TooFar Media features the immersive story experiences of Rich Shapero, including Island Fruit Remedy, Balcony of Fog, Rin, Tongue and Dorner, Arms from the Sea, The Hope We Seek, Too Far and Wild Animus.
“A delirious fusion of fiction, music and art.” —The Village Voice

Balcony of Fog: A toiler from post-nuclear America meets a mysterious woman who escapes with him to the cloud realm, where sublimity and nightmare mix to illuminate the tension between the power of love and the love of power.

Rin, Tongue and Dorner: A Planning luminary of “Clemency”, a futuristic weather dome, hears female voices in his sleep and flies through the cosmos of his brain to find their source, discovering the violent, rapturous inner workings of human desire.
“Shapero displays an impressive command of the unconscious.” —Kirkus Reviews

Arms from the Sea: A young sculptor from the State of Salt swallows a poison pill that transports him to a watery heaven, whose monstrous, seductive creator reveals to him what it might mean to redeem a desolate world.
“A tangible encounter with the creative spirit.” —Moses Hacmon

The Hope We Seek: Zachary Knox, "the Bull's-Eye Telepath," heads north in search of gold, arriving at a mining camp where arduous labor, sustained by belief in the cult of Hope, promises an unearthly reward.
“Rich Shapero is a spellbinding storyteller.” —Howard Frank Mosher

Too Far: An exhilarating and heart-breaking story of an end to innocence that follows two six-year-olds as they take refuge from their turbulent homes by exploring the mysterious woodland beyond.
“Shapero displays an impressive command of the unconscious.” —Kirkus Reviews

Wild Animus: The quest for a “bliss beyond fear” drives a young idealist to the Alaskan wilderness where, alone with his dangerous ideas, he transforms himself into a wild creature, prey to a strangely familiar pack of wolves.
“Powerful and complex.” —Library Journal

About the Author:
Rich Shapero’s stories strike flashes of insight into realms unseen. His projects—all available inside this app—combine fiction, music and visual art and video. The
Village Voice hailed his story experiences as “A delirious fusion of fiction, music and art,” and
Howard Frank Mosher called him a “spellbinding storyteller.” He is the winner of a Digital Book
World award for best adult fiction app. He lives with his wife and daughters in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Features include:
• Fully integrated music and video players
• 85 original tracks written by Rich Shapero, Elsiane and Orenda Fink (Azure Ray), featuring vocals by Orenda Fink, Marissa Nadler, Maria Taylor (Azure Ray) and musical contributions from Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes), Marc Ribot (John Zorn/Tom Waits), Son of Dave (Crash Test Dummies), Eric Drew Feldman (Captain Beefheart/PJ Harvey) and more
• Stunning high-res art by Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Donald Pass, François Burland, Adde Russell and Hilary Brace
• Hi-res videos featuring natural (and unnatural) phenomena as well as pundits from various fields discussing core ideas of Balcony of Fog
• Bonus audio tracks including “Wild Animus: 50 Years Later” and “Hard Trials, Great Tribulations” by Mt. Zion Baptist Quartet
• Bonus video featuring Elsiane's live performance of a track from Rin, Tongue and Dorner

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Version 1.8.1

Introducing Island Fruit Remedy: A romance writer and fantasist heads to Key West after his wife leaves him. A cast of colorful characters helps him heal in this stirring story about how we learn to love.

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
338 Ratings

338 Ratings

Mistydawn970 ,

Book was good

Aside from the many grammatical errors, which bothered me horribly at the beginning, I really did enjoy this book. The book’s title also confused me, but I have to put that aside because the book wasn’t that bad.
This book begins in a world of the future. I love a good sci-fi book, so I was pulled in immediately! Dorner is the main character and he is being haunted by a part of his own personality. Tongue is haunting him and he is now on a journey to find out why. Dorner has many important issues please in his community that he must keep up with though. One of those is to keep his community warm. In this society, global warming has been wreaking havoc on the whole world.
Dorner is plagued by some of the memories of his past though. Known as a sex fiend is his younger years, he has vowed to remain celibate. He meets Rin who is a doctor who wants to find out who Tongue is and why he is plaguing Dorner.
The book shares many sexual exploits and they are well written. I love the app and how it combines art, music, and literature to become an interactive app.

RD801415 ,

TooFar Media

While on vacation, I recently was searching for a new book to read online when I discovered the TooFar Media app by Rich Shapero on ITunes. I was very interested in the concept of combining a wok of fiction with both original music and original art for one completely immersive and interactive experience for the reader. This app did not disappoint my expectations. I easily downloaded and selected one of Rich Shapero’s fictional works, Wild Animus, on the TooFar Media app. Wild Animus is a colorful and brilliant complex description of one man’s journey to self- discovery by living and evolving into a primal form in the wilderness of Alaska. The story is beautifully written although it does not take a traditional route in the timeline for Sam, the main character. Mr. Shapero’s story is accompanied on the TooFar Media app by coordinating music, the majority of which was also created by Rich Shapero. In addition to both the story and music, artwork by Donald Pass is also included to complete the immersive experience. After reading Wild Animus, I will definitely use the app again to enjoy another one of Rich Shapero’s interactive literary experiences.

Thatgirlisawesome ,

Get Ready For A Wild Ride

From the very start I was intrigued. What was happening in Dorners dreams? But wait, are they even really dreams? He heard voices. Voices? Female voices. This book had my imagination in overdrive. Seduction and passion in way that I would have never imagined. Yet, it all made sense. Sort of. I had to keep reading.

The futuristic world was almost unsettling. How could one be held responsible for controlling their body temperature and temperament in order for the community to survive? Imagine that. Insane.

What I liked the best was the way the author was able to allow the reader to FEEL the conflict in both Dorner and Rin. Love, desire, shame, and even fear. How often do you meet someone that truly accepts you for who you really are? Encourages you to face your deepest daemons AND stands by your side through it all? Oh, Tongue was a beast. For both of them.

This love story was a true work of science fiction with hints of compassion and loving. While reading this, I found myself rooting for both Rin and Dorn to work out BOTH of their pasts and live happily ever after. Do they? There was love, passion, violence, jealousy, pain, ohhh and FIRE. Take your time and take it ALL in. There’s a lot going on and when you take your time and feel the characters, it all makes sense and again, gets that imagination into overdrive. Nice job.


Too Far LLC
304 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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