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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (October 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312868863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312868864
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson."--Stephen King

"Stylish and gripping, [Richard Mathsons's] stories not only entertain but touch the mind and heart." --Dean Koontz

"Richard Matheson is one of the most respected living American fantasy/science fiction/horror writers. . . . Matheson could not write a bad book if he tried." --Hartford Courant

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Richard Matheson was born in 1926. He began publishing SF with his short story 'Born of Man and Woman' in 1950. I Am Legend was published in 1954 and subsequently filmed as The Omega Man (in 1971), starring Charlton Heston, and I Am Legend (in 2007), starring Will Smith. Matheson wrote the script for the film The Incredible Shrinking Man, an adaptation of his second SF novel The Shrinking Man. The film won a Hugo award in 1958. He wrote many screenplays as well as episodes of The Twilight Zone. He continued to write short stories and novels, some of which formed the basis for film scripts, including Duel, directed by Steven Spielberg in 1971. A film of his novel What Dreams May Come was released in 1998, starring Robin Williams. Stephen King has cited Richard Matheson as a creative influence on his work.

Customer Reviews

If you love time travel stories, go for it.
Tara Hernandez
The movie made you cry; the book will do something much more lasting.
A Reader
Saw the movie first, then HAD to read the book.
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93 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was one of the most romantic love stories ever told. When the movie came out in 1980 I was immediately enthralled by the subject matter, as well as the fact that Christopher Reeve was more than just Superman (I was only 8 years old at the time). But the time travel has captivated my interest ever since. I own the movie and watch it at least once a year. It took me another 20 years to actually seek out the book and read what I knew would be a more detailed, beautifully written story. I was right. I must write the ever-popular cliche, "The book was better than the movie." The setting was more vivid and I felt we were let into the heart and mind of Richard Collier, as well as Elise McKenna. The book makes me want to run to the Hotel del Coronado again and see it through the eyes of the author. I will give a very high recommendation for this book and encourage anyone interested in time travel or romance to run and read this treasure.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
A terminally ill man falls in love with a famous turn of the century actress. The only trouble is that they are separated by a span of about seventy five years. What is a man to do? Why travel back in time, of course.
That is just what Richard Collier does in order to be with the beautiful Elise McKenna, the woman of his dreams. Or does he? Does he really travel back in time, or is it merely the delusion of a desperately ill man who seeks to find meaning for his existence? Does his tenuous hold on life in the present mirror his equally tenuous hold on life at the turn of the century? Is his death ultimately the only way for these unrequited lovers to be united, at last?
This is a beautifully poignant love story in which the longing the protaganists have for each other is palpable. A bittersweet sadness permeates the pages of this book, as Robert and Elise pass through life, each a shadow on the consciousness of the other. One only hopes that they find in the hereafter, what they were denied in this life.
This wonderfully imaginative and inventive book draws the reader into its fantastical web. A veritable page turner, it is a classic story of a love which will not be denied. Read the book, and then see the movie with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. You will not be disappointed.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
It's 1971, and on the flip of a coin, 36 year-old Richard Collier, dying of a brain tumor, travels toward San Diego, and happens upon an old hotel. There he finds the captivating photograph of a young actress, Elise McKenna, who performed at the hotel in 1896. He decides to research everything he can about her. The more he learns, the more deeply he falls in love with her, and the more he's convinced that he has been to her time, and that they were in love. The 1980 movie, Somewhere In Time, starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer, was based upon this 1975 novel by Richard Matheson. The novel's pull on the heartstrings, however, is even more intense, and the ending to the novel is much more tragic. The proposed sequel, MEMOIRS OF ELISE (different author), though not nearly as exhaustive as Somewhere in Time, does a good job of suggesting what happened to Elise after Richard disappeared from her life, and the events that helped her discover that Richard had come to her from the future.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Philip Bolton on November 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
I first read this magical book almost fifteen years ago, and like the movie based upon it, it's stuck with me and haunted me ever since. Both compliment each other wonderfully.
I won't bother to rehash the story, since others have done so more effectively here. Needless to say, like any good novel that becomes a movie, the text story is much richer than the onscreen experience. You can almost feel yourself living and breathing the world of 1896 as Richard Matheson manages to strike a perfect balance of a realism, and romanticism.
If you've seen the film Somewhere In Time you may be struck by the changes you'll find here. However at the same time you'll likely be touched by the books in-depth portrayal of Elise, sharing the joy she feels as she finds herself giving her heart to a man for the first time in her life. The range of emotions that flow through her, the sense of fear, the uncertainty, the immeasurable joy are simply beautiful. This makes her eventual fate all the more tragic and heart-rending. Her manager, William Robinson is also a completely different character from the one in the film, and is in many ways a much more vivid one.
This is definately not a book for the easily depressed. If you fit into this category I'd recommend watching the movie first as the ending is much less dispairing. This is a book that will forever haunt anyone with a truely romantic heart.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By MicheleW on January 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I hate those sappy romance movies and novels but this story is one of my all time favorites. After seeing the movie over and over for years, I hunted down the author and the book and I wasn't disappointed.

This book fills in a lot more details than the movie(of course) - and basically if you loved the movie, you'll love the book.

The entire mystery of the woman with the watch and the 'what ifs' just captured me from the get go. You know its a doomed romance from the get go but the romantic period of time it takes place in just captures your imagination.
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