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Replay (FANTASY MASTERWORKS) [Paperback]

Ken Grimwood
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At forty-three Jeff Winston is tired of his low-paid, unrewarding job, tired of the long silences at the breakfast table with his wife, saddened by the thought of no children to comfort his old age. But he hopes for better things, for happiness, maybe tomorrow . . . But a sudden, fatal heart attack puts paid to that. Until Jeff wakes up in his eighteen-year-old body, all his memories of the next twenty-five years intact. If he applies those memories, he can be rich in this new chance at life and can become one of the most powerful men in America. Until he dies at forty-three and wakes up in his eighteen-year-old body again . . .

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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 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,482 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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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Read 30 Nov 2002
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 9 Sep 2006
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of a classic 28 Oct 2004
The 'what would you do if you could live your life again?' scenario has been well explored, but this is a good take on it. (The recent film 'butterfly effect' is a recent example of this genre).
The central two characters get the chance to relive their lives not once but many times, but each time their 'life-span', and the point in their lives where they re-emerge after death is shorter. This is an exploration of how things could have been different for them, their friends and family, and the world in general. It is the story of their discovery of what is happening to them, but also what it allows them to discover about themselves. With the history of (mainly) the US since the 1960's to play with there is plenty of material.
One episode, where an increasingly desperate US attempts to intervene in world affairs based on their 'knowledge' of future events, only to see it spiral our of control as events diverge from previous history with terrorism and increasing attacks on the US has some relevance to recent events.
This is a book I have read several times now. Although at times it is in danger of becoming bogged down in the scenario he has created, the next 'replay' is never that far away, so it keeps you hooked to the end.
Some of the questions it poses are almost too big for the book. Can a relationship last more than one lifetime? What are the things that really matter in life? Can we really make a difference to other people's lives?
I heartily recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Replay: Good Story, Very Well Written
This is a story about time travel – of a sort. It centres around one character and his recurring trips back in time to early parts of his life, but where he remembers everything... Read more
Published 1 month ago by decco999
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Love this book the sort that stays with you long after you have read it. Reminded me of Jack Finney books same vein and I loved them too. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ichabod
2.0 out of 5 stars Rewind
Replay follows the story of Jeff Winston as his life becomes caught in a constant Groundhog Day type of loop. Read more
Published 5 months ago by George Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Like falling down a rabbit-hole: an exploration of life and death,...
This is one of the most surprising books I've read in a long while - not at all what I'd anticipated but really wonderful. Read more
Published 7 months ago by StephanieIsReading
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read this year
The story of this book has already been recapped in previous reviews but I would just like to add that I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Carol Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars I would like this to happen to me...
I would like this to happen to me because I would like to 'right the wrongs' of my life. Hang on a second... doesn't everybody want to do that?

The title says it all. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book
I've read this book twice now and it was even better the second time. Totally engrossing. Don't let the 'fantasy/sci-fi' label put you off.
Published 13 months ago by Austen
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
When I go on holiday with the family I like to take a large selection of books to read. Last year in Turkey this was one of them and have to say as soon as I finished it I wanted... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. P. J. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but book has fallen apart whilst reading
I received this order about five days after I made the purchase online, which was what I expected. All was going well until I actually started reading the book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Leora
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - possibly one of my all time favourite books
I saw this recommended by a reader on the Life after Life by Kate Atkinson reviews which said it was a better book, so I go this instead and I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 14 months ago by C Steed
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