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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453884912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453884911
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,308,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I loved it! I felt like a friend was telling me a story...I found myself smiling and entranced by the history...But most of all, I found nothing I didn't like here, and I just want to read more.


--Amazon CreateSpace Breakthrough Novel Competition

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The author takes this fascinating cinematographic period and weaves it into a compelling and immersive story line.
Stan Lackey
Engaging and entertaining, "This is Where I Came In" is filled with fascinating details about the dawn of moving pictures and late 19th century Texas.
tom ball
Mike writes surprising and suspenseful threads into the story line that keep you turning the pages as quickly as you can read them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Duke Lindsey on November 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Coming from a small Central Texas town myself and only a few generations away from the people that lived in this era, it was easy to relate to the home life of J.D.. This, I must admit is what originally drew me to this book, thinking the subject matter not that interesting. Oh, how wrong I was. I, like others, never even thought about there being such an interesting era leading up to "talkies". Now, I want to know even more about that time in our history. The author not only makes it easy to visualize but also captivates you with his style. I read half this book when I got it out of the box, only putting it down to go out of town for work. Being a football nut, I watched all Sunday afternoon and night. After the last game I began reading again and before I knew it, it was 2 a.m. and had to put it down. I was so eager to read more that I actually finished it during Monday Night football instead of after. Like all great books,about half way through you can't wait to get to the end to find out what happens to these characters you've grown to love. And, even with a surprising twist at the end, the inevitable sadness sets in when you read that last page, wishing there was more . This book certainly leaves you wanting more. Can't wait for the next book from Mike Robertson !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Askew on February 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Mike Robertson - full disclosure - was my freshman roommate in college. We lost touch for decades, but I recall that even then, he was a preternatural story-teller. (Calling him a natural story-teller sells him short.) He's gotten even better. As a highly trained musician, Mike has a knack for rhythm, cadence and pace, and they show in his writing as well. This, among other characteristics, makes his prose especially fun to read. And in terms of content, this story is endowed with Mike's encylopaedic knowledge of film history. Put it together - storytelling, modulation, ridiculously deep understanding of the subject matter - and you've got this book. I never knew a tenth of what he presents as film history, and I never knew I cared until I read this. I can't wait for him to convey what he knows about the Beach Boys, Pez dispensers, arcane 3-D photography, trains and who knows what else he's absorbed since that freshman year. Great guy; great talent; great read.
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Mr. Robertson provides a truly outstanding story about the birth of motion pictures, told from the point of view of a turn-of-the-century opportunist named Jubal Daniel Wilkinson. He writes lovingly about an industry and place that he obviously has researched or knows very, very well. The author does a great job of capturing the feelings of that time and place (Blanco & Austin, TX). He blends an excellent grasp of facts about early projectors and theater operations, with an emotional and revealing personal story of someone who participated directly in each step of the early movie industry. As a technical geek, I loved the detail on the theory and operations of early equipment and filming. As a former Austinite, I loved the reference to early 20th century Austin city scene. As a lifelong movie buff, I loved getting a primer on how movies evolved. As a fan of great story-tellers, I particularly loved the authenticity, poignancy, and sharply humorous telling of J.D.'s life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stan Lackey on November 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
I had no idea that this era of the motion picture industry even existed. I assumed that silent movies were the pre-cursor to talkies; it didn't dawn on me that silent movies had a pre-cursor, as well. The author takes this fascinating cinematographic period and weaves it into a compelling and immersive story line. I began reading it on Monday, some more on Tuesday, and by Wednesday I cleared my schedule and read it until I reached the back cover. Can't remember when I last did that. One of the interesting side themes in the book is that all though that era (early 20th Century) exhibited great civility and personal dignity, scratch beneath the surface and you'll find as much debauchery and corruption as we experience today. Full of twists and turns the story moves its way to an ending that (I promise you) you'll never see coming. A great read for anyone, but if you have a movie buff on your gift list...your shopping just got easier.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 11, 2010
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I first read "This Is Where I Came In" about six or seven years ago. At that time, I remember being quite struck by the attention to detail, the historical accuracy, and the setting of the book (as an Austinite, I find the description of Central Texas from the turn of the century to be quite intriguing compared to modern times). But what really left an impression on me was the story itself, of a young man who became mesmerized by new technology and set out to build a life around it; the gambles he took; the loves he found and lost; and the bittersweet taste life sometimes leaves when things don't turn out as they should have.

Returning to the text in its new Kindle edition, I find myself reliving those early years of motion pictures, as the hucksters and competing showmen sought to profit from the public's fascination with a dazzling new medium, and that young man once again takes a journey from country preacher's kid to aspiring film mogul. Definitely worth my second read, and your first.
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Mike Robertson is a professional speaker, writer, musician, and storyteller based in Austin, Texas. He speaks to audiences of all types, sharing his passion for creativity and providing keys for listeners to unlock and enhance their own creative powers. His presentations are also famous for the artistic and surprising visuals which he creates to accompany his words. The design of these items owes much to over 20 years experience as a professional graphic designer. After a presentation to an audience of professional speakers in which Mike shared many of his tips and techniques for creating amazing slides, he began a series of short video podcasts called ClickStarters--available on iTunes and YouTube--which will inspire and excite anyone who uses slide presentations.
His first book, 'Shiny Spots In The Rust,' was a collection of inspirational and humorous essays which find significant messages in some seemingly trivial everyday objects.
'This Is Where I Came In' is his first novel and deals with a woefully-underappreciated era: the birth of the motion picture industry. "When most people think of silent film, they picture Charlie Chaplin or the Keystone Kops," Mike says. "But the movie business was 20 years old by the time Chaplin stepped in front of a camera." This novel required much historical research and is now part of the permanent collection at the Austin History Center, where Mike did much of the necessary research.
Mike's third book, 'The Pizza, the Peach & the Platypus,' is an accompaniment to his signature keynote speech on creativity. Packed with stories from his fascinating life, this volume is an intensely-readable romp which provides vivid examples of the many different ways we can benefit from learning to think more creatively. The book features a couple of special creative touches, including a secret message "treasure hunt" which will reward observant readers with a unique prize.
For more information about booking Mike Robertson to speak at an event, or to provide a training session on creating more memorable and artistic slides, visit his website, www.IsThisMikeOn.com.

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