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    Book Review: Bid Time Return

    by Part of my quest to read all of the World Fantasy Award novel winners. This book won in 1976. The last book I read by Mr. Matheson was I Am Legend, way back in 2015. Loved it. Quick, precise prose. Just enough description to let your imagination work on what you would see. A clean, character-driven story that I recommend to just about anyone. Bid Time Return is something very different. It’s an almost stream of consciousness (presented as transcriptions from an old Dictaphone) trip through the last few months of a scriptwriter dying of inoperable, incurable cancer. He randomly stops at an aging luxury hotel, falls in love with…

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    2015 Reading Journey: I Am Legend

    by I Am Legend by Richard Matheson (1954) Did it help me that I’ve never seen any of the movies? That’s partly why I picked it for the 1950s stop on the journey. This book has been turned into a movie four times, but I’ve never managed to see one of them. I may have to remedy that. The last book in the decade sequence I really enjoyed is several decades back, and the crisp, clean prose of I Am Legend paired with the slow reveal of the protagonist’s situation had me from the first chapter. It’s fair to say I dove right into this book, picking it up in odd…