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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Oct. 15 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312868863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312868864
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson."--Stephen King

"Stylish and gripping, [Richard Mathsons's] stories not only entertain but touch the mind and heart." --Dean Koontz

"Richard Matheson is one of the most respected living American fantasy/science fiction/horror writers. . . . Matheson could not write a bad book if he tried." --Hartford Courant

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Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It…, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa McCauley on June 10 2004
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I saw the movie long ago, and frankly, I thought the movie was better. There is an old axiom that romance stories by women end in happily-ever-after and romances by men end in death, and that holds true in this case. I found the romance cloying, flat and one-sided. Suspension of disbelief is one thing, but a virtuous 1896 woman sleeping with a man she's known one day is another. I know this book is the precursor that laid the foundation for all the modern time travel love stories, but I still couldn't like it.
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Never in my wildest dreams would I ever think that instead of Hollywood screwing up a good book and getting it wrong that they could take a mediocre book and make something unforgettable. Originally published as Bid Time Return, the story starts in 1971 and written in a journal/diary format by Richard Collier, who suffers from a brain tumor. In an effort to escape his real life and career, Richard finds himself at San Diego's Hotel Del Coronado, while there he sees the 19C photo of actress Elise McKenna and finds himself immediately attracted to the image and falls in love.

Richard reads everything he can find on Elise, who after a strange and life-changing visit to the hotel in 1896 never married and he realizes that she died of a heart attack within hours after she saw a very young Richard and recognized him as her lover from the Coronado Hotel. OK..... Determined to escape the present and return to Elise, Richard finds clothing of the period and somehow meditates himself into the past and once there, well, you all know the rest of the story.

So how is it that a story I love to bits every time I see it (well possibly because it _is_ Christopher Reeve) be so slow paced and mediocre in the book? I love a good love story as well as the next female reader, but he was just too sappy and gushy over this woman who he'd only seen in a photograph -- and Elise wasn't much better with her mooning over Richard. The diary/journal format didn't help either especially with 100+ never ending pages of Richard's efforts to return to the past (came close to tossing it), and since I'm not into spoilers I won't go into the ambiguous little ending the author leaves the readers with, but you won't like it. From all the rave reviews, clearly I'm in the minority opinion on this one, but if you're dead set on reading it, get it from the library first - then buy it if you love it. 2/5 stars.
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I know that the movie "Somewhere in Time" became a cult favorite a long time ago. I remember tuning in to HBO years ago and catching the tail end of the movie. I thought it was bizarre and dismissed it. My grandmother later convinced me to give it another try. I did, and I have been hooked ever since. The movie's credits list "Bid Time Return" as the basis for the movie. I spent years trying to find it in my local libraries, only to be disappointed time after time. Finally, Amazon came to the rescue one day. I read the book, and not only did I love the book, I gained a new appreciation for the movie. Yes, some of the details in the book were rejected for the movie, but not the truly important ones. Richard's deep and infinite love for Elise translated beautifully to the big screen. The longing for each other, the supreme happiness of finding each other, the devastating loss of each other and subsequent reunion are the truly significant details. So, if you have only seen the movie, go ahead and fulfill your backward destiny as I did by reading this book. I can't imagine that you could ever be disappointed.
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It has really been a long time since I read a really good book, but once I picked up this one, I honestly couldn't put it down. The story line just drew me in immediately. I felt like I was there (in the story) the entire time. Time travel is a really intriguing topic. I even plan on one day visiting that hotel in San Diego, if only for a night! I hear the Travel Channel rated that particular beach in the story #2 in the nation? Of course, I couldn't wait to see the movie after finishing the book, but it goes without saying, there really isn't enough time in an hour-and-a-half long movie to put all of those little nuances you get in the story itself. The limited time in a movie makes it difficult for the characters to develop themselves, even though Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeves did a wonderful job. It's unfortunate, though, because the book is wonderful and the movie -- pretty good -- but nothing like the book. So, if nothing else, the book is a must-read; then, treat yourself to the movie as the companion. Overall, enjoy life and always enjoy a good read.
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Well, first off let me just say I loved reading Somewhere in Time. I haven't watched the movie yet, but I'm checking it out the next chance I get. Richard Matheson is one of my favorite authors. He's such an excellent writer - that's why he was one of Stephen King's biggest influences. For all of the other reviewers who said "well.. the book was okay, but it failed at being a true love story" - that's because Matheson isn't a romantic writer. His works are normally very dark, suspensful, and fit the horror genre. He's responsible for writing a lot of the Twighlight Zone episodes, so... while reading this book I kept in mind that there was going to be a tragic twist in there somewhere :) I don't think his ending ruined the story or anything... just left me a little depressed, as do all of his short stories and novels. It's much like his "What Dreams May Come", they both build up so beautifully, and the stories seem so nice and happy etc. It seems like Matheson never has a completely happy ending - It just wasn't in his nature to finish things on a happy note :) He must've been such a pessimist in real life.... poor fella.
But anyhow.. all I'm trying to say is Richard Matheson is fantastic. His writing is so perfectly done and very readable. If you're interested in his works you should go get a collection of his short stories or read "I Am Legend". Reading one of his short stories is just like watching an episode of the Twilight Zone - very cool.
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