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Here and Now and Then

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To save his daughter, he'll go anywhere—and any-when…

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in I.T., trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botch
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 29th 2019 by Mira Books
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    Larry H
    Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    3.5 stars, rounded up.

    I know I'm not the only one who finds novels about time travel utterly irresistible. It's not the science of time travel that fascinates me, although I'm always drawn in by the possible paradox of running into yourself somewhere in time. For me, it's more the thought that one single action, even the smallest gesture, can set off a chain of events that could change the world as we (or the characters) know it.

    In Mike Chen's new novel, Here and Now and Then , Kin (short for Q
    K.A. Doore
    Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2018-reads, favorites
    This book. THIS book. THIS BOOK.

    Here and Now and Then is a perfect little sci-fi gem, with just a touch of literary. When time traveler Kin gets stuck in the 20th century, he does what any reasonable person would do: fall in love and start a family. This turns out to be a perfectly good plan - until suddenly the rescue team shows up, almost two decades too late. Now Kin is back in the 22nd century, where for everyone else it's only been a week, but for him it's been an entire life. He really tri
    Katherine Riley
    Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Here and Now and Then is a superbly plotted technological twister about a husband and father forced into an impossible choice. The science is precise and clever, and Chen deftly serves up each unexpected turn, in the process constructing his own impossible — two poignant and disparate lives simultaneously experienced by one person. As a writer I read with admiration, and as a mother I sometimes needed a handkerchief.
    Crystal Brown
    Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2018, arcs, fiction
    Y'all, I have a special place in my heart for time travel and I love reading about future tech. It's the reason I love Black Mirror so much--seeing possibilities.

    I don't read nearly enough speculative fiction and Here and Now and Then has given me the nudge I needed.

    One of the things that made this book so enjoyable for me is that there is plenty of technology involved, but we don't get bogged down in specs and the kind of extraneous detail that sometimes makes my eyes glaze over.

    I think it work
    Wendy Heard
    Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This beautiful, literary, genre-bending sci fi novel about a time traveler and his love for his daughter hits shelves in 2019 and I cannot WAIT for the rest of the world to read it.
    Nicki Markus
    Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Here and Now and Then was a perfect mix of family drama and sci-fi adventure. Kin and his predicament caught my interest from the first chapter and held it throughout. The time travel elements were well thought out and blended seamlessly into the tale. I was never left questioning the viability of anything that took place. Kin was an engaging character--as a reader, I desperately wanted him to succeed--and overall this book was a real page-turner that was hard to put down at the end of each read ...more
    Joy Clark
    Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2018, netgalley-arc, scifi, aoc
    This is why I love NetGalley. I pick up a book that I normally wouldn't look twice at and end up finding a gem. This is a quick, original read that says a lot about the love of a parent for his/her child. It's much more than a typical scifi with layer upon layer of goodness and depths of feeling that many of this genre fail to reach. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the movie adaptation (cause I don't see how someone won't buy the rights to this one). Oh, and I forgot to add that an ...more
    Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    *NetGalley ARC
    Kin Stewart experiences every time traveler’s worst fear; he becomes trapped in a time that is not his own. In 2142, Kin’s job is to travel back in time to thwart time-corrupting crimnals who try to alter the course of history. Tragically, on his 28th assignment, something goes terribly wrong, and he his unable to jump from 1996 back to his real life in 2142. With no choice but to adapt and assimilate into the 20th-21st century, Kin builds a new life, marries, and becomes a father
    Love, love, love this book.
    Candace Worrell
    Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: time-travel
    This was the time travel book I didn’t know I was waiting for. All anyone wants is for their kids to be ok, even if it destroys the world for everyone else. When innocuous advice like “follow your heart” upends the future and attempts to rectify it...I can’t go on without giving too much away. This book was one of my tops this year.
    Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A beautifully done story about the lengths a parent will go to for his child. Well done time travel and fast pace! Loved it.
    Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    Thank you to HARLEQUIN - MIRA (U.S. and Canada) and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review.

    *Please note there are some slightly spoilerish thoughts below.*

    Kin Stewart is a secret agent from the year 2142 who time travels to catch criminals and due to a mishap - ends up stuck in the 1990s for 18 years. Despite his training where he is supposed to lead a solitary life, discard of any technology or trace that he is from the future and refrain fr
    Sharen Popoff
    Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to Harlequin-Mira (U.S. and Canada) for allowing me to read an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    This is a story about family, what we are willing to do for love, what a parent is willing to do for their child AND it is a story about time travel!

    Kin is a man suddenly returned to his life in the future after years of being stuck in the past. His emotional struggle is compounded by the realisation that his daughter's life follows a tragic path following his depar
    The synopsis sums up everything, and that can be both good and bad. There was no room for surprise, not much emotion either. But the overall story was entertaining and I liked the ending.

    Review soon.

    This one sounds AMAZING !
    I also love the cover (which is not featured here yet, but it looks really great)
    Grabby hands! Gimme gimme!!
    Melinda Elizabeth
    Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to Harlequin-Mira (U.S. and Canada) and Netgalley for allowing me to read an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Kin is from the future. He's a corruption officer, sent to fix timeline inconsistencies and keep everything on the straight and narrow. No changes to major historical events mind you, but just enough to keep thinks ticking as they should.

    When his method of returning to 2142 breaks in a botched assassination, Kin has no options left but to get on with l
    Jo Ladzinski
    Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arcs, friends
    Read an ARC provided by the author

    If you like time travel and strong family ties, make sure this book is on your radar for January 2019. In Here and Now and Then Kin Stewart is a time traveler who's forgotten the future. Living in the 2000s with a wife and teenage daughter, his past catches up to him and he wants to find a way to stay connected to that life while also building a future in 2142.

    I really loved Kin as a narrator. Such a Dad, but also in very morally grey straits. And there are so m
    Angie Kim
    Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I am a huge time-travel fan, so I was really excited to read this, and suffice it to say that Mike Chen's novel met my expectations and then exceeded them by a thousand!!!! It's like TNG's The Inner Light and The Yesterday's Enterprise combined, which is just about the highest compliment I can pay. (And if you don't know what that means, I don't even know what to say to you, except that I feel really really sad for you and you should go watch TNG. Right. Now.). It's time travel and all the logic ...more
    Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Kin Stewart is a time-traveling secret agent. Or at least he was until he ended up stranded in the 90s. With no way to get back to his home base in the 22nd century, he sets himself up with a new life in the past. He marries Heather, and they have a daughter, Miranda. But the TCB (Temporal Corruption Bureau) finds him - it's been two weeks in their time, but eighteen years for Kin. He doesn't want to go back, but he has no choice. When he returns, so do his memories, and his love of his fiancee, ...more
    Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    A fun timey-wimey sci-fi adventure. Bit of family drama, but of parenting drama, lots of sci fi pop culture references.

    Not without faults but all in all a good read.
    Felicia Grossman
    Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This sounds incredible and unique and I'm so, so, so, so excited to read it!
    Susie Wang
    Jul 25, 2018 is currently reading it
    I've got the manuscript for months now, and kind of forgot about it. But this cover is so cool! And I read the opening page, the writing seems very good. I have good feelings about this one.
    Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Kin is a secret agent, a time traveling agent who gets stranded in the 1990's. He is from 2142. He decides to go on with his life, marrying and having a child. The Temporal Corruption Bureau finds him and wants him to go back, but he has a family now. If he runs, he becomes a fugitive like the ones he is here to apprehend. It's a story of time travel, but mostly of family. I loved the interaction between the characters but mostly the love. I received this book from Net Galley and Harlequin- Mira ...more
    Lynne Lambdin
    Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Here and Now and Then was such an incredibly fun and fantastic thrill. I'm not one to commonly pursue time traveling plots. But something about this synopsis had my interest peeked. And from the synopsis this book took off at the speed of light. And oh my, what a wild ride it was.

    Kin has a wonderful family. A beautiful, incredible wife, Heather, and a daughter he adores, Miranda. The only issue with this little equation is the fact that he is stuck in the wrong era. Kin's true identity is that
    Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, arc-eweiss, jan-2019
    Beautiful, geeky, relatable - in other words, everything you could hope for in a novel.

    Full review to follow closer to publication.
    Kris Waldherr
    Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Nothing like ugly crying over a novel into your coffee. Yeah, HERE AND NOW AND THEN is that good and tugs that much at the heart. I'm not surprised this novel got a starred review from PW. Imagine THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE if the time traveling dad just happened to be a secret agent who discovers his daughter's life is in danger—in an earlier century. HERE AND NOW AND THEN is a perfect mix of nail-biting tension amped up to eleven because of the exceptionally poignant father-daughter angle. It'll ...more
    Teresa Stenlund
    Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Wow! What is there not to love about this book?!?? Time traveling, complicated romances, how far parents are willing to go to rescue their children, Star Trek AND Doctor Who references????? This book has all of it and then some more with the enthralling writing style of the author. I literally could not put this book down. Huge thank you to the publisher for the advanced copy!!!
    Rochelle Jones
    Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    4.5 stars. Review to come.
    Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    As a teenager, I was a big sci-fi fan but drifted away from the genre. Mike Chen’s Here and Then and Now is good enough to bring me back. His novel exceeded my expectations. It really is a genre-breaking combination of time-travel, family drama, and hero’s journey—with a literary bent. The book contains enough techno-jargon and discussions of time-travel paradoxes to be true to the genre, but not enough to bog the reader down. The logic behind Chen’s time-travel seems plausible which makes it in ...more
    Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

    Here and Now and Then is one of those books that is instantly endearing. It has themes of family, agency, and love all wrapped in a science fiction story that will have your heart throbbing. There's drama, love lost, and forgiveness all in one. It's one of those books where all these elements come together in perfect harmony to make a book that just clicks with you without effort.
    Jennifer (bunnyreads)
    I requested this from Netgalley because I love time travel stories and because it was an imprint of Harlequin/Mira and I was confident it was going to be more of a relationship story than a hard-sci-fi story. Which I love both but I was looking for the relationship story this time around.

    And that’s exactly what I got with this book.

    Kin Stewart ex-time traveler, stranded in the past is rescued and returned to his future, leaving his past family behind.

    Kin - I enjoyed Kin. I liked him and I like
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    Mike Chen is a lifelong writer, from crafting fan fiction as a child to somehow getting paid for words as an adult. He has contributed to major geek culture websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and ghostwritten corporate articles appearing in Forbes, Buzzfeed, Enterpreneur, and more. A member of SFWA and the Codex Writers group, Mike calls the San F ...more