Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review of The Martian Tales Trilogy by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Author:  Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Title:  The Martian Tales Trilogy.
Publisher:  Barnes and Noble.
Copyright:  1912, 1913, 1914, (2004).
Pages:  669.
Price:  $9.99 (US).

I hadn't read Edgar Rice Burroughs's works.  I started his novel back several months ago.  I just got finished with it today.  The three related books are Princess of Mars, Gods of Mars, and Warlord of Mars.  

The protagonist is ex-Confederate soldier John Carter and his adventures on the Red Planet.  He is magically transported to Mars and begins an odyssey on a new world.  John Carter fights, makes friends and falls in love.  All in an epic telling.  The writing is fast-paced and first person from John Carter's viewpoint.

The second book, Gods of Mars, is about John Carter's quest to win his wife back and put an end of evil practices of Martian theocrats who feast off the remains of the planet's ignorant masses.

Warlord of Mars continues John Carter's quest to free the Princess of Helium and the final battle on the northern polar region of Mars.

Recommend for Victorian Sci-Fi fans.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Real life getting in the way of things....

I've been dealing with insurance companies and making phone calls this past week.  My car got totaled.  I get to go car shopping next week.  And I'm without a car right now.  I also sat down and figured my finances.  There are many things I won't be able to get/do.  Bills come first (financial responsibility from a WH40K player, it's the End Times, aggh!).

I'd like get another 18mm SYW Swedish army and a 18mm SYW Prussian army.  Maybe next year....

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mid-Summer 2014 progress report

I'm blogging to let know people I'm alive.  I've been spending the weekends painting.  Specifically, I've been working on 28mm 1870 Bavarian infantry brigade.  I want to get a battalion done a week.  Problem is there are seven battalions to finish!  I also started a 28mm 1870 French Turco infantry regiment, too.  I'll be done with my 28mm FPW projects when those armies are finally painted.

Realistically, that puts me into September/October to complete my 28mm FPW game for Command Con 2014.  I'm only running one gaming slot this year for Command Con 2014.  That will be Friday, November 7th at 12 PM, I believe.  I'm also running a 15mm SYW Battle of Minden - August 1, 1759 on Saturday, July 19th at 12 PM at Wargamers Cave.  I'll also be running a 28mm Boer War Game 1881 on Saturday, August 9th at Guns of August for Big Muddy HGA...

Other activities have seen me writing and catch up on my reading.  I' finished Edgar Rice Burroughs' Princess of Mars.  I'm now reading the second book.  I have an interest in 28mm VSF.  But it's another expense I can afford to do without, for now.  I have a backlog of 20 books to read before I'm caught up with everything.  Any progress I make towards my unread pile is progress none the less...

Good painting and good gaming,