- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Love Earth Publications (August 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615492878
- ISBN-13: 978-0615492872
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,030,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dick Cheney Saves Paris: a personal and political madcap sci-fi meta- anti- novel Paperback – August 30, 2011
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About the Author
Ryan Forsythe is a writer, editor, teacher, artist, and dad. Originally from Cleveland, he now calls the mythical State of Jefferson home. Ryan studied creative writing as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University and received a Master of Arts degree in Teaching Writing from Humboldt State University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University, where he served as Associate Editor with Fiction International. Ryan writes short fiction, novels, travel stories, family history, personal essays, children’s books, and the occasional poem. His stories have appeared in numerous journals, including A cappella Zoo, Bananafish, Escaping Elsewhere, Heat City Review, Jersey Devil Press, Murky Fringe, NFG, and Toyon. In addition to Dick Cheney Saves Paris, he is the author of The Little Veal Cutlet That Couldn't, a children's book for adults.
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Dick Cheney travels back in time and while there decides to please his old man from the 27th century and make sure Al Gore never gets elected. Several nefarious agents and time travelers are in on the scheme for various reasons and they all come together on one madcap night in November of 2000 (remember that night?) so that good prevails over evil and time can be re-written so that Al Gore does not become president which will lead to the ultimate evil...which I cannot reveal, or it would spoil it for you, dear reader, and that is part of the fun.
I also loved the varying discussions about the ins and outs of time travel (fueled by yogurt) and the future history regarding the regulation of time travel and some of the problems that arise in the future because we are so able to change history. It makes just enough sense to be fun and thought provoking.
The meta novel part appealed to me as well. Ryan Forsythe, the author, chronicled what I assume is a semi-autobiographical tale of how he came to write and publish this time traveling caper novel on the same day that the real Dick Cheney published his memoirs. I really hope that John Stewart gets a hold of this because Ryan Forsythe would be an excellent guest on the Daily Show. There would be much hilarity.
Fact of the matter is, this book impressed me more than I expected it to. (not that I _didn't_ expect it to be good, but still.) I am not saying it is the same, but the book that I kept being put in the mind of was Dave Eggers' "Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius", I guess in the way that the book moves around from time to place etc, from first person to author's own inter-woven notes to scripts, and on and on. The fluidity of the changes in story-telling makes it fun but also keeps you on your toes.
The research seems genuine (dates and events that are real, though perhaps didn't come about the way they do in this story, haha). The timeliness of the book's coming out on the same day as Cheney's own book certainly increases the humor, and this is even addressed IN the story itself. :)
Buy this book, I promise if you were interested enough to look it up/over, it's worth your time and money. (Oh, and hunt down the soundtrack, as every song on it is actually mentioned -- or blatantly suggested to be played -- at points in the book. :))
The oddness of the mesh of techniques makes this fun, just be prepared for a variety of points of view and storytelling ideas. The story itself, the novel/plot part of the book, moves forward (well, it moves in time, so sometimes backward and forward, haha) in a clear path...but then you find the author discussing the actual _writing_ of the story, from first ideas, thru attempts, and so on, mixed right in amongst the story.
Once again, please do yourself a favor and get this book! It is truly put together with a precision that will impress you, regardless of whose politics you are in line with. (Even if you LOVE Cheney politically, you can still enjoy this book. Ha, maybe _especially_ if you do. ;))