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Tomorrow and Tomorrow

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  222 ratings  ·  70 reviews
“Strong debut…vivid and compelling.” —Publishers Weekly

Yesterday cannot last forever...

A decade has passed since the city of Pittsburgh was reduced to ash.

While the rest of the world has moved on, losing itself in the noise of a media-glutted future, survivor John Dominic Blaxton remains obsessed with the past. Grieving for his wife and unborn child who perished in the bla
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 10th 2014 by Putnam Adult
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I received a copy of this from NetGalley for free in exchange for an honest review.

I was intrigued by the description of this book, a post-apocalyptic world where the main character works in an archive? Sounded interesting. In the end, I feel like the author tries to do too much at once - post-apocalypse plus crime plus grief plus a John Brunner media-saturated landscape. It reminded me of Stand on Zanzibar in the way everyone is assaulted by advertising and an abundance of information about eve
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Cyberpunk is another one of those science fiction subgenres that have been more miss than hit with me in the past, but that hasn’t stopped me from giving more of it a try, hoping to find something that’s more my liking. So even after my inability to get into William Gibson’s Neuromancer – a book considered a seminal work in the cyberpunk field – I still decided to check out Tomorrow and Tomorrow, which has been described
Therin Knite
I rarely DNF books, especially at the beginning, but I just could not get through this one. And it's sad, because I do believe the author is talented and has some really great things going on this book... just wasn't for me.

First off, the positives.

The world-building in this novel was excellent. From the very first page, you're immersed in a futuristic cyberpunk world where people have computers in their brains and the internet is simply a blink away. On top of that, the author doesn't wast
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)

Tomorrow and Tomorrow is an odd novel (this isn’t a bad thing), but if you like your murder mystery with an SF, future twist, with a very strong shot of noir, then you really can’t go wrong here. Tomorrow and Tomorrow takes place 10 years after a blast that decimated Pittsburgh, and just about everywhere you go, there are memorials of Pittsburgh survivors ranging from the glossy to the makeshift, gatherings of the dead in pen and ink or etched in stone. We
When thousands die in a tragedy does the death of one more victim mean anything? That’s the jumping off point for Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch. In near future America a bomb levels Pittsburgh. The entire US is consumed by grief at the scale of the atrocity. Using the latest technology to create a virtual representation of the city, an electronic archive is created to recapture all events in the city leading up to its final moments.

John Blaxton works within this archive. Once an a
Liz Wilkins
Highly enjoyable and very different (for me) tale here, a wonderful eclectic mixture of mystery, thriller and science fiction, with a healthy dose of irony and some very emotional content. Despite me needing to get my head around the style of writing (the characters in this world all have implanted adware which fills their vision with never ending updates and advertising which constantly interrupt the narrative as much as Dominic’s thought processes!) once I had it boy was I right there. A futur ...more
Beth Cato
I received an advanced copy of this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow has been getting considerable buzz, complete with a film option. It's a book classified as both cyberpunk and literary science fiction, and the latter was my immediate impression... but not necessarily in a good way. This book is very dense at the start, and it comes across in a pretentious, literary kind of way that reminded me of China Mieville in Embassytown. I imagine a lot of readers will giv
Tomorrow and Tomorrow is a cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, noir, mystery/thriller with a protagonist who is addicted to drugs and grief. There is a lot, probably too much, going on in this book. In this first person narration, John Dominic Blaxton (Dominic) is an investigator who is adept at navigating an interactive digital Archive of a disaster that turned Pittsburgh into a pile of ash, and killed most of its inhabitants, ten years before the start of the book. Dominic's wife and unborn daughter ...more
Thomas Sweterlitsch has created a future world where everyone has adware implants, the media circus is ramped up with violent reality shows, and terrorists have reduced the city of Pittsburg to a pile of rubble. Protagonist John Dominic Blaxton, a poet, (whose life was spared because he was attending a conference out of state) is unable to adjust to the loss of his wife and unborn child. Ten years after the nuclear devastation of Pittsburg, Blaxton now works for a firm which investigates State F ...more
The near future is a dark and dirty world, especially for those who survived the nuclear blast that turned Pittsburgh and its inhabitants into ash. A very successful combination of murder mystery and world- and character-building, Tomorrow and Tomorrow is the product of an original voice. The main character in particular is a wonderful creation.

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Ja Yung
Brilliant & disturbing. I was worried I would have trouble finishing this book as I am not normally into Sci Fi. However, this was not the case and I finished it in one day.

Even though this is a futuristic setting, there are so many aspects of the characters lives which aren't too far off from what we deal with day to day. Our lives are already overtaken by social media, marketing / behavior analysis, extreme use of sex and gore in media; makes one think. I wish I would have read this with
It took me a couple weeks to finish this book. I think I read two or three other books between starting this one and finishing it this evening. This wasn't because it was a bad book, or because it wasn't engaging - it's because it actually, physically, hurt to read.

"Tomorrow and Tomorrow" is a cyber-punk murder mystery, about an archivist in the near-future sifting through the records of a destroyed Pittsburgh to find the truth about one woman's death. But it's also a story of grief, the story o
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I nearly finished six other books while reading this. The actual number is four, and the reason that it wasn't more was that I knew I had a deadline on this book--I'm reading the ARC from Penguin's First to Read program, and so I forced myself to pick this one back up. As to why I was so reluctant to read it, it's a bleak book. John Dominic Blaxton struggles with finding reasons to live after his wife and world are destroyed when Pittsburgh is leveled in a terrorist attack.

It's 10 years after t
Mark Underwood
May 30, 2014 Mark Underwood rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mark by: Amazon Vine
Tomorrow and Tomorrow explodes in a no-man’s land between technology’s shiny terrain and the unpredictable depth of desire.

I’m a dystopia skeptic. Not that terrible events aren’t in our future, not that we haven’t already spoiled this planet – perhaps irretrievably – and not that we aren’t moving ahead with blithe indifference. Rather it’s that the dystopias one encounters in fiction quickly veer wildly off from sensible trajectories in the direction of fantasy. The tide of implausibility (or si
As I read Tomorrow and Tomorrow, one name kept popping into my head: William Gibson. While there's a noir mystery aspect to this book, at its heart, it's Cyberpunk, pure and simple. And Sweterlitsch has a voice that demands to be heard.

The dark scientific possibilities of the book are stunning - a true meld of the virtual and the real. In the future, media and consumerism are everything and grief is carried out in the Archives - a virtual rendering of a world long ago destroyed. But what happens
With a well developed plot and sympathetic yet flawed characters, this noir story is set in the near future. Pittsburgh has been destroyed by a terrorist act, causing stricter surveillance laws and citizen monitoring. People can have "adware" wiring surgically implanted in their brains, bringing that monitoring to a very intrusive level.

Dominic was out of town when the atomic bomb exploded in Pittsburgh, killing his wife and destroying his past. His job is researching the "Archive," a virtual Pi
A decent first novel. There are two really fascinating concepts that compelled me to keep going. The narrative voice and the plotting were, on the other hand, distracting. And it's set in Pittsburgh in 2058.

The two cool ideas: 1) a believable attempt at predicting the future technologically in fifty years via a sort of virtual reality overlay you apply to the world through a chip in your head and contact lenses. 2) another good future predictor: the sheer volume of film data captured between sel
Sonia Gill
I could not put this down. I'd have read this in half the time if I'd had the e-book instead of hardcover. Incredibly smart book and an amazing debut. Slight learning curve for me at first with all the futuristic technology; but I found myself wanting to re-read for comprehension, and I am not a patient reader. Also, I'm not a sci-fi buff, so those well-read in the genre may not experience this. The plot and characters are incredible. This book has sincerely haunted my dreams this past week whil ...more
This is one of those books that ends up not being what most readers originally expected it to be. Whether that is a failing or a triumph seems to depend on the reader. I can certainly say that Tomorrow and Tomorrow isn't what I expected it to be... but it ended up being much much more complex and interesting. The story is a potpourri of genres. It is a dystopian post-apocalypse of sorts but is also crime fiction and romance and tragedy. Thomas Sweterlisch created such a complex story with a terr ...more
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I liked it, but didnt love it. It was an interesting read, but I dont think I would ever read it again. It had a good story and world building, but I had no idea what the plot was doing as I read along.

Firstly, it is set in a near future. Social media is everywhere. This is also embellished due to the invention of Adware: surgically installed pieces of hardware that act as a HUD for the world and allows access to the internet seemlessly from your mind
I had such a hard time trying to unravel the main focus of this book, was it dystopic, was it a love story, was it a mystery, was it just badly written? The author seemed to throw every seed of an idea he'd ever had into these pages, and I kept hoping somewhere along the line one of them would start multiplying and grow into something cohesive, but that unfortunately never happened.

Instead I was left feeling like I wasted a great deal of time on a book that never really explained itself. Now who
Received this book from for review.

What drew me to request this book was the Pittsburgh setting. I don't think I've read a book that centers there. I grew up in Pittsburgh and went to CMU, as did the author. So it was interesting to read about the neighborhoods and streets that I know. Of course, the idea of the book also appealed to me.

In the future (about 50 yrs is what I guess), Pittsburgh has been leveled by an atomic bomb and our main character is an investigator who finds
Lee Thames
I give it 4.5 stars. Mr. Sweterlitsch brings together pieces from other dystopian novels, as mentioned in some of the summaries, but weaves a tight mystery and all the characters have an interesting back story.

This in NOT YA. Mr. Sweterlitsch paints a very bleak ad-sex driven future which is one way the Internet/Content/Technology/NSA/Government could go in the near future should an incident like the one that befalls Pittsburgh happens in the next 10 years.


Post apocalyptic murder m
Joshua Bellin
Ten years after the city of Pittsburgh and nearly everyone in it vanished in a terrorist nuclear attack, survivor John Dominic Blaxton grieves for his lost wife, whose spectral presence he can visit only in the Archive, an immersive virtual reconstruction of the doomed city. Unable to move beyond this traumatic event, Blaxton uses drugs and "Adware"--brain implants that connect him to the virtual world--to escape from his crushing sorrow. When he becomes involved in a murder mystery while resear ...more
I found this a disappointment. It's not bad, but it's not my type of novel/science fiction. It's very emotive, poetic and dark - seriously the main character is a poet and publisher of poetry. Other major characters are artists and a photographer. The main character is depressed and drug addicted - understandably so after his wife and unborn child were killed with hundreds of thousands of others when Pittsburgh was destroyed by terrorist - still not a fun guy's head to be in. And he's investigat ...more
Rachel E
This was another tough book that I could just not get through. The premise sounded really interesting, but as I started reading it felt EXACTLY the same as a couple of other books I have read (and one that I am currently reading right now); this dystopian society, the city is ruined but we're not going to tell you why, and everyone is attached to electronic communicators that go through their visual cortex. It's just the same novel again and I was just not getting into this one, which sucks beca ...more
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I received an ARC through my organization, in advance of a free reading program at our local library.

I finished this book a month ago and I'm still thinking about it. If this book was a person, I'd make a mixtape for it.

Unfortunately for that person, it would be Take Me To Church by Hozier 12 times in a row. Fortunately for Sweterlitsch the film rights for Tomorrow and Tomorrow have already been optioned and I fully expect Take Me To Church play once (c'mon Sony!) because it's so perfect, but di
Oct 03, 2014 Billie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch

(ARC from First to Read. July 10 release date.)

This book is the journal of John Dominic Blaxton and his battle with getting over his wife's death after ten years when she and everyone in Pittsburg was killed when a terrorist set of a nuke. With the advance technology and brain 'wiring' he and others can go back to revisit her or anyone else using memories and security camera footage, including when they died, all downloaded to the 'archive'.
John was e
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Thomas Sweterlitsch lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter. He has a Master's Degree in Literary and Cultural Theory from Carnegie Mellon University. He worked for twelve years at the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. He is currently at work on his second novel.
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