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Here & There

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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 g

Kindle Edition, 634 pages
Published November 1st 2015 by 47North
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Barriedalenick Not so much! It is quite a difficult book in both content and style. I loved it but many people will not. It is full of stuff about quantum physics…moreNot so much! It is quite a difficult book in both content and style. I loved it but many people will not. It is full of stuff about quantum physics and teleportation which may put off people of any age but I think esp some younger readers would find it too dense.(less)
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Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only halfway through but giving it five stars already because it makes me so angry that the only other reviews gave it one.

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
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Immersive, Erudite Conspiracy Involving Bleeding Edge Physics, Philosophy, Cryptography & Breathroughs

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
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Ok, I got this book through the Kindle First program. My views are solely my own.*

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 pieces together y
David Hart
Oct 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
A great deal of minutiae about nothing terribly interesting

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 nonfiction reader. Fi
Ellen Trautner
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This is really 2.5 I think. I got this book through Amazon's Kindle First program, so it was free. I try to use this program to read books and genres I might not otherwise read, since they're free and all. This was categorized as "experimental fiction." It was definitely... an experiment, and I don't think the results are fully in. I'm still trying to interpret the data.

On the plus side, there's a lot of science fiction stuff about quantum physics. Ever since I read the Einstein biography (which
Andy Coleman
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it

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 understand the d
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes a good book is a light and easy walk through the woods. I'm thinking of books like "A Confederacy of Dunces" or "To Kill a Mockingbird." For those books, as long as the reader shows up, they can't help but have a great time without considerable effort.

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 "Jonathan Stran
Apr 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
I get it, Reider wears a tweed sports coat and the machinery powers up and off - why do I have to read this a bajillion times? The author is trying way too hard - all the scientific references, footnotes, literary quotes, stories within stories, book within a book, etc. I wanted to only read about The Reiderer Test not all that other stuff, which only made me confused and felt like I drank all that absinthe that the characters did.
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was truly an enjoyable and witty ride(5/5). It has been accused of being "difficult" to read, which is not necessarily true. I CAN see how the typical person might not enjoy the book because of it's atypical storytelling style, above baseline vocabulary, and both the reality based quantum physics and the more "experimental" fiction elements. It happens that these are the exact things I find charming about the book.

Let's begin with the way the story is presented to the reader. Essentia
Kathy Piper
Oct 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
There's nothing quite like the sweet anticipation of climbing into a warm bed on a cool fall night and reaching for a good book. Ahhh, to delve into a tome that so fascinates, is so compelling, so well written, a story you just lose yourself in, filled with characters you absolutely love or love to hate absolutely, a story that draws you in such that you actually feel you are right there in the plot--this is what I look for in a novel.

Unfortunately, this book is not that.

However, if you groove
B.P. Gregory
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
What are we reading?: Here & There, by Joshua V Scher

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 lies in bars, the typesetting, referenc
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alt-histories
Now this is a five-star book. This is a TEN star book. Maybe eleven. Which is not to say this is an easy book. Something about the tone kept reminding me of House of Leaves - its not quite as impenetrable as that, but I think people who enjoyed HoL will also appreciate this one. This is written 'as if' it is an actual manuscript received by the author under somewhat unusual circumstances. The narrator had likewise received the manuscript - there are asides in the narrators voice, conveyed in a d ...more
Dec 24, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a very modern, very complex book, during which I often felt the author was showing off his intellect and enthusiasm for his ideas. It's way over-written (The appendix is ridiculous) and, like many first-time novelists, the ending is disappointing.

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
Peter Aronson
Nov 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I did not have any problems with the structure of this book (as did some readers) nor was I bothered at the unresolved plot -- if you read much contemporary fiction you will encounter such techniques fairly frequently (consider Gods Without Men or Infinite Jest). However, two things did bug me: first, the science was oddly specific without actually being all that plausible (quantum computing offers some interesting capabilities, but is not actually magical, insurmountable data-handling problems ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Sorry. I got through 18%. Life's too short to force yourself to read a book you don't like. I really loved the premise, and I liked the emails, reports, letters, etc way of presenting information. What turned me away were the portions that were based on Eve's fiction novels. A page or two of excerpts would have been fine. Pages and pages of her bad writing? No. Could not choke down another page. I was bored to tears and only forcing myself to read because of all the other reviews saying this boo ...more
Dmitri Poletaev
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
When my Kindle dropped on my face I finally awakened

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 bro
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I try not to get angry about other people's opinions, but I can't help it in this case. People are leaving one star reviews, claiming this book doesn't make sense and nothing happens. Let me break it to those people: you are not very smart, and you should not be leaving reviews about books you didn't understand. Stick with your John Grisham/Nora Roberts supermarket paperbacks and stop trying to tear down an author who worked hard to create something beautiful and brilliant.

As for my review, refe
Hayden Lane
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book had lots to make it potentially interesting: piecing together a timeline of events after a mysterious accident/disappearance, psychology, quantum physics, teleportation, a "twist" towards the end... the pieces just never came together in a satisfying way for me. I like "slow burn" books when there is a payoff, but this one felt like nothing was ever solved/resolved, and 600+ pages later, I'm left unsure about how much even "happened" that was reported in the book. Not a bad book, just ...more
What an annoying book. Parts of it are original and brilliant, but they're spoiled by diversions, and the fact that as a whole, it's just too long, which meant that there came a point when I just wanted it to be over. And in the end, we still don't know for sure what actually happened at the Reidier Test. Probably really a 2.5 star book, but the annoyances don't quite make it 3-star.
Curtis Sawyer
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am really torn on this book. On the one hand, I think a tremendous amount of work went into the extraordinary level of detail in the novel. On the other hand, it was a hard slog to get through it and I nearly gave up a couple of times (although I did read all the way to the very, very last page). I think the reason I finally settled on 2 stars is three-fold, and I am going to try to be vague so as to not spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it yet. Let me start out by saying that I don't have a ...more
Clay Kallam
May 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Not so much fun is “Here & There” (47North, $14.95, 660 pages), beginning with the fact that the protagonist lets it be known early on he cannot be relied on. He is, in fact, known for free-style lying on an impressive scale.

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’s sources ab
Apr 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book, but I couldn't get into it.

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
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it enough I'm upset to be left hanging at the "conclusion"

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
That was... weird. If you like House Of Leaves and sci-fi, you'll love this book. Unfortunately, while I do love sci-fi, I was not a fan of House of Leaves. I've had a passing interest in quantum entanglement for a couple years now, so I enjoyed the science-y explanations and the like. I definitely have come to my own conclusions about what actually happened/happens, so I'm excited to go see what others think. I, personally, find gratuitous footnotes annoying, hence 3 stars. I will most probably ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it

This is a heady story - not one to read as you fall asleep. The story has a lot of twists and turns and necessary details to follow to understand the plot...and even then, I'm not totally sure I get it.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This book took me ages to finish and I was mostly driven by needing to know what happened. The core plot I liked but the format of the book was annoying.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This book began as a mystery to me. I kept coming back to it. The further into it i went, the more entered i became. I wish you well, Danny.
Paige Ellen Stone
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I didn't bother to read any of the reviews already posted, but I did skim the ratings and I was flabbergasted by some of the one, two, or three star reviews. This book is unique; it employs an experimental style of prose and succeeds on so many levels that it is very difficult to sum it all up in a simple review. In short, this is my Book of the Year in the categories of first novel, science fiction, and speculative fiction.
No doubt, this is not an easy read. It stretches out to over six hundred
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
If I had stopped reading this a chapter or two before the end of the book and asked to give a prediction of what I would end up rating this book, I would have given an unabashed 5 stars. Joshua V. Scher's writing style is amazing and unique. His story ideas superb. His inclusion of science in an accessible, interesting, and even sexy manner (Science sexy? Yup. Thanks to Scher.) delightful. He presented information in a way that kept me constantly thinking, guessing, and reassessing what was happ ...more
Samantha Jungers
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
It's rare that I regard a book with such ambivalence, but I shall try to unburden myself.
Firstly, it's got
"Layers!" Not having success with posting a picture of Shrek, but I'm sure all of you are familiar with the scene. This book has a lot of layers. It's kind of like Inception, only with different characters at each layer: The author publishing what Danny has sent to him, who comments on what Hilary has compiled, who evaluates what she finds about the Reidiers, including the Eve's short storie
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