Time and Again

Finney, Jack

Book - 1995
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Time and Again
Baker & Taylor
An anniversary edition of a timeless classic tells what happens when Simon Morley is selected by a secret government agency to test Einstein's theory of the past co-existing with the present and is transported back to 1880s New York. Reissue.

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Simon Morley is selected by a secret government agency to test Einstein's theory of the past co-existing with the present and is transported back to 1880s New York

Publisher: New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1995, c1970
Edition: 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed
ISBN: 0684801175
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI F
Characteristics: 399 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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This classic time travel novel also involves an interesting mystery. Advertising artist Simon Morley travels from the New York of 1970 to the New York of 1882 on the trail of a mysterious letter and its sender. The Dakota, horse drawn carriages, bustles, the vanished El, financial shenanigans, po... Read More »

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Oct 28, 2014
  • ktkat1949 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

To me, this was the finest time travel book every written. I loved the pictures and documents included in the book.
The premise sounds plausible and the characters likeable. Unlike other time travel books there is no real gushy romance or terrible ending to it. If you like time travel this is the book for you. Don't miss the sequel either

Aug 18, 2014
  • dcrudo rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Picked this book since it's the sequel of "Time and Again".

As the previous book, the first 15% of the book is spent to nicely develop the sequel where a series of events will lead to another mission.

Unfortunately, afterwards, it becomes just a showcase of events from the past. The author picks some newspaper articles, citing them and developing a story on them. Sadly these stories are just a distractions, besides few interesting events.

At around 90% the book he picks up the real story again, quickly finally develops it and with few interesting turn of events wraps it up real quick.

I would still read it to know what happens after the first book, but not really a game changer

Aug 06, 2014
  • dickalan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's funny that billiestoc1 says 11/22/63 is better, because Stephen King cites this book as influencing him in th afterword of 11/22/63.

Aug 09, 2013
  • mymaewest rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was one of those books that was so good I could barely stand it. I hated reading each page because it meant I was that much closer to the end of the book. 10 out of 10.

Jul 30, 2013
  • K3l1n rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This may not be the most interesting book I ever read but the story wrapped up very nicely! :-D

Jun 18, 2013

This book is a quadruple threat. It's a time travel story, a romance, an historical novel of old New York, and a mystery all in one. In fact, the time travel aspects of the book take on new significance since the reader can enjoy the New York of 1882, which is portrayed with such detail, as well as the New York of 1970, a time without cell phones, computers, social media, etc. A wonderful read, highly recommended!

May 04, 2013
  • hmcgivney rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The book was a little slow to grab my attention, but once it was caught I found the narrative and ideas to be pretty magical. There were some mighty convenient coincidences, and a bit too much of romanticizing the past (especially at the end), but I took it as it was offered, as an entertainment. If some of the strokes felt a bit broad-handed, I didn't mind, because there was some clever plotting too. Very diverting.

Feb 11, 2013
  • claire1953 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

After reading 11/22/63 by Stephen King, I read that Jack Finney was THE author for time travel. I therefore read Time and Again only to be disappointed. Finney loves long descriptions and the first 150 pages of Time and Again are descriptions of of New York City in 1882. wanting to convince the reader that his research was authentic, one gets lost and confused in endless descriptions. One forgets that there is actually a story in those lines. Considered a classic, I would say skip it!

Jul 02, 2012
  • billiestoc1 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Very wordy and very slow moving. Found it boring. 11/22/63 by Stephen King is a far superior book.

Aug 15, 2008
  • blackiecat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This brings the reader back to another time that is so vivid you can smell, hear, taste it. One of my favourite books.


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Jul 30, 2013
  • K3l1n rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

But these were thoughts that weren't of my time anymore. Now they were of a far-off future I no longer belonged in.

Jul 16, 2013
  • hweinert rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm not going to say everything there is to say about Kate and me. I've read such accounts, completely explicit and detailed, nothing omitted; and when they've been good, I've liked them. Sometimes I've even learned something about people from them, almost like an actual experience, and that's very good indeed. But my nature is different, that's all. I don't like to and I could not reveal everything about myself. I like to read them, but I wouldn't like to write one. I'm not holding back anything all that unique, in any case. So if now and then you think you can read between the lines, you may be right; or may not.


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