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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  8,907 ratings  ·  1,224 reviews
Si Morley is bored with his job as a commercial illustrator and his social life doesn't seem to be going anywhere. So, when he is approached by an affable ex-football star and told that he is just what the government is looking for to take part in a top-secret programme, he doesn't hesitate for too long. And so one day Si steps out of his twentieth-century, New York apartm ...more
Paperback, 568 pages
Published January 15th 1986 by Simon and Schuster (first published 1970)
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Joe Valdez
The next stop in my time travel marathon (November being Science Fiction Month) and by far the best yet is Time and Again, a little known but much loved 1970 novel by Jack Finney that handles a fantastic premise -- a government project sends a man eighty-eight years into New York City's past -- with more imagination, sensuality and logic than any time travel story I've read. This is a wonderful book that has just become one of my favorites.

Simon Morley, known as "Si", is twenty-eight years old,
Angela M

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
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

It was an ordinary day, a Friday, twenty minutes till lunchtime, five hours till quitting time and the weekend, ten months till vacation, thirty-seven years till retirement. Then the phone rang.

Simon Morley is a graphic artist in New York around 1970, caught in a boring job doing advertisement drawings for moderate pay. He is just about ready for an adventure, anything to escape his predictable and unappealing current lifestyle. The mystery caller offers him the opportunity of a lifetime : to
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

I like a good time travel story and I love New York City, so this was an ideal novel for me to read. Its narrator, Si Morley, an advertising artist living in New York City in about 1970 (the year in which the novel was first published), is recruited to participate in a secret time travel project run by a government agency. He persuades the agency to allow him to go back to Manhattan in 1882 so that he can witness the genesis of a family mystery that continues to puzzle his girlfriend. As Si trav
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
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)

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
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
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
Aug 09, 2009 Jayne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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!
Genia Lukin
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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
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
WOW. I can't remember the last time I loved a book this much. I could not stop talking about it while I was reading it, I started reading it again as soon as I finished it, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy a copy for everyone on my Christmas list. It's that kind of book. Of course, I'm a sucker for books about New York, and the idea of traveling back in time to satisfy one's curiosity about an earlier, long-lost New York is pretty much catnip to me. The fact that Stephen King called it the b ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Tracey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of time travel and/or those interested in turn of the 20th century NYC
Previously read May 2007
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 mea
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.
Elizabeth (Alaska)
I had great hopes for this even though it is pretty much outside my normal fare. the first 1/2 - 2/3 of the book was largely a comparison of New York of 1970 to New York of 1882, so that I would be astounded at what had not yet been built and how things had changed. I've never been to New York, so astonishment was not in me. I've read a bit about New York in the 19th Century, and those descriptions sounded normal to me. There are illustrations - a few looked vaguely familiar. The last 1/3-1/2 wa ...more
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
Aug 09, 2009 Angela rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Andrew Smith
I'm doing the rounds of time travel novels. I've read a few and here's my quick and dirty order, so far:
1) 11/22/63 - Stephen King
2) Man in the Empty Suit - Sean Farrell
3) The Time Traveller's Wife- Audrey Niffenegger
4) Time and Again - Jack Finney
So this one is in last place? Well, last of a list of four of my favourite books. I love the options time travel opens up and each of the above does a brilliant job of exploiting that. The only reason this doesn't 't climb higher in the list is that I
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
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
Feb 03, 2012 Cherie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Both of my parents read, but they generally read different things. So, when both of them are recommending a book, it's time to take note. Despite that, I just never could get myself around to trying the copy of Time and Again on my dad's shelf. I'm not entirely sure why, I know I told myself a few times that I really should get around to it, but I never did.

Well, recently the Kindle edition went on sale, so I bought that and read it, decades late. I had not realized it was an 'illustrated novel'
The story builds really slowly. So slowly, I almost put it down. But it kept me interested just enough that I continued on, and I'm glad I did. Time and Again is about a fantastic experiment of time travel, and Sy Moorley's experiences traveling back through time to the late nineteenth century NY. He does this for the "project," and to help solve a friend's mystery. Story contains one of the greatest long narrations of a disaster situation, I have ever read. This part of the book is magnificent ...more
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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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