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Somewhere In Time

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,008 Ratings  ·  414 Reviews
Like What Dreams May Come, which inspired the upcoming movie starring Robin Williams, Somewhere in Time is the powerful story of a love that transcends time and space, written by one of the Grand Masters of modern fantasy.

Matheson's classic novel tells the moving, romantic story of a modern man whose love for a woman he has never met draws him back in time to a luxury hote
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ebook, 320 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Tor Books (first published 1975)
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Algernon
Aug 29, 2014 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014

A beautiful romance from the pen of a writer more famous for his horror thrillers. How far are you willing to go for the woman you love?
Richard Collier has never met the woman of his dreams. And now, at thirty-six, it might be to late, as he is diagnosed with an unoperable brain tumor. As a screenwriter he should know better than most how dreams are created out of thin air, yet in his vulnerable state of mind he is not immune to flights of fancy. While staying overnight at a luxury hotel near S
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Michael
Sep 08, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008, fantasy
Part fantasy novel, part romance novel, Richard Matheson's "Bid Time Return" finds dying writer Richard Collier falling in love with a photograph of a turn of the century actress Elise McKenna, becoming obsessed with her and then finding a way to travel back in time to meet her.

On the surface, the premise sounds absurd, but really no more so than your standard romance novel. It's the story of two people falling in love and overcoming obstancles to be together. In this case, it's the gulf of time
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Carol
The uniqueness of the way this time travel story is written......and begins......drew me right in, and then......BAMMM! you find out why handsome, 36 year old Richard Collier decides to travel and write a book about it.......hooked!

As you can guess or already know having seen the movie, Richard travels back in time from 1971 to the Victorian times of 1896 to find his imagined love, actress Elise McKenna, and although the love relationship is foolishly sentimental and a bit over-the-top with all

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Buggy
Opening Line: "Driving down Long Valley Road. Lovely day; bright sunshine, blue sky."

This week has been one filled with romantic tragedies for me. First I went to the see the re-release of Titanic in 3D (oh Jack) and then because I hadn’t had quite enough heartache I decided to revisit one of my all time favourite romances with Somewhere In Time (Bid Time Return.) It’s been years since I first read this as a teenager, -god knows how many times I watched the movie starring Jane Seymour and Christ
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Chris_P
Jan 26, 2016 Chris_P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Behind this bearded, occasionally cynical face of mine hides a romantic soul. I can almost hear some of you laughing but I will politely ignore you and start blabbering for yet another review. :P

This my fellow readers is romance, and it's actually written by a guy who wrote "I Am Legend", "Hell House" and "Stir of Echoes", if these titles ring any bells. This proves that romance novels aren't supposed to be made for quick mass consumption, written solely by insecure, money-hungry chicks (or dud
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Joe Valdez
Somewhere in Richard Matheson's 1975 novel Bid Time Return is a wonderful science fiction tale dying to get out. Some would argue it did, inspiring the much loved 1980 film Somewhere In Time, which was so embraced that it became the de facto title for the novel when reprinted. This is the romantic fantasy of an author born in the 1920s and in addition to being difficult for me to relate to on that end, excited me only in the moments its hero travels through time.

Unfolding in the format of a foun
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Kandice
May 07, 2014 Kandice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to explain my rating. The first 1/3 of the book was worthy of 5 stars for me. The second 2/3, only worth 3 stars, but I can't justify an over all rating of 3. In addition to a foreword from the "author's" brother, there is an afterword that bumps up the quality of the story from those 3 stars.

As a teen, I must have seen this movie a hundred times, so I went into the book looking for those same feelings of love, romance, nostalgia and melancholy. They were all present, but the movie had a
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Heather
Jul 30, 2008 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vacationers
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Joshua Ludeker
What can I say? Many people know of this book because of the movie with this same title. The book was originally published under "Bid Time Return", which I like much more. Richard Collier falls in love with a photo of an actress from 1896, his year being 1971. He attempts time travel back, she falls in love with him, and then they live happily ever afer in 1896? That would only be too easy.

Richard Matheson is that type of author who grips me with such force that I can't find what's real and what
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Amy
Jun 17, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5, 5, 5 stars. More if I could. I read another 5-star review that described the book as 'emotionally draining.' Yes, it is. It's also one of the only 'period novels' where I actually felt to be IN the time period itself. It's written in first-person narrative, reminiscent of the heightened awareness of environment and physical self of Kafka's Metamorphosis, and the dramatic inner dialogue of Camus' The Stranger. And it's romantic and touching and BELIEVABLE. Just a wonderful book.
Genia Lukin
Nov 16, 2014 Genia Lukin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
What the heck was that I just read, and why did I read it?

This is one of the sappiest, outrageously nauseating, chauvinistic, sloppily sentimental books I've read this year, and considering how much actual 19th century literature I've read this year, that's really saying something.

We spend the first third of this book with the main character, Richard Collier (by the way, I always get afully suspicious when the character and the author share a name, don't you?) being maniacal about a photograph o
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Bill M
Feb 19, 2010 Bill M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book and movie are both very good but to me reading the book is emotional draining. The book gives the reader a better understanding of Elise, what her beliefs and how much she had to struggle with herself and her feelings about Richard. It also seems she may have know that Richard would leave her in the end.

Richard seems unsure of himself most of the story but he was dealing with his imminent death, traveling in time and the unknowns of his realtionship with Elise plus her mother and manage
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Ross
Mar 27, 2013 Ross rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was pretty unimpressed with this book. A story about a man transporting himself backwards through time by love's inspiration is pretty great, and the way in which it's delivered is clever. I enjoyed the components of the story much more than the story as a whole. But what drew me out and became difficult for me even to endure was the main character's peevishness. I was constantly distracted by the seemingly foolish, brash, unthinking, short-sighted, ignorant decisions or conversations the main ...more
Kitty
Nov 22, 2008 Kitty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guy-meets-girl
I read this under the original title "Bid Time Return", before the movie was released. I've re-read it several times since (and will read it again). I wish I could give it more stars. This is probably my all-time favorite book ever, and I read a LOT.

The book is a million times better than the movie, and I really like the movie. The book was written in such a believable style that honestly, I was looking for some proof after I finished it that it was, in fact, fiction. I was completely captivate
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Ameliedanjou
I read this back before the movie came out -- bought it at the Grand Hotel in Mackinac MI because they said it was set there. So I didn't remember that the book's time travel actually takes place in California - since I was reading it at the Grand, that's where it took place. (The movie is filmed at the Grand.)
However, I remember the music references very well. I remember being disappointed when the movie music was Rachmaninoff -- yes, I understand it's lush and romantic, but not what's in the b
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Jacob
I'm somewhat inclined to favor this book: the female love interest in the book is modeled after my near-ancestor, and it takes place in San Diego, a location close to my heart.

Richard Matheson is a very good writer, though, particularly when writing from the first person perspective. You can understand the protagonist's thoughts and actions, even when they are clearly making a mistake (this excellent first person perspective was also present in _I Am Legend_). This is mostly a love story involvi
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Duane
I almost always read the book before I see the movie but not so with Somewhere In Time. The movie starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour is one of my all time favorite movies. I was expecting a lot out of the book and it was very good but fell a little short for me. Everything seemed contrived, the relationship between Richard and Elise, the abduction scene toward the end of the book (too long), and a few other small details that put me off. But putting the movie aside, as I said before, th ...more
Christopher
This is only the second work by Richard Matheson I have read; the first was the perfect little gem of a novella "I Am Legend." "Somewhere in Time" (originally entitled "Bid Time Return") is not as fine as the previous work, but it's an interesting attempt to write a love story combined with a time-travel sci-fi escapade. Adapted into the 1980 film "Somewhere in Time" (the novel's title was later changed as a tie-in to the movie) by Jeannot Szwarc, starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour - a ...more
Matthew Marcus
Nov 29, 2015 Matthew Marcus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A difficult one to rate. The high concept framing device of the narrative, wherein a dying man who's never found true love finds a way (possibly) to travel back in time to be with a beautiful, tragic woman whose photograph he's fallen in love with, allowing each of them to spend a few days with the love of their life... all of this is handled as ingeniously and wonderfully as you'd expect from a brilliant ideas man like Matheson. What I wasn't so sure about was the couple of hundred pages in the ...more
Naomi
(Spanish edition, review in both languages for my non spanish speaking friends)

Tengo sentimientos encontrados con este libro. Al principio pensé que la historia estaría mucho más relacionada con los viajes en el tiempo pero no es así, la trama del libro se basa en los esfuerzos de Richard Collier por encontrarse con una mujer cuya foto lo hizo enamorarse de ella. Tiene algo de romance, algo de viajes en el tiempo, misterio, suspenso y drama. Sin embargo, creo que esperaba algo más de este autor.
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Haili
May 28, 2014 Haili rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This romantic story sets place in 1896 San Diego at a luxurious hotel with lots of history buried beneath it. The main character: Richard Collier who is struggling with a brain tumor has decided to run away and he lands in San Diego where he time travels to meet his one true love. The issue in this book is that Richard Collier has fallen in-love with a woman who is dead and has been dead for 75 years. This makes him kind of a creeper because he does all this research on her and keeps a picture o ...more
Kressel Housman
Jan 15, 2015 Kressel Housman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy and romance
I read this book because I saw the second half of the movie at my parents' house one day, and was so charmed by it, I had to know the whole story. It's a beautiful time travel romance, but if it hadn't been for the movie, I probably would have given up in the middle of the first chapter because I didn't like the choppy writing style. In the second chapter, we get an explanation for it: the protagonist is driving in his car, talking into a tape recorder. The rest of the book is traditional narrat ...more
Bettina
Jul 03, 2011 Bettina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The original title of this book was actually "Bid Time Return." The film based on it, however, became so well-known that it began being published under the cinematic title instead. Reading this book after having been exposed to the film with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve was a bit backwards. Usually you read the book and then see the film only to be let down by the changes made to the original text and storyline. It was the exact opposite for me because the love story in the film is the pro ...more
Mohammed
Jul 12, 2011 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Matheson showed me again how well he does first person stories.

It was a very beautiful story because of how personal it was. Normally i'm weary of love stories like this but in the hands of a quality writer the characters had emotional depth that made the story believable.

In the hands of a weaker writer it would be cheap melodrama story that used time travel just as new gimmick to tell a love story.
Francesca
Oct 23, 2011 Francesca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have seen the movie years ago and I loved it.The book seemed even better.The love story of Richard and Elise is so powerful and emotional, it is meant to stay with you long after you finish the book. It is so romantic, and surprisingly believable.I have to admit that I read lots of pages with tears in my eyes.But I loved every single one.Absolutely a 5 star novel.
John Porter
Sorry, no. I'm a Matheson fan, and I expected to be a fan of this. It's like a warmed over, less interesting version of Jack Finney's Time and Again. It would be fine if it just wasn't quite as good--because the Finney book is truly wonderful--but the fact is, I was alternately bored and uninterested for almost the entire book.
Chiara
Nov 22, 2011 Chiara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Is that you?
Yes

This is the story of the impossible love between Richard and Elise. Richard lives in 1971 , Elise in 1896, but they manage to get together nonetheless and know, though for a very brief time, the true love of their lives. Such a tender and brave tale, it was really worth reading!
Kate
Aug 09, 2015 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Wonderful. Just amazing. It made me laugh, it made me cry and I completely felt for Richard and Elise in this beautiful story of love, longing and loss. Time travel at it's finest.
Inspired Kathy
I love Somewhere In Time so someday I plan to read this novel which is was based on.
Lady of the Lake
This book was SO MUCH BETTER than the movie they had made from the book!
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Born in Allendale, New Jersey to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943. He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier. In 1949 he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951. He married in 1952 and has four children, three of w ...more
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