Jeff isn’t perfect, which makes him more fun. Until one day, he wakes up back in and he is 18 but all his memories, experiences and knowledge of his adult life are still intact in this world full of promise and infinite choices. Jan 20, Rather than jumping in a machine and galivanting into the future to romp with the Eloi, Grimwood has his hero Jeff die one chill October evening in When people have near death experiences they typically talk about their lives flashing before their eyes. Also, in terms of its mass-market appeal to Americans and its page-turnablity-index, I thought it was on par with the DaVinci Code.

Should he try to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy? They still both die again. It’s pre and the ad reads, “If you know who Lee Harvey Oswald is, call me. The government refuses, and the pair are imprisoned and forced to continue providing information. It did become more philosophical and would recommend it if, as a literary fiction or contemporary reader, you’re trying to get into sci-fi. And finally, it will teach you about acceptance. I was saddened by how scaled back my plans became once I was a bit ground down by circumstances. You can’t help but wander what you’d do if you woke up and you were 18 again?


And each ‘re-life’ is informed by what he has been and done in all his previous incarnations. Because when you get right down to it, Replay has a sick and amazing premise, but Ken Grimwood’s writing leaves grimwlod to be desired. And this time, he’s no dummy. If Ken Grimwood looks backward and inward in the search for existential answers, Lowrie uses the same replay concept named reboot in his space opera of receiving another chance at life in a rejuvenated repkay with memories intact, to look forward thousands of years into the future and explore the effect of quasi-immortality on human psychological and social development.

Redemption has to do with choices, with people choosing to change. Why struggle if it all ends in death and loss? 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.

I never had a problem rrplay similar character flaws in other stories where someone is gifted youth. View all 47 comments. In the first chapter, the main character, a year-old man, sits at his desk and drops dead of a heart attack. Oct 17, Welwyn Wilton Katz rated it did not like it Shelves: Some reviewers think this is science novie it is most definitely NOT science fiction.


Daniel Lawson Yes, and that book is good too Feb 20, The only good thing to happen in the coming years is finally having a child, a daughter named Gretchen, the light of his life.

Reading it was cathartic and life affirming experience for me, and I enjoyed every moment of it. It’s cleverness is only exceeded by the book’s probing insights into love, values and the human spirit.

Anyone who has ever wanted a do-over. And this time, he realizes that money doesn’t matter as much as he thought, so he lives a different life.

Then there’s the geographic angle. The novel tells of a year-old man who dies and wakes up back in in his year-old body. That said, fewer things that will never happen to me in real life are the cause of as much dread as being stuck in a time loop. I grew up in the 80s, so I didn’t have THAT feeling reading the book, but at least I was familiar with the goings-on and could imagine what it would have been grrimwood.

Comparing it to another similar book I’ve read recently, The Fifteen Lives of Harry AugustI definitely like Replay better, both in terms of style and the approach to time travel.

Replay by Ken Grimwood

It’s just such a shame that this amazing premise gets squandered. Opportunities missed, meetings passed mean that necessarily there is a newness to the life he leads even in amidst the same-old-same-old.

They try going public hoping that scientists will be able to help them with what is happening. Or would you start a new journey? A clever concept, well executed, or at least, I thought so. He remembers enough to be able to keep making sure bets and keep adding to his wealth. I got to it at last. In one of his cycles, Jeff has committed to living like a hermit — isolated from civilization in the hopes he can find peace. This was an incredibly fun read that I never wanted to put down.

A really strong two and a half stars rounded down.


And again and again. With his first replay, he movei to get rich quick by making bets on horses, baseball, and the stock market. I feel i I read this book for a book club I’m in, and it surprised me that Mocie hadn’t heard about it before. When people have near death experiences they typically talk about their lives flashing before their eyes. The poor man’s farthing is worth more Than all the gold on Africa’s shore.


The original plot line kept me guessing what would happen next, and fully engaged. Jeff has the advantage he needs to enjoy this moviee life and the freedom to explores his potential to ekn fullest and make his dreams and fantasies come true with the exuberance of youth and the knowledge of an adult.

Sometimes he reacts negatively and descends into hedonism and drugs. Spectacular Optical’s latest release has a lot of cheer to spread. Imagine reliving your prime years over and over Originally posted at Fantasy Literature Replay is a story that every reader can grimwiod with.

Book 5 Replay Science Fiction. Jeff is in the throes of death before we truly know anything about him, and in his final seconds under the strain of a heart attack, the little that is related is that his marriage to his wife Linda has become unfulfilling and is headed towards divorce, his dream of moving from radio station management to a job in television has been unsuccessful, his efforts to have a child with Linda have failed, and money is tight.

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. This time travel aspect is a double edged sword and, along the way, Jeff learns a valuable lesson about life, love, human nature and what or who gives his life meaning.

The book doesn’t try to explain why Jeff is replaying or if there is or isn’t an almighty force who is doing this to him. The interesting aspect to this phenomenon is that Jeff Winston wakes up remembering his entire life up to when his heart gives a last shuddering heave. Jeff soon realizes that he cannot prevent his death inbut he can change the events that occur before it, both for him, and for others.

Right from the back of the re;lay Peter, Jeff awakens to find himself in his college dorm in with full knowledge of the future to come, from the fall of Saigon to the horse that will win the Kentucky Derby.

View all 55 comments. To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your gdimwood, And eternity in an hour.

You live your life by going forward.