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Review: Kevin J. Anderson book Hopscotch
"Hopscotch" by Kevin J. Anderson
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Upcoming novel set in the future when characters may swap bodies.
From: c jones , 219 months, post #1
some details from an interview with anderson.

warning

spoilers

below!!!!!

















Anderson: Remember the old science fiction idea of one character swapping bodies with another person, then they spend the rest of the story trying to figure out how to switch back? Hopscotch takes that idea and "turns it all the way up to eleven!" to use the words of Spinal Tap. It's set in a future where everybody can swap bodies with everybody else, at any time. Old couples can rent lively young bodies to go out for the evening, or to go on their second honeymoons. Men and women pick each other up in bars for a "two-night stand," once as a man, once as a woman. Corporate board meetings even pay menial "go-fers" to stand around and swap bodies with anybody who has to go to the bathroom, so an important executive doesn't have to leave the meeting at an inopportune time! The story involves three friends: Garth, an artist who wants to experience every facet of the human condition (he wants to have a baby, he wants to be old, he wants to be female, he wants to be obese...) and thus wanders around with a little checklist of experiences he thinks he needs; Eduard, who commits a murder and then goes on the run, swapping from body to body to body in an effort to stay one step ahead of the law-enforcement; and Teresa, a woman who in her hedonistic younger days lost all track of her original body and is now on a quest to track it down ... literally, to "find herself." I've been gearing up for this book for so long because it required me to know so much about so many different types of people--I had to interview three close women friends to get all the internal childbirth descriptions correct--and because Hopscotch meant so much to me, I also wanted to make sure it wasn't buried as a midlist paperback. My editor saw the potential and bought Hopscotch as an important Bantam hardcover. We're working on this until we get it perfect--a luxury I rarely have with tight-deadline media tie-in books--and it's almost done now.

From: anonymous , 214 months, post #2
the hardcover is now in stores.

Go!

Buy!

Support authors who write TG!

Write author and ask for a sequel!

:)

From: Eric , 213 months, post #3
DisaPOINTING book. Some good sections, but the plot is to fragmented and many characters unbelievable.

From: guest (dis_guise) , 137 months, post #4
It's disappointing, yes. Everybody seems to take the body swapping in stride, even a major character who can't do it himself (very uncommon, and as compensation he has other talents), and it's amazing how not merely un-erotic but BORING the swaps and people's reactions to them are. Even assuming that Anderson was consciously avoiding the erotic and trying to show the matter-of-fact nature a swap has in that society, he barely makes them interesting: even young people's first swaps are not dwelt on in any detail and the sheer oddness of animating different flesh, even that of a gender switch, is barely hinted at. The plot is indeed fragmented and the characters are mostly cardboard. I thought that an author who's written bestsellers, even genre bestsellers, would be more skilled.

I got a hardback copy from an Amazon Marketplace seller: brand new hardcover with remainder sticker stubbornly stuck to the dust jacket, and the shipping cost was more than the price of the book. You can probably do the same for perhaps $4.


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