Here and Now and Then

Here and Now and Then

by Mike Chen


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ISBN-13: 9780778369042
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 70,525
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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 websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor) and covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, Mike lives in the Bay Area, where he can be found playing video games and watching Doctor Who with his wife, daughter, and rescue animals. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @mikechenwriter

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Here and Now and Then 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
gctogs 11 days ago
Mike Chen’s debut novel Here and Now and Then begins with a man out of time. Kin Stewart is an agent for the TCB (Temporal Corruption Bureau) who gets stuck in the late 1990s when his retrieval beacon gets damaged. It takes two decades for the Bureau to find him, and by then he’s broken their cardinal rule not to mess with the past by marrying his wife Heather and fathering a daughter, Miranda. Corruption to the timeline is negligible, so the TCB allows him to return to his job and agrees to let Miranda live, as she had little effect on history. Kin longs to know how his daughter’s life turned out, and the actions he takes when he finds out puts both their lives—and the world as he knows it—at grave risk. Here and Now and Then succeeds at all the fundamentals: strong premise, likeable characters, focused plotting, steady pacing. The novel takes few risks though. It ignores intriguing dramatic possibilities in favor of the standard action movie scenario of a father trying to rescue his daughter from certain peril, and there is minimal pulse-raising in terms of suspense and upping the stakes. It’s a pleasant and emotionally satisfying time-passer, if not very distinctive.
Sunshine1006 19 days ago
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 for a honest review and no compensation otherwise. The opinions expressed are my own.
Kaleena 19 days ago
This book took me completely by surprise in the best of ways! I had been in a reading slump for 20 days and nothing that I picked up could hold my attention, but when I picked up Here and Now and Then it was like I had been waiting for this book. The story is so much more than just a science fiction story about a man stuck between two times: it's about the love our main character feels for his family and being torn between two lives. Kin is from 2142 but was stranded during a mission in 1996. Despite there being strict rules about maintaining the timeline, he goes against them when it becomes obvious that he won't be rescued. Eighteen years later he remembers nothing of his past life in 2142 but snippets he wrote down in a journal about time travel and the bureau he worked for, but nothing of the life he left behind. He has a wife and daughter and is happy. But rescue finally comes and it is time for him to leave the only life he knows - the one that should never have existed - for the one he left behind. But he will do anything to protect them, include leaving them without a word. "The future versus the past. He couldn't choose between his new life and his old life. Not now. Not like this." I really enjoy time travel stories and this is one of the best ones I've read so far. This is more than a time travel story, it is a tale about a man that will do anything for the people he loves. The book hooked me in from the first sentence and drew me in. I'll admit that while I loved Kin (short for Quinoa, he was born when it was a fad to name children after foods) from the start, it took me a little bit of time to warm up the other characters. But once I did I wanted to protect each of them with all of my heart. At the heart, Here And Now And Then is a speculative look at what our world could look like in 150 years. The technologies and advancements of the future are discussed through time travel: Markus always stopping for fast food because they don't have food like that in the future, needing special technology to look into the social media of the past for research, bringing a pair of chopsticks because in the past they still use forks. Despite there being injections available to prolong life, there are still people that prefer to live without. It feels so authentic to life now that I didn't need to suspend any disbelief and it almost felt like I was reading a contemporary because the heart of this story is really the characters and their relationships. This a definitely a character driven story, but the worldbuilding is effortless. Chen doesn't get bogged down with the details of describing the landscape but provides just enough information about the future for the reader to suspend disbelief. Without these little asides to draw out the differences, 2142 feels very similar to the present and makes the story all the more believable. Except of course the whole time travel thing, but then again he does work for a secret government agency. Overall, I absolutely loved this book and wholeheartedly recommend it! There is so much I can say about the story but really I think this is one where going in as blind as possible is best. If you like character driven stories and science fiction that feels effortless, you need to read this book! REPRESENTATION: racially diverse world, gay side character (m/m), PTSD CONTENT/TRIGGER WARNINGS: loss of a loved one, death, grief Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an eARC via NetGalley for review.