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These are the questions this book attempts to answer, all from the point of view of Tom Hazard. Tom, our main character in this journey, has lived for over years. He was born around Shakespeare times and has lived through some of the most important events in history. He is a member of the Albatross society, a society of men and women like him whose main rule is to live in anonymity and to What if you could live for a 1, years?
He is a member of the Albatross society, a society of men and women like him whose main rule is to live in anonymity and to not fall in love. Then he meets someone at work and Tom starts to question the rules he has lived by for so long. The story is told from the point of view of Tom and alternates between the present and the past.
The author of this book Matt Haig wrote one of my top favorite books The Humans , I mean, top five all-time-favorite book, and because of it I read all the books he publishes. Overall, I liked the book but did not love it as much as The Humans.
I recommend it to all readers of sci-fi and contemporary fiction. Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review. View all 20 comments. This book was so bad it actually did stop time for me - stopped time on my reading, bigtime.
I've been trying to finish it for the past three weeks or more! Just the thought of picking it up was too much. Just as there are some books you can't put down - there are books you can't bloody pick up - and this, for me, was one of them. What a farce. Sorry Matt Haig. I do enjoy your writing. But I should have known better after reading 'The Humans. But this was something else entirely. After just one paragraph my attention would wander.
All that telling and no showing. Show don't tell! The first problem was the characters. I couldn't care less about the characters - because they weren't characterized that much, just puppets in a poorly realised show. And with the narrator coming across as unlikable and unremarkable unusual for someone who has lived over years The story.
If there's one thing I can't stand about bad writing, it's the fact that there is no story, rather a pretence of a story, a thin wispy veil that acts as a vehicle for the author's abundant sentimentalities. The thing I most disliked about this novel was the many regurgitated cliches about life and Time rehashed in a plot that is as flat as a steamrolled chicken.
At times, I felt I was reading the author's Twitter feed condensed into prose! There are so many unique things that could have been done with the cool premise that all the blurbs of this book promise. But sadly, they weren't. I don't think I've ever read anything as deflating, anything that elicited a 'wait, that's it? And the clip-clopping, staccato stuttering chapters from the present to the past, marked so awkwardly by 'Oooh I feel a memory coming on,' were just so cumbersome, cringe-worthy and just tired.
And to add insult to injury - the curveball chapters of meeting Shakespeare and F Scott Fitzgerald!! That's what you get when the author is telling the story I suppose, and not the narrator. Which was how this novel came across to me. I'm sorry, I don't want to sound like a hater, but when writing a novel, you make sure you leave yourself out of it!
A true writer surrenders everything to story. A bad writer surrenders story to everything else - the sentimental motives, personal creeds and other concerns that unfortunately blot out the vitals of fiction. This is what this novel feels like. Was tempted so many times to give it up. It was only the thought of venting my frustration here that kept me going to the end!
I really couldn't stand this book. And I wanted to like it so much View all 16 comments. Feb 22, Carol added it Shelves: The Hook - Many fine and rave reviews by my GoodReads friends including this one by convinced me to scoff up this book toot sweet, or as kindly corrected by C.
It was this line in Gail's review that was the clincher. It is, quite simply, a breath of fresh air and just wonderful. Emily Dickinson said, is composed of nows. B The Hook - Many fine and rave reviews by my GoodReads friends including this one by convinced me to scoff up this book toot sweet, or as kindly corrected by C. But how do you inhabit the now you are in?
How do you stop the ghosts of all the other nows from getting in? Ho, in short, do you live? Though Tom does not travel to the past or future, we do as his story spans more than hundred years.
To understand the present, Tom takes us back to his beginnings, as he struggles with the realities of his future. As we journey with him a wish we might desire, to live forever, may dwindle as what this truly means sinks in. A love story for all time at its core may be the driving force of this book but for me it was so much more.
Not exactly what I expected but very well received by this reader. View all 31 comments. Somehow the cultural references in his books always hit the spot and there is a humanity, humour and generosity that that gives one faith in We join him in the present, teaching History in a London secondary school seemingly about 40 years old!
The plot jumps about epochs taking in a search for a lost daughter, meetings with famous people, iconic events and an entanglement with a sinister secret society.
His everyday wisdom and humour are drawn from his own experiences some of them difficult judging by his previous non fiction books. His writings help make a little sense of the world around us and feel a little more empathy with those we share it with.
View all 37 comments. The emotional sense of his writing is enduring and never anything less than compelling no matter the story being told or the premise that starts it. So there is that — and How To Stop Time falls firmly under page turner, with a dash of passionate prose, a smattering of emotional trauma and a big hit of poignant insightful commentary on the human race. Pretty much what this author does in a nutshell. Tom is one of those characters that will stay with you long after you have finished reading his story — and what a story it is.
He is old, plagued or blessed maybe that will be subjective with a condition that means he ages at a much slower rate. Not immortal but feeling that way, he is part of history and an observer of it — we see him over time, at his best and his worst, this is a love story with a touch of mystery and is hugely gripping from the very first page until the tear inducing poignant finale.
The characters he and we meet along the way all come with their own peculiarities and sense of self, the story weaves somewhat of a magic spell on the reader, or it did on me at least I was totally immersed into this one all the way. The thing about stories is that they transport you to other places, make you think about other things. Matt Haig is simply, when you remove the white noise, a master storyteller.
I loved this book. Just that. Highly Recommended. Easy and likeable but somewhat unsatisfying read. Tom Hazard has a terrible case of existential angst brought on by the fact he's existed for over years.
His life is controlled by The Albatross Society, an organization for people with Tom's disorder, anageria, which causes a person to age at a very slow rate, leading to lives that can last for a millennia.
The head of the society is Heindrich, a controlling and manipulative man who has set out a series of rules for himself and the o 3 Stars. The head of the society is Heindrich, a controlling and manipulative man who has set out a series of rules for himself and the other Albas to follow; never fall in love or get attached to regular humans, move every eight years and do whatever Heindrich tells you to do or else.
It is only the hope of finding Marion that has kept Tom from ending his life. She is all he has left of Rose, a woman loved and married in Shakespearean London.
Now Tom is leading a new life in London and he's tempted again by the idea of love and connection. He must decide what makes life worth living and what he's willing to risk to get it. Although I did like this there were a few hiccups for me; the scenes set in Shakespearean London didn't quite ring true and Tom bumping into or meeting so many famous people felt contrived. Shakespeare and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald? Thank you to Viking and Edelweiss for a copy of the book.
View all 6 comments. Jan 30, Marialyce rated it it was amazing. We are all given a certain amount of time to make the most of it. In some cases the years spread out before us while for others their time here is cut short.
In fact he has loads of time. You see Tom has a special condition which allows him to be a semi immortal. He ages slowly, ever so slowly, and 5 truly wonderful stars Your life is a gift. He ages slowly, ever so slowly, and by the time we meet him, he is over four hundred years old. In the fifteen hundreds, Tom falls in love with a fruit seller in Shakespearean London and of course she ages, while Tom doesn't.
They have a daughter born like Tom. However, the fact of Tom's inability to age, raises the specter of witchcraft and deals made with the devil. Tom is desperate and realizes he must leave, leave the woman and child he adores for their safety and hide, never to see his beloved Rose or his daughter.
This was a sad but telling tale of the idea of what is life. There was so many wonderful concepts and ideas that Mr Haig brings forth in this novel. The hurt we feel for Tom who is eventually pursued by a nine hundred year old bad guy, who incidentally just wants what is best for the Albatrosses as they call themselves.
He ultimately convinces Tom to go to "work" for him. Tom is guaranteed anonymity and is required to move every eight years. The society will always provide for him. Tom is not alone, there are other albatrosses who must be convinced they need the society's protection. Secrecy is the key. Most of all Tom and the albatrosses must never fall in love and they need to keep their secret or people will die, those people being us, the Mayflies.
Tom and Mr Haig take us on a historical adventure meeting and seeing some notables throughout the centuries that Tom has lived. They both makes us believe, with the ability to feel with your heart the struggles, what many might feel is idyllic to live while others around you die. It was a book that I could hardly put aside, one that filled me with a case of wonder and delight even as I read of Tom's hardships. Finding and fulfilling the life you are given is a gift. It is one that we all should search for.
For Tom, he found that wondrous ability to be just as life has always wanted him to be, alive, free to love, and enjoy the moments of just plain being. View all 11 comments. This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books. How to Stop Time is a book that is going to be talked about for a while. It made headlines when Benedict Cumberbatch signed on to star in the movie adaptation before the book had even been released.
After reading the description and seeing it virtually everywhere, of course I had to see what all the fuss was about. He looks forty but is actually more than four hundred. He's part of a small group of people who age about fifte This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books. He's part of a small group of people who age about fifteen times slower than the average human. But being blessed with a long life is more of a curse than a gift — you are guaranteed to lose all that matters to you and falling in love is the ultimate rule you can't break.
The plot is told through two stories: It's a wonderful novel; surprisingly short, but captivating nonetheless. I can see why the film rights were snatched up before the book hit the shelves! How to Stop Time is type of book that stays with you days after you've finished reading it. Book Links: View all 3 comments. I can't take it anymore. I can't believe this is the same author as the one who wrote The Humans. After reading and enjoying The Humans , I was eager to give this one a go, despite the fact that "time travel" and other such concepts don't necessarily float my boat, but I was willing to sail away with it.
I got the audiobook for this, as I enjoy British accents, plus, it was easier to fit in with other reading. Honestly, I was getting murderous thoughts towards the hero, Tom Hazard, who was four hundred something years old. Oh, the moaning, and the over-explaining, and the self-pity - I wanted to slap him or worse.
I was willing to suspend my disbelief, after all, I did it successfully with The Humans. But I just couldn't. It felt as if Haig took the history book out and then picked some events and some cool historical figures, just to spice things up a little. I used to be a huge history buff. Re-acquainting myself with some historical events and meeting important historical figures via Tom Hazard - should have been interesting. Alas, no! It was lacking authenticity and it felt too much like reading journal entries: And oh, I feel so lonely and so, so sad.
You see, in order to continue to live his miserable life, he couldn't fall in love again. So the poor guy has been single for centuries. He seems to have been celibate for centuries as well. Oh, and despite meeting so many important people in different parts of the world, he just couldn't find his daughter, who'd inherited his condition - which was why he still wanted to keep living.
The premise was good, the execution though was uninspired and a bit too much like a readers digest of historic events and who's who of historical figures. View all 34 comments. View all 7 comments. Jul 15, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: We are who we become. We are what life does to us. Entertaining AND introspective, what more can I ask of a book? To talk about memories is to live them a little. While not a time travel story per se, it does take us from the gritty s Ignorance changes over time.
But it is always there and it remains just as lethal. It is the levity that keeps this from going into maudlin territory, all the while asking whether quantity or quality of time are the greater gift. Matt Haig is now on my list of authors to watch. Beyond all of the quotes I noted--and this book looked like a porcupine with all of my darts--these words from his acknowledgements say all that I could about this author and this novel… Thank you for reading this book.
That is the first acknowledgement to make. A book only becomes real by being read, so thank you for giving my daydream a reality…. I have never had as much fun writing a book. The way time can comfort us and terrify us, and the way it makes us appreciate the scale and precious texture of our lives. And oh how it did. This is a book about living in the here and now and deciding how you wish to live it. Fiction that goes beyond the story, thank you, Matt Haig!
View all 22 comments. Matt Haig envisions a world where a small group of individuals age at a much slower pace than the average human. While the main character, Tom Hazard, looks 41, he is actually centuries old. To avoid being institutionalized or treated as a medical research subject, Tom has moved around his entire life staying nowhere more than years. When the book opens, Tom has decided to return to London and teach history at a local low-income high sc 4.
When the book opens, Tom has decided to return to London and teach history at a local low-income high school. He is tired of constantly being on the move and wants to have an ordinary life.
As his quest for a normal life unfolds, we are taken back and forth in time to learn about the many places and people Tom has experienced over his long and storied life. I loved the history aspects of the story.
In his lengthy life, Tom met Shakespeare, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Captain Cook and many others, and their encounters were so much fun to read about. He also observes that humans are bound to repeat the mistakes of the past, a sentiment that addresses what the United States is experiencing right now. And what starts as a doubt in a mind can swiftly become an act in the world.
I enjoyed How to Stop Time. Occasionally, I was ready for it to move along a little faster but overall it was a very entertaining read. View all 5 comments. Mar 12, Scarlett Readz and Runz Timeless, elegant, exquisite, thoughtful and a sweet surrender.
This was one of my favorite reads of the year thus far. Tom has lived a long time. A really long time. He does not age at the same rate as regular 'mayflies'…normal mortal humans. He is not immortal, but every human year equals and affords him many more than normal. When others are turning grey, he not so much shows but the earliest sprouts of plume to shave. Soon, he outlasts his friends 5 timeless stars Soon, he outlasts his friends and family.
The world is not ready for a human like him. He has to keep secrets wherever he goes.
This is a blessing and a curse. This has also made him tired. Tired of humans not learning from mistakes. Tired of events in time repeating themselves.
Told in first person narrative, he is telling his story injected with flashbacks of those times above for the reader to grasp the scope of his experiences. How he became, what he has seen, and that of a loss he is desperate to uncover. And that is where he is at now. The Albatross Society is there to protect people like him. Yes, there are others. Tom has met the leader of the society several times.
Tom is getting a bit weary with this life and all he wants is to be ordinary, with a job and live quietly while uncovering the loss of someone dear to him. The one thing he is never supposed to feel or have. The conclusion is a sweet surrender that even mayflies have come to grips with….. The lifetime of humans, the growth and changes that take place with age, the struggles and joys of the different phases we enter during our life time, as well as the patterns in history for the last couple hundred years.
This may be the perfect read for me, as I am middle aged, and have experienced loss and joys and a few phases of life, but also because I love history. What happens to R is that he begins to change as he falls in love with Julie.
He finds himself becoming more human-like and apparently, this change is contagious. Zombies and the living have never fallen in love with one another, so theirs is a one of a kind romance and one that really turns heads. The storyline was unique, the writing flowed smoothly and I enjoyed the romance and humor. I did not find any dull spots. The characters are well written and likeable, R made me laugh throughout and he is a sweet hero.
She is no damsel in distress. She is smart, sassy and she sticks up for what she believes in. I liked that these two share a love of good music, like Frank Sinatra. Overall, a fun, quirky, sweet story about how love can change people for the better. All you need is love right? This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
I downloadd my copy of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. Who says zombies are dead? Well, a lot of people I suppose. This isn't my first time reading this literary masterpiece and it won't be my last. I remember finding thIS book in a random store many years ago I think it was a Target, not sure, but I found the synopsis very odd and because of that I read it.
I loved it so much that I read it over and over again. I also read the "prequel" about a year ago as well and loved it too. Then, I found out Marion was writing a sequel and I was ecstatic.
R and Julie's characters are familiar yet utterly unique We've all known someone who feels lost and always seems to be on the outside looking in and we also know a broken person who is just trying to survive all while having hope humming in their hearts. That is what they represent. This book, yes, it is about zombies, but it also about humanity as a whole.
Warm Bodies breaks down humanity to it's molecular level and it tests it all while trying to save it. I love the humor in the book that accompanies the dark and stressful moments.
R brings comedy, but a lot of what he experiences make you think. I think everyone should read this book. Even if you think it may be a bit corny, just do it. Warm Bodies is unique and I have still failed to read anything like it.
Isaac Marion has become an author that I highly respect and I am so excited to read more of his new work and continue reading his old. See all 2, reviews. site Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about site Giveaway.
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Learn more about site Prime. Get fast, free shipping with site Prime. Back to top. Get to Know Us. site Payment Products. T I had very high expectations for this World Fantasy award winner. There is a message in the story -- life is short, so live it to the fullest.
The preachy tone of the story and the characters' constant self-indulgence left a bad taste in my mouth. If you liked The Time Traveler's Wife , you will probably enjoy this. I didn't. View all 48 comments. The horse race was good. I expect that I am just brimful of wealthy self-centered mediocre individuals undeservedly basking in privilege and power.
But, all that irksome name dropping worn thin. I get it. There's a disproportionate lack of insignificant villagers in the past lives of people who claim to remember them. Nobody wants to be part of the three serf families that the Rostov's neighbor traded for a dog. When I'm disengaged and uninterested in the story, it's awfully easy to find low hangi The horse race was good. When I'm disengaged and uninterested in the story, it's awfully easy to find low hanging targets to knock.
But, they not the reason that I dislike this book. I never had a problem with similar character flaws in other stories where someone is gifted youth. Heidegger's Experiment never expected me to admire those characters. I'm going with it's all a dream within a dream. I like George Berkeley's theory of subjective idealism, what little I know of it from Sophie's World. And, I appreciate the point made by Welwyn Wilton in a comment on her review.
The unique point of view the reader brings changes the novel; we none of us ever actually read the same novel. It's like looking at the same river. View all 8 comments. Oct 26, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: I did not go into this book with high expectations, despite the numerous awards this book was nominated for and won.
Calling it the best "time travel" novel ever does not adequately explain the emotional depth of the novel. This was an incredibly well-written, extremely well plotted novel that is at times both gut-wrenching and uplifting. World Fantasy Award for Best Novel View 2 comments. Jun 26, Eh? There was a period of time where I made myself think through what I wanted, realistically, and how to achieve them, ultimately. Were you one of those kids who wanted to set the world on fire and initiate changes for the better, if not for fame then for purpose?
I was saddened by how scaled back my plans became once I was a bit ground down by circumstances. Then I set it all aside and half-numbly addressed day-to-day tasks. Recently, I was in a situation where a man-boy poured his little heart out There was a period of time where I made myself think through what I wanted, realistically, and how to achieve them, ultimately.
Recently, I was in a situation where a man-boy poured his little heart out to me about the woman he hopes will love him back. They'd gone out on dates, although I ascertained that she may not have realized they were dates.
Poor lamb. Since the conversation had progressed to the point where I'd become invested in his happiness and wanted this to work out for him, I grilled him about whether he was also considering her interests, if he was more attracted to her looks and common activities than her self, blabbidy blah blah, and what his goals were and whether they meshed with hers. Hey, he seemed to be relieved to unload and I was obliging.
Totally not in a twss way. But, the reason I brought that up, he turned the future goals question back to me and caught me flat-footed. I don't think my stammers were a good return answer. I couldn't remember what I'd worked out before, my "realistic" goals.
Too much numb trudging. And then this book. A man dies in middle age and wakes up back in college to live his life again. He works his way through money, sex, children, nihilism, and it turns out that he keeps dying at the same time but wakes up older and older, skipping at first days then years ahead.
I liked that it's not as flashy as you'd expect. He didn't suddenly figure stuff out or have circumstances that ridiculously fell into place for good or ill, no more than you can kinda reasonably expect if you had future knowledge.
There was still an undercurrent of mediocrity, which made the story work for me. I think the conclusion was to love what you have. That's a message that can survive my numb days. View all 15 comments. Dec 20, Jeff rated it it was ok Shelves: The story unfolds like so: Henpecked, depressed dude dies in the middle of a phone call with his wife, he wakes up in his college dorm in , he lives his life differently, dies again at the exact same date and time and wakes up circa He lives off money betting on sporting event outcomes he remembers and plays the stock market on his inside knowledge of companies that did well over his previous lifetime IBM, Apple, etc.
Because this last paragraph is the paraphrased back cover description we are coming up on Spoilertown. Take the exit ramp to the bypass now! Woo Hoo!!!
Um, no. It was not to be. It was back to hitting the familiar historical notes and taking a turn at amateur philosophizing and mixed metaphors and trying to lead a different life this time around.
Which is something I don't ordinarily complain about, I don't have to be spoon-fed everything. Here it just feels like a cheat - like going to your favorite restaurant in anticipation of a grand meal only to find that it was closed by the Board of Health. The ending is worthy of a throat punch. A really strong two and a half stars rounded down. View all 19 comments. Apr 17, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm a total sucker for time-travel novels, and Replay is a dam clever one filled with unexpected twists and traumatic experiences.
Wanting to know the cause of this unusual phenomena, he finally stumbles across an interest I'm a total sucker for time-travel novels, and Replay is a dam clever one filled with unexpected twists and traumatic experiences. View all 6 comments. Oct 17, Welwyn Wilton Katz rated it did not like it Shelves: I read this book for a book club I'm in, and it surprised me that I hadn't heard about it before.
I bought the book and I read it and I wanted to like it. There had been a lot of hype when it came out in and won the World Fantasy Award of I like fantasy. I write fantasy. But I don't think this book is actually real fantasy. I don't think it's science fiction either.
I think it is a failed attempt to write a story where a human being finds redemption through an unusual method.
I feel i I read this book for a book club I'm in, and it surprised me that I hadn't heard about it before. I feel in a way as if I should not review this book, because so many people have given it such high ratings that a negative comment will make me seem inconoclastic and picky or, worse, small-minded since it comes from a fantasy writer.
I don't think I'm any of those things. I want to be surprised in fantasy, that's all. I would like to be surprised in every book I read, excited by a beautiful turn of phrase, startled by a concept, taken to a new place in my own mind. And Replay didn't do that for me. There are three things wrong with Replay, in my opinion. The character never excited me by any growing maturity.
He was ordinary, dull, selfish, and he just knew too much and not enough. I could have accepted that, if the character had shown a major interest in horse racing all the way through the book. But no. He never even notices a horse anywhere else, except that each time he wakes up he needs some cash so he bets on that same horse.
Did I believe that? Did it surprise me not to believe it? Why not? Because the writing is pedestrian, and I do not expect surprises from pedestrian writing. I will merely say that each time this character "replays" his 23 years no spoilers on this since you find out about replaying on page one he remembers the important things that any normal person would remember from his life before dying.
The memory of his old replays could help him change: But he never uses what he knows about world events for the good of others, only for his own self-destructive "good". He always falls into the same trap, even when he decides to go and live off the land a decision we're not privy to, and therefore find totally out of character for this sexually charged man.
The trap? It's selfishness. What we know about this man can be expressed in one sentence. He has to have what he wants. What he wants is usually sex. Okay, he has to have sex with perfect women.
Clarify still more? Okay, if they are only perfect on the outside, he tires of them and goes on to choose exactly the same kind of woman he had before. Eventually, and this may be a spoiler, though I do think it is predictable but if you haven't read the book maybe you shouldn't read from here: Together they make the world a much worse place. They don't intend to, but anyone with half a brain could see that their actions together were bound to result in terrible things.
Spoiler ends here. And at the end of the book, has it changed him? Page of A man has lived a lifespan consisting of his first childhood and - let's say - ten replays. Let's say that gives him years of human existence.
There is no way that in years he could ever manage to listen to every single song ever sung or written, even at a full 24 hours a day. Even if he changed his preferences from, say, the Beach Boys to blues and rock and roll or even to medieval chants, there is a whole world of blues and rock and roll and medieval chants out there. That's what I think is wrong with this guy. He never changes his preferences.
He keeps re-doing what he always did, which is to find stuff for himself , and it's always the same kind of stuff for himself. He's unable to choose the right stuff to make him happy, because he doesn't realize that he has to use that stuff to make other people happy too. Only once does he try to use his foreknowledge unselfishly: Otherwise, he doesn't really care about the world and its issues; he doesn't let himself worry about changing the future. The whole book - with one major exception - is about how he wants stuff for himself.
Only by divine intervention why, please? And even after he's given what he wants, the chance at a whole, full life without repetition, he whines about his past all those songs, all the same. Redemption has to do with choices, with people choosing to change. I won't say that the hero of this book never chooses to change anything at all, but basically, he never chooses to change himself. Things happen to him.
He lets them. He lives from one thing to the next. He never says, "Enough of this. I'm going to figure out why it's always me who is replaying. It's always a torment. It's never possible for him to see it as a gift. Had he done this, the book would perhaps have lived up to the movie Groundhog Day, which despite its fluffy name, is a movie worth watching at least once a year for the rest of your life.
The plot? I say it doesn't work. Because a plot asks why and why not. Does the hero ever do anything to try to find out why he has to replay this section of his life? I'm going to say something that I imagine most thinking people will expect, having read this far, but if not, this next part could be thought of as a spoiler.
Here it is: The hero meets another replayer. A woman, natch. Together they start looking for others. They find one. It's the only truly great bit of writing in the book. It gave us an explanation for the replayers. It even almost made sense, despite the fact that many readers won't be familiar with the concept as yoga understands it and as it is explained using the Bhagavad Gita by the one person who understands.
But since most people who don't understand the yogic concepts have read Shakespeare I'll paraphrase the next part: I so hoped it wouldn't turn out to be a cop-out.
But, sadly, it did. The thought never runs through our replayers' minds again The explanation was just insane. But I hung onto it. I hoped. I saw that there was an epilog. I didn't dare read it ahead of time in case I was wrong I got to it at last. And no. The whole explanation had been presented and thrown away.
End of spoiler. So, to me it is a total mystery why this book won the world fantasy award. It is mediocre writing that forces you to live with a guy you really don't much like for all those pages, and there is never an explanation for the plot hook, and the hero is a sad, flawed character who never takes his own life by the horns and makes himself strong.
Nov 30, unknown rated it really liked it Shelves: Don't go into this looking for a hard SF exploration of how or why Jeff is time traveling, because that isn't this book. Most of it is actually a love story that develops over more than a century's worth of years when Jeff happens upon another caught in the same loop and the two try to make sense of what is happening to them, building and rebuilding a life together, retaining all of their memories each time they complete a cycle Jeff calls them "replays" and loop back.
Some of these variations are pretty dark Jeff nihilistically descends into drugs and sex , but others are fun Jeff and the love interest change the world by creating an ecologically-themed Star Wars type movie years before Star Wars in an effort to inspire others to live better, a section that is full of cool details for movie buffs. Of course, things get more complicated as the replays become shorter and shorter, each time beginning a few months or years closer to Jeff's unavoidable date of death, which never changes.
Some of the replays are far from happy, and Jeff realizes that even with several lifetimes to live, there's never enough time to avoid regrets. In the end, living is about recognizing that, and always moving forward. Wikipedia says Grimwood was working on a sequel when he died rather young in It's hard to imagine where he would have gone with the story, which is wrapped up pretty well, but I'm sorry it won't continue.
View all 4 comments. Oct 03, J. Grice rated it it was amazing Shelves: The writing and story are stellar, and this book is still one of my all time favorites.
I enjoyed Replay mainly because it is a great example of wish fulfillment. The main character, a middle aged man with a regular job and stuck in a lackluster marriage, gets to go back to his younger body while retaining all the knowledge and wisdom he accumulated during the years. This gives him a huge advantage over everyone else; he has knowledge of the future that can potentially make him rich, he can avoid all the mistakes that lead him to the bleak future he just escaped, and he can enjoy I enjoyed Replay mainly because it is a great example of wish fulfillment.
This gives him a huge advantage over everyone else; he has knowledge of the future that can potentially make him rich, he can avoid all the mistakes that lead him to the bleak future he just escaped, and he can enjoy his physical youth without the awkwardness and confusion that comes with being young and inexperienced. I think this particular fantasy can resonate with everyone even a little bit, regardless of their age or current level of happiness. Aside from the "replay" aspect, the novel is strong in terms of plot, character development and writing.
Comparing it to another similar book I've read recently, The Fifteen Lives of Harry August , I definitely like Replay better, both in terms of style and the approach to time travel.
I would definitely recommend. May 15, Algernon Darth Anyan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jeff Winston is a 43 years old radio journalist, trapped in a tedious job and a dysfunctional marriage, when he gets the chance of a lifetime: I don't think there's any person on this planet who, approaching the 50 years milestone, has not fantasized about starting over with the wisdom that only age and experience can grant, and enjoy all the perks a young body and financial for Jeff Winston is a 43 years old radio journalist, trapped in a tedious job and a dysfunctional marriage, when he gets the chance of a lifetime: I don't think there's any person on this planet who, approaching the 50 years milestone, has not fantasized about starting over with the wisdom that only age and experience can grant, and enjoy all the perks a young body and financial foresight can grant.
The merit of Ken Grimwood is to take this premise and explore it in all it's implications and variations, well beyond the immediate self gratification most of us think at first like betting on the winning horse in a major race or going out with the hot babe from your chemistry class. The fact hat he chooses a 25 five year interval for the loop instead of 24 hours, helps him develop his characters better and provides a more adequate canvas to explore consequences.
He turns the idea of reliving one's life into the chance for introspection and for searching an answer to the grandest existentialist questions: Why are we here? Why struggle if it all ends in death and loss? Frank Capra declared in one of his classic movies: You can't take it with you! I don't really care about genre categories and whether Replay should be considered science fiction or fantasy or mainstream speculative fiction seems the best bet.
Jeff exclaims at one point: Our dilemma, extraordinary though it is, is essentially no different than that faced by everyone who's ever walked this earth: We're here and we don't know why. The key to the novel is to be found in the quote Grimwood atributes to Plato and Goodreads to Socrates: