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The Butterfly Effect Mass Market Paperback – December 30, 2003

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Black Flame (December 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844160815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844160815
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Pohren VINE VOICE on June 22, 2004
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This was one of the best books that I have read in a very long time! I wanted to read it before seeing the movie and now I can't wait to see it! I couldn't put the book down once I started it. The plot was so intriging and each page makes you want to move to the next to see what was going to happen! The storyline interweaves itself so well and is fascinating and complex in the aspect of how one scene in the beginning of the book suddenly reappears in another scene later in the book. When this happens, all I could think of was "wow!"
The characters are so believable and it is so easy to "live" through each one. I highly recommend this to everyone! It is a book that could easily be read several times over!
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I saw the movie years ago and thought I would enjoy the book. I had a very hard time finding this book and wound up buying a used one, which I have never done before. Why this book hasn't been turned into an e-book is beyond me. It stands the test of time and is a great story. I have passed it on to a family member and they, like me, are used to reading in an e-book format. I would have bought this book in a kindle format and paid a lot more for it, If you can find it, make sure it is the one written by James Swallow, as there are other books with the same name. I find it hard to understand why people can latch onto a title and try to confuse the reading public. It should be illegal. Especially since Amazon will refund your money when you realize that you purchased a book in error due to the name of the book being the same.
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Evan can travel through time. He does so by studying his old journals. As he tries to change the past, his attempts make things worse. this was an interesting book, and I couldn't put it down. There are twists and turns and lots of the unexpected.
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Well I just loved the movie and I loved this I loved the creativity of the whole idea and I like how dark it gets because I like that it explores gritty, emotional topics.. It's follows the move but is a well written novel and helped explain some bits that were a bit of a mystery from the moive. Oh it did leave out just one thing from the movie that I was looking forward to reading so maybe I should give it four stars but I prefer to be generous in the face of this much creativity.
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I read this book before watching the movie and loved it. I would recommend if you watch it on DVD to watch the theatrical version to get the same ending as the book. I watched the directors version first and was disappointed in the ending. However, the movie is very good much like the book.
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I saw the movie first, and for once the movie was better than the book. Ok, so the book was based on the movie which explains alot. I bought this book because I really loved the movie. However, there was something lacking in the book. I felt that there needed to be more connections between the reader and the characters. In other words, I wanted to care about them more, get to know them more in a way you only can in a book, not in a movie. However, it never quite gets there, it feels like you are just watching the movie.
As I said, I really enjoyed the movie, so this book was ok. There was just something missing.
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The butterfly effect refers to the interconnectedness of the world. In other words, a butterfly flapping its wings in China could cause a hurricane on the other side of the world. But this book really deals with the Bradbury Effect as in his A Sound of Thunder where the death of a butterfly in the distant path has unknowable effects on the present.
In this book we have a character with a very messed-up life. Not only is his family dysfunctional (dad is in the nut house), but he has blackouts and does very disturbing things.
The book takes a long time to get started by filling in tons of background history. Eventually we get to the point where our character learns he can effect things in the past. Usually to disastrous effects. He keeps trying to correct things but they keep getting worse.
So, will he be able to make things better? Unfortunately two things stand in his way. One is that "time travel" is bad for his brain. The other is that people think he is crazy and want to lock him up.
So we wind up with a series of bad lives that we stop caring about after a while. We also learn a bit about his talent (although not enough). Finally we get a cute, romantic-comedy-style ending.
But my big question is if he had total blackouts, how was he able to write about the events in his journals? We don't know how much of the events he managed to transcribe, but at least with the video camera incident we do see that he wrote about things he didn't remember and then didn't remember he wrote about them. Too weak for me.
This is a long book for a novelization of a movie aimed at this audience and it just doesn't work or interest. I am sure it could work for readers who don't care about the details (sort of like viewers who made Armageddon successful).
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Even if you've seen the movie, read this excellent book. A real page-turner!
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