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The Night People

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  95 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Hardcover, 1st U.S. Edition, 215 pages
Published October 1st 1977 by Doubleday
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Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great book for lousy sleepers. Read this a long time ago, but it really stuck with me. It's an adventure story about two couples who live in the suburbs of San Francisco and decide to start taking walks in the middle of the night. They have adventures that get wilder and wilder, although nothing mean-spirited. It's a book about boredom, and about looking at things in new ways. Light-hearted, but genuinely fun. It reminded me of when I was a kid and would walk out in my back yard in the middle of ...more
Matt Daly
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
The book starts out with some excitement, however, there is little substance that follows. There is well developed characters however there is no real motive for anything that ensues. In reading other reviews, perhaps this is how books were written in the time, which is why I will give it the benefit of the doubt.
David Tabacco
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Unfortunately, I don't have many positive things to say about this book, since it's one of the worst that I've plowed through in a long time. It's not a new book, but really manages to feel extremely dated. Not just in the references and surroundings, but even the overall lameness of the characters and their dialogue.

The main four characters do have personality, but it's irrational and inconsistent from scene to scene. I don't feel like I really understood any of them. The plot of experiencing
Scott Brillon
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Not his best. I'm not truly sure what he was going for with this one. Still good Finney. I think I had hoped/expected something else.
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was interesting and a nice quick read. Seems like these people in the story were quite bored with life and looked for various ways to spice up their lives. It was a less drastic measure psychologically than wife-swapping/key parties which were popular in the time the book was written, but alas a more dangerous one in the physical aspect because of their brushes with the law. I found it a nice thought provoking book that makes one ponder what will one do to escape the boredom of everyda ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fay Smith
Loved this story, my mother told me to read it years ago. It made me want to do what they did, on a warm summer night.
Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it
about 2/3 great- starts out a little edgy but ends up as a comedy.
Dec 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
clearly written as a movie. One of thse sad pointless ones that were so popular in the late sixties. For me the don't hold up, and neither does this.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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A fun read.
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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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