Fun Facts Friday: John Carter
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / March 9, 2012

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ hero John Carter celebrates 100 this year. The John Carter movie comes out to much trumpeting and the books are on the verge of Renaissances – a reason for all of us to celebrate. Books by Edgar Rice Burroughs 1 ) Burroughs’ books which star John Carter are called the Barsoom series. Barsoom being the Martian name for Mars. 2 ) The first book of 11 in the Barsoom series is A Princess of Mars (my thoughts), published in 1917 and was also Burroughs’ first published novel. 3 ) John Carter is an ex-American Civil War Confederate Captain from Virginia. 4 ) Before he mysteriously transported to Mars, John Carter strikes it rich prospecting for gold in Arizona. John Carter’s Martian name is Dotar Sojat after two of the green warriors he killed. 5 ) During the nine years he spent on Mars, John Carter was believed to be dead until he shows in New York in 1876. John Carter stopped aging at 30, but also has no memories before that age. 6 ) In the height of his fame, Burroughs outsold Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Faulkner combined. In the 1960s Burroughs books were reprinted in paperback format…

Thoughts on: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
3 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / March 8, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs on Blogcritics. About: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs is a science-fiction book published in 1912. This is Burroughs first published book and stars John Carter. 160 pages Publisher: Del Rey ISBN: 0345331389 My rating for A Princess of Mars – 3 Great price on this book in paper or FREE in electronic Format through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More books by Edgar Rice Burroughs Thoughts: A Princess of Mars is Edgar Rice Burroughs’ first novel, while the novel is good, it feels like a first novel and I’m glad Burroughs continued to write and get better each time. What impressed me about the book was how imaginative it was compared to other science-fiction stories of the time. While Jules Verne concentrated on the science aspect of his stories (see my review of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) and H.G. Wells’ science fiction stories were more about social commentary (my thoughts on The Invisible Man), Burroughs concentrated more on the story aspect, but instead of taking place on earth, he set it on Mars. The book is an escapable fantasy, and enjoyable tale which, if…

Graphic Novel Review: Petrograd by Philip Gelatt (art by Tyler Crook)

Article first published as Graphic Novel Review: Petrograd by Philip Gelatt (art by Tyler Crook) on Blogcritics. About: Petrograd by Philip Gelatt (art by Tyler Crook) is a graphic novel about an assassination. The graphic novels tells about an international conspiracy behind the murder of Gregorii Rasputin. 264 pages Publisher: Oni Press ISBN: 1934964441  My rating for Petrograd – 5 Get a great price on this book through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More books by Philip Gelatt More books by Tyler Crook Thoughts: The graphic novel Petrograd by Philip Gelatt (art by Tyler Crook) is more of a historical thriller than anything else. The death of Gregorii Rasputin has generated much controversy at the time and many more conspiracy theories which are always fun and supply fodder for authors. The story, while fictional, seems realistic enough to have actually happen (almost). Somehow Mr. Crook took the blighted atmosphere which authors try very hard to create and drew it. While I’m sure that many creative licenses were taken, as they are in every historical novel, I still enjoyed the story immensely. But don’t let the words “graphic novel” fool you. Petrograd takes historical facts (as seen by Americans) and re-tells the story in the format of an…

Cover Gallery: The Invisible Man
Cover Gallery , Latest Posts / March 3, 2012

A few days ago I wrote my thoughts about H. G. Wells’ The Invisible Man (as part of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Challenge). As with many other classic books, best sellers or just simply books that have been around a while, I found some wonderful covers.   My favorite  is the first one. I think it shows the loneliness and macabre tone which the story intends, yet is very elegant. So tel me, which one is your favorite? Zohar – Man of la Book Related articles Thoughts on: The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (manoflabook.com) Fun Facts Friday: The Invisible Man (manoflabook.com) Book Review: The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (blogcritics.org) Would You Want Invisibility Clothing? (fabsugar.com) The Ethics of Invisibility (imnotreallyahippie.wordpress.com)

Fun Facts Friday: The Invisible Man
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / March 2, 2012

  More books by H. G. Wells 1 ) First serialized in 1867 for Pearson’s Weekly but published as a book that same year. 2 ) Unlike Well’s previous novels (The Time Machine and The Island of Doctor Moreau), The Invisible Man is written using first-person narrators. 3 ) The Invisible Man is known only as “Griffin” throughout the book. 4 ) The invisibility formula involves taking opium. 5 ) In the novel, Griffin (The Invisible Man) might have been a psychopath before taking the formula. 6 ) Griffin is an albino. 7 ) Griffin leaves his job at the university to ensure he gets sole credit for his discovery. 8 ) In order to finance his research, Griffin robs his father who commits suicide afterwards. 9 ) The films portray Griffin much more sympathetically than the book. 10) In Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Griffin is a government agent. The invisible man killed at the end of the book was one a person Griffin used as a test subject. Check out the League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle — Men of la — Book Chal­lenge (Vol. 1) Zohar – Man of la Book  

Thoughts on: The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
4 Stars , Classics , Fiction , Latest Posts / March 1, 2012

Article first published as Book Review: The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells on Blogcritics. About: The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells is a science fiction classic written in 1897. The novella was first serialized in Pearson’s Weeklythe same year it was published. 196 pages Publisher: Simon & Brown ISBN: 1613822162 My rating for The Invisible Man – 4 Great price on this book paper or free in electronic format through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account More books by H. G. Wells Part of the League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle — Men of la — Book Chal­lenge (Vol. 1) Thoughts: What if what you consider a blessing is also a curse? The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells touches on this very same question. How many of us wouldn’t like to be invisible? That’s what the protagonist, Griffin, thought when he became invisible only to find it to be the bane of his existence. Yes, there are some positives aspects but H.G. Wells concentrates mostly on the negative ones. I thought Wells did a good job building up the eerie atmosphere that is prominent throughout the story. Actually, the atmosphere is the star of the book as none of the characters…

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