From Rocket Boys to October Sky: How the Classic Memoir Rocket Boys Was Written and the Hit Movie October Sky Was Made

  • Title: From Rocket Boys to October Sky: How the Classic Memoir Rocket Boys Was Written and the Hit Movie October Sky Was Made
  • Author: Homer Hickam
  • ISBN: 9781492746591
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Rocket Boys to October Sky How the Classic Memoir Rocket Boys Was Written and the Hit Movie October Sky Was Made Since the publication of the best seller Rocket Boys A Memoir in and the premiere of the movie October Sky in many Homer Hickam readers and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the boo
    Since the publication of the 1 best seller Rocket Boys A Memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie October Sky in 1999, many Homer Hickam readers and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the book, and how the movie was made Incidental to that are such questions as What is Jake Gyllenhaal Chis Cooper Laura Dern, etc really like and What s it like to have a movSince the publication of the 1 best seller Rocket Boys A Memoir in 1998 and the premiere of the movie October Sky in 1999, many Homer Hickam readers and fans have wondered how and why he wrote the book, and how the movie was made Incidental to that are such questions as What is Jake Gyllenhaal Chis Cooper Laura Dern, etc really like and What s it like to have a movie made about your life and Why are the book and movie different and Why are both book and movie still so popular after all these years The answers to those questions and a lot are in Homer Hickam s new Kindle Single From Rocket Boys to October Sky If you think you know the story of the book and the movie, you don t Hickam says Writing Rocket Boys wasn t easy In fact, I got a million dollars of psychotherapy I didn t even know I needed The making of October Sky wasn t easy, either From Rocket Boys to October Sky gives lots of behind the scenes stories both on set and off Before the first frame of film was exposed, Hickam was involved with the writing of the screenplay and his comment when he saw the first draft I m going to have to go up to West Virginia and apologize to everyone in the state gives an idea of how that went Be with Homer Hickam as he struggles with the complexities of how a major Hollywood motion picture is made, and how he disagreed with aspects of the film even while he admired the dedication and professionalism of the men and women making it Readers will also be alongside the director, producers, actors, and crew as they create one of the most beloved movies ever The book has lots of photos taken on the various sets, too

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    About Homer Hickam


    1. Homer Hickam also known as Homer H Hickam, Jr is the author of many best sellers including his latest, Carrying Albert Home An eclectic writer, he wrote the Coalwood Series, which includes the 1 New York Times best selling memoir Rocket Boys, the popular World War II era Josh Thurlow series, the juvenile sci fi Crater series, the adult thriller The Dinosaur Hunter, the romantic Red Helmet, and many others His first book, Torpedo Junction, a military history of the U boat battles along the American coasts during WWII, has recently been optioned for a major motion picture Among his many writing awards, he has received the University of Alabama s Clarence Cason Award and the Appalachian Heritage Writer s Award for his memoirs and fiction plus an honorary Doctorate of Literature from Marshall University For information on Mr Hickam and his books and cats and everything else, please go to homerhickam.


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    1. I love the behinds the scenes peek at the making of the movie; Rocket Boys is one of those books I read at least once a year (Pride and Prejudice being the other). I have been a fan of Homer Hickam since a teacher showed us "October Sky" (in parts, which he never finished, so I went out and bought my own copy) back around 2000 or 2001. I can only imagine the struggle of having something you've written torn apart by editors and again to be written into a script. In fact, "Paco" is what made me bu [...]

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    2. Sonny(homer) was a quite kid in a small town called coal vile. The pines were tall and the grass stained in coal dust. The kids there were tough and small minded great for the mine. Sonny was different being the second child trying to live up to his muscular good looking brother was hard to do especially since his life was all figured out. The family dynamic was a power struggle the parent fought constantly but the father was the one of the top men of the mine and was always gone so the mother r [...]

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    3. I think this book was a good meaning. In the story, many many people told the boys that they couldn't build a rocket and it is impossible and since they live in Colwood where mining is important they should stay to mine or have an occupation related to mining. It must have been such a hard life for the main character since his father was always strict and never openly supported him. I like the idea where the parents tell Sonny that he has to get out of Coalwood when he grows older or else he wil [...]

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    4. Homer Hickam Jr.'s life experience of "October Sky" is simply a miracle; starting from the bottom, and relentlessly climbing to very top. Hickam Jr.'s life and desire is the why I was hooked. Because it is written at the author's point of view, you can visualize Hickam Jr.'s life: the struggling obstacles, the moments of success, and most importantly, the vital spirit possessed by those 'Rocket Boys'. You can practically feel it, like if you were there. The story is strongly inspirational; almos [...]

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    5. The book was great. It was about Homer Hickam who was interested in space exploration and space in general. Homer wanted to go to the moon when he grows up, but his dad is not letting him. He wanted Homer to work in the mine and mine coal with him. Homer refuses. Homer and his friends built a rocket for the science fair, there were many attempts, mostly all of the rockets blew up, after many attempts, they finally built the perfect one, which broke the mile barrier. After winning the science fai [...]

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    6. This book told the story of these amazing boys who started from nothing in a small coal town in west Virginia, studying hard and starting to learn about rockets. They knew nothing about them but they used science on their side and started building rockets! While being teens they just wanted to go for it and do something in the world, to be someone so your not stuck in the same town forever. They did make it though, they all left and became successful and worked really hard towards their goals. T [...]

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    7. Which started from a kid who played with his friends messing around while his father mined to a boy with rockets this is October sky. October sky is about a kid who has one future and for most people on his town, and that is to become a local coal miner. But things then take a turn for the better in october 1957 when the first satellite goes into orbit. After that occurred he was inspired to make rockets and so he did. It comes to show that you should follow your dreams and take risks to be able [...]

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    8. I absolutely loved this book!!!! I was required to read it as a class assignment, but when I started reading I was immediately pulled in. The characters were humorous and relatable and the story was fantastic. It really added to the story that it was all a true story. I definitely liked the relationships of different characters and have character grew and changed over the course of the story and the ending was very satisfying. All of this is why I gave this book 5/5 stars.

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    9. I did not enjoy this book. The way the novel was written was very confusing and not enjoyable to read. There was very little action until more than half way through the novel. I felt that the pace things happened in the book was very slow. In the movie, rocket launches happened frequently and abruptly while in the book they were very spread apart and slow. Although I did not like this novel what the characters accomplished while building their rockets was inspirational. The most inspiration part [...]

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    10. A fantastic read that I would recommend to any and all, especially those who are looking for a fun coming-of-age story! It's a quick read and leaves you feeling full and bubbly with a happiness only a well-written memoir could. I was given this book as a gift and will continue to gift it to those I know are in need of a heart-felt story just like I was. :)

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    11. The novel October Sky is a fantastic read. The wonderful mixture of drama, romance, comedy, brotherhood, and science is incredible. To think that all of this really happened is amazing. Homer Hickam Jr did a fantastic job retelling his story. This book, sorry I mean story, just engulfs you and doesn't let you go. Normally I would be bored with the add in of science and calculations in a story. But the way that Homer told it was fascinating. Then the way that he was able to build up anticipation [...]

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    12. the book rocket boys was about a group of people who wanted to build rockets. the main charcter, Homer was disliked by his father because his father really encouraged him to work in the mines like him instead of following his dreams which were to be like Van Braun. As the story progress he starts to build rokets with some of his friends to pursue his dream of becoming a rocket scienctist.

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    13. This book was excellent.I love the story dealing with the Space Age.I saw the play last year(2016)at The Old Globe Theater in San Diego.It was one of the best plays I've seen.

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    14. This book was amazing, loved it. I get why some people don't like it, rocket science isn't for everyone. I also understand that the book starts out really slow, but gets really good the farther you get in. To avoid spoilers I won't tell that much, but I do advise if you like science even casually, this isn't a book you'll want to miss.

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    15. Great read, couldn't stop reading it. I can relate to Homer, and connect to the book easily. I would recommend it to everyone I know who reads.

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    16. Thoroughly enjoyed it!This is a great 'behind the scenes' or 'The making of' book. I enjoyed learning some of the process of getting a book published and movie made. I especially liked that the book under discussion was one of my favorites.

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    17. I think it was a good book but some point got a bit boring, overall interesting.

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    18. October Sky is an incredible novel that tells the story of "Sonny" Hickam, and the Rocket Boys. This book excels at making each character feel unique, with their own arcs and miniature story, that coincides well with the main story. Things such as detail are also written in well, so that the reader can make a clear image of the scene, without the book dragging along at a slow and uninteresting pace. There are many events within the book that are unexpected enough for the reader to remain engaged [...]

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    19. October Sky was an OK book for me to read. I although I thought that it was interesting, it was filled with science and was unrelatable to the modern day world. Although the town was nice, it was hard for me to believe that none of the parents wanted their children to be better than them, and lead a life that wasn't in Coalwood. Homer Hickman JR Sonny was my favorite character because his dad never had high hopes for him, but when he built the rocket and it launched successfully and he won the N [...]

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    20. I absolutely adored this book! It a fairly good book to read for all of us science geeks along with engineer geeks and nerds and etc. The most wonderful part? My teacher had us read this wonderful book and we got to watch the movie, the terrific part? Homer Hickam was raised in Coalwood, McDowell County, West Virginia. The epic part? I live very close to it! Imagine getting to go through a part of the authors world whenever you need to go somewhere! I adored how Homer was being put down for "not [...]

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    21. In middle school we watched October Sky and built rockets, it was a collaborative project between the English/Math/Science Departments. I wish we had read the book as well.

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    22. A great little behind the scenes of how Rocket Boys and October Sky were being made at the same time. It was nice to hear how hard Homer pushed for the real story to be told not just the Hollywood version of what they thought would make a better story.

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    23. If you are a fan of Rocket Boys or the movie October Sky this is a must read. It tells how the movie came to be made and the book written. The biggest surprise for me was that I had always assumed that the movie was made based on the book, but in most ways it was just the opposite. Based on an article that he had written about his high school days and the rockets that he and his friends had built Homer was first contacted about a movie option. As the possibility of a movie progressed it was sugg [...]

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    24. Reading this October sky it a book that I would want to read again. This book would not be one to stop in the middle it would make you stay up past ten to Finnish. I love this book because it relates to the fact of family and life when you want to get something you have to work for it. I think With the parents and brother it makes it so some can relate and others can fantasize whats happening or what will happen. All though in this book it briefly takes about the father and family it describes h [...]

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    25. Enjoyable read. ★★★ 1\2.How it went from a book to a movie and how little attention is paid to what the author wants. Who knew he would have to show Jake Gyllenhal how to run? Actually the moviemakers gave him a fair amount of input and access.Hickam is an entertaining writer and obviously still has a lot of affection for Coalwood.I have The Coalwood Way: A Memoir. Maybe I actually ought to pick up Rocket Boys/October Sky.

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    26. HOMER HICKHAM AND I FIRST MET AT THE 1999 DEBUT OF OCTOBER SKYIN OCTOBERIN HUNTSVILLE ALABAMATHE HOME OF NASAMARSHALLAND CHANDRA MD MISSION CONTROLDURING THE PREMIER AND BANQUET OFFERED BY THE LOCAL HOLLYWOOD 18 THEATRE. WE MET AGAIN AT THE USSRC DURING THE MASQUERADE HONORING LEONARDO DAVINCI. HE RESIDES IN HUNSTVILLEA PLACE THAT I HAVE VISITED OFTENDUE TO FAMILY AFFILIATIONS WITH NASA, SATURN V AND THE PRICELESS MOON OF ALABAMA, ON LOAN. A FELLOW GOOD READS AUTHORWE HAVE A MUTUAL INTEREST IN S [...]

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    27. This is a follow up book to Rocket Boys. I liked it, but it was nowhere near as deep or as interesting as the earlier book. It was about the relationship between the book and the film. There was some interesting information about the process of producing a film in a way that is faithful to actual events that gave me a stronger appreciation of the film, and that was worth the price of admission.

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    28. I devoured this book immediately after the completion of Rocket Boys. It was fascinating to read about the filming of the movie, Homer's reactions to the variances between the script and his memoir, and his presence on the set during filming. I am looking forward to seeing the movie AND reading more of his books. Many more!

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    29. Homer Hickam is a fantastic author. This was a great book about turning a book into a movie. There was a lot of insight and personal information that Homer provided. Overall, I found it a fascinating process that took a lot of unexpected turns. This book was wonderfully written and I really enjoyed reading it.

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