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Marilee J. Layman

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10:58 pm: I Didn't Sleep All Day!
I did sleep 9.5 hours, though. I did my skim of the Sunday paper and the making of tomorrow's grocery list and the washing of the sheets. What took me so long to get here was that one of the BFAC board members added something to a page with her program and it put paragraphs between every line. Argh. So I had to fix that and resize a table, for some reason. I may not know how to do as much stuff as her program does, but things look right when I'm done.

I knew Watchmen came in chapters, but I didn't realize until last night that I was going to have to read the chapters intact, not stop in the middle, and I have to read two a night to finish in time. So I need to give myself more reading time before I turn the light out.

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From:soon_lee
Date:February 16th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Yes, Watchmen has that 'structure' thing going on. It was orginally published as a twelve issue series. IIRC, each issue/chapter ended on a cliff-hanger - those who read it as the original publication had to wait a month between installments.
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From:mjlayman
Date:February 16th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
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I knew it was a series -- a couple of the guys are bringing their comics instead of the book -- but I'm not seeing the four chapters I've read so far as ending on a cliffhanger. Then again, I'm pretty good at waiting for things to be explained and it's only when they aren't that I'm upset. This is written during my last working years and covers a lot of the MAD and such that was part of my life. It clearly turns off much earlier, though, since nobody figures out Dr. Manhatten is radioactive until people start dying. We knew that about radiation when Marie Curie died.
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From:soon_lee
Date:February 16th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
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I didn't read it as single issues either but as an all-in-one graphic novel shortly after initial publication. It really resonated as the Cold War was still ongoing. When I re-read it recently (in anticipation of the forthcoming movie) I thought it held up well.

The radioactivity thing was a plot device that I didn't see coming. It wasn't till a few years later that I did work with radionuclides. The sound of a screeching Geiger counter (even in a movie) still creeps me out.
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Date:February 17th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
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9.5 hours seems like a lot of sleep, which is a good thing. I hope it helped.
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