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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st Mass Market Ed edition (23 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765361396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765361394
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.2 x 16.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun 1999
Format: Paperback
It's 1971, and on the flip of a coin, 36 year-old Richard Collier, dying of a brain tumor, travels toward San Diego, and happens upon an old hotel. There he finds the captivating photograph of a young actress, Elise McKenna, who performed at the hotel in 1896. He decides to research everything he can about her. The more he learns, the more deeply he falls in love with her, and the more he's convinced that he has been to her time, and that they were in love. The 1980 movie, Somewhere In Time, starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer, was based upon this 1975 novel by Richard Matheson. The novel's pull on the heartstrings, however, is even more intense, and the ending to the novel is much more tragic. The proposed sequel, MEMOIRS OF ELISE (different author), though not nearly as exhaustive as Somewhere in Time, does a good job of suggesting what happened to Elise after Richard disappeared from her life, and the events that helped her discover that Richard had come to her from the future.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Dec 2002
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A terminally ill man falls in love with a famous turn of the century actress. The only trouble is that they are separated by a span of about seventy five years. What is a man to do? Why travel back in time, of course.
That is just what Richard Collier does in order to be with the beautiful Elise McKenna, the woman of his dreams. Or does he? Does he really travel back in time, or is it merely the delusion of a desperately ill man who seeks to find meaning for his existence? Does his tenuous hold on life in the present mirror his equally tenuous hold on life at the turn of the century? Is his death ultimately the only way for these unrequited lovers to be united, at last?
This is a beautifully poignant love story in which the longing the protaganists have for each other is palpable. A bittersweet sadness permeates the pages of this book, as Robert and Elise pass through life, each a shadow on the consciousness of the other. One only hopes that they find in the hereafter, what they were denied in this life.
This wonderfully imaginative and inventive book draws the reader into its fantastical web. A veritable page turner, it is a classic story of a love which will not be denied. Read the book, and then see the movie with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. You will not be disappointed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Frank Herbert on 1 Jun 2006
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As a 'time-travel' freak I came across the film first and found it utterly compelling. I just had to read the book, to fill in the gaps and, of course, to gorge myself on every moment of this unforgettable tale.

The book, needlessly I believe, has our hero dying from a disease right from the start; who needs it when dying from a broken heart says all that needs to be said?

Nevertheless it's a great read, and a permanent fixture in my book cabinet.

Check out Jack Finney's 'Time And Again' for the perfect time-travel novel.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Watts on 12 Mar 2006
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Somewhere in time is a beautifully crafted tale of love that transcends time itself.
The year is 1971 Richard Collier has only months to live and comes across a hotel where he instantly feels at home. There he sees and falls for an actress in an old photograph from 1896. In finding out more about her Collier becomes obsessed by the idea that they were lovers roughly seventy five years ago when she performed at the hotel.
Matheson has done an outstanding job in creating a moving novel that will grip you and occupy your thoughts for a while afterwards.
A must buy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar 2003
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A terminally ill man falls in love with a famous turn of the century actress. The only trouble is that they are separated by a span of about seventy five years. What is a man to do? Why, travel back in time, of course.
That is just what Richard Collier does in order to be with the beautiful Elise McKenna, the woman of his dreams. Or does he? Does he really travel back in time, or is it merely the delusion of a desperately ill man who seeks to find meaning for his existence? Does his tenuous hold on life in the present mirror his equally tenuous hold on life at the turn of the century? Is his death ultimately the only way for these unrequited lovers to be united, at last?
This is a beautifully poignant love story in which the longing the protagonists have for each other is palpable. A bittersweet sadness permeates the pages of this book, as Robert and Elise pass through life, each a shadow on the consciousness of the other. One only hopes that they find in the hereafter, what they were denied in this life.
This wonderfully imaginative and inventive book draws the reader into its fantastical web. A veritable page turner, it is a classic story of a love which will not be denied. Read the book, and then see the movie with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. You will not be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Chaplin on 8 Feb 2010
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I bought this book because the film version with Christoperher Reeve and Jane Seymour is one of my favourite films of all time. It is one of the few occasions when the film is much better than the book. The story is changed slightly in the film but that improves it and the book was a bit of a let down.

It was nice to note, however, that the author of the book was involved with the film so maybe he saw it as an improvement on the book as well!
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