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09 May 2006


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Chris Abouzeid

Hi Leila,

Thanks for your review of Anatopsis. Believe it or not, I'm very relieved to hear that you had to slog through the first 40 pages of the book. I thought most readers would have to slog through the first 80 pages, so your experience is a great mark of success for the book. (And, as I tell many of my friends, I had to slog through the beginnings of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Dune, and a host of other classics. So a certain degree of "slog factor" must be a good thing; right?)

However, I do have to correct a slight error in your review. Since I wrote the first draft of Anatopsis over 20 years ago, it would be more accurate to say that Harry Potter and Tale of Despereaux are derivative of my work. (In fact, I'm pretty sure J.K. Rowling brushed up against my knapsack in Heathrow back in '86. There's no telling what she may have lifted.)

As for Diana Wynne Jones, I will admit that I read Howl's Moving Castle last year, and it's possible that a piece of my consciousness broke off and floated back in time to the moment when I was creating Solomon Castle. This is known in the trade as a "reverse internalization," and my book packager, Slag-Alloy, says I will probably get sued, but that I shouldn't worry, because it will help book sales. Besides, Slag-Alloy tells me, Ms. Jones has written so many books it's impossible not to "internalize" her work. That's why we will be using the "fantasy saturation" defense for our case.

All joking aside, I am very sorry that you had a hard time with the beginning of Anatopsis, but I'm grateful that you stuck with the book long enough to discover its merits. And though I too wish the beginning of the book were a little stronger, I have to remind myself that it's the first novel I ever wrote, and that when I began it, years ago, my only two goals were a) to finish it; and b) to make it the kind of book that would grab the reader. I seem to have achieved the first goal (much to my surprise). As for the second, I guess a delayed "grab" is better than none.

Thanks for taking the time to read and review Anatopsis. Please know that, despite my poor attempts at humor, your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

With best wishes,



Now that I'm done laughing (mostly)... That was pretty much the best response to a review ever -- John Irving has a lot to learn from you.

I'll be keeping an eye out for your future books!


Umm... do you often get author responses?


Your reviews are wonderful! Have you heard of the book, Danny the Dragon? It’s worth a review: http://DannyTheDragon.com Please let me know if you are interested in reviewing this nominee for Best Children’s Book of 2009- winner will be announced this year at Book Expo! The author is really a neat woman too! [email protected] Thank you, Rosie

quess brown

How many has chris written i want to read them all, i hope this isnt his only book because i really really really REALLY LOVED the book Anatopsis!

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