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  • Ubik
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    Originally posted by Jan View Post
    It was the second readilng where I realized that very short paragraphs, usually at the end of a chapter were where the emotion was. I think anything but the strictly reportarial tone might have been just too difficult for me to read.

    Question: "...comic book collection being inherited"?? You mean what his father did?
    I mean when he first receives a large stash of comics for free, I think when they stop at a gas station?

    I remain a bit unsure about the tone / writing style, somehow I miss something like a hook or a personal connection to the characters. I still feel very divorced from the narrative. Might be the audiobook experience. I must admit I am fairly new to audiobooks, I rend to read, but I was gifted the audiobook. I think it is improving as it goes.

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  • Jan
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    It was the second readilng where I realized that very short paragraphs, usually at the end of a chapter were where the emotion was. I think anything but the strictly reportarial tone might have been just too difficult for me to read.

    Question: "...comic book collection being inherited"?? You mean what his father did?

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  • Ubik
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    Persevering with this, but getting a bit tired of the dry tone and the childhood misery, which is piled on very thickly and not in a particularly engaging way. I think the journalistic tone makes it feel very disengaged and therefore hard to get emotionally involved with anyone's plight.

    Edit: I just got to the comic book collection being inherited, and this seems to have improved the tempo and actually has personal and emotional focus.
    Last edited by Ubik; 09-22-2019, 07:17 AM.

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  • Jan
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    JMS has added more photos to his Instagram page, some of his family and places featured in "Becoming Superman":
    https://www.instagram.com/becomingsu...lq98QiGSbUNbho

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  • Jan
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    Nothing too spoilery in this interview but putting it here for safety.
    https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/writing-superficially-is-easy-an-interview-with-j-michael-straczynski/

    What mattered to me in the telling was to illustrate that we have choices about how we react to the things that happen to us, that we can choose differently than others would have us choose, and that we can break the cycle of violence or abuse or alcoholism by taking responsibility for ourselves instead of blaming others or indulging in victimhood.


    Sounds familiar!

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  • nottenst
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    The chapter about writing Spider-Man and doing the 9/11 story was powerful.

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  • nottenst
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    Originally posted by Jan View Post
    Very cool!! It's interesting to see how aware JMS is of his fans. A lady I met after the event at the Comic-Con Museum appearance was shocked to have him tell her that he recognized her name from his Twitter feed. Did you happen to introduce yourself to him at the P&P bookstore event?
    No, I probably could have said something before launching into my question, but it really didn't occur to me.

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  • Jan
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    Very cool!! It's interesting to see how aware JMS is of his fans. A lady I met after the event at the Comic-Con Museum appearance was shocked to have him tell her that he recognized her name from his Twitter feed. Did you happen to introduce yourself to him at the P&P bookstore event?

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  • nottenst
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    Just finished the book. The Selah chapter material about the B5 actors was brutal even though I had read most of it before in one form or another. Just a very impressive book and I was compelled to keep on coming back to it even though some of it was hard to read about.

    I tweeted a quick note about finishing it and for the first time was retweeted by JMS (first time he reacted to anything I @'d him actually). He might be doing it for everyone who comments on his autobiography, but it still gives me a thrill.
    Last edited by nottenst; 09-07-2019, 09:13 PM.

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  • babylonlurker
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    Originally posted by Jan View Post

    I've wondered a little if Wolgang's father's fate wasn't wish-fulfillment... Sure couldn't blame JMS for that!
    No, we could not.

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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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