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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (12 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575075597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575075597
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the freshest, most engaging novels' Dean Koontz

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KEN GRIMWOOD (1944-2003) was a radio journalist in California. He was the author of Breakthrough, Elise, The Voice Outside and Into the Deep. He won the World Fantasy Award for Replay.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By D. M. York VINE VOICE on 11 Aug 2005
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There are many questions people ask themselves about their own lives, probably the most terrible questions we ask ourselves relate to things that we cannot change - what would you do differently if you had the chance of living again. Would you turn left or right? Just how different might your life be if you could go back with the knowledge you now possess?

This book looks at that ultimate question - what if you could go back and do it all over again? Be born into a young body at a point in your life where nearly anything is possible. That is the story of Replay, as the middle-aged Jeff, stuck in a dead-end job and whose marriage is breaking apart, dies of a heart-attack and awakes as his 18 year old self. The book deals superbly with his initial confusion and then the slow realisation that it is a second chance, too that his knowledge of the future can bring him great wealth and even power.

The book I have loved because it is so clearly honest even when showing the darker side to foresight, it looks at what most people would want to do: make money, travel around, not have to work, turn dreams into reality. Jeff is believable as he does not become a superhero nor does he want to run for President, he is just a normal person doing what a normal person would do. That said, the book pointedly shows through Jeff as the protagonist that it is not a mere knowledge of future events that can fulfil him in ways he previously didn't imagine, it is merely to desire to want to reach for something more. Replay serves as a moral tale as through Jeff you learn that perhaps living your life again and again would not be as easy nor as welcome as you would want.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "knightmare365" on 30 Nov 2002
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If you enjoy the idea of reliving your life over & over again, this is the book for you. What should have been a quite straight-forward plot, twists and turns making it almost impossible to even guess what will happen next. The characters are well-defined and believable. I found myself agreeing with what the main character did, knowing that I would have done exactly the same thing. Once you start reading this book, you will find it difficult to put down. My opinion?. Buy this book as soon as possible. It really is excellent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Martin on 9 Sep 2006
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I ordered this book from Amazon on the off-chance - I had no background to the author or the book. When I started reading it, I was engrossed. I liked the main character - I could relate to him and I was interested in what he was doing and how he was going about things.

I carried on reading throughout the night - finally finishing at about 03:30 and then I got up and wrote my girlfriend an email - telling her that she had to read the book.

Since then I have forced her to read it and she liked it, loaned it to a friend who is currently going through it and have bought yet another copy for a friend's birthday.

This book really makes you think and put yourself in the position that the main character finds himself in - I would have done many similar things I think... the loneliness that he has because of his experiences... as only he knows what is going on and no-one else can understand really gets you. Then, when he meets a soul-mate... and you think it's all going to be OK - FOR EVER - you start to realise, as they do, that there's some form of time play going on and each time they meet in their Replays, they will be farther and farther apart in their lives... the stress this creates in immense and the unfairness of it all is so annoying to the reader... as you care about what happens to them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Frank Herbert on 21 Oct 2007
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Apparently this book won the World Fantasy Award, and now that I've read it, I can see why.

Just imagine it: dying at 43, only to re-awaken at 18, back wherever you were at that time. The only difference is that your memory of that previous life stays with you.
And so Jeff Winston does what we all would do: huge bets on events where you knew the outcome; investing in stocks and shares that multiply your finances through the roof.
And, of course, he lives a different life, but is tempted to check up on his wife from the original one.

Then again at 43 he dies - back to 18 - and so on and so on.
But you know, it's a fascinating scenario, and despite the unreal concept, it's totally believable through Ken Grimwood's clever book.

The romantic parts are engrossing too, cutting through several lifetimes.

A time-travel book of sorts, I must strongly recommend this book as a must for followers of that genre. Truth is, I was somewhat down in the mouth when the experience finished. Even more galling, the author was working on the sequel when he died in 2003.

Additionally, this book highlights the folly of gearing up your life to accumulating wealth, and to make the most of your life, incorporating more substantial matters.
Enjoy your life, especially its unpredictability, and get this book to re-inforce the sentiment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BS on parade on 22 Sep 2009
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I was sorting through a stack of old magazines and I only flicked through a few. An issue of SFX dated about 1996 had a letter asking for information about a Groundhog Day style film called 12:01 (a very good but flawed TV movie). In the response this book was recommended.

I had to read it as I have a fascination with storylines about people who have information they shouldn't have, and how they exploit other people with this amazing knowledge. I like stories of people travelling back hundreds of years and meeting famous historical figures, but my real fascination is with people reliving their own time, either in their own body like this book or as another body inserted into the timeline like in Back To The Future.

The book was very good. I think it veered a bit into less interesting and more depressing directions towards the end (trying to find others replaying and his romantic relationship with X was of no great interest by about the third replay), but other than that I loved the book. If you have any interest in stories about people reliving parts of their life then this is a must read.

My brother read the book after me. He said that he didn't like the first life replay as it was just generic making money stuff (he's wrong, I loved all that stuff). After that he said it picked up and was really good although he wasn't too impressed with the ending.

I also recommend a TV series called Tru Calling about a woman who relives the last 24 hours in order to save lives.
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