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In Topic: Edge the Loner TV series

25 November 2015 - 09:58 AM

Just watched the pilot episode, and I gotta say it was a lot of fun. Violent, silly, over the top and a real hoot. The lead did a pretty good job as Edge, and he was pretty bad-ass. Do not expect Unforgiven here, this is pure pulp in-your-face mayhem, just like the book series this is based on. I liked that Edge had his trusty straight razor in a hidden pouch sewn into his shirt collar just like the books. And the last name of the villain, Harknett, is a nod to Terry Harknett who wrote the series under the house name of George G Gilman. Give it a try; hope they make this into a full-blown series.

In Topic: Movies You Are Really Looking Forward To

23 November 2015 - 06:09 PM


That sound? My jaw hitting the floor...







The Russians were able to make Alexander Nevsky (one of the main inspirations for CtB82) with Stalin in the driver's seat. I'm willing to give this a chance.


Damn, the director pulled the trailer! Just google "Russian Viking movie 2016" and you should be able to find it. Awesome visuals without much CGI. Can't comment on historical accuracy...

In Topic: Additions to my bookshelf

23 November 2015 - 04:12 AM

Snagged some more good books this weekend;

1) Swords and Deviltry by Fritz Leiber-The first book in the "Swords" series of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.

2) Kothar and the Demon Queen by Gardner F Fox-the third book in the Clonan barbarian series. Got a nice little Fox collection going...

3) The Purple Pirate by Talbot Mundy-The sixth book of the Tros of Samothrace epic, and supposedly the best.

4) Vettius and his Friends by David Drake- I find Drake hit and miss, but really enjoyed some of his short S&S that I read in other collections. Now I finally have this 12 story collection.

5) Kavin's World and The Return of Kavin by David Mason- Heard this two book series was pretty good S&S, and happened to stumble across both at once; score!

In Topic: Movies You Are Really Looking Forward To

23 November 2015 - 03:40 AM

That sound? My jaw hitting the floor...





In Topic: Edge the Loner TV series

21 November 2015 - 11:32 PM

Not sure about the States, but Edge was almost ubiquitous in Britain as the 1970s went on. He sort-of grew out of the interest that the spaghetti westerns had created for violent amoral protagonists in that genre. At that time in Britain, every fad or craze seemed to inspire a series of books, especially if they could feature a hefty dose of sex, drug-taking or violence; so, for instance, there were some dealing with glam rock bands, and some with bovver boys and skinheads. Kung Fu, of course, had its own - K'ing Kung-Fu (with some covers by Barry Smith), and there were more than half-a-dozen books based on or inspired by Clint Eastwood's Dollar films. Some in a particular series were better than others, of course, depending on who the writer was, and George G. Gilman (not his real name), the creator of Edge, was one of the best. The success of Edge led to a whole heap of western novels being written by British writers, but very few were Gilman's equal.
By coincidence I discovered Edge at the same time as I discovered Conan. As I brought home the Sphere Conan paperbacks, my older brother brought home the Edge books, so they were just lying there waiting to be read. Needless to say, the opportunity to read X-rated stories about a character who seemed to be cut from the same cloth as Conan was too good to pass up. He even looked a bit like Conan on the covers of the books, being dark-haired and blue-eyed. I'm amazed to hear that he's getting his own TV show all these years later. Having watched a show as violent as Banshee on cable, then there's no reason why one about Edge can't be made to work.

I am a fan of the Picadilly Cowboys and the cool westerns they wrote. My favorite by far was Apache. The main character, Cuchillo Oro (The Golden Knife) was kinda like Conan in terms of a rough moral code and a tendency to spill copious amounts of blood. Great pulp-western fun!