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Every Anxious Wave

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  2,537 ratings  ·  450 reviews
Good guy Karl Bender is a thirty-something bar owner whose life lacks love and meaning. When he stumbles upon a time-travelling worm hole in his closet, Karl and his best friend Wayne develop a side business selling access to people who want to travel back in time to listen to their favorite bands. It's a pretty ingenious plan, until Karl, intending to send Wayne to 1980, ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by St. Martin's Press
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Steev Hise It's definitely not a "young adult" book. It has "adult themes." But it's not like it's "difficult". I'd say if you're at least 13, you'd "get" most o…moreIt's definitely not a "young adult" book. It has "adult themes." But it's not like it's "difficult". I'd say if you're at least 13, you'd "get" most of it. If you're interested in the themes (time travel, indie rock, friendships, love, body image stuff), read it!(less)

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Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: grgiveaways
this is a book with an irresistible hook: High Fidelity with time travel.

that is the perfect opportunity for a joyful, if flimsy, romp full of pop culture references and fanboy/girl gushing and a little romance slapped on top because a book's gotta have one of those.*

and it started out that way.

it's got that same kind of bittersweet nostalgia as High Fidelity:

Wayne and I shared that common affliction plaguing single men with limited prospects and self-destructive tendencies: we regarded our pa
Tom Mathews
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of time travel stories.
4.5 stars
Have you ever noticed that mixing romance and time travel often ends badly? And yet authors still toy with the idea. Fortunately one of them is first-time novelist Mo Daviau. She has written a quirky story that combines a whole litany of elements that practically guarantee a messy ending; love, time travel, over-the-hill rock stars, damaged hearts and even a cataclysmic asteroid event. What could possibly go wrong?

And yet, somehow she pulls it off. Granted, the initial hook, time-travel
Charlie Anders
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliantly different look at time travel, with a goofy, irreverent voice and a lot of silly ideas. When a bartender and former indie rock star finds a wormhole in his closet, he decides it should only be used to allow people to attend rock concerts in the past. You can see Jimi and the Beatles and Janis Joplin perform live! But then his friend decides to go back to 1980 to save John Lennon -- and winds up in 980 instead due to an error. It's as ridiculous and fun as it sounds, althoug ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
First reaction upon finishing this shorter than it feels book:

" I wish I could go back in time and convince myself not to read this book"


"oh for fuck's sake!!"

You know what it's about: a guy discovers a wormhole in his apartment and being a has-been rock star and good guy and dreaming of the better times in the past and ETC he uses this to go to the epic rock concerts of the past. Sometimes he sells tickets to rock concerts of the past. When his friend Wayne is stranded by mistake in
Jessica Jeffers
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
3.5 stars.

So this is the kind of person I am.

On my way home from working a conference in Woodley Park, I got off the Red Line at Dupont Circle to get some empanadas. Left unchecked in Dupont Circle, I am going to wander into Kramerbooks because, well, hi. (I feel like Politics & Prose is considered the more acceptable answer to the question of favorite DC bookstore, but I gotta be honest – I lean a little more towards Kramer because I love their layout and their brunch is delicious-if-pricey a
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
It book really surprised me. I thought it was going to be really funny and ridiculous. I mean the premise sounds a guy finding a wormhole in his closet and using it to go see his favorite bands in the past. But it was actually a pretty heartfelt story. I moved quickly and a few times I got a bit muddled with all the time jumping, but I thought that it added an interesting dynamic to the story telling.

It will definitely make you think about the things that happen in a person's like that makes th
Tim Hicks
May 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Feh. Didn't work for me.

I hate music-geek stories, to begin with. At least this one lacked the orgasmic descriptions of what it's like to play in a band and how The Outsiders Will Never Understand.

I hate time-travel stories that just casually handwave the technology, and use it carelessly. Yeah, sure, if you could travel in time, wouldn't you go to a 1990 concert by the Pustulent Zits? Not, say, the Crucifixion, or ancient Babylon, or to see Shakespeare? And a guy is in 980 AD but can still t
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
though this book was by no means perfect, I really really enjoyed it. of COURSE you have to suspend your disbelief a bit where time travel is concerned - and that's really not a problem for me. To me this had the perfect blend of fun plot, good character development, and EMO NOSTALGIC YEARNINGS (MY FAVE). It kind of reminded me of ready player one in how readable & fun it was, w/ some high fidelity and back to the future mixed in. ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This relentlessly creative and fast-moving novel opens like a late-night rock-and-roll question: “If you could time-travel to any concert in history, which one would you go to?” In Every Anxious Wave, washed-up indie rocker Karl Bender discovers that his closet is the portal to a time-travel wormhole; with a simple laptop program he and his friend Wayne can transport travelers to any place and time they choose. The two guys start a booming business sending eager rock fans back to see their favor ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Started off fun and exciting but slowly turned into a bit of a soap opera. Didn't love the characters all that much. Had some great pop culture and music references that I really liked. ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dropped
This book has just been published and it feels outdated. Old. It tries too hard to be funny and it just isn't. The characters have no personality and, most of all, they're not believable.
What attracted me to the book was 1. It sounded like something I wouldn't necessarily want to read, and I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and 2. The female lead is an obese woman, with whom the MC falls in love. You don't see that everyday. Alas, she is the character I found most absurd. She's a PhD in Astr
Joan Concilio
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-read
This is my one must-read recommendation for 2016. Especially, but not only, if you love music and humans and science and hope.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I listened to this book. I was really into the first part of the book because it was set in Chicago and I could picture the neighborhood described. I was interested in the time travel notion of going back in time to go to concerts of bands that you have always wanted to see (at venues you always wanted to see them at!) . Someone please take me back in time to see U2 at Red Rocks (my personal fantasy). So the book was humming along and the protagonist Karl was likeable. He designates smart rules ...more
Jeff Raymond
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-sci-fi
This book is often described as High Fidelity with time travel. This is an accurate description in so, so many ways, and a book that I fell in love with within the first twenty or so pages and just blew through until the end.

Effectively, a guy finds a wormhole in the closet of his apartment. A former guitarist for a well-regarded and now-defunct indie rock band, he does what any music lover does and uses it to see old concerts. He quickly monetizes the wormhole, gets caught up in an issue with h
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've wanted to read this book for a while, and bless bookoutlet because I got my hands on a signed copy for something like $6. After a long, dry reading spell, I finally began again a month ago as though I've been starved for literature (which I have.) Hence the urban fantasy binge because dear sweet baby jesus, it's my favorite thing on this planet in terms of reading material. SUPER glad I finally got to this.

So, if Ready Player One was a love letter to the 80s, Every Anxious Wave is a love le
I can't believe I've managed to finish this book. I'm giving it two stars instead of one just because the cover is exeptional and the premise of "travelling back in time to see concerts" is what I would do if had access to time machine, honestly.

The characters are horrible, every one of them, but especially the main ones, Karl and Lena. Oh God, what a whinigh bunch of people. They're unbearable, they don't think about anything they're doing (and every single thing they do is just so stupid th
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it

Daviau's debut novel may have been written JUST FOR ME--it centers on TIME TRAVEL and INDIE ROCK! Cat's Cradle even gets a shoutout! Anyway, it's the story of a guy, an aging indie rocker, who owns a bar and discovers a time travel portal thing in his closet (don't question it) and he and his buddy set up a business sending people back in time to awesome rock shows. I mean, that is genius. But then things go awry, and his friend ends up trapped in Manhatta
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was really fun to read because of how ridiculous the time traveling became over time. There were a few cringe worthy sentences by the sometimes pretentious narrator, but it worked well with his character’s past.

I was in a reading slump and this book definitely gave me my momentum back!
Aug 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Every Annoying Trope

Every Awful Character

Every Arbitrary Namedrop
Fun first half with a really unique look at time travel and its uses. However it devolves a lot in the second half as it gets more serious, but the themes it tries to take on just don't mix with the more jovial first half. Some of the characters' motivations were frustratingly unrealistic too. ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
(2.5 stars, rounding up)

At the start of this novel we meet Karl, who's a 40-year-old single dude who owns a bar in Chicago. He used to be the guitarist for an indie rock band that was kind of big in the late '90s, but now he just has his bar, and his best guy friend, Wayne. Until he accidentally discovers he also, apparently, has a wormhole in his apartment: he's searching for one of his boots in his closet one day and suddenly finds himself sucked through the floor and then in the past, a few m
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-release
Despite how it’s being pitched, this book IS NOT science fiction. Publishers take note: just because a book’s plot may contain events that couldn’t happen in our current universe as we know it doesn’t mean it’s an automatic candidate for the sci-fi shelf. In order to be sci-fi, there has to be some kind of explanation or exploration of the phenomenon being addressed (in this case, time travel). Simply having a character fall into a wormhole in his closet and following it up with a paragraph in w ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Really liked the concept - the writing was not up to the task.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Much suspension of disbelief is required for this one. It was a little too much suspension, for my taste. The book is already in a tight spot for me, being a sci-fi time travel novel. Throw in grungy adults lamenting their past choices and rock-band references to the 70s, 80s, and 90s, and it just... wasn't my thing. The writing shows some skill. But the last third of the book went off the deep end, jumping between times and changing characters, and I never became invested.

I met the acquisitions
Paxton Cockrell
Nov 14, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an interesting one. It's left me not sure of my feeling after it was done. Also, I'm not a huge music guy, so I'd only heard of about fifty percent of the bands mentioned in the book, at most. The book did a great job of portraying the settings and the characters. I had fairly strong feelings for them, even if those feelings weren't necessarily positive.

It follows the somewhat whiny, 40 year old, ex-rocker Karl Bender as he discovers a wormhole in his closet that allows him to time trav
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Sebadoh reference as a title? You've won me already.

This book is a clever ode to indie rock and the people who worship it, the losers who are too old, too heavy, too smart, or too whatever to fit into the mainstream. Somehow, a journey to understand time travel becomes more about the struggle between self-loathing and love. As a girl who loves music and who has been called intimidating for being smart, I couldn't help but have a soft spot for Lena, but I had empathy for Karl too.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Flawed but fun story of a washed-up former minor rock star who finds a wormhole through time in his bedroom closet and harnesses it to start a tourism business catering to nostalgic concertgoers. Things go awry.
Mar 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Time travel? Sure. Sign me up. I am not a scientist. I am willing to believe in time travel, but I need there to be a thing that explains it. Here is a line from the book. "Due to the bending of time and space, cell satellites are in the sky even in the year 980..."

Um. No. No they are not.
Sarah Rosenberger
Mar 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
I hated the characters and couldn't deal with the combination of shitty science and misguided insistence that '80s & '90s indie bands were the pinnacle of all musical achievement. I wonder if I'd find High Fidelity this insufferable if I tried reading it for the first time at 34 instead of 16. ...more
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. It was my hundredth book of 2015, and possibly the best!
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