The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas(link is external) - Canongate Books Ltd (2007), Paperback
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Every now and then you get a review book that just takes you somewhere you never thought you'd go. This year I've been really lucky to read a few of these - Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindvquist and now The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas is something I didn't think I'd ever read, and something I would have expected to actually like even less!
Full review at: http://www.austcrimefiction.org/node/3103
A cursed book. A missing professor. Some nefarious men in gray suits. And a dreamworld called the Troposphere?
Ariel Manto has a fascination with nineteenth-century scientists--especially Thomas Lumas and The End of Mr. Y, a book no one alive has read. When she mysteriously uncovers a copy at a used bookstore, Ariel is launched into an adventure of science and faith, consciousness and death, space and time, and everything in between.
Seeking answers, Ariel follows in Mr. Y’s footsteps: She swallows a tincture, stares into a black dot, and is transported into the Troposphere--a wonderland where she can travel through time and space using the thoughts of others. There she begins to understand all the mysteries surrounding the book, herself, and the universe. Or is it all just a hallucination?