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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Third Level. May 19, Tony Rabig rated it it was amazing. This collection was cited by Stephen King as having defined the boundaries of what later became Rod Serling's Twilight Zone, and that's a spot-on assessment.
Both these collections are long out of print, but well worth searching out; several of the best stories in each were included in the more recent selection of Finney's short stories, ABOUT TIME. Delightful stuff, not to be missed. Aug 18, Joseph rated it really liked it. My imagination expanded exponentially after reading this as a kid, and it made me begin to wonder things I would have never thought of before.
I definitely recommend The Third Level. Mar 03, Debra marked it as to-read Shelves: sai-king-recommends. Stephen King recommended book and author. Book noted as "important to the genre we have been discussing" from Danse Macabre , published in Author discussed in chapter 9. Aug 12, Vishnu Brahmandam rated it really liked it Shelves: It caught my attention then and I stumbled across it again, many years later.
A pleasant find was finding the rest of the stories that were published as a collection of short stories. Everyone working twelve, fourteen hours a day, with the major part of a man's income going for taxes, and the rest going for consumers' 1. Everyone working twelve, fourteen hours a day, with the major part of a man's income going for taxes, and the rest going for consumers' goods priced sky-high because of war production.
Artificial scarcities, restrictions of all kinds. And hanging over everything, killing what little joy in life is left, is the virtual certainty of death and destruction. Everyone working and sacrificing for his own destruction. Ted looked up at me. A lousy world, the world of the future, and not the way human beings were meant to live.
I liked the ending. Great placement of this story after "I'm Scared". Light-hearted and breezy. This one really sucked me in. I was in the mind of the protagonist. I whisper-shouted 'NO! I liked this a lot. Liked it nonetheless. There Is a Tide No rating for this one. Not that I disliked it. I simply don't want to rate this one. Behind the News The quality of the writing feels to have dropped after the first few. This was alright.
I definitely liked that one! Notes view spoiler [ 1. I love "Oh, murder". Not to be confused with, Oh, I love murder. Is our hero handsome? I like that. Ralph saw the same movie — just this ordinary average guy, you see, James Stewart, who meets this girl by dialling the wrong number … Ralph wondered if anything like that could really happen.
Just for the fun of it, next night, he tried the same thing; just closed his eyes and dialled a number. There's not much we'd have to work out so I'd be sitting there thinking, where's the story?
Where's the idea that willed him to write it down? A simple distraction that brings you face to face with the ledge you're standing on and the scribbles you've made on yellow paper. They all have this subtle feeling of longing for something. Usually for better days and mostly implying that those better days are in the past or future.
I'm going to borrow a line I read about Finney's work because I believe it fits perfectly. Apr 08, Chris Aldridge rated it it was amazing Shelves: in-a-collection , mindwebs. Mindwebs audiobook 65, this is the second mini story. Excellent 5 star story about a portal back though time Hogwarts style at Grand Central Station.
A great description of a romantic from the perspective of a stamp collector. Nov 12, Yathish Dhavala rated it liked it. The Third Level is a short story with the theme of escapism from the modern world with the aid of time travel.
If you're looking for similar themed short stories then you'll enjoy two more from this book - Such Interesting Neighbors and Of Missing Persons.
I didn't find the remaining short stories nearly as interesting. Oct 09, Kavya U. Fantastic collection of science-fiction and fantasy short stories. I have become a fan of Jack Finney. My favourite stories in order of likeability: 1. Of Missing Persons 2. There is a Tide 3. Such Interesting Neighbours 4. The Third Level 5. I'm Scared 6. Behind The News 7. Second Chance. Aug 06, Barry Cooper rated it it was amazing.
Started reading this afternoon and I'm glad i finally got my hands on a copy.
The Third Level by Jack Finney Summary
The past is a good place to visit, but certainly not a good place to stay. The Third Level by Jack Finney is an engrossing story set in the s. The story is studded with numerous undertones of irony. It takes you back in time. Let us take a closer look at the story. He ends up finding himself on the Third Level of the Grand Central Station there were only two levels.
The Third Level
His best-known works are science fiction and thrillers , including The Body Snatchers and Time and Again. The former was the basis for the film Invasion of the Body Snatchers and its remakes. Finney was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin , and given the name John Finney. After his father died when Finney was three years old, he was renamed Walter Braden Finney in honor of his father, but continued to be known as "Jack". He attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois , graduating in He married Marguerite Guest, and they had two children, Kenneth and Marguerite.