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Richard Matheson has been called "one of the most important writers of the 20th century" by Ray Bradbury, and his work has inspired many other notable authors. Stephen King cites Matheson as "the author who influenced me most as a writer,"
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Unlike the movie "Somewhere in Time," The book, "Bid Time Return" deals with a man who has a brain tumor, who becomes obsessed with a portrait of an actress, and then he believes he can will himself back in time to her. The diaries of the man, once he is dead are found by his brother, who is left (along with the reader, and therefore has been the topic of many discussion groups) to deal with the question, did his brother really go back in time and have a romance with the woman he was cent to be with, or did his brain tumor cause him to imagine the whole thing.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad Time Travel:    -   largely backwards/past Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   destined love (dream or prediction) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Water Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   18th century    -   general past Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   little dialog

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