Sep 07

Appearance: Festifall Street Fair (Westfield, NJ)

Posted by: Matt

Later this month, I am going to be appearing at the “Festifall” Street Fair in Westfield, NJ. You should come!

Festifall is an awesome event where the town’s “Main St. USA” downtown area becomes an outdoor shopping pavilion with over 300 vendors. There is great food, music, rides, and other activities for the kids… there may even be a petting zoo, although I don’t know if they’ll be allowed back after that nasty incident last year.

You know what? Forget the petting zoo. It’s not important.

What IS important is that I’ll be there signing and selling books. If you are in the area, come on down. If not, please spread the word to those who are. Details are below:

 

Event: Festifall 2013

Date: 9/22/2013

Time: 10 AM- 5 PM

Location: Westfield, NJ (Downtown, East Broad St. & Elm St.)

 

Dec 28

END OF INFINITY REVIEW: BOOKLIST

Posted by: Matt

Reviewer: Booklist

Posted: 8/12/12

 

“A rousing, satisfying conclusion; readers will be sorry the ride is done.”

 

Click here to read the full review at Booklist Online

 

Dec 24

HOW THE GRINCH RUINED CHRISTMAS

Posted by: Matt

Think everyone in Who-Ville was happy to see the Grinch carve the Roast Beast at Christmas dinner? Think again. I recently uncovered this long-lost Op-Ed from the Who-Ville Town Whoover, published the day after Christmas back in 1957. That’s right, the very first Christmas that the Grinch came to Who-Ville.

I have to say… I think the author makes several good points.

 

WHAT THE WHO JUST HAPPENED?

Commentary – Opinion – December 26th, 1957

by Phineas Finnerman Who, Local Purveyor of Who-Pudding


It’s one day after the strangest Christmas in the history of Who-Ville, and I remain in a state of shock from which I may never fully recover. I’m afraid I say this with no exaggeration whatsoever. It isn’t just the events of the day that continue to gnaw at me, but the reaction of you, my fellow citizens. Am I really the only person that has a problem with what went on here yesterday?

I don’t know how things went in your house on Christmas morning, but when my children raced down the steps to find no presents, our tree gone, and our house robbed, a heartbreaking scene ensued. Everyone was crying, myself included. It took almost a full minute for me to process what had happened. Once the realization sank in, I feared for my family’s safety. For all I knew, a dangerous intruder was still in the house.

Don’t ask me how, but I calmed my children down with a rambling speech about the true meaning of Christmas, and quickly led the family into town for some caroling, the whole time wondering, Dear God what are we going to do? I was trying to buy time more than anything else. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened next. We were halfway through the third verse of “Dah-Who Doray, Fah-Who Foray” when our northern neighbor, the Grinch, descended Mount Krumpit.

He rode into town blowing “Who-Who” on his trumpet, giving away presents like Santa Claus himself—presents he had stolen from us mere hours earlier! And, what did we do? How did we respond? We celebrated this green-skinned monster and welcomed him into our community with open arms. He carved the Roast Beast at our town feast that very night!

I was so disgusted I couldn’t even eat.

Let’s set that aside for a moment, as I want to stay on the subject of stolen Christmas presents. Apparently, I’m the only one who cares to point out Mr. Grinch had no way of knowing whose presents were whose. I gasped as the Jing-Tinglers I bought my daughter landed in the arms of Cindy-Lou Who across the street. Likewise, the Garkinkers I bought my son fell to one of his classmates. Did their parents pause to inform their children that they would have to return this stolen merchandise to its rightful owner? No, they simply accepted the gifts. They thanked this fungus-hued fiend masquerading as Santa Claus! Meanwhile, my children ended up with nothing more than a pair of Slu-Slunkers. I ask you, is that fair? Is that right?

Who gave this Grinch permission to steal my family’s Christmas and redistribute it as he saw fit? I braved the crowds on Black Frupsday, not him. I spent three hours putting together a great big Electro-Who-Cardio-Flux while half in the bag, not him! And, my poor wife… the hours she spent hanging Pantookers on the ceiling and piling Bamboolers on the floor… all so the Grinch could tear them down and be hailed as a hero as he carelessly cast them off his sleigh. Really? This is our response? To encourage this kind of aggression?

Let’s be clear about exactly what happened yesterday: Who-Ville was attacked by a deranged maniac. A sick, twisted individual broke into our homes and we thanked him for it. If I’m the only one capable of understanding that, it’s time for me to kiss Who-Ville goodbye and move the family out to Solla Sollew.

 

Oct 03

APPEARANCE: BOOKS OF WONDER!

Posted by: Matt

Back in 2010, when the first Jack Blank book came out, I was invited to do a signing at Books of Wonder in NYC. It was a tremendous experience. This is a bookstore that makes you feel like you are stepping into a storybook when you walk in the door. It’s the kind of place that is very hard to find these days, so you should check them out for that reason alone.

But, if you need another reason, here it is: I am going back to do another signing on October 14th. Details are below. If you are in the NYC area, please come!

 

October 14th, 2012

 

Books of Wonder

18 West 18th Street (btw. 5th & 6th)

New York, NY 10011

 

1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

Aug 22

REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

Posted by: Matt

With THE SECRET WAR and THE END OF INFINITY coming out within a month and a half of each other, a bunch of interviews & reviews all hit at the same time. In case you missed any of them, links and quotes are posted below:

 

Reviewer: Mundie Kids

Posted: 8/7/12

Book: The End of Infinity

“Everything about this series, its characters, and its world-building is simply amazing!”

 

Reviewer: Mundie Kids

Posted: 8/10/12

Interview: Click here to read the full interview at the Mundie Kids book blog


Reviewer: This Kid Reviews Books

Posted: 8/9/12

Book: The End of Infinity

“This whole series ROCKS!!”

 

Reviewer: Larkin’s Book Bloggers

Posted: 8/8/12

Book: The End of Infinity

“With Matt’s books, they keep getting better and better – and this one if by far the best.”

 

Reviewer: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Posted: 8/9/12

Book: The Secret War

“Okay, it’s official. I’m declaring it to all of you now. Jack Blank is my new favorite hero. Move over Harry Potter.”

 

Reviewer: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Posted: 8/11/12

Book: The End of Infinity

“Welcome to my new favorite book series of all time.”

 

Reviewer: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Posted: 8/11/12

Interview: Click here to read the full interview at the Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile blog

 

Reviewer: The Mad Reviewer

Posted: 8/13/12

Book: The Secret War

“There’s really nothing more you can ask for in a YA novel.”

 

Reviewer: The Mad Reviewer

Posted: 8/17/12

Book: The End of Infinity

“One of the only series that I actually wouldn’t mind the author continuing. In fact, I’m all for it!”

 

Reviewer: The Mad Reviewer

Posted: 8/17/12

Interview: Click here to read the full interview at the Mad Reviewer book blog

 

Reviewer: The Write Path

Posted: 8/11/12

Book: The End of Infinity

“A great end to a wonderful trilogy.”


Thanks so much to everyone for all the kind words!


Aug 21

APPEARANCE: NEW YORK COMIC CON!

Posted by: Matt

I am psyched to announce that I will be heading back to Comic-Con this fall. I missed the show in San Diego this summer, but I’ll be at the New York Comic-Con, right here in the city that never sleeps. (My son gets up at 5am every morning, so we have that in common). Details are below. Hope to see you there, and if you do stop by, please say hello!

 

Panel: HERO’S QUEST: Swords & Sorcery in Fantasy Fiction

Date: 10/13/2012

Time: 5:15 PM- 6:15 PM

Location: Javitz Center, NYC – Room 1A08

 


 

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