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  • Jan
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    Originally posted by AstroBoy View Post

    I need to get the audiobook. My son Michael (who you may or may not remember meeting in Phoenix) is listening to the audiobook and he loves it too.

    Zeke made me cry. I was sitting in a Dairy Queen having lunch yesterday and right in the middle of lunch I hit that part. I immediately started tearing up. Michael is probably going to be wrecked by that scene. He's a cat person and very very close to his cat.

    Do you or anyone else know if it's been optioned for filming?

    I just started watching Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu and the setup is similar. 9 strangers get together at a wellness clinic for 10 days instead of a bus to the end of the line. But based on the trailers it's going to be similar in tone.
    JMS has said that he was processing his grief for the passing of his cat, Buddy when he wrote the part for Zeke. In fact, Soldier was the name of Buddy's dad. I was listening to that part here at work on an afternoon I was alone in the office and was glad that nobody walked in while my eyes were watering. And yes, I do remember your son!

    As I recall, JMS didn't seem to think it would be a good candidate for filming due to the epistolic nature. But I think with a really good narration, it could work. I'd sure love to see it.

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  • AstroBoy
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    Originally posted by Jan View Post

    I'm with you 100%! Loved Zeke and Soldier. Tyler made me cry, too. I'm kind of afraid to listen to that part on the audio version. Wish we'd gotten to know Theo a little better. It's amazing how we end up feeling good at the end, right?
    I need to get the audiobook. My son Michael (who you may or may not remember meeting in Phoenix) is listening to the audiobook and he loves it too.

    Zeke made me cry. I was sitting in a Dairy Queen having lunch yesterday and right in the middle of lunch I hit that part. I immediately started tearing up. Michael is probably going to be wrecked by that scene. He's a cat person and very very close to his cat.

    Do you or anyone else know if it's been optioned for filming?

    I just started watching Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu and the setup is similar. 9 strangers get together at a wellness clinic for 10 days instead of a bus to the end of the line. But based on the trailers it's going to be similar in tone.

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  • Jan
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    Originally posted by AstroBoy View Post
    I haven't seen any discussion about the actual book here which surprised me. So I guess I'll start one.

    I finished the book last night. Read it in two days. My ghods... What a fantastic book. I loved the characters and hated a few of of them as well. I laughed, I cried and ended up hopeful. I hope this gets made into a movie or series. It's one of my favorite books of the year. Zeke and Soldier had me crying.
    I'm with you 100%! Loved Zeke and Soldier. Tyler made me cry, too. I'm kind of afraid to listen to that part on the audio version. Wish we'd gotten to know Theo a little better. It's amazing how we end up feeling good at the end, right?

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  • AstroBoy
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    I haven't seen any discussion about the actual book here which surprised me. So I guess I'll start one.

    I finished the book last night. Read it in two days. My ghods... What a fantastic book. I loved the characters and hated a few of of them as well. I laughed, I cried and ended up hopeful. I hope this gets made into a movie or series. It's one of my favorite books of the year. Zeke and Soldier had me crying.

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  • Jan
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    After some issues, I've gotten my @straczynski signed bookplate for #TogetherWeWillGo. These were available when ordering the book through the RainTaxi site where JMS' release day video interview was held. The feature didn't work so I had to contact the bookstore. But it's here!
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  • Looney
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    Mine arrived yesterday right on schedule and what a great looking book. And I actually read the first three pages.

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  • LateArrival
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    Cheated and bought the Audible version, as that is available "now". Sounds (pun) like it will be an excellent audiobook, since there appear to be twelve different narrators, which will go well with the format.
    Last edited by LateArrival; 07-06-2021, 05:02 PM.

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  • Jan
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    For those interested, there's now a sample of TOGETHER WE WILL GO up on the Simon and Schuster page and you can hear how the epistolary format will sound:

    https://www.simonandschuster.com/boo.../9781982142582

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  • Jan
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    Originally posted by Looney View Post
    Why did I ever move out of Los Angeles?!?!?!?! I've missed sooooo many events.
    Now, now...remember,these are virtual so where *you* are doesn't matter so much. And speaking of which, a third event:

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  • Looney
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    Why did I ever move out of Los Angeles?!?!?!?! I've missed sooooo many events.

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  • Jan
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    Another live online event with JMS discussing TOGETHER WE WILL GO on July 8 through Chevalier's Books
    https://twitter.com/straczynski/stat...60367397232643

    ETA: Looks like the events available afterward also via their YouTube channel.

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  • Jan
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    Information is now listed for the Audible version of TOGETHER WE WILL GO (it may have been previously but I only just thought to look). With 11 narrators/readers, it should be easy to tell which character is speaking. All of the readers look to have extensive prior credits.

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  • Jan
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    JMS post thread about the book this morning. For information on any appearances, see the General topic.

    In the life of every writer or artist there's one work which they believe marks a point of transition, a work that will survive them. In television that’s #Babylon5 and #sense8. In prose, for me, it's Together We Will Go, which debuts July 6 in the US & UK
    It’s a deeply personal novel that I could not have written ten or even five years ago. I had to grow into it. Or it had to grow into me. Funny how these things work. It’s a book composed entirely of risks --
    -- a mainstream character story, not genre; an epistolary novel told in texts: voicemails, emails, audio recordings and journal entries by a dozen people rather than through one conventional narrator; and the subject examined by the book is suicide, but not in the expected way.
    It uses that subject to explore the things that give our lives meaning as the characters bond and discover joy, compassion, love, loss, friendship and most of all: hope. Against the odds. However improbable. Hope. The story is about twelve characters, most young, one older --
    -- at what they believe is the end of their individual roads, who come together on a literal road as they undertake one last journey into the mysteries of the human heart. Flawed, lost, broken and isolated, they suddenly find themselves no longer alone --
    -- sharing space and intent with others similarly inclined to ride out into the sunset…and from those alloyed personalities something unexpected, beautiful and profound emerges, shaping and changing them in deeply personal ways.
    Together We Will Go is a generational bridge, a love letter to what is noblest in the soul. Catriona Ward calls it “a hymn to life.” Newsweek made it one of their top recommended summer reads, calling it “lighthearted, peculiar, poignant and profound all at once.”
    It is also the capstone to 40 years as a writer; the story that I have been traveling toward since the very first time I put pen to paper. If you are someone who has followed my work in one field or another, if that work has held significance or meaning, or even just provided --
    -- a worthy distraction, then I commend this book to you with all my heart. In every life there is an It: a divorce, a marriage, a birth, a death, a prognosis, a diagnosis or a new beginning, and nothing's the same any more. There's your life before It, and your life after It.
    For me, for my work and my life, Together We Will Go is an It…and in celebration of our 30 year online conversation, I hope you will join me on the journey to wherever this particular It will take us both.
    I can't wait for everybody to read this book!!! It's just so amazing.

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  • Jan
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    Post from JMS regarding the reviews coming in for TWWG. Looking through them, the ones who give low ratings are the ones who *don't even finish it*. Seems like some don't care for the epistolary format. And, to be honest, reading the e-book does take a little extra effort to read the texts and voice mails. I read it on my phone. Not sure how it woud look on a regular Kindle But it's worth the effort for the richness it brings.

    Curious how many here are planning on reading it?

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  • Jan
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