Time and Again

Finney, Jack

Book - 1970
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Time and Again
Rediscover the beloved classic, Time and Again -hailed as " THE great time-travel story" by Stephen King, now with masterfully restored original artwork and an all-new foreword by Audrey Niffenegger, New York Times bestselling author of The Time Traveler's Wife . When advertising artist Si Morley is recruited to join a covert government operation exploring the possibility of time travel, he jumps at the chance to leave his twentieth-century existence and step into New York City in January 1882. Aside from his thirst for experience, he has good reason to return to the past-his friend Kate has a curious, half-burned letter dated from that year, and he wants to trace the mystery. But when Si begins to fall in love with a woman he meets in the past, he will be forced to choose between two worlds-forever. Praised as "pure New York fun" by Alice Hoffman, Time and Again is admired for its rich, painstakingly researched descriptions of life in New York City more than a century ago, and for the swift adventure at its core. With digitally remastered art, fall in love with this refreshed classic all over again.

Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, [1970]
ISBN: 0684801051
Branch Call Number: FICTION FINNEY
Characteristics: 399 p.,illus.,24 cm


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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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