Thurs. 2nd December: Soldier of Carthage dies a death, but from the ashes…

arises a new title. The top chaps in Sales at Random House decided that the title Soldier of Carthage wouldn’t appeal to enough people. Sadly, I had been having the same thoughts. Not everyone knows about Carthage, whereas Rome…well, everyone knows about it. It’s a shame, but there you go.

At the heel of the hunt, we decided to go with the new title of Hannibal: Enemy of Rome, which I think is excellent. And while Hannibal is not a major character, he is central to the plot, and appears in many vital scenes. Fingers crossed that the new title does what we want it to!

For those of you in the UK who may be snowed in at home, or enduring the misery of long journeys to and from work, my commiserations. If you’re having a whale of a time, sledging with your kids, or taking some well deserved time off – enjoy! It’s shaping up to be a white Christmas if this continues. Which will be fine by me – I’d rather dry cold with/without snow than the damp, wet misery we get most winters.

Plus: many of you probably know that Eagle of the Ninth will finally be coming out in February 2011. Its release was delayed for some reason, and it’s also been renamed The Eagle. (I’m told it’s so that Americans don’t confuse it with a golfing film. No, I’m not joking.) Anyway, the trailer looks surprisingly good, and Anthony Lawton, Rosemary Sutcliff’s nephew, who runs a blod dedicated to her, reackons it’s very good. Fingers crossed! Watch the trailer here and let me know what you think.

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  1. benkane
    Posted 15 February 2011 at 14:26 | Permalink

    @Les . . . of Reginald Perrin?! Oh, well, c’est la vie. At least at 30p it wasn’t an illegal download of my e-books, which are becoming increasingly available…

  2. leslieianjones
    Posted 26 February 2011 at 10:53 | Permalink

    Finished ‘The Tyrant’ in record slow time for me. So good I went straight out and bought the sequel ‘Storm of Arrows’

  3. benkane
    Posted 1 March 2011 at 10:10 | Permalink

    @Les: Excellent – another person who has praised Christian to the skies. Have read the first chapter, and really liked it. I just need more time more time more time to read it as well as all the other books on my shelf. Plus I need to write a certain book called Spartacus….Argghh!

  4. leslieianjones
    Posted 19 March 2011 at 15:41 | Permalink

    After the ‘Storm of Arrows’ by Christian Cameron I have bought the sequel ‘Funeral Games’

    This all started with the Forgotten Legion. The girls in Waterstones know me by sight now. First names next…Christmas party maybe? When will it all end… 🙂

  5. benkane
    Posted 21 March 2011 at 19:05 | Permalink

    @Les – good man! It’s great that they recognise you! The list of good HF will never end, I hope…did you see my mention of Manda Scott’s new book The Coming of the King, and Shieldwall by Justin Hill? More for your list…

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