All Our Wrong Todays

All Our Wrong Todays

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"There's no such thing as the life you're "supposed" to have... You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we'd have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren's 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed. because it wasn't necessary. Except Tom just can't seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that's before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland. But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and--maybe, just maybe--his soul mate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom's search for the answer takes him across countries, continents, and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future--our future--is supposed to be. All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Dutton,, 2017
ISBN: 9781101985137
1101985135
9781101985151
1101985151
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 23 cm

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KatG1983
Oct 02, 2017

One of my favourite reads of the year. I loved the alternate view of what our reality could be; and was genuinely moved by the characters involved.

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kvcasey
Sep 01, 2017

I chose this because of the mostly great Amazon reviews and the fact that it was an alternate reality story, which I can't resist. I wish I'd read the bad reviews here. This author had too many ideas crammed into one novel. It was so poorly edited, and as other reviewers here pointed out, the anti-hero was whiney, tiresome, and puerile. I stayed with it because I was reading it out loud to someone and we were too curious to see how he was going to wrap up all the elements he introduced. It was awful. If the author had picked a few of the threads here and spent enough time writing it, thinking it through, it could have been fun.

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Grapehead
Aug 24, 2017

The protagonist is so irritatingly "woe-is-me" to the point where it almost seems he's proud of his consistency to be a lack-luster person. It's tiring at best, frustrating at worst. You just get so fed up with his poor excuse of an existence that you stop wanting to find out the rest - I mean, you know at the beginning that he basically screwed up the whole world due to his stupidity. The premise of the story sounded so intriguing, it's really too bad they screwed it up with this horrible character.

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odettewright
Jun 08, 2017

Loved this book; found it imaginative, funny and thought-provoking. I've added Elan Mastai as an author I definitely want to read again. Looking forward to his next book.

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Ichijo
May 07, 2017

Quite possibly one of the most poorly written and boring books I have ever read. It can succinctly be summarized as "underachieving man-child goes on fantastic adventure after having sex with female set-piece". I can mostly tolerate the 1 dimensional aspect of the female characters, I can mostly tolerate the worthless male lead, hell I can mostly handle the fact that it is barely science fiction. That I found it utterly uninteresting, boring and downright banal is unforgivable.

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fledge
Apr 25, 2017

This awful. pretentious, puerile, self-absorbed gush is truly uninteresting.

ehbooklover Apr 17, 2017

4.5 stars. Whew. What a ride! I absolutely LOVED this. The time-travel aspect of the story, all of the interesting characters, the short chapters, and the author's ultra-creative writing style that manages to be both intense and humourous. Plus, I really liked that it was set in Toronto. I could not stop reading this.

JCLCourtneyS Mar 29, 2017

I loved the concept of this book--that the main character was born into the world we should've had, but somehow ended up in the flawed version of reality that us readers have known our whole lives. The main character in this book is not likeable in the usual sense, and that took some getting used to. The story was a funny and interesting and unexpected journey. Completing it lacks the finality and satisfaction that I tend to prefer, but I'm still very glad I got the chance to read this.

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GLNovak
Mar 22, 2017

This is a very quick read. The story is told in very short chapters with quite visual language, which you would expect from an author who is a screenwriter. Maybe because of this I found the flow a little uneven, but still the concept kept me reading. Tom Barren is living in a utopia we all imagined would happen once technology really got going. His 2016 is definitely light years ahead of ours. Then his father needs him to be a backup to Penelope, a star chrononaut - the first person to go back in time. Bad luck kills her chance and off Tom goes. The rest is interesting. Of course he changes the future and we follow as he tries to fix things and make sense of it all. My take away from this is 'there's no place like home, Toto'.

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LexiLou2
Mar 17, 2017

The protagonist says it best himself, blatantly, somewhere in the first third of the book: his ex-girlfriends and other friends were tired of his woe-is-me son-of-a-famous-man-who-ignores-his-son complex. The chapters are very short and create a choppy read which becomes as annoying as someone whose tone of voice makes it sound like every sentence they say is a question. This book provides some nice technophile brain candy, which makes for a fun read, but the protagonist and his extremely limited range of focus did this book in.

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