Rutabaga Posted January 1, 2022 Report Share Posted January 1, 2022 Seems appropriate to start a new thread (rather than perpetuating an old thread) for the revised "Tim" that started posting today. If nothing else, the revised posting has modern CSS formatting rather than the hideous Microsoft mangling of the past, making it easier to read. When I read the "Coming Soon" post saying that this story was to be re-serialized, I was pretty sure I remembered it immediately. I had to confirm by email that I was correct in my recollection (since the old version has been removed from AD). I have always liked the story, including (in the original version) the somewhat-unconventional extended flashback section in the middle. Cole's preface suggests that he was unhappy with his execution of the original story. If this re-serialization helps him feel better about the product, then I'm glad it's happening. But honestly, other than the clunky formatting, I thought the original was pretty darned good. And I particularly liked the resolution where, much like Randy in the shorter "Exothermic Reaction" by Gee Whillickers, Tim finally sheds some core emotional baggage that has been wrecking his life. I remain confident that, in contrast to George Lucas's ham-fisted effort at "improving" the original Star Wars movie, Cole will preserve everything that made this story great. R Quote Link to comment
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