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Somewhere in Time [Paperback]

Richard Matheson
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May 1981
A romantic fantasy in which a modern man's love for a woman he has never met draws him back in time to a luxury hotel on San Diego in 1896, where he finds his soulmate in the form of a celebrity actress from the previous century. Originally published as BID TIME RETURN. From the author of WHAT DREAMS MAY COME and I AM LEGEND.

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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.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Flat and One-Sided Romance June 10 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars For those who did it backwards . . . . Dec 30 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully engaging story July 15 2002
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Matheson - the GREATEST! :) March 9 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly tragic, but also romantic. Nov. 17 2000
I first read this magical book almost fifteen years ago, and like the movie based upon it, it's stuck with me and haunted me ever since. Both compliment each other wonderfully.
I won't bother to rehash the story, since others have done so more effectively here. Needless to say, like any good novel that becomes a movie, the text story is much richer than the onscreen experience. You can almost feel yourself living and breathing the world of 1896 as Richard Matheson manages to strike a perfect balance of a realism, and romanticism.
If you've seen the film Somewhere In Time you may be struck by the changes you'll find here. However at the same time you'll likely be touched by the books in-depth portrayal of Elise, sharing the joy she feels as she finds herself giving her heart to a man for the first time in her life. The range of emotions that flow through her, the sense of fear, the uncertainty, the immeasurable joy are simply beautiful. This makes her eventual fate all the more tragic and heart-rending. Her manager, William Robinson is also a completely different character from the one in the film, and is in many ways a much more vivid one.
This is definately not a book for the easily depressed. If you fit into this category I'd recommend watching the movie first as the ending is much less dispairing. This is a book that will forever haunt anyone with a truely romantic heart.
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This week has been one filled with romantic tragedies for me. First I went to the see the re-release of Titanic in 3D (oh Jack) and then because I hadn't had quite enough... Read more
Published on April 24 2012 by Buggy
2.0 out of 5 stars Richard Matheson's "Somewhere in Time"
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Published on Nov. 10 2011 by Laurence Gottlieb
2.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I'm saying this but skip the book and see the movie...
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... Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2009 by Misfit
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Love Story
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
Published on Oct. 12 2004 by Michael Beveridge
2.0 out of 5 stars "Somewhere In Time" Misses The Mark- Unbelievable &...
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 more
Published on June 15 2004 by Jana L. Perskie
4.0 out of 5 stars book was better
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
3.0 out of 5 stars See The Movie: It's Better
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 more
Published on May 23 2003 by Big Mike From LA
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I thought Somewhere in Time was a great book. The beginning was a little confusing, but it moved quickly. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan of the movie, read for a different take
Okay, I saw the movie first.
The movie, Somewhere in Time, starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, is my favorite movie of all time. Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2001 by Thea M. Ryan
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