old, overlooked, and dangerously imprecise recipe for dragon-fire-proof ointment in a dusty corner of her father’s library. Two years, many canter circles to the left to strengthen Talat’s weak leg, and many burnt twigs (and a few fingers) secretly experimenting with the ointment recipe later, Aerin is present when someone comes from an outlying village to report a marauding dragon to the king. Aerin slips off alone to fetch her horse, her sword, and her fireproof ointment . . .

But modern dragons, while formidable opponents fully capable of killing a human being, are small and accounted vermin. There is no honor in killing dragons. The great dragons are a tale out of ancient history.

That is, until the day that the king is riding out at the head of an army. A weary man on an exhausted horse staggers into the courtyard where the king’s troop is assembled: “The Black Dragon has come . . . Maur, who has not been seen for generations, the last of the great dragons, great as a mountain. Maur has awakened.”


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5 Star Review of The Hero and The Crown by Robin McKinley
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| Author: Robin McKinley
| Series: Damar (Book 1)
| Genre: Heroic Fantasy
| Content: Dragons, Heroine, Adventure
| ISBN-10: 0441328091
| ISBN-13: 9780441328093
| Publisher: Open Road Media Teen/Tween (November 18, 2014) eBook edition
| Paperback: 244 pages
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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The Hero and the Crown (Damar, #1)



♥ Mini Review ♥
Imagine a lonely young princess, pariah not because of who she is, but because of who she was born to. Now imagine an old warhorse, favorite of the King, put out to pasture while still in his prime because of an injury. Now combine the two, throw in a war, some dragons, plus an understanding father and you end up with a timeless classic.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Charles de Lint | Weekly Quote 27

Mulluane | Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 2 Comments so far

“I want to be magic.

I want to touch the heart of the world

and make it smile.

I want to be a friend of elves

and live in a tree.

Or under a hill.

I want to marry a moonbeam and

hear the stars sing.

I don't want to pretend at magic anymore.

I want to be magic.”

-- Charles de Lint --

Quote about magic by Charles de Lint on background designed by Mulluane

About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is Charles de Lint's. The design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Robin McKinley | Weekly Quote 26

Mulluane | Thursday, November 06, 2014 | 4 Comments so far

“Cats were often familiars to workers of magic 

because to anyone used to wrestling with 

self-willed, wayward, devious magic

--which was what all magic was--

it was rather soothing to have all the same qualities wrapped

 up in a small, furry, generally attractive bundle that...might,

 if it were in a good mood, sit on your knee and purr. 

Magic never sat on anybody's knee and purred.”

-- Robin McKinley, Spindle's End --


Quote by Robin McKinley. The background cat line art is by QuincyAllain on DeviantArt. Design by Mulluane

About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is Robin McKinley's. The background cat line art is by QuincyAllain. (Thank you Quincy for making this free to use!) The remainder of the design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!

Read My Review of: The Hero and The Crown by Robin McKinley

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Dreamer's Pool (A Blackthorn and Grim Novel) by Juliet Marillier | Fantasy Book Review

Mulluane | Tuesday, November 04, 2014 | 6 Comments so far

Release Day Review!



Award-winning author Juliet Marillier “weaves magic, mythology, and folklore into every sentence on the page” (The Book Smugglers). Now she begins an all-new and enchanting series that will transport readers to a magical vision of ancient Ireland….

In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she’ll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help.

Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais. He knows her only from a portrait and sweetly poetic correspondence that have convinced him Flidais is his destined true love. But Oran discovers letters can lie. For although his intended exactly resembles her portrait, her brutality upon arrival proves she is nothing like the sensitive woman of the letters.

With the strategic marriage imminent, Oran sees no way out of his dilemma. Word has spread that Blackthorn possesses a remarkable gift for solving knotty problems, so the prince asks her for help. To save Oran from his treacherous nuptials, Blackthorn and Grim will need all their resources: courage, ingenuity, leaps of deduction, and more than a little magic.


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Historical Fantasy Book Review of Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier, A Blackthorn and Grim Novel

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| Author: Juliet Marillier
| Series: A Blackthorn and Grim Novel (Book 1)
| Genre: Historical Fantasy
| Content: Irish Lore, Mystery, Romance
| ISBN-10: 0451466993
| ISBN-13: 9780451466990
| Publisher: Roc Hardcover (November 4, 2014)
| Paperback: 448 pages
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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♥ Mini Review ♥

Fairy tale elements fill this book in a magical adventure involving both mystery and romance. Beautifully written, flawlessly paced, this book will transport you to an ancient Ireland where myth and magic lurk in the shadows. Reader beware lest you too fall under this book's powerful spell.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Juliet Marillier | Weekly Quote 25

Mulluane | Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 4 Comments so far

“The greatest tales,

well told,

awaken the fears and longings

of the listeners.

Each man hears a different story.

Each is touched by it

according to his inner self.

The words go to the ear,

but the true message travels straight to the spirit.”

-- Juliet Marillier, Son of the Shadows --


About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is Juliet Marillier's. The design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ray Bradbury Quote | Weekly Quote #24

Mulluane | Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 2 Comments so far

Anything You Dream

Is Fiction and

Anything You Accomplish

Is Science

The Whole History

Of Mankind

Is Nothing But

Science Fiction

-- Ray Bradbury --


Ray Bradbury Quote, Design by Mulluane @ Old Bat's Belfry


About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is Ray Bradbury's. The design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!


Usage: Non-Commercial Fair Use is permitted. The following restrictions apply: Please do not remove or mask the watermark url. Do not sell, print or claim this work as your own and when sharing, pinning, reblogging or posting, a direct link to this post is appreciated. Thanks!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Five Portraits (Xanth #39) by Piers Anthony | Fantasy Book Review

Mulluane | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | Be the first to comment!

Release Day Review! 



Piers Anthony delivers another tale set in the bestselling world of Xanth, filled with magic, surprises, adventure, and a few puns. Here’s what the author has to say about his new book:

“Five Portraits is a kind of sequel to Board Stiff in that it picks up where the other leaves off, with the same characters. Apart from that, it’s one of my favorites within the series. There’s something about Astrid Basilisk that appeals to me: a very pretty girl whose very glance is deadly, yet she’s a nice person whose selfless effort to save five difficult children from future Xanth is thoroughly worthy. I also like the theme of the power of unlikely friendship. Not just Xanth, but Mundania, too, would be better if there were more such friendships.”

*Blurb source* Open Road Media
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Five Portraits (Xanth #39) by Piers Anthony | Fantasy Book Review

| Source: Publisher/Net Galley
| Author: Piers Anthony
| Series: Xanth (Book 39)
| Genre: Fantasy Humor
| Content: Satire, Puns, Alternate World
| ISBN-10: 1624672728
| ISBN-13: 9781624672729
| Publisher: Open Road Media (October 21, 2014)
| Paperback: 279 pages
| Rating: 5/5 Stars
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Five Portraits (Xanth, #39)



♥ Mini Review ♥
Can a soulless Demoness learn friendship? Can a basilisk, who can kill with a look, become a loving guardian for five orphans? And can those five orphans, each with dangerous gifts, find new homes?  Alot is at stake as the very future of Xanth rests on the shoulders of five frightened children.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Board Stiff (Xanth #38) by Piers Anthony | Fantasy Book Review

Mulluane | Friday, October 17, 2014 | 2 Comments so far


Be careful what you wish for...

"I'm actually a smart girl who would make any man an excellent wife. But no man sees that. No man is interested in my mind or personality, just my whatevers. So here is my wish: I'm board stiff. I want Adventure, Excitement, and Romance.”

So begins Piers Anthony's 38th Xanth novel, in which Irrelevant Candy, looks at her reflection in the water of the shallow well and sees luxuriant midnight black hair to her breathtakingly slender waist, matching dark eyes in a lovely face. A torso coming yea-close to absolute perfection. She was man's desire. That was part of the problem.

And in the shallow magic of a wishing well, she asks her wish to be granted. Something happens. A sudden whirlwind surrounds her, lifting her up and ripping off her clothing. She is changing, somehow. Then she falls flat on the ground.

Literally. She has been transformed into a flat, stiff board with two knotholes for eyes.

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Board Stiff (Xanth #38) by Piers Anthony

| Author: Piers Anthony
| Series: Xanth (Book 38)
| Genre: Fantasy Humor
| Content: Satire, Puns, Alternate World
| ISBN-10: 1624670865
| ISBN-13: 9781624670862
| Publisher: Premier Publishing (January 6, 2014)
| Paperback: 250 pages
| Source: Found on Net Galley
| Rating: 4/5 Stars
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Board Stiff (Xanth, #38)



♥ Mini Review ♥
Once upon a time there was an alternate world. A world where puns were the foundation of just about everything from monsters to food. Granted, some things resemble our world. There are young men who want young women and adventure. In that order. There are young women who want excitement, romance and marriage. Which are not the same things at all. Fortunately, there is also a Good Magician who, for a year of service, will grant an Answer to any Querent who passes 3 challenges and makes it into his castle. What ensues is a rollicking tale of misadventure, misunderstandings, unique challenges and eventual happiness. But only if the adventurers survive the puns first.

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