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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (Feb. 24 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722158947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722158944
  • Shipping Weight: 503 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)


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Highly recommend ! The movie too called "Some where in Time" with Christopher Reeve !!!! Five star collectors movie & Book !!! Think the notebook back in time ( time travel ) loved it !!!!!
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Format: Hardcover
Time travel is possible. You too will think that after reading this book. Matheson does an excellent job of making you believe that you are indeed back in 1896. Just as the author portrays character Richard Collier as a man in love with a picture, and obcessed with reaching back through time to meet Elise, you too will find yourself drawn to the mystic of this story. The motion picture (Somewhere In Time) somewhat follows the plot of this book and will capture your imagination much as the picture of Elise did Richard Collier. But you have to read the book. It goes much deeper and into more detail than the motion picture. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. It's very good reading. Get the book. Read it and you will find that you, yourself, Bid Time Return to Somewhere in Time.
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By Silas Traitor on Sept. 13 2003
Format: Hardcover
This was a short story padded to the gills to make it book length. That much becomes obvious midway through the book, when Matheson constantly repeats the same tired thoughts of the love-sick protagonist -- namely, that he loves and needs the actress Elise. Over and over again we are reminded of this, until I wanted to hurl the book across the room and shout, "Yes! I KNOW IT!" The love story aspect required way too much suspension of disbelief, and was far too cloying. I was practically choking on the endless dialogue and thoughts of the two lovers expressing their undying love for one another -- this after meeting approximately 12 hours earlier.
If there was a redeeming factor, it came at the end, which was touching, and maybe even explains some of the unrealistic behavior throughout the book. But I don't think two nicely written pages at the end of the book justifies two-hundred-and-seventy pages of tiresome story. It would have made a much better short story; it would have been tighter, less tedious.
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By Va Thao on Oct. 22 2002
Format: Hardcover
I just love the book. It is a fantasy that will haunt you because we all know that everyone always dream of finding that special someone in time. But this book goes beyond time itself, Richard Matheson wrote such a touching and beautiful story that ever since I saw the movie and I just had to read this book. I just got done reading this book and the setting is a little different from the movie but the story is still there in more details. I would recommend this book to anyone, because to me it is one of the best book I've ever read before. :)
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By Gauffroi on April 18 2002
Format: Hardcover
Without rehashing what others have said, I thought "Somewhere in Time" was much more successful, one of the few times when a movie is much better than the book it was based on. Among many other things, my main problem was Richard Collier's characterization in the book: he comes across as a pathetic wimp--it is difficult to fathom why Elise would have been interested in him. Also, the screenplay certainly doesn't suffer from the omission of Richard's cancer as a plot element--there is a plausible explanation for his escape to Michigan (writer's block), and it makes his death all the more poignant because it is only of a broken heart, not a tumor.
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By A Customer on March 16 2002
Format: Hardcover
The author wrote this novel before he wrote the screenplay for Somewhere in Time. In writing the screenplay, he was able to modify the premise of the story somewhat, making it perhaps less realistic but much more romantic. It's a good book, but the movie was better.
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Format: Hardcover
This novel is the basis for the classic film "Somewhere in Time" and that is one of the rare occations when the movie is better than the book. That isn't to say that the book is bad, but the music and the fabulous locations of the film add something amazing.
The first person narration of the book, as told into a tape recorder, gives a really cool voice to the first part. The first half, without giving away the plot, is a strange romantic obsession tale, written in a voice reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe.
Matheson says that the first section of the book was written while at the Hotel in question and you can believe it. It is truly hypnotic and superior to the movie. The 2nd half is quite a bit less, but the power of the opening still resonates in your mind.
If you are interested in this book because you enjoy the movie, read only the pre-time travel bit. It we make the film experience richer. But don't bother with the 2nd bit.
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Format: Hardcover
I could not put this book down! Very well written, all though I did not like the ending very much.
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