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Time and Again (Time #1)

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Finally on audio -- one of the most beloved tales of our time!
Science fiction, mystery, a passionate love story, and a detailed history of Old New York blend together in Jack Finney's spellbinding story of a young man enlisted in a secret Government experiment.
Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "L...more
Paperback, 399 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Orion Publishing Group (first published 1970)
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I had been casually looking for this book for years after a friend/English Lit instructor at Dixie College recommended it to me. I finally found in my local Deseret Industries, a definite treasure. This is a wonderfully gentle book about a New York man who travels back through time to the 19th century. It is a lovely blend of science fiction, historical fiction, and romance and I heartily recommend it. I am strangely taken by the Victorian era, especially Victorian New York City and this book ma...more

When I read a time travel story, I try not to dwell on how the character got to this other time and place. It just doesn't pay because then I start asking questions for which there is no realistic answer. So for me it has to be about the destination, what I find there, what happens there, what it means for the character in his or her present day.

And oh what we find there in New York City in 1882! Beautiful buildings some of which are still standing in Si Morley’s present day New York of 1970, in...more
Jun 08, 2009 H. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people obsessed with the 1880's
Recommended to H. by: Dad and sister
Shelves: fiction-sf, dont-own
If Simon Morley, protagonist of Finney's Time and Again, had any real personality beyond his nickname being "Si," perhaps the book's loose ends and rough edges would have distracted less. But he is neither a complex and interesting original nor a heavy-handed archetype. He's more of a blank slate onto which we might project ourselves, the first-person writing tone that of an amateur blogger who is trying his hand at a journalistic account of a very exciting place. No matter the topic, if the wri...more
TIME AND AGAIN is probably the most famous novel about time-travel published in past half-century, and one of the most convincing. I first read it around 1976 or 1977, when it was already becoming hard-to-find (fortunately it was brought back into print in the early 1980s and has remained available every since). I fell in love with it from the very first reading, and have re-read it several times since. It's an "illustrated novel" that's illustrated with photographs and woodcuttings of the early...more
I love to read. I read because it's fun for me. Pretty much anything I read, it's fun for me.

But I can't remember the last time I've had THIS MUCH fun.

So, a recap: Simon Morley is an illustrator working in the advertising business in 1970s New York. He is recruited to join a top-secret U.S. government project. Scientists, applying a statement of Einstein's, think they have figured out a way for people to travel back and forth in time. Si is chosen as one of the first time travelers. Although he...more
Eli Stevens
This book was strange. There were times when I couldn't put it down, and it was facinating, and others, when I seriously considered not finishing it.

I'm really glad that I did.

It's obvious that the book isn't a modern read, it's got a some what old way of thinking to it. (Even though it was only written in the 80's)

My only arguement against 'Time and Again' is that it is sometimes too descriptive and long winded. Chapters that should have been expounded were too short, and other's that were bori...more
New York 1880 Architecture and Urbanism in the Gilded Age
is an almost-ten-pound, 1100-page doorstop of a book by noted architect Robert A. M. Stern and two co-authors (with research assistance from some graduate students at the Columbia School of Architecture, one of whom was my daughter). It is an amazing work, the definitive study of the era in which New York became a world-class metropolis. With over 1,000 vintage photographs, you can open to any page and be blown away by the grandeur and vis...more
Aug 09, 2009 Jayne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Jayne by: can't remember
I'm usually not a fan of science fiction but I enjoyed this story of time travel to New York City in the 1880's. It's a good story that includes love, intrigue and makes the reader experience that time period as Jack Finney transforms the reader through his descriptions of the sights, smells, and sounds of NYC in the 1880's.
If you like any of the following things, you will love this book: 1. New York; 2. very light sci-fi; 3. time travel; 4. history; 5. urban development; 6. strong lead characters; 7. wondering how any one thing could have altered your life forever. I LOVE this book!
Oh I love this book!!! It is one of may favorites, and I have a permanent copy on my shelves at home, and have BookCrossed many.

When I first read this book, about 30 years ago, I picked it up with great reluctance. The person who recommended it to me had a track record for suggesting some really awful books. I was so pleasantly surprised. It is one of the few books I re-read, and every time I am delighted. The world Si stepped into is one that my family first saw when they came to New York City...more
Dec 04, 2009 Michele rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone (in fact, I do)
Recommended to Michele by: My Mom
“Have you ever given someone a book you enjoyed enormously, with a feeling of envy because they were about to read it for the first time, an experience you could never have again?”

Yes, yes, and yes. And it is exactly how I feel about this book. There's a spoiler moment I won't mention but I want to be sitting on the couch with you when you experience it. I want you to look over at me with the same wonder I feel every time I get to that point in the book and I want your eyes to exclaim the magic...more
Genia Lukin
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I read this one because Stephen King mentioned it in his notes to one of my favourites from last year, 11.22.63

Don't think that I have ever read a book where my opinion of it changed so much over the course of reading it. First half is full of lengthy descriptions of New York in the 1880s which would no doubt be fascinating to anyone who knew the city well but that's not me (only been once and that was in 1986 !). I also couldn't get my head round how the time travel was supposed to work which...more
Aug 09, 2009 Angela rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: time travel nuts, history buffs
I sincerely call this my favorite book and have probably read it 6+ times since I was 12. Someone else mentions that it makes time travel actually believable. When I was younger I found myself wondering if I was in a place that I could hypnotize myself to travel back in time.... but anyway... the historical references and descriptions show the great thought put into this and allow you to feel like you're really there.

But on the flip side, it can be pretty slow at times and kinda sappy. Hopefully...more
John Miller
I read this years ago when I was in high school. I loved this book. I often think about what it would be like to be transported back to earlier times and to be able to walk around and take in the sights of familiar places and see what they looked like way back when. This is one of my favorite books and I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a bit of science fiction with a love story thrown in.
Lisa H
I knew I would enjoy this book at page 19, “Because I’ve always felt a wonder at old photographs not easy to explain. Maybe I don’t need to explain; maybe you’ll recognize what I mean. I mean the sense of wonder, staring at the strange clothes and vanished backgrounds, at knowing what you’re seeing was once real. That light really did reflect into a lens from these lost faces and objects. That these people were really there once, smiling into a camera. You could have walked into the scene then,...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in April 2003.

Because of the famous film, Finney is best known for (Invasion of) The Body Snatchers, but he wrote a dozen or so novels over about four decades; Time and Again is probably the next most famous. It is still, after thirty years, a time travel novel with many differences from the ideas on the subject which have become commonplace in the science fiction genre, and thus it remains worth reading for any fan despite its obvious flaws.

Si Morley is an a...more
Aug 09, 2009 Tracey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of time travel and/or those interested in turn of the 20th century NYC
Shelves: re-read, nyc, alt-history
Perhaps one of my favorite time travel novels, I picked up my copy of Time and Again for a re-read earlier this week.

Si Morley, an advertising illustrator who is living in New York & feeling somewhat unfulfilled in life, is approached by a mysterious man who asks him to commit to a secret project. Not having much else to look forward to (even his relationship is somewhat desultory), he agrees. The project, under the aegis of the US government, is time travel by means of self-hypnotism &...more
Judi Niermann
AT the library, they went down in the stacks and pulled out a first edition illustrated copy of this book. It's from 1970 and looks like it's done a fair bit of time travel. Looking forward to this read!
It was a good love story and Jack Finney sure seemed to do a lot of wonderful research on 1882 New York. I loved all the old photos and sketches.
Wondering what would happen kept the pages turning. Not being a New Yorker, I felt bogged down in some of the detail. The underlying story was good. Hi...more
Feb 03, 2012 Cherie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: series
Wow, this was a great story! I was caught up into it right up until the end, and what a great ending. I tried so hard to imagine what the main character was going go do, and I was surprised right up to the end. I read this on my Classic Nook, so the pictures were not very clear at all, but that was the only thing bad about reading it on my Nook.

Stephen King mentions this book and the author in his Acknowlegmets at the end of 11/22/63 and it made me curious to read it. I am very glad I did!
I so did not want this book to end....Maybe Si could have written more about his final return to 1882, and what happened to him and to Julia. Time travel stories are so fascinating, I'd imagine myself being able to do just that every time I read one. It's always a fascination to go back in time, not go forward.

Though not all is perfect in this novel, I am still giving it five stars. The author made note of the liberal fictional changes he made, at the same time admitting to his obsession on the...more
LOVED. This book would be a great choice for two particular populations: those who enjoyed the whimsical time travel movie "Midnight in Paris," and those who are natives of New York City/have an affinity for NYC. I truly adored this book, despite the fact that it took some time to gain momentum. Any sluggishness in the beginning was redeemed, however, by its unexpected and spectacular climax/ending as well as the dazzling imagery.

Published in 1970, Time and Again chronicles the adventures of Ne...more
Though the story is about time travel, this is not what one would commonly consider a science fiction novel. Simon Morley, a bored illustrator living in 1960s New York, joins a top secret government program that sends him back to 1882. Rather than your standard time travel machine, temporal distances are covered through self-hypnosis and a bunch of hand-waving involving vague references to Einstein. But never mind all that. Since the narrator is from modern times, his descriptions of New York of...more
I was disappointed in this one. I don't remember exactly where I heard about it, but I think it was on NPR. I'm pretty sure it got a glowing review there, which I don't think it lives up to at all.

The writing in this novel is very immature, as are many of the concepts. Basically, it's about this guy who works at a boring job he doesn't enjoy. He's recruited by the US government to take part in a top secret time-travel experiment. He signs up, travels back to New York in 1882, and all kinds of cr...more
Ahmed Dawod
Nov 09, 2012 Ahmed Dawod rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mohamed Tarek
Recommended to Ahmed by: Stephen King
I found a reference to this novel in 11/22/63 and I said to myself if Stephen King said that Jack Finney's 'Time and Again' is the best time travel out there then it must be read.
First of all, I admired the ingenuity of Finney's method of time travel. I mean (WOW) he really is creative. Something unique, something that never came to any mind before or after and also something mentally logical.
The events are very exciting and there is a lot of suspense and thriller, but there are two things tha...more
This was a pretty good sci-fi time travel tale; reminded me in many ways of Richard Matheson’s Somewhere in Time (a watered down film of the same name with Christopher Reeve as well as a better book!). As in that book, Finney’s character Si Morley, formerly of the Army and now in a dead-end job, gets drafted to try to become one of the first to go back in time.

He discovers he’s been drafted into a secret US Government project and everything is fine when he, through hypnosis, finds himself in 188...more
If you like mystery, action and intrigue with a bit of romance and VERY DESCRIPTIVE details of the people, architecture and life in 1880's New York, you will like this book. Interesting method of time travel.

I was glad I happened to purchase the illustrated version of the book as the old photo's and sketches added to my enjoyment.

Great ending for a book club discussion. Loved the book!(view spoiler)

Aug 09, 2009 Ubik rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone on the planet
Recommended to Ubik by: random find at B&N
This is THE best time travel novel EVER! An absolutele must read by anyone into time travel if you havent read it already. I love the sub-genre of non-physical time travel and here it is presented logically, clearly, and without experimental drugs or any apparati whatsoever. It truly makes one believe mental time travel is truly possibly. Finney is SO descriptive with his visuals and thorough in his explanations.

This is one of those novels where I wish I could erase my memory of it (ala Night W...more
The novelist Stephen King described this as “THE great time-travel story” and it's easy to see why its three inter-woven plots would make it an enticing story for an author. It may start a bit slow, as illustrator Si Morley is introduced to the 1970s government time travel program but it accelerates.

The mechanism of time travel is a combination of setting and self-hypnosis. Morley's so successful that he travels back to 1882 New York three times and takes women with him across the time barrier...more
Very nice and special book, a classic of time travel and mystery written in 1970 by the author of Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers. The book contains illustrations and it's really well documented about the 1880 New York. Actually that's the "problem" with the book: there's an excess of info and descriptions about the city in that period which slows the action and it's not relevant to non NY citizens in such quantity. Anyway it's an absolute original and very entertaining.
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Mr. Finney specialized in thrillers and works of science fiction. Two of his novels, "The Body Snatchers" and "Good Neighbor Sam" became the basis of popular films, but it was "Time and Again" (1970) that won him a devoted following. The novel, about an advertising artist who travels back to the New York of the 1880's, quickly became a cult favorite, beloved especially by New Yorkers for its rich,...more
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