Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood

Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood

With an introduction by Neil Gaiman! In this dazzling memoir, the acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense8, Clint Eastwood?s Changeling and Marvel?s Thor reveals how the power of creativity and imagination enabled him to overcome the horrors of his youth and a dysfunctional family haunted by madness, murder and a terrible secret. For four decades, J. Michael Straczynski has With an introduction by Neil Gaiman! In this dazzling memoir, the acclaimed writer behind Babylon 5, Sense...

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Title:Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood
Author:J. Michael Straczynski
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0062857851
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood Reviews

  • Kerry
    Aug 13, 2019
    A fascinating, no holds barred, punch you in the gut look back at the career of a fascinating man. Proof, if you need it, that you don't have to be defined by where you come from. You can choose to be better. You can choose to be Superman. ...
  • Lisa Wright
    Jun 16, 2019
    Joe Straczynski is a superhero. He must be to have survived a brutal childhood and a roller coaster of a writing career. The story of his childhood is harrowing. Beaten by an alcoholic, abusive father and nearly killed by a mentally ill mother, Joe turned to Superman in TV and comic bo...
  • Michael
    Aug 07, 2019
    For a journalism course in college, we were assigned an in-depth piece on a business issue. Being a fan of sci-fi pop culture, I decided to marry my love of two new series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Babylon Five in my assignment. Both shows were in their early days (B5 was about s...
  • Mackay
    Jul 28, 2019
    I always admired Straczynski's commentary on his TV show, Babylon 5 , a show I loved, so I was curious about his own story. It's horrifying, inspiring, and for any writer, interesting about the craft. How he Straczynski ever survived his childhood is nearly miraculous, and how he came ...
  • Jason Snell
    Mar 12, 2019
    When Joe Straczynski talks publicly about his difficult upbringing, it's easy to insert a generic, TV-movie sort of rags-to-riches story. Only in this book does he reveal, after most of the participants have died, the depths of the awfulness of his childhood and family. It's almost cer...
  • The Kawaii Slartibartfast
    Mar 27, 2019
    I received a copy of Becoming Superman from HarperCollins Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Wow, this book was exceptional. The beginning was horrifying but somehow entrancing in a way that all survivor stories are. Joe Straczynski made a choice and b...
  • Melissa
    Jul 31, 2019
    While I never got into Sense 8, my husband did, and we were both fans of J. Michael Straczynski?s previous television offerings, most notably Babylon 5, and Jeremiah. When I was offered the chance to read the man?s autobiography, then, I jumped at the chance, both to read it for my...
  • Adam
    Mar 18, 2019
    If there is anything remarkable about my life, it is that I did not come out the other side a serial killer. When I review a book, I?ll highlight passages I?ll want to refer to after I complete it. By the end of chapter two of J. Michael Straczynski?s autobiography Becoming Su...
  • Kifflie
    Aug 10, 2019
    Wow. I'm mentally and emotionally exhausted after reading this. It is very, very hard to put down. It's not just the horror of Joe's childhood that gripped me; his writing career is also an enthralling roller coaster ride in and of itself. I picked this up mostly because I am a fan of ...
  • Robert Greenberger
    Apr 22, 2019
    I first met Joe in 1984 when we both attended a talk by producer Dan Blatt about NBC's V series. We were both fairly terrified at his pronouncement that SF could be anything, without being grounded in, you know, science. We became friends and would run into one another at east and west...
  • Cathy Doyle
    Dec 16, 2018
    Just an amazing book. ...
  • Dan
    Aug 13, 2019
    Wow, what a horribly traumatic childhood Straczynski survived in this gripping memoir. He uses his many years of storytelling experience across multiple formats to inform readers how he not only survived his abusive, alcoholic, philandering, lying, and violent father, but how he thriv...
  • Mark Baker
    Aug 08, 2019
    In this book, author J. Michael Stracyznski (JMS to his fans) tells the story of his family and his life. Starting with his grandparents, he gives us some background before telling us about his childhood under an abusive father and a distant mother. In between moving every few months t...
  • Nancy
    Jun 29, 2019
    Not always an easy read -- there is a lot of dark and terrible things in Straczynski's life -- but an absolutely compelling read. I did not want to put this down. (These original reading dates say it took me almost a month; in reality, it was more like two or three days, just separated...
  • Jan Schroeder
    Mar 17, 2019
    ?My father was a monster.? As a fan who?s seen J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) at a number of appearances, I?d heard those words and imagined the worst father I?d ever known or heard of. I couldn?t have been more wrong if I?d been picturing Mr. Rogers. Year by year, step ...
  • Michael O.
    Aug 19, 2019
    Look, Babylon 5 is my favorite show of all time, so I didn?t exactly go into J. Michael Straczynski?s autobiography unbiased. But this book really isn?t about the shows and movies and comics, and I got a lot less of that than I thought I wanted. Instead what I got was what the co...
  • Marlene
    Jul 28, 2019
    Originally published at Reading Reality I jumped at the chance to read this book and be on this tour because, well, basically because Babylon 5. Which I?ve watched more than once, and have frequently cited in regards to its treatment of chaos vs. order in the Shadow War. Because t...
  • Julie  Capell
    Jul 31, 2019
    Ever since I encountered JMS through Babylon 5, I have known he was a helluva writer. I've gone to hear him speak several times, read his scriptwriting book, and followed him through all his teevee shows, movies and comic book series. So I began reading this autobiography with pretty h...
  • Joe Crowe
    Mar 18, 2019
    This book is really good, an autobiography about someone whose work I knew, but not his personal history. Straczynski digs deep into both, discussing everything from his work on some of my favorite TV shows, Real Ghostbusters, He-Man, and his creation, Babylon 5. He details his...
  • Mindy
    Jul 03, 2019
    I was fortunate enough to win an advanced copy of this book here and i'm so glad I did. Quite honestly this was one of the best memoirs i've ever read. Very engaging and of course you have to love the sarcastic bits which definitely had me laughing a lot in some parts. I'm a huge fa...
  • JM
    Aug 03, 2019
    After reading a bunch or rock star memoirs this one was recommended to me because it was supposedly very interesting and Straczynski, whom I was familiar with as a comics writer from back in my college days and as a writer for many acclaimed TV shows I've never seen*, included many use...
  • Clay Davis
    Aug 17, 2019
    Many of the family's dirty laundry details would have been better left to the imagination. I wonder if the ex-wife Kathryn should not have been a co-author with the pages she wrote in the book. I would have liked more details about writing and the Babylon 5 show. Very disappointing tha...
  • Dominic
    Apr 24, 2019
    Some of us might know Joseph Michael Straczynski through his work on Babylon 5. Some of us came to know him through his time on the Spider-Man and Superman comic book lines. Some might have found Joe by browsing on Netflix and finding Sense8. Some of us might even know him primarily t...
  • Bonnie McDaniel
    Aug 14, 2019
    J. Michael Straczynski has been a working writer for decades, and is the mind behind the original She-Ra, Babylon 5, Sense8, and innumerable comics, books, television scripts, and screenplays. He is also the survivor of a hellish childhood, rife with domestic violence, physical, em...
  • Stewart Tame
    Jun 05, 2019
    Full disclosure: I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. And I?m also a big fan of Straczynski?s work. I was first exposed to it in an issue of Teen Titans Spotlight, but I didn't really start to take notice of it until my wife and I started watching Babylon 5 around...
  • Meghan
    Apr 06, 2019
    This book was received as an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I was so intrigued from the start to read this book because it's main focus was the original TV show which I remember watching a long time ago as...
  • Rebecca
    Mar 11, 2019
    Holy cow. The first 16 pages are unnerving; the next 12 pages will curdle your blood. And it doesn't stop. Chapter after chapter, the evil, the depravity, of the author's family (mainly his father) beggars belief. For plenty of people, this is all they need for a five-star memoi...
  • J. Dotson
    Jul 23, 2019
    I've tried to come up with the words you describe how I feel about this book. I even wrote a blog post about it here: Becoming Superman by J. Michael Straczynski But the shorter version is this: Becoming Superman: My Journey from Poverty to Hollywood by J. Michael Straczynski is the...
  • J.D. DeHart
    May 02, 2019
    From comic books to real life, this author engages the reader. This book is a rarity ? the chance to get to know the life of a creative voice, the reality that exists behind authorship and invention. ...
  • Nathalie
    Jul 29, 2019
    JMS is one of a kind. A writer, and a really good one. Hooked to Babylon5 from the start in the mid 90s, I still refer to him as the guy I insulted most when I watched the series, as he made me go through such a rollercoaster with his series. I was in a way mad at him for good reasons ...