Time and Again

Time and Again

Book - 1970
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Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, [1970]
ISBN: 9780671204976
0671204971
Branch Call Number: FIC Finney, J 1970
Characteristics: 399 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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ryner
Feb 10, 2017

Simon Morley, an apathetic advertising man in New York City, is confronted one morning by a stranger with a mysterious and secretive proposal -- to participate in a fledgling time-travel experiment. The idea? By shutting himself off from the 20th century and fully immersing himself in action, thought and dress in an environment indistinguishable from that of 1882, Morley would be able to transport himself, purely by self-hypnosis, into the past. His advisors are adamant, however, that Morley make no attempt to alter any past events, as the ramifications are still uncertain.

This 1970 novel holds up surprisingly well nearly 50 years later -- I was entertained throughout. The author must have spent a fair amount of time researching late 19th-century New York, the minutiae of which were as fascinating, if not more, than the plot itself. The inclusion of sketches and photos, reportedly created by Morley himself, lend a scrapbook-style charm.

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fytob
May 19, 2016

This book was more historical in that it was about life in New York City in the 1880s than having anything to do with time travel.
The style of writing was very detailed in its descriptions but so much so that I found myself skipping whole sections.

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hild
Mar 26, 2016

this is my all time favorite book! friend mentioned it today and i wondered if people are still discovering this rare and engaging book. i guess they are! time to give it a 3rd read. fortunately i still have my original 1970 copy. i'll be a bit of a time traveler myself, i was 18 on my 1st read.

ktkat1949 Oct 28, 2014

To me, this was the finest time travel book every written. I loved the pictures and documents included in the book.
The premise sounds plausible and the characters likeable. Unlike other time travel books there is no real gushy romance or terrible ending to it. If you like time travel this is the book for you. Don't miss the sequel either

dcrudo Aug 18, 2014

Picked this book since it's the sequel of "Time and Again".

As the previous book, the first 15% of the book is spent to nicely develop the sequel where a series of events will lead to another mission.

Unfortunately, afterwards, it becomes just a showcase of events from the past. The author picks some newspaper articles, citing them and developing a story on them. Sadly these stories are just a distractions, besides few interesting events.

At around 90% the book he picks up the real story again, quickly finally develops it and with few interesting turn of events wraps it up real quick.

I would still read it to know what happens after the first book, but not really a game changer

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dickalan
Aug 06, 2014

It's funny that billiestoc1 says 11/22/63 is better, because Stephen King cites this book as influencing him in th afterword of 11/22/63.

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mymaewest
Aug 09, 2013

This was one of those books that was so good I could barely stand it. I hated reading each page because it meant I was that much closer to the end of the book. 10 out of 10.

K3l1n Jul 30, 2013

This may not be the most interesting book I ever read but the story wrapped up very nicely! :-D

knicksman Jun 18, 2013

This book is a quadruple threat. It's a time travel story, a romance, an historical novel of old New York, and a mystery all in one. In fact, the time travel aspects of the book take on new significance since the reader can enjoy the New York of 1882, which is portrayed with such detail, as well as the New York of 1970, a time without cell phones, computers, social media, etc. A wonderful read, highly recommended!

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hmcgivney
May 04, 2013

The book was a little slow to grab my attention, but once it was caught I found the narrative and ideas to be pretty magical. There were some mighty convenient coincidences, and a bit too much of romanticizing the past (especially at the end), but I took it as it was offered, as an entertainment. If some of the strokes felt a bit broad-handed, I didn't mind, because there was some clever plotting too. Very diverting.

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K3l1n Jul 30, 2013

But these were thoughts that weren't of my time anymore. Now they were of a far-off future I no longer belonged in.

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hweinert
Jul 16, 2013

I'm not going to say everything there is to say about Kate and me. I've read such accounts, completely explicit and detailed, nothing omitted; and when they've been good, I've liked them. Sometimes I've even learned something about people from them, almost like an actual experience, and that's very good indeed. But my nature is different, that's all. I don't like to and I could not reveal everything about myself. I like to read them, but I wouldn't like to write one. I'm not holding back anything all that unique, in any case. So if now and then you think you can read between the lines, you may be right; or may not.

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