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Monday, October 26, 2009

Her Fearful Symmetry Giveaway

I thought you'd all love to hear about this: the Regal Literary Agency is having another giveaway of Audrey Niffenegger's newest hit, Her Fearful Symmetry. If you don't know who that is, she's the wonderful writer who brought us The Time Traveler's Wife, which was recently turned into a major motion picture featuring Rachael McAdams.

If you decide to enter, please let them know that you heard about it from me (Shaun Duke). Pretty please!

Thanks and good luck!

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  1. You mean the wonderful writer of the book that was turned into a terrible, terrible movie. Don't you??

  2. I didn't see the movie. So I have no idea if it was any good or not.

    By the way, I heard your interview on Adventures in Scifi Publishing the other day and I have to say you do not sound at all like you look. Good interview though!

  3. The movie was good, in my opinion. A romantic drama film that I was able to enjoy spending with my better half. However, I did hear the book was 10x better. So I entered & so noted for you. Best of Luck!

  4. Yeah, I'm hearing the same thing. Read a review in the newest Interzone that pretty much panned the movie :P.

  5. Thanks Shawn, it was a great interview to do.

    The reason I thought The Time Traveler's Wife was a stupid movie was that if you think about it for 10 seconds the whole thing falls apart.

    Our Time Traveler says that he can't affect the future and never even TRIES! We have to take his word for it, despite the fact that he marries a woman he wouldn't have met otherwise.

    Also, his daughter is going to have a very short life and probably die terribly. In the world of the novel, a HUGE plot point is that the traveler goes back naked and is then chased around and beaten up. The daughter is able to control her powers "sometimes". Well, the other times, she's going to be a naked woman in the exact same scenarios. If the time traveler had problems... can you imagine what would happen to the daughter??

    Also, the biggest non-paradox problem occurs when Claire asks the traveler "who would want to live a life like this". That's what Damon Knight used to call a "Signal from Fred". Why would anyone want to live that life???? The question is never answered...

    Those are just some of the dozens of plot holes.

    Don't get me wrong, Back to Future had paradoxes too, but at least in that case the movie was having fun with itself. In TTW we are expected, by the very seriousness of the film, to buy a steaming shovel-full of crap in order to enjoy the movie.

  6. Jordan: It's SHAUN with a U. Get it right, man! I'm mortally offended!

    Have you read the book? I recently read a review of the movie in the latest Interzone that ripped into it even more than you did, and I'm curious what you think of the book.

  7. Dude, you sign everything "SMD" and your name appears nowhere on the front page of your blog. I had to do RESEARCH to actually figure out what it was. RESEARCH! ! ! ;)

    No, I haven't read the book, but I can see why it could work. Apparently, it's vastly different from the movie and much more cerebral.

  8. Jordan: Clearly you need to reassess the efficacy of your research practices :P.