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2012 Reads > FOUND: Name Problem

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Kyle | 4 comments Am I the only one who constantly gets Hari Seldon and Savi Hardin mixed up? I think I read the first few chapters of part 2 really confused.

Even half-way through the book, I still find myself having to stop and think about which person they are refering to when using the H & S initials.


message 2: by Joe Informatico (last edited Sep 10, 2012 09:06AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Joe Informatico (joeinformatico) | 888 comments I got them mixed up too, but in retrospect that might have been intentional on Asimov's part. Hardin ends up being the true intellectual heir of Seldon, after all.


Jessy (jessyanelfatheart) | 38 comments I also got them confused


message 4: by Alan (last edited Sep 10, 2012 03:58PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Alan Bollinger | 5 comments Me too. Seems like all of the heirs to Hari have similar names. Hari Seldon, Salvor Hardin, maybe even Hober Mallow - lots of H's.


terpkristin | 4222 comments Me too, but I agree with Joe, that seems to have been at least somewhat intentional.


Kyle | 4 comments I guess the reason in bugs me so much is because you get so little time with each character to have the 2 of them mixed up. It slows down my ability to read it and to understand what's going on.


Timm Woods (kexizzoc) | 43 comments It's really tricky business when you try to delve into naming conventions for a futuristic society, and doubly tricky to try and keep the names of different characters distinct yet consistent with each other. I'll say this, all of the characters felt like their names were from the same universe, and I liked that. Of course since the history spans such a vast period of time, I wonder if that consistency isn't actually a flaw.


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