- Paperback: 283 pages
- Publisher: Pyr (April 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591023319
- ISBN-13: 978-1591023319
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,668,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Here, There & Everywhere Paperback – April 30, 2005
See the Best Books of 2018 So Far
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the year so far in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
"Roberson's irreverent alternative histories...Beatles, Sherlock Holmes, and H.G. Wells...a welcome stitch in the age-old time-travel tradition. Grade: B" -- Entertainment Weekly, April 22, 2005
About the Author
Chris Roberson's critically-acclaimed short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Live Without a Net (Roc, 2003), The Many Faces of Van Helsing (Ace, 2004), and FutureShocks (Roc, 2005), with previous and forthcoming appearances in the pages of Asimov's Science Fiction, Black October, Fantastic Metropolis, RevolutionSF, Twilight Tales, Opi8, Alien Skin, Electric Velocipede, and Lone Star Stories. His writings have received positive reviews from Locus Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's Science Fiction, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Infinity Plus and RevolutionSF. He was a 2004 World Fantasy Award finalist and the winner of the 2003 Sidewise Award for Best Short Story.
See also Roberson's Paragaea.
For more on Chris Roberson visit www.chrisroberson.net
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Roxanne Bonaventure is unique in the cosmos, the sole possessor of a 5-dimensional magic bracelet that allows her to move as she will in space, time and probability. The story follows her from the age of 11, when she is granted this "blessing", through the long years of her life. In the vignettes that comprise the novel, we see her learn and change, observing humanity in all its choices, until she finally finds out that what she really wants is the one thing she cannot have.
But sometimes you get what you need.
One of the many traps that time-travel books can fall into is the "infinite universes" trap where every possible action a person makes creates a new universe to accomodate that new timestream. Eventually, this takes all meaning out of any action that the character makes because it doesn't matter what action you take if you have taken every other possible action in a parallel universe. And it becomes tedious and boring.
I prefer books that dwell more on the story and the person, rather than the philosophy of time travel and its paradoxes and ways around them.
This seems like an amateurish effort. It isn't terrible, it just isn't compelling.
This present volume is a repackaging of, and expansion upon, "Any Time At All", the previous collection of the escapades of Roxanne Bonaventure, whose tales have been under development for several years. As a young girl, Roxanne comes into possession of a strange bracelet that allows her to travel through time and space, giving her access to all types of variant Earths both past and future, although she soon discovers that she can never change her native timeline's past. (As with most time travel fiction, considering the physics and implications and rules of rattling across time/space is headache-inducing here, so best not to think too deeply upon the mechanics, although there is one particular precept here that is critical to the novel's primary plot point.)
Naturally, she embarks upon amusing escapades throughout history, including a mandatory brush with the Nazis, because if you can go to the past, battling these evildoers is pretty much de rigeur. She also pops back to Victorian London to assist one Sandford Blank (a fictional melange of Sherlock Holmes and Sexton Blake), a character who will be featured on his own in one of the prolific Mr. Roberson's forthcoming novels.
It should be noted that the author credits several influences, among them Philip Jose Farmer's Wold Newton Universe (a postulation that many of the Victorian and Pulp Era heroes are all related), in emulation of which Mr. Roberson has created a whole clan of Bonaventures who've had rollicking adventures of their own in separate novels. He also gives a nod to Jess Nevins' comprehensive if daunting "Encylopedia of Fantastic Victoriana", which is definitely worth picking up for fans of that genre, or followers of Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentleman.
I also feel compelled to mention that Mr. Roberson is the grand poobah of MonkeyBrain Books, a genre publisher with some excellent titles.
"Here, There & Everywhere" is episodic in nature and doesn't necessarily break any new ground in the time travel genre, but I'm a fan of cross-pollination with historical figures and other literary characters, and so I give it higher marks than I might otherwise. Also, the cover art by John Picacio is great. (He has done most, if not all, of the covers for the works of the aforementioned cabal of authors.)
Oh, fans of Doctor Who will probably find an extra dimension in this novel.
Most recent customer reviews
Roberson cites Moorcock as one of his influences, among others, and this is reasonably clear, and as he mentions, it...Read more