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Lost in Infinity

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  18 reviews
This book is not for everyone.

'Lost in Infinity' is a novel that many readers will find hard to define. In fact, it's much easier to list what it is most definitely not, than what it really is. It's not necessarily a tale of suspense or a thriller. It's not a mystery by normal standards. It's not inspirational, romantic or full of laughs. Depending upon your perspective an...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Amazon
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Steve Johnson
For most of Lost In Infinity, each chapter follows the same formula: the introductory paragraph or two tells about Travis's visit to a shrink, then the rest of the chapter continues with the biographical information. The biographical stuff (ie., the bulk of the book) also follow a pattern, with each chapter recounting that (a) Travis is brilliant, quite possibly the smartest man alive (though his spelling, grammar, and apparent fear of compound words cast some doubt on the veracity of this claim...more
I picked this book up after seeing it in the hands of several people on Twitter and Tumblr. It didn't seem quite in line with my usual Science Fiction or Horror genres, but I've been looking to branch out and I decided to give it a shot. I figured if nothing else I'd shoot through it and add it to my small list of completed books, hand it 3 stars, and move on. I was very wrong about how much I would identify with the words as I read it.

The book itself held my attention from the words, "...my roo...more
So many of my friends online were raving about this book that my curiosity was piqued, and I downloaded a copy from Amazon. I immediately felt myself empathizing with the precocious child whose parents tried everything to help him win his lifelong battle with insomnia, eventually taking him to a series of therapists. I found myself irked initially as words, then phrases, and eventually almost entire chapters were repeated throughout the book. Because it was an e-book, I couldn’t flip back to fin...more
When I purchased this book, I confess I did it more to support a new friend than for any other reason. Skimming the premise I deduced that this was not in my normal "comfort zone" of genres. But, I am passionate about supporting the people I know, so I pulled up Amazon and ordered a physical copy of the book. I wanted the author to be rewarded monetarily for his efforts.

The book came UPS yesterday, and while I was excited, it was more that initial phase for me. New book. Uncreased seam. The smel...more
Quinn Barrett
Wise Bear Books Reviews Lost in Infinity by Travis Besecker -- 4.5 Paws!

Lost in Infinity has moments of brilliance punctuated by sheer frustration. The book's lengthy summary does its best to simultaneously attract and deter all but serious readers. Clearly, this novel isn't for everyone as it's an exercise in patience, wading through the unconventional structure and repetitious literary progression. However, there's a method to Besecker's madness as the concept of déjà vu is a key theme and plo...more
Overall I thought this book was good. At first I thought it was very repetitive when all you want to find out was his answer. However the ending surprises you and you're left with questions still unanswered. I think the author is a great writer and is very good at keeping the readers attention, not allowing you to put the book down!

*I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads
Nancy Robson
Excellent book. Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It's haunting and entertaining and heart-breaking and amusing all at once. This is definitely a book I will read again and again.
It has been a few weeks since I finished this book, and still I am a bit at a loss for words to properly review it. But I will try.

My heart is tortured for Travis, because very early on in the book you can get a sense of the world he lives in. There is a feeling of being trapped, taunted, and destined to live through the same experiences without truly knowing what will happen next. It's like that feeling you get when you know something bad is about to happen or that you forgot something very imp...more
Apr 06, 2012 QueenBee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
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I received this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, and I took a ridiculously long time to finally getting around to finishing it. For this I apologize to Mr. Besecker who, if I understand correctly, sent me the copy himself.


This is a very difficult book for me to analyze, and I am not at all sure why. The autobiographical viewpoint of the story initially threw me off and made me dislike the way the story was told. The first one hundred or so pages did nothing t...more
Lost in Infinity is a book that will leave you questioning everything you have ever believed in, including yourself. It doesn't hold back and is real. It discusses real day to day things everyone faces and thinks about and is honest. It doesn't sugar coat things to be more socially acceptable. The author does an amazing job of making you feel like you are there with him and are a part of the book. It is a great read and you wont be able to put it down once you start partially because you'll want...more
At first the repetitiveness of this story bugged me. Once I finished reading the entire book, I understood why it was written this way and I think it's brilliant.

This story threw me for a loop and surprised me with what I was not expecting.

Plus, I can relate to the main character in some ways.
liked it alot! the most thought provoking i think therefore i am puzzling yet. though i have no interest whatsoever to drive my car anywhere right now, i immensely enjoyed venturing into the terrified mind of this character for a short time. the writing style is frustrating yet fascinating
I got this ebook for free on Amazon after having it on my to read list for a long time after finding it on first reads. The best way I can even begin to describe Lost in Infinity is that it is bizarrely awesome. Read it.
I received this book from Goodreads first reads giveaway. I enjoyed this book but there was a lot of repeating. Like word for word exactly. The ending is nothing I would have expected. It was so bizarre.
I really enjoyed this. Didn't take long for me to sucked into it. One of those books where I actually slow down torwards the end just cause I don't want it to be over yet.
This novel had potential to be really great, but unfortunately the poor grammar, repetition (even though I know it was deliberate) and weak structure made the entire thing a little lackluster. Though, even with my annoyance of the absence of good editing, I couldn’t put the book down. The premise of the novel is interesting and something I have not read in a while, but I have a feeling that the reason why I kept on turning the page is because I just wanted to know more information/what the twist...more
Gemma Feltham
My first and last impression of Travis Besecker’s novel Lost in Infinity is that it is fast-paced, gripping, intense, interesting, challenging, a little confusing and thrilling all at the same time!

I first have to address the issue of trying to define what genre this novel is. If ever there was a novel that was going to be hard to place, this is it. The novel’s first person pseudo-oral narrative will leave some readers frustrated as they try to work out if they are reading an autobiography of so...more
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Travis Besecker (1976 - present) is an award winning author and comedy writer. Using his chronic insomnia as an inspirational tool, he found early success in social media and print. Although he gained notoriety with his humor, he has confessed his preference for the dark nature of horror and suspense. In 2011 he broke the silence on his lifelong struggle with apeirophobia (fear of infinity) and be...more
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