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Acrobatic Duality

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At the pinnacle of this demanding sport, artistry and balance is found in two moving as one. Yet the world's best pair of acrobats dare not reveal that their athletic brilliance has come at the price of their very identities. ...more
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Published February 11th 2015 by Tor Books
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Our Balance routine was to the Adagio in G minor, the piece that Remo Giazotto passed off as Albinoni’s from three hundred years before, but had written himself.

We too were famous and beautiful and appreciated for pretending to be something other than what we were.

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Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Hmm... that was a bit different. Slightly odd but intriguing and somewhat unsettling. I loved the gymnastics angle of it (I used to love watching it when I was a teen) and the writing style.

This is one that's nice as a short, but would have been better as a novel, methinks. At times, it was a little hard to follow with the gymnastic terms and there some questions left unanswered, perhaps on purpose?

All in all, not bad :)

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Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
This one was lost on me...too much sports talk I couldn't picture.

Also I dislike when a big question is asked, but never answered.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
It was one of those stories I could see what the author was trying to accomplish, and how their choices in voice, writing style, and tone were chosen to fit this goal, but none of it worked for me. The writing style left me feeling distanced, and distracted. It's a bad sign when, paragraphs later, all I can think of is how much the use of "most special" grated on my nerves. It is a very visually oriented story, but all the technical terminology left me confused. Maybe if I knew more about gymnas ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
More of a 3.5. Very interesting concept. Suffers from not being a fully realized novel, but very intriguing nonetheless.
Amy (Other Amy)
Neat concept, but no there in there for me.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf, short-story
I feel this one was all idea no substance. While initially very interesting, it somehow ended up falling flat for me.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Cool concept, I really liked where it was going. But the third part felt a bit rushed. And I want to know what happens to them/her after.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tor-com

I highly recommend "the metamorphosis of Narcissus" by the same author

Very unique concept: two acrobatic athletes and a single conscience, competing in the world championship. Good writing, although some bits could have been longer. This is going to sound lewd, but I would have liked the sex scene to be longer. I generally don't like sex scenes and I don't read erotica, but there are SOME sex scenes that I like, when they have some particularity
An interesting psychological profile of a single mind/personality somehow split between two bodies. The narrator, the split mind, makes for an interesting enough to read.

I don't know enough about Olympic gymnastics and acrobatics to understand whether the doubles competitions described are real, or if the "top" and "base" designations in pairings are real, and the lack of exposition about that left me a little frustrated.

I'd have liked it more if the splitting hadn't been left to be simply "mag
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
At the pinnacle of this demanding sport, artistry and balance is found in two moving as one. Is this way the main character was split into two, to be the world's best pair of acrobats? They do not know how this happened, who was behind it, and they do not dare to reveal to the world that their athletic brilliance has come at the price of their very identities. ...more
Maggie Gordon
A sci-fi take on competitive sport... just how far will some people go to create winners? For Kim and Alana, someone pushed the boundaries of science and ethics way too far... Sure, it's easier for a single person to master aerobatics, but what if a single person was split across two bodies? ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting concept, but I wish it was taken a bit further. The lack of any sort of explanation or even more description of a search for one makes it feel like the explanation doesn't exist, even in the mind of the author. ...more
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Wow, that was excellent! I definitely would like to read more by Tamara Vardomskaya.
Love the cover!
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Leaves a slightly unsettled feeling, but was excellently written. A very interesting concept, that one mind could share two bodies.
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fascinating little story about a pair of acrobats. They live in two bodies, but actually only have one mind.
Karyn Kar Mun (Thy Evil Queen)
It is an interesting concept, one mind in two bodies, an athletic pair running for world championship. But it's the kind of short story that leaves questions unanswered. ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fascinating little short story. An interesting and unique concept.
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