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randy
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posted 06-29-2001 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just picked up a copy of Buzz Aldrin's latest, "The Return". I'd like to know what the feelings of my fellow collectors are on this book. Thanks.

WAWalsh
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posted 06-29-2001 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having purchased and read each of Col. Aldrin's books (and enjoyed each of them), I found "The Return" a horrible disappointment.

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posted 06-29-2001 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacqueline   Click Here to Email Jacqueline     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I picked up a signed copy from Amazon Auction. I've yet to read it. But it is signed and as I only paid $29 for it I'm pleased whether it is a rubbish read or not.

Ben
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posted 06-29-2001 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I started reading it...the first chapter or two. Didn't like it a bit, and haven't opened it again since then, last July.

Kirsten
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posted 06-29-2001 07:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kirsten   Click Here to Email Kirsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Got it in London in September last year - at the Aldrin encounter there. Yet have to read the book...

tegwilym
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posted 06-29-2001 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have the book and had it signed in person at a booksigning here in Seattle last summer. I read about half the book, but really never got into it and started reading something else. The half that I read was very slow, and kind of boring. I really liked his other book "Encounter With Tiber" I was hoping this would be just as good... unfortunately not.

Not as horrible as Gordo Cooper's book, but no where near the top of my list either.

randy
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posted 06-30-2001 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the responses so far. It seems that this may not be one of Col. Aldrins best offerings. I'll keep these in mind when I start reading it.

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posted 07-02-2001 08:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dr. William R. Hanson   Click Here to Email Dr. William R. Hanson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a copy of, "The Return" signed by Buzz, traded it even with a gentleman for a signed copy of, "Encounter with Tiber". "The Return" isn't much of a book, but I didn't get it expecting great literature; it's just another book signed by Buzz to go on the shelf. Let's face it, the quality of most astronaut books is the ability of the co-author, they're the guys who really do most of the writing. But we buy the books because they've got one of our heroes names on the title page, and we hope to get a couple of good bits of insight into their unique experiences... plus it's about the only way to get a genuine signature from some of these men at an affordable price.

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posted 07-02-2001 09:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for thecollector   Click Here to Email thecollector     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really feel like an outcast but I'll be honest -- it took me a while to get into it but by the time I finished the book, I really enjoyed it.

That's just me though.

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posted 07-02-2001 09:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dr. William R. Hanson   Click Here to Email Dr. William R. Hanson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That's why ice cream comes in more flavors than vanilla, some people like chocolate, strawberry or butter pecan!!

randy
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posted 07-03-2001 07:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with Doc. The more I read what I did read, the more I realized it isn't much of a book. Just something to add to my collection.

Thanks for the responses, guys and gals. I really appreciate it.

MCroft04
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posted 04-28-2008 07:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I finally got around to reading this book, and thought it coincidental that the name of the company in the book is ShareSpace, very similar to collectSPACE. Given Robert's association with Buzz, I'm curious if one name evolved from the other? Apologies if this has been covered somewhere else but I couldn't find it when I did a search.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-28-2008 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by MCroft04:
Given Robert's association with Buzz, I'm curious if one name evolved from the other?
A nice thought, but there's no relation.

ShareSpace, which is a real organization established by Aldrin in 1998, was named to represent the original purpose of the effort, to explore ways in which the public could take part in space travel through the purchase of a "share" of the expense, i.e. lotteries and sweepstakes.

collectSPACE was named such in 1999 because another astronaut, Pete Conrad, owned spacememorabilia.com.

I did however, serve on the advisory committee for ShareSpace, so there's an indirect connection.

(And for whatever its worth, re-reading the posts from 2001, I enjoyed "The Return" more so than I did "Encounter with Tiber", but as was mentioned then, to each their own.)

music_space
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posted 06-29-2009 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got to read "The Return" eight years after having purchased it and getting it signed by Col. Aldrin at Christies.

I prefer historical accounts and biographies to fiction, which account for this long delay. While I felt that at the end the action was getting disheveled, I appreciated the book for the portrayal of managerial character.

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