I grew up on Edgar Rice Burroughs novels, and John Carter of Mars was probably my favorite. Even over Tarzan. Carter was an eternal warrior and I loved the science fiction background, especially while I was growing up in the 1970s and the space race was the thing.
I read an article today that talked about the upcoming movie (2012). I hadn't really paid attention to Taylor Kitsch, the guy playing John Carter, because I'm going to see the movie anyway, no matter who's starring. But I have to admit, Kitsch has a good look for the character. I can definitely see him as John Carter.
Bill is currently working on the third book in the Rancho Diablo series he's doing with James Reasoner and me. This is Bill's first Truman Smith novel, and it's a gentle exploration of character and a confounding mystery. I read it years ago and now have it loaded up on my Kindle to reread.
Yep, I picked it up, but I also read the back cover copy.
The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.
Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn't at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus's whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there's no one she can trust to save her.
Johnny Depp has signed on to star as Tonto in an upcoming Lone Ranger movie. The mind boggles. There's some mention of a comedic approach, but I just can't see this character getting a good treatment if that's what they do.
Of course the recent Green Hornet movie didn't meet my approval either. It was Seth Rogen playing a superhero goof. I liked it for that, but I immediately discounted that the film had anything to do with the Green Hornet character I love.
How many of you know that the Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet were created by the same creator and writer? George W. Trendle and Fran Striker.
Did you know that John Reid (the Lone Ranger) is the great-uncle of Britt Reid (the Green Hornet)? I'm beginning to suspect that today's filmmakers don't respect the Reid family tree.
I used to watch the old television series in reruns every day after school. They were thirty minutes of sheer pleasure for me. A true hero for a boy that wanted to wear a mask in his grownup job.
I mean, the Lone Ranger was totally cool. It was one thing to talk to a dog for an animal sidekick, but you could ride a horse and believe it could haul you out of a well. I struggled to believe that Lassie could pull that off.
Now Gentle Ben could have managed that with one big paw tied behind him. Moving the bear from Alaska to the Florida Everglades flew in the face of the original book, but I loved Dennis Weaver on that swamp boat. I wanted one of those when I grew up.
Probably could have rode him too.
I also enjoyed the cartoon series that came out and shared time with Zorro.
But for an absolutely fantastic treatment of the Lone Ranger in present day media, check out Dynamite Comics' series. Several of the issues have been put out as graphic novels which have amazing writing and art.
And for those of you that still believe in heroes, I leave you with this, one of the most iconic voices in all of TV land.