Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Time and Again by Jack Finney

Time and Again (original 1970; edition 1995)

by Jack Finney

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2,782862,113 (4.01)113
Title:Time and Again
Authors:Jack Finney
Info:Touchstone (1995), Paperback, 400 pages
Collections:Your library

Work details

Time and Again by Jack Finney (1970)

  1. 70
    Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (infiniteletters)
  2. 60
    Replay by Ken Grimwood (Kichererbse, browner56)
    browner56: Both of these are well-written stories that deal with the concept of time travel in an interesting way.
  3. 51
    11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King (zwelbast)
  4. 30
    Kindred by Octavia E. Butler (bnbookgirl)
  5. 30
    The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier (sanddancer)
    sanddancer: Time travel books involving journeys back in time.
  6. 30
    To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis (Kichererbse)
  7. 20
    Dreamland by Kevin Baker (bnbookgirl)
  8. 10
    The Door into Summer by Robert A. Heinlein (Kichererbse)
  9. 10
    The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (sturlington)
  10. 10
    Time on My Hands by Peter Delacorte (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Two very similar books about travelling back in time to a vividly-imagined past, and the problems of changing history...
  11. 00
    The Mevrouw Who Saved Manhattan: A Novel of New Amsterdam by Bill Greer (Manthepark)
    Manthepark: Travel back even further in time to when the Dutch settled New York. An imaginative, authentic and funny novel.
  12. 01
    Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert A. Heinlein (Kichererbse)

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 113 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 86 (next | show all)
There's something magical in the writing style of this book. Something that makes there seem (to me) to be less plot, less drama - but makes the subtlety, the emphasis on place & time, to be more than enough to make up for the lack of excitement. I don't know exactly how I feel about this book - it's not SF but I can't seem to view it clearly through a lens of literature either - all I really have is a fuzzy sense of goodwill towards it. And this is the second time I've read it. Maybe I'll get more as I discuss it with fellow fans of Time Travel in our Group Read, this June 2014. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
I thought this book was ok. I love the manner of time travel. I wish I could hypnotize myself back. I don't know what it was, but for whatever reason I was just never able to truly get into the book. It was a nice read, but I don't know if I'll ever read the sequels. ( )
  sscarllet | Nov 20, 2014 |
A great time travel book. It didn't feel "science-fictiony." The author obviously did his homework and conveyed a great sense of history. The ending was quite entertaining as well. Simon Morley was well written and the illustrations brought the book to life. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 23, 2014 |
This is a wonderful book. It wasn't your average time travel story. It's a well written blend of historical fiction, science fiction and romance. I loved it. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
This was a pretty good sci-fi time travel tale; reminded me in many ways of Richard Matheson’s Somewhere in Time (a watered down film of the same name with Christopher Reeve as well as a better book!). As in that book, Finney’s character Si Morley, formerly of the Army and now in a dead-end job, gets drafted to try to become one of the first to go back in time.

He discovers he’s been drafted into a secret US Government project and everything is fine when he, through hypnosis, finds himself in 1882 New York. What’s fun about the book is the extreme descriptions of that era, complete with photos and drawings that Si Morley draws or shoots and tells the reader about it.

The government though has some pretty crazy ideas of how to use this power. Now that Si has made friends with that time period and even a woman, Julia, becoming his amore, he is not too keen on following the government plan.

Besides the character development, Finney really gets into extreme description, to the point of boredom at times. Several pages to describe the government facility was a bit much. And, I would have liked to have read of the experiences of his fellow time-travelers, though they were not that successful.

Overall, quite entertaining. Easy enough read. Give it a try. Finney also wrote Invasion of the Body Snatchers!

( )
  jmourgos | Sep 12, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 86 (next | show all)
Time and Again sends out a huge valentine to the past. It's nostalgic and there's something deliciously comforting and escapist in its promise of a New York Eden.

» Add other authors (9 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jack Finneyprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carr, RichardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moll, C.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
For Marg, who liked it
First words
In shirt-sleeves, the I generally worked, I sat sketching a bar of soap taped to an upper corner of my drawing board.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
From Amazon.com: Si Morley is bored with his job as a commercial illustrator and his social life doesn't seem to be going anywhere. So, when he is approached by an affable ex-football star and told that he is just what the government is looking for to take part in a top-secret program, he doesn't hesitate for too long. And so one day Si steps out of his twentieth-century New York apartment and finds himself back in January 1882. There are no cars, no planes, no computers, no television and the word "nuclear" doesn't appear in the dictionary. For Si, it's very like Eden, somewhere he could find happiness. But has he really travelled back in time? The portfolio of tintype photographs and sketches that he brings back to the present day convince the government. But then all Si wants is to return. . .
Haiku summary

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0684801051, Paperback)

"Sleep. And when you awake everything you know of the twentieth century will be gone from your mind. Tonight is January 21, 1882. There are no such things as automobiles, no planes, computers, television. 'Nuclear' appears in no dictionary. You have never heard the name Richard Nixon."

Did illustrator Si Morley really step out of his twentieth-century apartment one night -- right into the winter of 1882? The U.S. Government believed it, especially when Si returned with a portfolio of brand-new sketches and tintype photos of a world that no longer existed -- or did it?

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:25:02 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

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.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 3 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
4 avail.
62 wanted
1 pay3 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4.01)
0.5 2
1 7
1.5 2
2 28
2.5 6
3 114
3.5 40
4 234
4.5 29
5 222


3 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 97,221,395 books! | Top bar: Always visible