28 mars 2014

Spock of Mars!

Found on the internet, the combination of three passions of mine, Star Trek the original series, the first three Star Wars (1977-1983), and the Barsoom novels from Edgar Rice Burroughs. It gives... Spock of Mars! Combination of this Frank Frazetta painting: with this original Star Wars poster, the one with Sexy Leia and Hulk Luke!
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23 mars 2014

Second comment about "Mais qui est donc Sister Love ?"... also positive!

On the Casus No roleplaying game message board, one of the posters asked the title of my novel, I gave it to him and indicated that I would send him the ebook, but he insisted to buy it on Amazon, which was a very nice gesture. That's my first sale in 3 months! And not only did he buy it, he also read it right away, and this Sunday, March the 23rd, he was kind enough to post a very positive comment on Amazon.fr (translation from French by me)! 4.0 stars out of 5 Super supers! 23 march 2014 by... [Lire la suite]
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21 mars 2014

Llana of Gathol!

This book, the tenth of the Barsoom cycle, is composed of four novellas, but which form a continuous story, published in 1941 in Amazing Stories, and reunited as a 1948 book. This would be the last book of the cycle published while Edgar Rice Burroughs was alive. He died in 1950.  -          “The Ancient Dead”, published in the magazine with the title “The City of Mummies”: John Carter decided … to play the tourist, in Horz, the ancient city of the Barsoomian ancestors, the Orovars,... [Lire la suite]
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18 mars 2014

Synthetic Men of Mars, excellent!

Some Burroughs specialists, as Richard Lupoff, hate Synthetic Men of Mars. As far as I’m concerned, it’s always a delight from beginning to end!  After The Swords of Mars, Synthetic Men of Mars is the ninth novel of the Barsoom cycle, and even really the last novel, since the next two books, Llana of Gathol and John Carter of Mars, are both composed of novellas.  Following a mundane « car accident » (a collision between two airships), Dejah Thoris finds herself between life and death, and the Helium Doctors can... [Lire la suite]
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16 mars 2014

A Princess of Mars, not a first edition, but close!

I saw one day a sale on Amazon.fr for the novel "A Princess of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs dated of the year 1917, and for a very small price, it seemed too good to be true! I nonetheless decided to order the item, and a few days later, here it was! Of course it wasn't a first edition, I didn't expect that anyway, even with the date stated. A Princess of Mars was published for the first time by the A.C. McClurg edition company in 1917. Here we have a Grosset & Dunlap edition, therefore published... [Lire la suite]
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15 mars 2014

Swords of Mars!

The eigth novel in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Martian Cycle begins in an uncharacteristic manner. Most of the time the writer's heroes just react to events, they seldom are the main thrust of the adventures they live. I their calm periods of time, they are in general very happy to stay home and live mundane existences. Here, John Carter, who hadn't been the main character since the third novel, Warlord of Mars, decided to put an end to the wrongdoings of a murderer sect which operates from the city of Zodanga. To this end,... [Lire la suite]
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13 mars 2014

Gods & Avatars / Aacadia VR first draft finished!

Yesterday I wrote the word "FIN" (THE END) in the first draft of my "novelita" (longer than a novella, shorter than a novel?). It contains about 54,000 words, a little longer than "Qui est donc Sister Love ?". Now I will begin the terrible correcting phase! I am more than a little proud to get to the end of a second text, now we'll see if it will generate more interest than Sister Love did as of now, which wouldn't be that difficult, let's be honest. I still hesitate about the definitive title of what is... [Lire la suite]
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07 mars 2014

Two years ago precisely, John Carter was released in France!

Two years ago, day for day, I was walking in the streets of Paris, from my work in the 17th district to the Place Clichy in the 8th district. I had already done this walk many times, and I would do it many times more in the future, but never before did it seem so long.  I’m heading right ahead via the boulevard des Batignolles to the Pathé Wepler theater, Place Clichy, Paris, France, to see John Carter. I had taken my afternoon from work to be at the first official showing on the first day of the movie’s release.  In... [Lire la suite]
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06 mars 2014

French superheroes: a signing event and discussion in Paris yesterday!

Je me suis rendu à une rencontre-dédicace hier à l'espace rencontre de Joseph Gibert (ce n'est pas indiqué, mais sachez-le si vous devez vous y rendre, c'est une alcôve au premier étage du bâtiment de la librairie). Etaient présent Romain d'Huissier, scénariste, écrivain et auteur de jeu de rôle (dont La Brigade Chimérique et Hexagon Universe), et Alex Nikolavitch, traducteur, scénariste et essayiste, qui a notamment travaillé chez Semic. Jean-Marc Lainé, qui avait été annoncé, n'a pu venir. Malgré mon arrivée un peu en retard,... [Lire la suite]
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05 mars 2014

The real reason for John Carter to go overbudget!

Here is what Andrew Stanton himself tweeted when the press went ballistic when John Carter came out:  ‘Contrary to popular belief, this is where all the VFX budget went on John Carter.'
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