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Three by Finney

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  298 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
This handsome new book combines three Finney favorites (The Woodrow Wilson Dime, Marion's Wall, The Night People) in an omnibus edition that brilliantly displays his bold and unmistakable imagination. Certain to delight anyone with a penchant for penetrating imaginary realms of fantasy and adventure.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 15th 1987 by Touchstone
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Nov 21, 2010 Bridget rated it liked it
These three stories/novellas/novels were very disappointing compared to Finney's Time and Again. Of the three, I liked "Marion's Wall" the best. The other two were just weird and seemed dated. Finney's works (including Time and Again, although it's done much better) follow this pattern: a man in his late 20s/ early 30s has a stable yet unsatisfying job and a pretty yet unsatisfying wife/girlfriend. Man seeks escape from dull life. Also, Finney's irrelevant description of what each character is w ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it
This is basically like the softer side of "The Twilight Zone," full of nostalgic tales about slipping backwards into a simpler, more innocent time.
May 04, 2007 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books-ever
I was pretty young when I found this on the shelf at home, and I found Jack Finney so clever, so startlingly funny and exciting that I've always sort of felt that The Night People, and The Woodrow Wilson Dime (two of the three novellas in this collection) were written just for me.
May 30, 2011 Doug rated it liked it
This omnibus collection of 3 short novels is a case where a current re-reading failed to live up to the expectations set by the first time I encountered the book.

The Woodrow Wilson Dime is an expansion/re-working of the short story "The Coin Collector" (featured in I Love Galesburg in the Springtime ). I think it's much weaker than the original; Finney adds a Walter Mitty-ish dimension by describing some of his protagonist's daydreams as if they were factual; this seems like an iffy gambit in
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Jun 24, 2009 Debbie Robson rated it liked it
This is actually three novels by Jack Finney, the master of time travel. I was thinking it was three short stories/novellas not novels.
The Woodrow Wilson Dime was fun but I got a bit confused by the multiple parallel universes and wasn't sure about the significance of the WW dime. Maybe not in office for long?
My favourite novel was Marion's Wall. Really interesting characterisation and enjoyable descriptions of San Fransisco. It has been made into a movie. I just can't see Glenn Close as Marion
Apr 25, 2016 Margie rated it really liked it
So far I've learned you can't go wrong with anything by Jack Finney. Three by Finney is reading three different stories, long enough to have satisfying endings and will hold your interest. Best know for the Bodysnatchers, of which I haven't read yet, but plan to in the future; his stories pull you in and are enjoyable.
Sep 26, 2008 Ubik added it
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Of the three, Ive read The Woodrow Wilson Dime and part of The Night People. This reminds me that I really should get to finishing those...
May 16, 2008 Donna rated it really liked it
One by Finney in the sense that The Woodrow WIlson Dime is the best of the three. It was hysterical. Read it!
Jun 09, 2010 Doug rated it liked it
I would have given this two stars except I enjoyed "The Night People" better than the other two stories.
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Sep 30, 2012 Phil Hodge rated it really liked it
Great fun. Three totally different stories, each with a unique twist on life, and sometimes on time.
Jan 12, 2010 Jef rated it really liked it
i really enjoyed these three stories - the last less than the previous two, but they make a nice summer read.
Jan 21, 2009 Derek rated it did not like it
I've read Finney before and enjoyed it, and appreciate the vaguely whimsical style in these, but something about these stories failed to connect.
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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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