Somewhere In Time Paperback – Oct 15 1998
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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
About the Author
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.See all Product Description
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Told from a first person narrative and written as if you were reading a journal, we meet Richard Collier, A 30ish Los Angeles screenwriter with an inoperable brain tumour. Not wanting to burden his family Richard packs up his life and decides to end his days wherever the road takes him. These beginning chapters are fast moving, choppy and written with short slightly erratic paragraphs as Richard dictates into an audio diary. In the second half the journal entries become longer and more detailed and quite honestly a little dry in places.
Through the fate of a coin toss Richard finds himself at the Hotel Del Coronado, a grand seaside resort, steeped in history that manages to become a character onto itself here. It's within the hotel museum that Richard comes across a turn of the century photograph of an actress named Elise McKenna, and at that moment everything else in Richard's life ceases to exist.Read more ›
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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The movie was already my favorite since it was released, but I always wanted to read the book that inspired it. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Befly
I've read some of the negative reviews about this story by Richard Matheson, but, in my humble opinion, I think they are unwarranted. Read morePublished 29 days ago by gg
Unlike many books which have been transformed into a movie this one improved substantially from its original medium. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2011 by Laurence Gottlieb
This book was just fantastic !!!!
One of Richard Mathesons best books ever. It was an easy read, and theres just not enough I can say about this book. Read more
Richard Collins is 36 years-old, a writer by profession, intelligent, handsome and dying. He has a temporal-lobe tumor and the doctors give him 4-6 months to live. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by Jana L.Perskie
Really enjoyed this book. From I AM Legend to Somewhere In Time. Matheson is an all around excellent writer. Enjoyed the book far more then the movie as well.Published on Aug. 5 2003
If you can rent the movie, starring Christopher Reeve, then do so, rather than read the book. I foound the book rather slow moving -- but then, I had seen the movie and knew what... Read morePublished on May 23 2003 by Big Mike From LA
I thought Somewhere in Time was a great book. The beginning was a little confusing, but it moved quickly. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2002