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John Carter arrives on March 9, 2012

John Carter is a 2012 American epic science fiction film featuring John Carter, Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs' other hero and main protagonist of his Barsoom series. Former Confederate captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is transported to Mars ("Barsoom"). There he becomes part of a conflict between the various nations of the planet, whose leaders include Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). Carter takes it upon himself to save Barsoom and its people. WALL-E's Andrew Stanton brings E.R. Burroughs' John Carter to life in Disney's summer film. Based solely on the first volume of ERB's 11 book Barsoom series, the film marks Stanton's first foray in live-action cinema. The film will be released in the United States on March 9, 2012. I'm keeping my fingers crossed but Disney's previous adaptation of Tarzan and 2011's Conan remake has soured my expectations. For my review of the mistake that was Cona

Currently Reading: Under The Eagle

It is 42 AD, and Quintus Licinius Cato has just arrived in Germany as a new recruit to the Second Legion, the toughest in the Roman army. If adjusting to the rigours of military life isn’t difficult enough for the bookish young man, he also has to contend with the disgust of his colleagues when, because of his imperial connections, he is appointed a rank above them. As second-in-command to Macro, the fearless, battle-scarred centurion who leads them, Cato will have more to prove than most in the adventures that lie ahead. Then the men discover that the army’s next campaign will take them to a land of unparalleled barbarity - Britain. After the long march west, Cato and Macro undertake a special mission that will thrust them headlong into a conspiracy that threatens to topple the Emperor himself... Book blurb came from here Simon Scarrow’s Under The Eagle is the first novel in his Eagle series chronicling the adventures of two soldiers in the Roman army. Q

Currently Reading: Soldier of the Legion

Everything has been oh so quiet on the hobby front since 2012 rolled in. My workbench is gathering dust with unmade models and unpainted figures. A hectic January workload as well as some health issues have prevented me from indulging in wargaming and modelmaking. I plan to correct this problem soon but until then I've indulged in voraciously going thru my read pile. I'd like to share a few books which could be good sources of wargaming/rpg material and first up is a military science fiction novel. Marshall S. Thomas' Soldier of the Legion is the first book of a six part series that follows young Legion trooper Thinker's adventures in the ConFree Legion. He and his squad mates are kept young, strong and seemingly immortal through advanced biotechnology. As a fighting force, they must fight to survive horrific battles against a corrupt, slave-raiding empire as well as relentless alien enemies. Fast and furious military science fiction without the overwhelming ang