From: c jones
, 219 months, post #1 |
some details from an interview with anderson.|
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.
, 214 months, post #2 |
the hardcover is now in stores.|
Support authors who write TG!
Write author and ask for a sequel!
, 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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