Somewhere In Time
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 hotel in San
I've been reading a fair bit of Richard Matheson lately and stumbled upon this at the used bookstore. After leaving my kindle at work over a long weekend, I pulled the trigger on it.
Firstly, the first 33% of this book was an uphill climb. Wearing snow shoes. With a safe strapped to my back. Richard Collier finds out he has a brain tumor ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Unfolding in the format of a foun ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
It turns out I still haven't liked a Matheson book. I'm a huge fan of this movie but it turns out that Christopher Reeve was entirely responsible for turning a creepy, obsessiv ...more
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 ...more
Richard Matheson is that type of author who grips me with such force that I can't find what's real and what ...more
It's basically the same premise: modern man falls in love with a beautiful woman he sees in a photograph and figures out that he might be able to go back in time and join her. Only the book is different in that there's something revealed about ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
NO WHERE near as good as the movie, and somewhat changed from it as well, which I didn’t enjoy this time. And I’d never understood one point the movie made: WHY didn’t the author try and go back? Why did he just give up? At least in the movie, the same character tried desperately to do so, which may have messed things up for him.
Anyway, I’m tired ...more
Bid Time Return is something very different.
It’s an almost stream of consciousness (presented as transcriptions from an old Dictaphone) trip through the last few months of a scriptwriter dying of inoperable, incurable cancer. He randomly stops at an ...more
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