Close Encounters of the Third Help!, by Ric Meyers

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6 Responses

  1. Alan Coil says:

    I turned off my television on Thursday evening in support of the WGA strikers. I also will not go to the movies, nor buy dvds until the strike is over. 2 months, 6 months, a year—whatever it takes, I will not support the companies.

  2. Marilee J. Layman says:

    Oh crap. Please, please read Steven Gould's original books: Jumper and Reflex. There's nothing X-Men-ish at all. He got an option on Jumper, took it, and then the movie guys said "Hey, this doesn't have much action in it." He wrote a new book to go with the move: Jumper: Griffin's Story, and I haven't decided if I'll read it.Jumper is about a teen who, when his dad comes to hurt him, teleports. He's confused and scared, but he starts figuring out what it is and how it works. There are obstacles and drawbacks, but in the process, he becomes an adult. Most of Gould's book are YA (but good adult reads, too), and deal with that transition between child and adult. These are some of my favorite books.

  3. Ric Meyers says:

    Of course the books are different — no doubt better (just ask the poor author whose fine novels were turned into the AWFUL Harry Potter rip-off SEEKER: THE DARK IS RISING). But I'm not talking about the books. I'm talking about the X-Men rip-off the filmmakers turned it into. Have you seen the trailer? The smug lead doesn't look scared and confused any more. Ahhh, the "magic" of Hollywood….

    • Marilee J. Layman says:

      That's Susan Cooper who wrote The Dark is Rising of which I'm not nearly as fond. I have heard the movie is not too bad if you pretend it's not related to the books. I think it was David Brin who said something like "I just don't consider it mine anymore" about Postman.I'm disabled and movie theatres are difficult. I usually watch DVDs at home (currently watching Deadwood's third season), so I don't see many trailers. But the protagonist of the Jumper movie is not the same character as the protagonist of the book.

    • Marilee J. Layman says:

      Definitely not like the book. I don't know if the character in the book is even in the movie. It looks like they paid Gould for teleporting, which is good for him, but it's certainly been around for a long time in books.BTW, if you click on the Reply at the top right of my comment, and answer that way, I'll get an email telling me you replied.