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  • Jan
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    Originally posted by babylonlurker View Post

    Yes, JMS has said earlier that his own father is the "model" for Wolfgangs father.
    Sense8 is very much worth the watch.
    I've wondered a little if Wolgang's father's fate wasn't wish-fulfillment... Sure couldn't blame JMS for that!

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  • babylonlurker
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    Originally posted by nottenst View Post
    It starts with JMS scouting locations for Sense8. I had watched a couple of episodes, but had been busy with other things. So, I continued and tonight saw a scene with young Wolfgang and his father. I guess part if that scene might have been Joe and his father.
    Yes, JMS has said earlier that his own father is the "model" for Wolfgangs father.
    Sense8 is very much worth the watch.

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  • nottenst
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    It starts with JMS scouting locations for Sense8. I had watched a couple of episodes, but had been busy with other things. So, I continued and tonight saw a scene with young Wolfgang and his father. I guess part if that scene might have been Joe and his father.

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  • Jan
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    Originally posted by AstroBoy View Post
    Holy crap that was intense.
    <snip>
    I need to process this one for a while.
    Yeah, there were a number of times when I needed to put it down for a while because of the intensity.

    Even so, I don't think I realized until my second reading how much emotion he'd put in single sentence paragraphs sometimes. That's where the reportarial style would be momentarily broken and the real JMS would come out. For example, the reaction to learning that Sophia had done to Charles what she attempted with little Joe.



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  • AstroBoy
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    Holy crap that was intense. Some of these stories I'd head over the years of following him on-line and the few appearences I saw him at over the years. I had no idea he's written a screenplay about Houdin and Arthus Conan-Doyle. Does anyone know what happened with that? I'm a life long Houdini nut and would love to see Joe's take on that.

    His family life was just horrific, and I've got no idea how he survived something that would've killed or seriously disabled (Physically, mentally and emtionally) so many people including myself.

    I did find the last bit (about the author) kind of pointless considering we just read a whole book about the author (I guess it can serve as a TLDR about the book).

    I need to process this one for a while.

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  • Jan
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    I'm only about halfway through it, but this podcast is pretty good. Folks who wish they could go to cons and experience JMS talking about the book will want to give it a listen.

    https://theroarbots.com/gbbp-222-j-michael-straczynski/

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  • Jan
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    Originally posted by JoeD80 View Post
    The title makes even more sense when you hear the later parts around that period in his life. A bit more than just being a Superman fan.
    Yes, I've had 'discussions' with a few people online who claimed (without reading the book, of course) that the title was only to cash in on his having written for Superman. But it's so much more than that. I'll admit that at first I wasn't thrilled with the title but after reading the book, I can't think of a more fitting one.

    I wonder just how relieved he was to discover that he's unlikely to be any sort of relation to Charles' family!

    Anybody else notice that his sister Lorraine is conspicuously absent?

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  • JoeD80
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    He does have kind of an NPR narrator sound. I liked it. He does put in emotions here and there but it is mostly a steady slow tone which might not be for everybody. Finished it yesterday.




    On the content some random thoughts;




    I had heard some of the stories; the whole overarching thread about his family was all very new and intense. I knew he did not get along with his family but I did not realize the whole background there. Definitely worth the whole autobiography.




    Some interesting comments on the B5 cast members who have passed away and connections to his own backgrounds. This was the most I had heard about Michael O Hare situation on the show.




    Lots of fun details about how he got his early jobs. I always wondered why the scriptwriting book was published before he sold any scripts! And I once saw an old bibliography of his that said he wrote a feature film early on; makes sense now that he kept waiting for the paycheck but they would never produce it.




    I knew there had been alcoholism in his family but I did not expect the stories of sexual abuse; those were the hardest parts for me to listen to.




    Also did not realize how close he came to being broke again before Changeling got sold! Wow!




    The title makes even more sense when you hear the later parts around that period in his life. A bit more than just being a Superman fan.




    Also was good to hear some more details about his and Kathryn divorce. Sometimes people make much better friends!




    Hoped for a bit more on Jeremiah and Sense8 but there is lots worth it in here. I will write more later.



    Last edited by JoeD80; 07-28-2019, 07:45 PM.

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  • Jan
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    Originally posted by Ubik View Post
    Got the audiobook. Must admit I kinda tuned out after about 20 mins, so I need to start again. I find it a tad dry so far.
    I was complaining to a friend that I don't care for audio books because they're so *slow*. She taught me how to increase the speed and it's much better. But Peter's using a fairly flat 'reportorial' tone which matches how it's written so that may have something to do with it.

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  • Ubik
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    Got the audiobook. Must admit I kinda tuned out after about 20 mins, so I need to start again. I find it a tad dry so far.

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  • Looney
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    Yeah I sent a message, but have yet to receive a reply. I hope Jason Davis is somehow involved with this and recognizes my name or email.

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  • Jan
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    Originally posted by Looney View Post

    Well then I am screwed because I bought two and added no address to the note, but I've never made a Paypal payment that my address wasn't included. It has my address listed in the "Ship To" section on my order details in Paypal. I didn't even remotely think it wouldn't send my address.
    It's not a purchase like an Ebay transaction. Send a note to the email that was the recipient and they should be able to match it up.

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  • Looney
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    Originally posted by Jan View Post
    BE SURE TO SEND YOUR ADDRESS!! It will not be sent automatically.
    Well then I am screwed because I bought two and added no address to the note, but I've never made a Paypal payment that my address wasn't included. It has my address listed in the "Ship To" section on my order details in Paypal. I didn't even remotely think it wouldn't send my address.

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  • JoeD80
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    Originally posted by Looney View Post

    How did you get that? My pre-orders says it won't ship until the end of August.. I'd like it sooner if possible. LOL
    I did the download from Apple Books.

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  • Jan
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    Originally posted by Looney View Post
    That's not cool. LOL

    Did everyone get the B5Books update on ordering autograph plates from JMS directly?
    Good point. Here's JMS' post about it. Main points:
    • Autographed bookplate - $5 each plus $2 shipping anywhere for as many ordered
    • Personalized bookplate - $10 each plus $2 shipping anywhere for as many ordered - INCLUDE personalization wanted or the first name of the account sending payment will be used.
    • Paypal total to paypal.me/straczynski​​​​​​​
    • BE SURE TO SEND YOUR ADDRESS!! It will not be sent automatically.

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