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2.0 out of 5 stars Oversugared apple-pie, 18 July 2003
This review is from: October Sky (Paperback)
I'd love to agree with all the other reviewers but from the off this book is pedestrian and full of stereotypes and too sugary by far. After 100 pages of it I've had enough of the applepie sentimentality, the wooden "house on the prairie" characters, the motorway-like inevitability of the plot and the interminable wait for these boys to do something interesting with rockets! This is Billy Elliot again but for ballet read toy rockets. And the most irritating thing is why the perfect title "Rocket Boys" was replaced by "October Sky"? Is Rocket Boys the name of something pornographic? Now that would be a page turner!
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Initial post: 21 Jul 2011 13:35:51 BDT
Jay North says:
'Plot"? This is a true story!

Posted on 9 Dec 2014 22:19:10 GMT
Lionel Wall says:
It's autobiographical, my friend. I've even exchanged emails with him. Hickam went on to work for NASA. Everything about it is authentic. His friends were mostly still alive a few years ago and his teacher was a real person too. Do a web search and you might be pleasantly surprised. Mind you, I do agree with you about the silly name change.
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