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Tomorrow and Tomorrow

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  1,197 ratings  ·  244 reviews
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 blast, Dominic relives his lost life by immersing in the Archive—a fully interactive digit
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 10th 2014 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Joe Valdez
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-general
My introduction to the fiction of Tom Sweterlitsch is his debut novel Tomorrow and Tomorrow and this is one of the most thrilling pieces of futuristic science fiction that I've read. Published in 2014, Sweterlitsch shoots for a very difficult floor routine with his first book, aspiring to a hard boiled detective mystery set fifty or so years from today. This is far enough in the future to require true vision in portraying how certain technological and geopolitical shifts could transform American ...more
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
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
Therin Knite
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
One of the first things that will strike you about Pittsburgh if you visit is the Downtown skyline. Every time you cross a bridge or travel through a tunnel and you see the skyline, it's pretty spectacular. It almost sneaks up on you, in a way. I've lived here since 2003 and it is still impressive when I come upon the city.

This is a dystopia that starts in Pittsburgh. The city is decimated by a single bomb that one person detonates. There are some survivors - mostly people from Pittsburgh who ha
Jun 26, 2014 added it
I have no interest in finishing this book. This is a DNF for me. I haven't read enough to tell you anything about the book, I can't properly judge it, so all I'm going to say is: this just isn't a book for me. I couldn't focus on the plot at all. The writing was elusive and all over the place in a very exhausting way.

I am a bit sad, because I love a good sci if, and this one really sounds good in many ways, but because getting through the first few chapters felt like a torture, I don't really s
Thomas Padley
Aug 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Well.... today is a sad day ladies and gentleman! Since starting this site all the books in my 'read' shelf have all indeed be read and completed, fully, no parts skipped! Admittedly some were a challenge and I have not wanted to carry on but today I just had to give in, the white flag has been raised as I present my first... DNF!

You know what I miss, paragraphs, yeah nothing much to ask is it, but reading this book I came to really appreciate paragraphs, reading pages in this book was just such
Thomas Edmund
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ok so I was reading this book with the succinct recommendation that it was a "mind-f***" for the first 50 pages I felt more like the book was a just a drag, and the author couldn't get his head together to write a coherent story. After about page 75 and definitely after page 100 the book really started to take off. Every started to make sense, the tension build brilliantly on the premise and setting had me really cringing at the narrators plight.

So if you've ever wondered what would happen if yo
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
Beth Cato
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Liz Barnsley
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookbridgr-books
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
Meg McGibbon
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
It took me 150 pages to get into this book. One of my reading goals is to finish every book I start, otherwise I would have put it down. I was hopeful about the book, it received some rave reviews and the premise was really intriguing. A slightly futuristic techie world which reminded me of "Fifth Element", with drug use reminiscent of "Requiem For A Dream" topped off with the dark, gritty writing of "Fight Club" and "A Million Little Pieces", all of which are some of my favorite movies/books, b ...more
Audrey Crompton
General TWs for those interested in the book: gratuitous physical and sexual violence

Really enjoyed his world building and technological integration. Really disappointed by the heavy male gaze and overly detailed (frequent) sexual violence
Frau Sorge (Yuki)
DNF @40%

I loved The Gone World, but I couldn't finish this book. I'm sorry.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, science-fiction
I love mysteries in a science fiction setting (Lock In, Six Wakes, The City & the City, etc), and I really dig near future sci-fi, so I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, it just did not work.

I see a lot of reviews raving about the world-building, but I honestly think that the book really fell down on this. The premise is that the Pittsburgh was vaporized by a bomb, and the main character is a survivor of the blast who works in an immersive digital archived version of the
It was neat to read a book by a Pittsburgher that delves into the geography so much, and to catch the references to local bands and writers, etc. The world that Sweterlitsch builds is not fun, it is bleak and it has doubled down on misogyny and objectification - the world has. The protagonist is only mildly co-opted by this view of the world. So, many of the female characters are first seen through a lens of objectification and then about 3 of them are allowed to have personalities and character ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This gritty story is not for the faint-hearted. Protagonist John Dominic Blaxton suffers pretty much throughout the entire novel - just when you think things can't get any worse for him, they do. He's a survivor of a bomb that destroyed Pittsburgh ten years ago, and his memories of both the city and his wife, Theresa, haunt him daily. His job searching the Archive, a virtual reality simulation of the past, is technically to investigate insurance claims, but for Dominic it's so much more. He take ...more
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cyberpunk science fiction mystery. A man working as an insurance investigator is hired by an important man to find why a certain woman's image has been wiped from the virtual reality archive of post-nuclear terrorism Pittsburgh. Dominic has seen other data anomalies in The Archive during his investigation, and wonders what or who is causing them. Could they be connected?

This book is very well written, especially for a first novel. I felt completely immersed in this disturbing future America.
Tobin Elliott
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My God, Tom Sweterlitsch, where have you been all my life?

So this is the second novel I've read, after completely falling in love with The Gone World.

Sweterlitsch challenges you as a reader. His stories, at their base, are murder mysteries. But they are so much more than that. They are intelligent science fiction, they are heartbreaking character studies, and in this case, it's also a reflection on the madness and beauty of memory, and whether holding on makes you stronger or weaker.

I won't give
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very dark take of the future. At the end, you're left wondering if there are any good characters in the book. The varying degrees of gray leave you wanting for some light. Well written.
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
Jan 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Daniel Mala
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dark, disturbing and brilliantly written. I was expecting a little fluff out of this book for some reason. Mostly because I didn't remember how it ended up on my to read list. Anyway it reads in the same futuristic and illustrative style that William Gibson pioneered in detailing a technologically sensory overloaded future. Later Gibson was given credit for creating the"cyber punk" genre, which he seemed to find amusing. But regardless of genre this book gives a detailed and gritty look at a fut ...more
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Great, dark, suspenseful sci fi; a wild and grim futuristic ride through suspicion and guilt in a disturbingly excessive yet familiar society. It's reminiscent of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, aka Bladerunner, with that touch of sorrow and pathos along with disturbing technological advancement. It's set in a future where "Adware" tech in your head connects you to the Internet. Unfortunately that Internet is all too plausibly filled with über targeted ads that one is constantly blinking aw ...more
Kim McGee
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Grief has the same effect on people no matter if the book is historical or futuristic. It takes over lives so that you only want to be numb and left with happy memories of how life used to be. This is the main story of "Tomorrow and Tomorrow". Pittsburgh is a city of ash after it exploded killing all of the inhabitants and for those survivors, they wish they had been blown up too. When the city collapsed Dominic lost his wife and unborn child and is now controlled by grief. He retreats to a happ ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Science Fiction, Murder, and Political Intrigue: Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch

When Pittsburgh was destroyed by a nuclear explosion, Dominic lost his wife. Since then he has been immersed in grief unable to work steadily although he is a skilled investigator. He spends as much of his time as he can in the Archive, an interactive digital construction, that allows him to return to savor the life he had with his wife.

The Archive is also used for researching deaths for insurance compan
Darren Sant
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thomas Sweterlitsch has created a downbeat, dystopian vision of the near future dressed up as a whodunit. Dark from the outset, this tale follows John Dominic Blaxton, who works as a researcher in what is known as the archive. This is a virtual record of the city of Pittsburgh, which has been destroyed by a terrorist with a nuclear bomb. John is obsessed with the archive as his pregnant wife died in the blast and he is unable to let go of the past.

Tomorrow and Tomorrow isn't an easy read, as th
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
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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