Aug 19, 2007

Book recomendation

The recent events in the news that have happened in Utah at the Coal mine got me thinking about a book I read quite awhile ago. It's called Rocket Boys, and is written by Homer Hickam, who grew up in Coalwood West Virginia in a mining town. Homer went on to become a NASA engineer, and his story of growing up in poverty, where you really did owe your soul to the company store is an amazing read. His book became a movie called October Sky, which was pretty good in it's own right, but as most movies doesn't quite live up to the novel.

Check out Homer Hickams website and read a bit more about him and the rocket boys.


  1. I've actually had that book on my reading list since seeing October Sky, with the assumption that the book, like you say, is better than the movie-- and it was a pretty good movie.

  2. Anonymous3:52 PM

    Oooh, that sounds good. I didn't see the movie, and never even knew it was based on a real person. I'll check it out.

  3. You won't be disappointed, it is a tremendous read!

  4. I saw that movie, it was great.

    I feel so sorry for the Utah folks. That's devastating. They need to come up with better rescue plans.

  5. Anonymous4:32 PM

    "already our minds are beginning to work as one!"

    ---Puss in Boots

    I was JUST READING THAT book, or starting to, the other day waiting for a ride after school closed. It was hot, it was bright, it was one of the last days of summer. it was grand (it is also MISSING!!)

    i got it from the art teacher I used to work with who highly recommended it.

  6. Teri: Coal mines are the worst. I worked in a mine for 9 months mining Molybdenum here in Colorado. It was pretty safe, but still felt weird now and then.

    I know you will like it BO!