Here & There
It was supposed to be a simple proof of concept. The physics were sound. Over one hundred teleportation experiments had already been successfully performed...
Debate rages over whether the Reidier Test’s disastrous outcome resulted from human error, government conspiracy, or sabotage. No one has actual knowledge of the truth. But hidden from the public eye, there exists a government report cperformed...Debate ...more
I'll tell you who this book is not for. It is not for people who have lost their sense of curiosity and joy of learning. It is not for people who need a linear plot and characters that can be condensed into a couple paragraphs.
But, if you enjoy learning about physics, philosophy, psychology, mathematics, relationships or child development, if you enjoy intellectual digress ...more
I loved this book. Scher has now become a preferred author of mine and Here & There moves into my ten favorite books of all time. With its unique format, its slow reveal of reality versus perception and its deft handling of detailed subjects, this book is a masterpiece. From the time I read the first document, until the explosive ending, it was a fully immersive experience over two full day ...more
I see that 2 people have given it 1 star because they couldn't get into it. I feel that's a shame, because while it does throw you into the deep end, the payoff is big. I hope those reviews don't put you off in case you're looking at Goodreads before you decide to read it. This is experimental fiction, it says that from the start, and boy is it different than most other books. You have to fit the piece ...more
This book is to fiction what reality reel movies are to cinema. You know -those flicks from supposedly lost footage. Perhaps that is what he had in mind.
I didn't get too far because I hated the gimmicky approach. This is also a pretentious endeavor where the author seems determined to demonstrate his intellect. I would prefer a demonstration of character development in a workable plot.
I concede that I am primarily a ...more
On the plus side, there's a lot of science fiction stuff about quantum physics. Ever since I read the Einstein biog ...more
This first thing you need to know is this book is written in the style of person A commenting on person B's research into person C's life. Similar to House of Leaves, but executed better.
This book is fantastic! It will grab you from the start and you'll find it tough to put it down because you are trying to put the pieces together as person A discovers new information from person B's notes. You will completely get wrapped up in person C's life and begin to unde ...more
Other books are like a long and difficult hike up a steep mountain. You have to work for every inch you go but once you reach the top you have the extreme satisfaction that accompanies hard work. I'm thinking of books like "Jo ...more
Let's begin with the way the story is presented to the reader. Essentia ...more
Give me the short version: House of Leaves meets The Philadelphia Experiment.
I enjoyed this. I really enjoyed it.
Unfortunately, to an analytical reader the close adherence to the House of Leaves model and story arc: including the nested “mystery” narratives of protagonist (i.e. young resentful person struggling with adult identity) into documentation, a dissolute friendship based around wild freeform lie ...more
Unfortunately, this book is not that.
However, if you groove ...more
At it's base, the book is a mystery. A young man finds the papers of his missing mother. The papers represent the classified project the Mother was working on and the son thinks they hold the clue to her disappearance. Part of the book is about ...more
I almost never give 1 star. I just can't. Besides the obvious respect to the author work, almost in everything should be some "meal for thoughts". It should, but... In my point of view, author "experimented" too much. He sacrificed the plot to the "originality". He had thrown everything he knew - prose writing, script writing, essay writing, scientific reports writing - to the one boiling pot hopping to be "original", but unfortunately this br ...more
As for my ...more
To make “Here & There” even more difficult to believe in, the primary narrator (Danny) does his work in footnotes to a manuscript written by his mother, Hilary – and he often questions her veracity. In fact, it’s all very suspicious, as supposedly Hilary’ ...more
The author has a tendency to info dump and assumes that his audience needs their hands held through very basic explanations of philosophy and physics. The text is peppered with footnotes that make completely unnecessary additions to the story. A bit of a personal pet peeve, but footnotes in genre fiction irritate me. If the information can't fit into the original text naturally, it doesn't need to be there at all. This isn't a textbo ...more
I love the style in which case his book is written. I loved the sense of unraveling the mysteries so simultaneously with the characters. Further, I related both to the main character, as well as the main character in the frame story. I got pulled in to both parts of the story and rooted for the "heroes", or are they antiheroes? This book will keep me thinking and questioning for awhile. I love that it's simultaneously intellectual an ...more
Everything was over my head, and the back and forth between Danny and the journals got to be confusing. I put this book down for months cause I thought maybe I was in the wrong mindset, but definitely not the case. I got to the appendix, and decided I was done.
I chose this title on a whim, and ended up grateful I had. This book, this story, this lesson on many things, led me into discussions (out loud) with myself on some of the subjects and theories presented, and also into an entertaining adventure I was sorry to come to the end of.
Do it. Read this book.