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Where the Hell is Tesla?

(Where the Hell is Tesla? #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,014 ratings  ·  353 reviews

I'll let Chip, the main character tell you more: "I found the journal at work. Well, I don't know if you'd call it work, but that's where I found it. It's the lost journal of Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest inventors and visionaries ever. Before he died in 1943, he kept a notebook filled with spectacular c
Paperback, 396 pages
Published March 15th 2015 by Goldfinch Publishing
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This is a bit of a tricky book to review. If you can imagine the shows Sliders or Quantum Leap, but replace the characters with Bill and Ted (or maybe the cast of Futurama?), then you might be able to get a feel for what this book is like.

We follow Chip and his buddy Pete as they accidentally get lost in the multiverse after stumbling across a portal created by Nikola Tesla. Although well-meaning, the two are quite bumbling, so many silly and fun shenanigans ensue.


This book is very amusing, but
Edward  Goetz
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you dig the idea of the Multiverse and don't mind furry little aliens giving everybody the finger, this book is for you. It's like Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, except it's way funny and features a couple of guys who act like grown-up Bill and Ted from "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" (and use a lot of profanity).

Pete and Chip find their way into the multiverse, meet said furry little alien, act like superheroes, then save mankind in the Epic Battle to Save the Multiverse.

This is the funni
Donna Backshall
Bees knees, Where the Hell is Tesla? is quite the fun little taste of mind candy! If you like your science fiction of the "romp around the multiverse" variety, then this novel may be for you! As well, if you were a fan of Scooby Doo in your youth, you'll probably also get a kick out of it. (Don't ask me why I said that, it's just a vibe I got and felt compelled to voice it)

Chip and Pete aren't the brightest guys in our world, but what they lack in brains they make up for in enthusiasm for shenan
Kirsty ❤️
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So I like space themed books, I like funny books, I like science related books even though half the time I don'd understand half of what's written. I like it when an author throws the whole kitchen sink in and gives you tons of information to work with. And I like it when a book is just pain bonkers. This...gave me all of the above. 

Inter-dimensional time travel. A weapon that looks suspiciously like a TV remote control, friendship and romance. And seriously no matter how hard I tried to imagine
Rob Dircks
Mar 01, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I'm the author, so not sure what I'm supposed to say about the book, but I had a blast writing it, and I hope you enjoy it! ...more
Willow Brooks
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesome Book

This book was hilarious!!! Brilliant!!! A Perfect Read!!!

This is the second book I've read by this author and I absolutely loved them both. The humor in here made me bust out cracking up a lot. I think comedy is difficult to nail just right in books but Rob does it very well.

Chip was the best! I loved reading his journals to Julie. Freaking funny as all get out. Pete was the epitome of what a best friend should be. Together they were crazy and wonderful. I loved how each door was a
Amanda Lyles
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book had me laughing so hard. Pete and Chip were such doofuses and yet were the best heroes for the story. I loved all the Bobos and while I wasn't sure about Meg I eventually came to like her. She had some interesting conversations with Nikola Tesla. I would recommend this book to everyone. ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Okay so just having a good idea and using Tesla's name does not guarantee a good book...or even a pretty good book.

I think the main problem for me here is I don't find the author's humor funny. I know I'm supposed to find it absurd and just side-achingly hilarious.

I don't.

I bought this as part of a package deal so i can't even return it. I finally laid it aside. If I ever come back to it, finish it and think better of it I'll tell you. I'm sure some of you will like it as the humor will be a mat
Diane Hernandez
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Extremely funny sci-fi book. If you liked Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or John Dies at the End, this book is equally zany. It also has some romance. I really loved the ending and, of course, Bobo. The description of the villain is hilarious.

I received this audiobook for free on Goodreads but that has in no way impacted my review.
DNF at 23%.

Another book buried in my TBR pile. TBH, if you read the blurb I think you'll get a very good idea of the writing style and the Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure type of gormless characters that narrate the story. It was fast-paced and different but ultimately I didn't warm to either of the main characters and I found the blokey writing a bit irritating after a while.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Hamid Babayev
Nov 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Not the book of the year, but one of the funniest.
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, sci-fi
3.5 star humorous sci-fi buddy romp

Very entertaining sci-fi comedy as buddies discover Tesla's journal and travel through Interdimensions

The audience for this work would be males in their 20s. While I laughed quite a bit, the lack of distinctive voices for the two main characters sometimes made it hard to follow. There is a lot of profanity in this book's dialogue which some readers may find off putting.

I received this Audible book in consideration of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Tory Thai
Jul 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love dimension jumping books. This was so much fun! Definetly gave me some of the same vibes as Dark Matter or with the weirdness ofJohn Dies At End.

This story really had amazing pacing with something happening nearly the entire time. It did sorta feel super samey with dimension hopping books but it's flare of comedy, quirky characters and amusing situations gave it a distinct flavor.

I'd love to see this made into a movie one day, it'd be incredibly campy and a silly weird time.

My only issue w
Alex Mu
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
This is a fun, easy, comedic listen. Basic story is: a slacker type and his best friend (the more responsible one of the two) stumble into a transdimensional adventure guided by the journal of Nicola Tesla. There is a good mixture of worlds that they stumble upon, some more like their world than others, and the realities are explained nicely. The format of the story is a series of emails that Chip (main slacker who has some growing up to do) sends to his (ex?)girlfriend. I’ve read a couple of bo ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, audible, 2020
I listened to it TWICE.
This will be my go-to whenever I need a laugh-out-loud book.
Gavin Griffith
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I was expecting, but it was hilarious
Tony Calder
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A light and enjoyable read, this book is funny throughout but never really reaches "snort your cornflakes" levels. There is a strong Bill & Ted vibe to the book. ...more
Vishakha Motwani
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, r4r
Welcome to inter-dimensional space travel.

This book had me cracking up so many times, especially when Chip expects to travel through the inter-dimensional doors like:

But instead he's like, mehhh:

It is quite and if you are too much bothered by swearing, you might want to be prepared, because this one has a lot. Although sometimes that was what made laugh when Chip tries to communicate with Pete through Bobo.

This book can be said to be just a funny way to look at inter-dimensional travel and what
Tiana Warner
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two bros stuck in a multiverse, trying to get home with the help of Nikola Tesla. Yup. It reminded me of John Dies at the End in that it was full of stupid humour that totally made me laugh out loud. The nonsensical sci-fi tone and bits of gallows humour also reminded me of Hitchhiker's Guide. It earned points because it's not just a series of weird/funny events that are only vaguely connected -- it contains a plot and character arcs. Overall, an entertaining read. ...more
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listened-to
This book was such a treat I was sorry it ended so quickly. Dircks has an oddly bent imagination reminiscent of Douglas Adams and this book took me back to the days when I first found Adams and was laughing out loud while reading his books. That imagination paired with a rapid-fire, going off in a million different directions writing style creates a delightful nonstop rollercoaster of hysterical characters, oddball settings, and zinging one-liners. Usually when I see "read by the author" I groan ...more
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I came across this book on a shelf of 'books that you'll probably never hear about if we don't put it infront of your face' and since it touted itself as a Sci-Fi/Comedy featuring Nicola Tesla, I went ahead and picked it up. I am not sorry at all. I would compare it to the John and Dave series (John Dies at the End, This Book is Full of Spiders) in that it's a couple of average guys who end up making some bad decisions and poor choices until they end up saving the world as we know it. Written in ...more
Diane Hernandez
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed this new take on a buddy story.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, favorites
i loved it! it is incredibly funny with a touch of the hitchhikers guide of the galaxy. Just became one of my favorites books.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
It's been a long time since I managed to read a book basically in one day, but this one took me less than 24 hours. It's a fun, kind of campy read.

Basically, two best friends (who are also kind of idiots) happen upon the last invention of Nikola Tesla, but without the full instructions, it lands them in an unending hallway with access to infinite universes of the multiverse. The twist: Tesla is still alive and they have to rescue him in order to prevent the "end of everything."

It's written in a
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2018
Tesla invented a method of trans-dimensional travel, a way to visit all possible universes. That doesn’t seem too hard to believe, right? The FBI had the information about the device, but lost it. Also within the realm of possibility. Tesla’s journal describing the device is found by a newly hired security guard and he and his friend locate the device...

...and that is where the fun starts.

Dircks’ retelling of the exploits of Chip and his friend Pete as they explore an infinite number of univers
Crypto Punk
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Do you like Bill and Ted? Futurama? Rick and Morty? If you answered yes to any of that, then this book might be right up your alley.

This is a lighthearted, science-fiction / comedy fiction that doesn't ask much from the reader. It's a breeze to read and I found myself getting through it in a couple of days. The book does not take itself seriously and I get the feeling that it does not expect the reader to do so either. As a matter of fact, one's enjoyability is increased if one is able to turn o
Paula Wilkinson
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received the audiobook version for free in exchange for a review. I didn't think I would like the book because it immediately starts off with a lot of bad language. Additionally, the concept of the book was weird to me. However, I made a commitment and listened away. I ended up really enjoying the book. It was funny & held my attention with an interesting story line. Definitely lighter material than what I normally choose. I liked it enough that I have already begun the sequel. ...more
John Stone
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyable, fast paced but erratic and a chaotic. Not for everyone but geeks like me will like it. It was an interesting twist on the multi-verse centered on the well known inventor Tesla. Full of humor and wit, it was a fun audio-book. The narrator reading his would-be emails to an unknown girlfriend got a little tiring but, as a plot device, it worked. Interesting details about Tesla added in the afterward.
Wow. So great. Loved the epistolary format, even though I expected to hate it, but it really works in this book. Also, Chip is a fantastic protagonist. I loved his personality, unapologetic and self-deprecating at the same time. Such a great book and so unique. Immediately had to get the next book.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really fun one to read and kinda reminded me of Peter Clines. Rob Dircks narration was really spot on for all the characters. I thought it might be clunky listening to the emails but it was really smooth.

Chip and Pete are best friends who can still talk each other into crazy situations like going through Tesla’s “ITA” (yes it must be in all caps.)

I laughed out loud constantly with this one but I also really enjoyed the worlds that Dircks created. If you like sci fi I’d give this one
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