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TV and Film / The Hobbit - only a week until the second instalment!!
« on: December 28, 2012, 02:58:57 pm »
Wow, what a brilliant film. I really enjoyed every minute. The best part was Riddles in the Dark, between Gollum and Bilbo. Absolutely brilliant. It does deviate in parts from the book, but if you can accept that then it really is worth seeing. The added scenes are very entertaining. Radagast is not brilliant, a little too cartoon like. Otherwise, a very good film.

TV and Film / John Carter of Mars
« on: March 11, 2012, 12:09:12 pm »
John Carter of Mars is based on the book - a Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It's a very enjoyable film and in some respects improves on the original tale. The film's beginning roughly follows that of the book. There are discrepancies, but I think they make for a better film, and lead nicely into the next installment, Gods of Mars. The book is a remarkable tale, given that it was written so long ago (early 1900s). Edgar Rice Burroughs also wrote Tarzan and given how many films that generated it shows that Burroughs' plots have an enduring quality.

I would recommend the film to all fantasy fans. It is visually stunning. The story is good and the interaction between Dejah Thoris and John Carter is handled well, but not as the love at first sight, as in the book. The CGI is terrific and the creatures are a faithful rendition of those in the book. The tharks and white apes are great. Captain Carter's ability to leap great distance, and strength, due to the lesser gravity of Mars, is explained in the film - but I'm not sure how well this will be picked up by those that haven't read the book. His strength is handled with some humour, especially having to learn to walk in the lower gravity.

I only hope they make Gods of Mars, which in my opinion was the better book. Please support this film as otherwise other films in the series will not follow. Well done to Disney for making this film. It was great fun!

TV and Film / Stardust
« on: October 30, 2011, 03:06:44 pm »
Definitely my favourite film. Close run thing with Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit may knock it off its pedestal.

Ask the Authors and Artists! / David Burrows
« on: October 30, 2011, 02:58:23 pm »
I am the author of a trilogy called the Prophecy of the Kings. My author page contains sample chapters and reviews, all genuine. I also have a more US leaning website at

I really enjoy writing and found myself stuck on occasions with the central characters were in dire peril. I didn't want to make it easy for them, so I waited and waited until an idea came to me. Then I rushed to find pen and paper, to get the plot moving again. It was like reading a novel and turning a page with that satisfying eureka moment.

My greatest achievements to date have been, the books achieved a Gold Award on The Prophecy of the Kings was also July Book of the Month on By far the best moment though was a reader saying she slowed down on the last volume as she didn't want the books to end.


Introductions / Hi everyone :)
« on: October 30, 2011, 02:47:38 pm »
Just getting over man flu so had to put world domination on hold for now.

Other than that I'm pleased to be here. I am a self published author, but apart from that I'm OK (most the time). I have written a trilogy (Prophecy of the Kings) and Drachar's Demons.

I love reading fantasy and my favourites are Tolkien, Terry Goodkind (brilliant stuff), David Gemmel, Ian Irvine, Brent Weeks, Joe Abercrombie... probably missed a few.

I also like reenactment but have been a bit busy for it recently. I'm with Regia Anglorum and we concentrate on 950-1066.


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