by Ken Grimwood
Started: May 4
Finished: May 8
Notes: I've had this one on my to-be-read list for some while, and finally got my hands on a copy. This 1988 winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel is about a 43-year-old man who dies (in 1988) and then finds himself transferred back into his 18-year-old self (in 1963), with this scenario repeating again and again and again, something like the Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day." Also, thoughts of death and dying and aging are on my mind a lot of late, in no small order because of my wife's continual battle with cancer, so this one should prove appropriate to my general mood.
Mini review: This was a truly, truly fantastic book, perhaps the best I've read this year, and maybe in a while. This one harps back to the days when speculative fiction told a good story while also having something important to say, which is frankly not something I see a lot of nowadays. This is also a novel which does not provide all the answers for the reader, something I appreciate but most readers don't seem to, or at least a vocal crowd doesn't appear to from what I've seen over the years. This novel might feel a little dated today, though not much, but it would be interesting to see a sequel today that has a character in the same situation as the protagonist from Replay; unfortunately, the author was working on such a sequel when he passed away in 2003. I highly recommend this book to anyone.