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Somewhere in Time

A fantasy story by Richard Matheson.

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Entertaining Time Travel/Romance Novel

  • Sep 4, 2004
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Richard Collier is a 36-year old writer with a terminal brain tumor who falls in love with a beautiful actress - Elise McKenna. But there's one big problem. She's dead. She lived years ago in another time. But that doesn't stop Richard who figures out a way to travel back in time and win her heart.

Somewhere in Time is an entertaining time travel/romance novel. It's at times both humorous and tragic. If there is one problem with the novel it spends a bit too much time getting to the point where Richard travels back in time. In some ways this helps the novel because Richard uses mental will power to move through time and so the first part of the novel shows us how obsessed Richard becomes and lends believability to the story. The understated humor as Richard adapts to 1896 and in his encounters with Elise and her mother and Mr. Robinson (her manager) are well done. And Matheson has done an excellent job at creating the proper ambiance for the novel. I would have liked to have a more intimate portrayal of Elise McKenna. The first person narrative leaves her character a little less well drawn.

Despite these few quibbles, overall I found the novel quite entertaining.

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Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
So romantic. The movie was good too.
review by . December 10, 2009
   This book is similar in nature to Jack Finney's Time and Again. Though not quite as good as Finney's book, Matheson does create a fairly decent love story. The beginning is rather slow and it is only when Richard (the main character) finally travels to the past that the book starts to pick up. Richard in 1971 had somehow come across the photo of an actress from 1896 that intrigues him. He finds he must know her life and starts researching her. He finds that she is the same actress who …
review by . February 25, 2010
I will admit what brought me to read the novel "Somewhere in Time" (formerly titled "Bid Time Return") was the 1980 film starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. I recall my mother telling me what an amazing movie "Somewhere in Time (Collector's Edition)" was (the soundtrack is great too). I have watched the film more than a dozen times and absolutely love it. I figured I might as well read the book that spawned the movie.    It shouldn't be a big surprise that the book is …
review by . March 06, 2009
This book is similar in nature to Jack Finney's Time and Again. Though not quite as good as Finney's book, Matheson does create a fairly decent love story. The beginning is rather slow and it is only when Richard (the main character) finally travels to the past that the book starts to pick up. Richard in 1971 had somehow come across the photo of an actress from 1896 that intrigues him. He finds he must know her life and starts researching her. He finds that she is the same actress who he had met …
review by . March 07, 2009
Richard Collier is a 36-year old writer with a terminal brain tumor who falls in love with a beautiful actress - Elise McKenna. But there's one big problem. She's dead. She lived years ago in another time. But that doesn't stop Richard who figures out a way to travel back in time and win her heart.     Somewhere in Time is an entertaining time travel/romance novel. It's at times both humorous and tragic. If there is one problem with the novel it spends a bit too much time getting …
review by . November 23, 2007
This book is similar in nature to Jack Finney's Time and Again. Though not quite as good as Finney's book, Matheson does create a fairly decent love story. The beginning is rather slow and it is only when Richard (the main character) finally travels to the past that the book starts to pick up. Richard in 1971 had somehow come across the photo of an actress from 1896 that intrigues him. He finds he must know her life and starts researching her. He finds that she is the same actress who he had met …
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This is a romantic time travel story written by Richard Matheson.  Richard Collier is a 36-year old writer with a terminal brain tumor who falls in love with a beautiful actress - Elise McKenna. But there's one big problem. She's dead. She lived years ago in another time. But that doesn't stop Richard who figures out a way to travel back in time and win her heart.


This novel was adapted to the big screen in a movie under the same title starring Chrisopher Reeve and Jane Seymour (1980).

"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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ISBN-10: 0312868863 (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780312868864 (pbk.)
Author: Robert Matheson
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Viking Press, Tor Books
Date Published: February 24, 1975
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