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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (July 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399167498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399167492
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the not-too-distant future, a mysterious explosion has reduced the city of Pittsburgh to rubble and ashes. A virtual-reality re-creation of it, the Archive, allows people to revisit the lost city and lost loved ones. John Blaxton, who lost his wife and unborn child, investigates deaths long since relegated to files in the Archive. Then he finds a murder victim not recorded in the Archive. Is the line between physical and virtual reality breaking down? Or is there some other—and possibly more sinister—explanation? A very good job of keeping cyberpunk (which has lost much of its original connection to punk culture) up-to-date in its extrapolation of cybernetics and culture. --Roland Green

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Tomorrow and Tomorrow is a delicious dystopian mystery being described as Blade Runner meets Minority Report.” —Kirkus Reviews Blog
 
“The premise of this debut novel is fascinating in its possibilities… John's grief is a palpable, living thing, preventing him from participating in his own life. Fans of William Gibson and classic noir will love how the styles intersect here.” —Library Journal, Starred Review and Debut of the Month

"It's quite unusual for a first-time writer to have such a command of so many literary styles… It's fiction, of course, but just close enough to our reality to be disturbing.” —Pittsburgh Tribune
 
“If good science fiction is true to the dictum that the future is just like now only more so, then Tomorrow and Tomorrow is great science fiction.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
"Vivid and compelling.” —Publishers Weekly

“It’s a testament to Sweterlitsch’s skill that he makes the reader feel Dominic’s grief for his wife and unborn daughter so powerfully… Vividly and beautifully written.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Simultaneously trippy and hard-boiled, Tomorrow and Tomorrow is a rich, absorbing, relentlessly inventive mindfuck, a smart, dark noir…Sweterlitsch’s debut is a wild mash-up of Raymond Chandler, Philip K. Dick, and William S. Burroughs and, like their work, utterly visionary.”
                        —Stewart O’Nan, author of The Odds

“Thomas Sweterlitsch is a superstar. Right out of the blocks, he's managed to achieve what most authors never do: the creation of a world so complete–so sensually rich and emotionally authentic–that it reduces the real world to a pale impression. Tomorrow and Tomorrow is a brutal, beautiful book. Read it.” —Jesse Kellerman, internationally bestselling author of Trouble

“A brilliantly disturbing tale of deceit, and the tangled griefs of murder and conspiracy that haunt a virtual world. Thomas Sweterlitsch writes with deft and uncanny prescience about a future that seems all-too-likely. A must-read for lovers of tech noir.”
— Yangsze Choo, internationally bestselling author of The Ghost Bride
 
“Tomorrow & Tomorrow is weird, hypnotic, and lovely.  Sweterlitsch’s future is close enough to be plausible, and strange enough to be fascinating.”
                        — Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names
 
“A mesmerizing, genre-mixing sci-fi, noir mystery that inhabits its influences rather than merely wearing them knowingly on its sleeve. I could not put it down.”
                        —Wayne Gladstone, author of Notes from the Internet Apocalypse 

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The characters are haunting and have stayed with me.
HRD
There is a plot, however, and as the story proceeds Mr. Sweterlitsch, the author, introduces other disturbing characters.
Bill Oterson
The book is daring, exquisitely dark, and presents a very bleak future - but one that is entirely possible.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MyBookishWays on July 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Tomorrow and Tomorrow is an odd novel (this isn’t a bad thing), but if you like your murder mystery with an SF, future twist, with a very strong shot of noir, then you really can’t go wrong here. Tomorrow and Tomorrow takes place 10 years after a blast that decimated Pittsburgh, and just about everywhere you go, there are memorials of Pittsburgh survivors ranging from the glossy to the makeshift, gatherings of the dead in pen and ink or etched in stone. We’re in the mid to late-ish 2000s at this point, so there’s quite a bit of future tech on display, including the AdWare that people have wired directly into their brains, providing a constant stream of information, which, being a child of the 80s, I would find crazymaking, but in this narrative, it’s the norm. Retinal cameras, VR beyond your wildest imagination, you name it-it’s what makes up the basis of this book.
John Dominic Blaxton is a Pittsburgh survivor, out of town during the blast, a cruel twist of fate that left him unscathed and his pregnant wife dead. He hasn’t gotten over Theresa, and he’s obsessed with spending time with her in the Archive, a virtual reality reconstruction of Pittsburgh before the blast. Theresa is only a construct, but it’s all he has, and he’ll do anything to hold on to it. For now, he’s working for a firm that investigates deaths for insurance companies, and by using the Archive, they can glean facts about these cold cases, hopefully providing closure, or a payout, for the victims’ families. Dominic is good at his job, but he’s also an addict, and after a particularly bad round of the drug brown sugar, he’s forcibly detoxed and fired from his job.
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Format: Hardcover
Pittsburgh is now a nuclear exclusion zone, crawling with nascent forests and filled with ash after a terrorist attack 10 years ago. Our smartphones have evolved into “Adware” and are embedded in our brains, enhancing our consciousness and bombarding us with advertisements related to everything we look at. Yet this isn’t dystopia, exactly. Lives go on as they do today --- people ping each other on social media, drop contacts into one another’s heads, stalk each other’s profiles, attend parties, go to work, preen their LinkedIn pages. Their lives are not too different from our own.

For John Dominic Blaxton, a poet and failed graduate student, life ended with Pittsburgh. His wife, pregnant with his child, died in the terrorist attack while he was out of town for the afternoon, yet he has found a way to still live there. He works for a research agency that takes contracts from a life insurance company investigating claims of those who died in Pittsburgh. His investigations allow him into the Archive, a vast collection of digital footage recreating the recent history of Pittsburgh, which gains him access to his deceased wife. He excels in this job due to his meticulous investigative skills and painstaking need to understand the past. When this talent is noticed, he is dragged into a conspiracy that will irrevocably change the course of his life.

In Dominic, author Thomas Sweterlitsch has achieved a remarkable style. Early reviews have compared his voice to Haruki Murakami and Raymond Chandler, two disparate talents whose aesthetics are certainly invoked here, but in complex and contradictory ways that create a completely new voice that straddles hardboiled noir and a dream state.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wilhelmina Zeitgeist VINE VOICE on June 29, 2014
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"Tomorrow and Tomorrow" by Thomas Sweterlitsch really had me hooked from the start. It tickled me to no end that this dystopian story takes place in my old stompin' grounds of Pittsburgh. Just the fact that the author included the 54C PAT bus (goes just about everywhere but Downtown), Panther Hollow, Allegheny General (a real hospital and not a made up one for the story), and the South Side made me fall even more in love with this book. It made me sad that my hometown underwent such a horrific event.

Well written and kept me hooked all the way through. Just because the book takes place in Pittsburgh doesn't give the author a free pass on me loving the book. Plenty of books, movies, and TV shows that take place in Pittsburgh leave much to be desired. Some are just plain bad. With smooth flow and engaging dialogue, this book is just plain good.

This is a book with smooth flow, excellent descriptions, and engaging dialogue. It's definitely a book I'm happy to have read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshua David Bellin on August 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Ten years after the city of Pittsburgh and nearly everyone in it vanished in a terrorist nuclear attack, survivor John Dominic Blaxton grieves for his lost wife, whose spectral presence he can visit only in the Archive, an immersive virtual reconstruction of the doomed city. Unable to move beyond this traumatic event, Blaxton uses drugs and "Adware"--brain implants that connect him to the virtual world--to escape from his crushing sorrow. When he becomes involved in a murder mystery while researching insurance claims related to the bombing, the ghosts of his wife and of other martyred women collide in a drama that brings him closer to revelation--or to insanity.

That summary fails completely to do justice to Thomas Sweterlitch's debut novel, a sprawling, fascinating, overwhelmingly sad and scary exploration of grief, violence, and the excesses of our own media-saturated world. It's not always a tidy tale--it couldn't be, given the ambiguities at its core--but it's always a gripping one. This novel conjures a world where virtual experience has nearly supplanted the real, where the narrator yearns for some higher, transcendent reality behind the glittering promises of internet-aided consumerism: "another, truer, world covered over by the one we're in." Perhaps this is a weakness--or perhaps it's essential to the book's purposes--but in some ways I found the virtual world as depicted by Sweterlitsch more compelling than the somewhat idyllic representation of that "truer world" toward which the novel points in its later movements. That said, the novel's dazzling world-building, flawed yet sympathetic narrator, and devilish mystery kept me enthralled from start to finish.
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