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On the Web Wed Aug 05 2009

Her Fearful Symmetry Early Review

Rebecca of The Book Lady's Blog was graced with an advance copy of Audrey Niffenegger's forthcoming novel Her Fearful Symmetry. Her immediate opinions? Yes, it does live up to the hype and it has all the great things we loved about The Time Traveler's Wife while going in a completely different direction. Color me excited.

Meanwhile, I remain trepedatious about the upcoming Time Traveler's Wife film and these articles, one saying the movie isn't science fiction but an "epic love story" and the other explaining why it was necessary to change the ending in the film, do little to calm my reservations. Sure, the story is about love, but generally "epic love story" translates to "cheese" in the movies and there's nothing I hate in movies more than cheesy, ridiculous, maudlin love. Also, I hate unnecessary ending changes, so I'm pretty much guaranteed to dislike this movie. (I also suspect that the director's insistence that this is a love story and not science fiction is in effort to draw in the female audience, which irks me because that assumes that females aren't interested in science fiction and are only interested in love. But that's another rant for another day.)

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Hannah / August 5, 2009 2:05 PM


I work for Regal Literary, the literary agency that represents Audrey Niffenegger. We noticed your interest in Audrey Niffenegger and THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE and want you to know we’re giving away Advance Reader’s Copies of HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY now to bloggers who have written about Audrey’s work. To get yours, click below or you can contact me directly at with your mailing address.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Lauren / August 6, 2009 3:49 PM

I received an advanced copy of HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY as well and 100% agree. I mention in my review that, where THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE concentrated on the appearance of love, HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY was all about the reality of death. Admittedly, I did like her previous novel better, however this one was just as addictive, that's for sure. Her writing is involving and beautiful. The book was disturbing, yet highly addictive.

Veronica / August 7, 2009 11:18 AM

Lauren -- I'm glad to hear there are more positive reviews coming out! I've linked to your review in my "Bookmarks" post above.

Lee / August 9, 2009 10:26 PM

I think it's totally legit to say Time Traveler's Wife is not sci-fi. I'd put it more in the magic realism camp. In my mind, sci-fi connotes more of a commentary on society. I'm actually relieved to hear the director doesn't view it as sci-fi.

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