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Time After Time

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  166 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
H. G. Wells chases Jack the Ripper through time, via his infamous time machine, to current day San Francisco, Jack just happen to be a sociopath friend of dear H.G.'s. San Fran is a great back drop to the novel, and their battles. H.G. even finds love. This book went on to make a great film by the same title. In fact H. G. and Mary married in real life, McDowell still cons ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 341 pages
Published September 1st 1979 by Dell Publishing
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Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
I picked this up at a library sale and thought it looked interesting as it had all the kinds of reads I like in one book.A combination of romance,time-travel,suspense,sci-fi, and a touch of "horror" which is not my thing,but heck 4 out of 5 cant be bad,Im game.
1893 is the year,and H.G. Wells science enthusiast and a writer, invents a time-machine while researching his first novel. He gathers his old friends & classmates over to his house to let them in on his newest invention. Of course they
Dec 28, 2011 Lawyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Lawyer by: Nicholas Meyers through his film of the same title
TIME AFTER TIME, Or, a case of Serendipity

As one deeply southern friend of mine might say, I am a "threat and a hazard" to hit a tag, garage, yard, or estate sale. Being a book lover which means I possess not one degree of shame, if I don't see a book at one of the aforementioned types of sales, I'll ask the seller might he or she have any books I might look at they might be willing to part with.

Sometimes, I'm met with a scowl and curt no. On other occasions, I get the curiously raised eye brow
Jun 18, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I always enjoy time travel novels and this one was better than most. Of course, this was made into a movie shortly after it was written in 1979 and it remains one of my favorite films from that time period. The movie pretty much follows the book where H.G. Wells must follow Jack the Ripper to 1979 San Francisco to try to prevent him from continuing his evil crime spree. However, when Wells makes it to 1979, he falls in love with Amy Robbins and must protect her from the diabolical ripper. And 19 ...more
Jun 02, 2016 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, scifi
Quite a fun, quick, and easy read.

We follow a fictional version of H.G. Wells chasing his 'friend' who he discovers is Jack the Ripper. Jack steals Wells time machine, makes his way to 1979 San Francisco and Wells follows suit. Hijinks ensue.

It was enjoyable to see a man from the late 1800s react to life in the late 1900s. Much has changed obviously. Wells tries to find Jack the Ripper as he starts killing women in SF, which also provided backstory to white 'Jack' kills women. There's also a lo
The other John
Jun 20, 2015 The other John rated it really liked it
In 1893, H.G. Wells builds a time machine. Jack the Ripper steals it and travels to 1979 San Francisco. Wells then feels obliged to follow and bring the escaped killer to justice. It's a dumb concept, but Mr. Alexander makes an entertaining tale of it. He paints a believable picture of a temporal cross-cultural experience as Wells (and to a lesser extent, Jack) attempts to traverse 1979 San Francisco, fraught with 1893 Victorian assumptions and biases.
An odd work. One gets the impression that the author's reach exceeded his grasp. The book reflects an infatuation with the idea of clashing values systems, but only in a fairly superficial way, and the plot lurches from side to side like a drunkard. Recommended only if you're truly obsessive about time travel, HG Wells and/or Jack the Ripper.
Aug 30, 2012 Merlin rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
"Whoosh" After pronouns and articles the most common word in the book but anywho...

It is impossible to consider this book in isolation from the film with the same name since they linked. One is not adapted from the other, or so I understand it, but rather they were produced simultaneously from a common outline ala 2001. They stand up well to the comparison if you like the one you'll like the other; there are differences in detail but not substance. But these differences are somewhat interesting.
Sean Randall
Oct 06, 2015 Sean Randall rated it liked it
This was a bit of rollicking fun, and no mistake. I didn't fully feel as submerged in the landscape as I have with other authors, some of the language wasn't, at times, there. But the story was enjoyable and I found myself enjoying it, that's all I can really say!
Jul 29, 2011 Mathieu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roman très sympa dont l’argument de départ est le suivant : H. G. Wells présente à quelques amis son invention, la machine à voyager dans le temps. L’un de ces amis est en réalité le tristement célèbre Jack l’éventreur et va utiliser la machine de Wells pour partir dans le futur ! S’engage alors une poursuite entre Wells et l’éventreur…

Toute l’intelligence du récit tient au fait que Wells est en réalité l’auteur de La machine à voyager dans le temps, ainsi qu’au décalage entre la mentalité victo
Anthony Faber
Nov 28, 2015 Anthony Faber rated it liked it
Cute idea, poorly executed. A better writer might have done something worth reading with it. I was also put off by his not realizing that you can't go west on Grant Avenue (although at least he didn't call it Grant Street) and Van Ness Avenue, because they are north/south streets.
Nov 15, 2015 Mike rated it liked it
I'd read on Tors website that this was a good time travel book. It was okay, but almost what I'd imagine a romance novel, with some drama thrown in, would be. It was written well enough to keep me turning pages. Okay but not great.
Jun 19, 2011 Samantha rated it it was ok
This isn't fair but I'm only giving this two stars because, I saw the movie years ago and absolutely loved it. I only recently found out it was originally a book and thought great I'd love to read more about the characters etc. Well I'm afraid if that is what you want then like me you are going to be sorely disappointed. If you've seen the movie then you've read the book. Unusual for Hollywood but they practically hardly changed anything. So I'm disappointed because I didn't learn anything new. ...more
Ross Armstrong
Mar 11, 2014 Ross Armstrong rated it really liked it
This is a novel that was produced in conjuntion with the terrific film of the same name that starred Malcolm McDowell and David Warner.
It opens in 1893 with H. G. Wells holding a party to show everyone the actual time machine that he had built while researching his famous story. Unbeknownst to him, one of his close friends is actually Jack The Ripper. When he is discovered, Jack flees through time to the 1980s. Wells follows and realizes that Jack is more suited to this future than Wells. A real
Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Talk about your high-concept story. But it's suspenseful in the extreme.
Patrice Leonard
Dec 15, 2013 Patrice Leonard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un livre à étages multiples: au rez de chaussée, une histoire romantique qui fleure bon le XIXème alors qu'au premier un récit policier palpitant et bien mené nous prend au jeu de l'angoisse. Finalement, dans les malles du grenier, la confrontation des morales, celle du XIXème face à celle du XXème, celle de l'humaniste face à celle du criminel, celle de la science face à celle de la vie. Toutes jetées en pâture comme les chemises de nos grands-pères au fond des malles d'un autre temps. Pas de p ...more
Mar 21, 2014 Riversue rated it it was ok
Interesting story - lots of action - good pace but this is an old story - 1979 so the POV jumped all overthe place and as sci fi it didn't age well.
Jan 03, 2010 Ricky rated it really liked it
I took this book on holiday after my brothers recommendation, the story was engaging funny and also quite thought provoking. This book is such an entertaining read and very well written, it captured the Victorian and modern day perspectives and differences so well. I laughed out loud at some parts of HG Wells thoughts and actions and felt quite shocked when the story went into Jack the Ripper's thoughts and logic. Karl Alexander has written a clever creative mini masterpiece. Be prepared to be s ...more
Dec 25, 2015 Jafar rated it it was amazing
H.G Wells travels into the future to stop Jack The Ripper from causing havoc in 1970's LA and bring him back to their 19th century London, after the ripper stole Well's time machine and sent himself to the future on discovering his murdering days are over and the police were on his tail.

Science-Fiction, romance, humour and suspense - this novel by Karl Alexander makes an enjoyable reader. I personally loved this book and was glad it was the first book I read since more than ten years ago.
Sep 08, 2012 Nalle42 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing, 2012
Även om man redan innan kan räkna ut något av slutet då två av huvudperssonerna är H.G. Wells och Amy Robins är boken intressant och även om jag fastnade nog mer för beskrivningarna av hur Wells och Stepesson hanterade framtiden än den egentliga historien Wells jakt på Stepensson så tycker jag att boken var både bra och väl värd att lägga tid på.
Mar 26, 2014 Matt rated it liked it
Very cool premise of H.G. Wells chasing Jack the Ripper in 1970s San Francisco. THis was a decent book, though at times the plot was overtaken by expected adjustment of time travelers to the new surroundings.
Très très bon roman qui m'a tenu en haleine jusqu'au bout! Du suspens, de l'aventure, de l'humour, de l'horreur aussi un peu... Et quelques petites réflexions sur l'état du XX siècle. Vraiment génial. ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Pinky rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I was lucky to find this book in a little second hand book store and gave it a try because I

enjoyed the movie so much. The book was better. suspense, romance & a little sci-fi.

great stuff.
Everton Patterson
H.G. Wells secretly invents a time machine and pursues Jack the Ripper to 1979 where hijinks ensue. Good read.
May 26, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, 2012
made into a movie

What would happen if Jack the Ripper stole H.G. Wells' time machine and was loose in 1979?
Aug 09, 2011 Bev rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Not as good as reviews and book blurb led me to believe.
Nov 22, 2011 Lexi marked it as to-buy-or-borrow  ·  review of another edition
I've seen the movie, but never read the book...
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Apr 15, 2013 Katherine Jensen rated it liked it
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