You arrive at a split. You can turn left and you can turn right.
You doubt. You make a choice, consciously, but you haven't rounded the corner yet or disaster strikes. And strikes big time. And from that moment your life is a nightmare.
Then you are given the opportunity to live your life as if you had made that other choice. The better choice, where you live as you wanted.
What would you do??
Matson and Lois, two students with a clever idea, realize that you are not only making your chosen choices, but all your choices you have not made too. You go to the left, but you do also go the right. You just don't know it, because you are only conscious of the choices made by you.
As soon as the two find out about a way to switch to other unintended choices, they apparently have opened doors that should have stay closed.
The possibility to switch another now into This NOW rapidly turns from a profitable commercial idea into the only way that for them to survive and eventually save the world from the greatest possible disaster imaginable.
There is only one now, they say. This NOW.
But that's not true at all.
You are only aware of this one.
We are working on the translation into English.
- Title : This NOW (original Dutch title: Deze NU)
- Author: Pascal Rijnja
- First edition: 2017
- Publisher: Literatum
- ISBN Paperback: 9789082684803
- ISBN eBook : 9789082684810
- NUR code: 305 | 332 | 334 (Thriller | Fantasy)
- # Pages: 555
Price paperback (Deze NU): 22,49 euro
Also available as eBook
|The author Pascal Rijnja about Deze NU:|
|'Do not expect the common 'from A to Z walk in the park' with the conventional, start-middle-ending construction. Much more effort and thoughts are put into this one. Deze NU is a sciencethriller 2.0. You may wonder where you are pulled into chapter after chapter, but you won't get the puzzle-pieces you are given through the first chapters for nothing. Just fasten your seatbelts, hang loose en have yourself carried away expecting, curious and with patience on an adventure through unexpected paths reaching the end of the story where everyone will befeeling good about. It is a sciencethriller, so don't be afraid to be scienced and I do hope I will have the reader thinking a bit more than the mediocre novels available. Have fun reading and let me know what you think. '.
|Jackie62 (on Bol.com) - Haarlem|
Powerfull debute of the Dutch author Pascal Rijnja. Renewing but fascinating construction, using 'stories in a story', what you only do find out about further in the book. Also a delicious 'other' writing style; Pascal plays with his language and plays with words that makes you do smile. Because of the light scientific pieces, you really do start to believe it is all possible too. Wouldn't it be great if you could indeed walk another path retroactively? 'What if' suddenly does look possible. You want to finish this book when you are started. I am curious about part 2. Recommended with 5 stars!
(Dutch review: https://www.bol.com/nl/f/deze-nu/9200000078322397/
|Rianne - Hilversum|
|'Wonderful book. I am kind of sceptical about 'other world' and 'what comes hereafter'-theories, but my curiosity was immediately awakened and I before I knew it, I was dragged in the book halfway through, making me think about choices I made, and which I did not... what if ... hard. The way the story is constructed does make you think about it, with eventually the fitting 'aha!'-moments. Nice book to read and thrilling... What will come next? I finished it in 2 days!'|
|Marieke Scheers (Recensent Hebban.nl) - Houten|
|'Difficult construction, but a very special book.
The story is innovative, it buys, there is a certain tension. The mystery is there and is well developed. You give it to the main characters that they come where they want to be.
A special renewing story with a scientific theme that everyone has thought about. After reading this book, all the choices you make will get a double load.
This book is a nice intro for a next part.'
See the complete review (in Dutch): https://www.hebban.nl/recensies/marieke-scheers-over-deze-nu
|Veronique Janssen (Recensent Hebban.nl)|
Deze Nu is a story with a race against the clock. The writing style fits the story. At the beginning you will be confronted aith scientific information. Itf that is not your thing (it isn't mine), you need to read through it, but after that is suddenly takes you away. You want to know how it ends and then it's going well. The way the different perspectives are written are renewing , but you get used to it easily and it makes all characters beautifully revealed. You'll get to know them and eventually appreciate who they are.'
See the complete review (in Dutch): https://www.hebban.nl/recensies/veronique-janssen-over-deze-nu
|L. Lepelaar - Rotterdam|
|Above expectations! The "paralel universe" first sounded a bit woolly in my ears, the story is the least !! A really well written and exciting book. Packing from the first page. Recommend!|
|Peter-Jan Mensing - The Hague|
|An unusually compelling and exciting book. The special story is presented in a beautiful way by this debuting writer.|
|Rogier - Aerdenhout|
|What a fascinating story. What if .... And then you get the chance! A book in the genre of Dan Brown. A story line you grab from the beginning, and Pascal Rijnja gives the story depth through thorough scientific research. And then one tone that is unique. Light, slight humor, fun to read, with well describedcharacters that are easy to picture. And into the depth where it matters. Enchanting, fascinating, engaging! Will Dan Brown finally get a Dutch match?|
|H. van Hooft - Den Haag|
|Wonderfully debut. Truly a true sciencethriller! Have read it with pleasure and growing curiosity and it was a privilege to send you my comments. I hope you could use them!|
|G. de Jong - Rotterdam|
|Absolutely my kind of book. A great debut. A musthave for the sciencethriller lover, but actually for anyone who wants to be surprised by a spanned story. 'What if' you hadn't written this book? Wouldn't that be a pity? Recommended!|
|F. Janssen - Haarlem|
|Exciting. Original angles. I wished I had the chance to make such a move and reverse decisions. Great. Absolutely 5 stars! A must have for the lover of sciencetrillers. Hard to beieve it comes from Holland!|
|J. Franken - Delft|
|Spectacular start, good pace changes that keep the story going the right way and keep you motivated to find out where it is heading. Good character descriptions, recognizable, which made it easy for me to identfy the characters. Ably how the tempo gradually increased throughout the story and then lead to the finals where everything came together in a clever way. Should give you 5 stars, but that would make you only conceited. :-)
I'm looking forward to the movie!
|Bas - Rotterdam|
|Finished it within one week! Great book and exciting plot and I learned a lot from your research. As for me, the debut of the year! I hope my comments were of use for you.|
|E. de Vries - Amsterdam|
|A big book to enjoy in full. Mastery debut and from a Dutch author. Many elaborate details. Accurate research work. I'm already looking forward to the sequel.|
The screen stares back. Empty. Blank. Like an unwritten sheet of paper.
The idea that once slipped in unnoticed and quietly nestled itself, had finally found its way. Quietly at first, searching for the best and most beautiful path, slowly growing faster and more focussed on and on through a staggering plot into an increasingly exciting story to arrive at last where or what it was already from the beginning: a fantastic adventure.
And now it wants to break free, it wants to be read, it's ready.
The distance between where it is now and where it wants to go is almost nothing, not more than sixty centimeters. While ten fingers lie restlessly on the keyboard, a thin black dash waits impatient blinking in the still blank white background for what's coming. Asking. Challenging.
Twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks, that's all he's got. That's all he needs too, they are the same letters and punctuations that everyone else got. It is not in that number, but in the correct order, the chosen pairing of how to hustle those same letters and characters again and again in a way that the created words form sentences and those sentences grow into chapters that make the reader longing for more.
That makes that writing potentially transcends everything else.
The writer writes and the reader allows himself to be accomplice, willing or forced, on a journey, where, when and as the writer wishes, balancing between fantasy and reality, served on a bed full of excitement, romance, drama and sex, drugs and rock 'n roll.
That is what makes writing so beautiful. Each time the same letters, but ultimately endlessly varying in a different unique story. Your story.
For you, my distinguised reader.
The screen stares back. Empty. Blank. As an unwritten sheet of paper
But not for long anymore. The writer knows it and takes his position at his desk. A smile curls the corners of his mouth when he sees the small blinking black dash slowly shift to the right leaving letters behind forming the first words.
Exactly as he knew they would.
The adventure that was locked up in his imagination until then, finally finds his way out. As the first words kind of shyly find their way through the white background, the adventures eventually start filling the pages more and more fluently. Characters come to life, dialogues arise, the line between describing and experiencing gets thinner and thinner untill it vanishes more and more. Scents are described as if it caresses the writers own nose, he feels the pearing sweat droplets of fear run along his leading character's forehead into his own neck, he hears the sounds that scare his personnages, feels the tension and excitement as if it is him they chase and he cherishes the warmth that makes a slippery jacket fume in the sun.
A writer is not only compassionate with his characters, he is his characters, feels what they feel and shares anything that happens to them.
The writer is the story, this now, and all the stories that will follow.
And that writer, that's me, Pascal Rijnja, and I am as happy as can be.
Since april 1965 that is. Writing more often, but never published before. With broad interests, especially what people controls and what keeps them occupied, what directs them and how they let others direct and control them. Too often I asked myself what would have happened when I went left instead of right, untill I did go left instead of right and my first real story made his entrance.
Therefore I am very proud to present my debut, first result of that latent writer's dream: This NOW.
Let me know what you think.
I would like to know, because it's you I wrote it for.