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The Time Machine and the Invisible Man [Paperback]

H. G. Wells
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30 Jan 2009
"The Time Machine", one of the most loved science fiction novels of all time, is H. G. Wells 1895 novel which crafts a vivid and haunting picture of an earth some 800,000 years into the future. The first novel about time travel, "The Time Machine" was written during a period of great technological advancement, the impacts of which were of serious concern to Wells. The author poses the question in the novel; will technology ever go too far? The future world of the 'Eloi', depicted in the novel, warns of the dangerous consequences of unchecked technological advancements. Also included in this edition is another of Wells' most popular works, "The Invisible Man". It is the story of a scientist, Griffen, who discovers a serum that will turn his entire body invisible. The initial excitement over the possibilities quickly dissipates when Griffen, who uses the formula on himself, is unable to turn himself visible again. "The Invisible Man" is a cautionary tale about tampering with the laws of the universe. It is the story of how one scientist's great discovery leads him into a state of madness. Readers will delight in these two cautionary tales about the potential dangers of scientific and technological progress.

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (30 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420932349
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420932348
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, England, on September 21, 1866. His father was a professional cricketer and sometime shopkeeper, his mother a former lady's maid. Although "Bertie" left school at fourteen to become a draper's apprentice (a life he detested), he later won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, where he studied with the famous Thomas Henry Huxley. He began to sell articles and short stories regularly in 1893.

In 1895, his immediately successful novel rescued him from a life of penury on a schoolteacher's salary. His other "scientific romances" - The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), The First Men in the Moon (1901), and The War in the Air (1908) - won him distinction as the father of science fiction.

Henry James saw in Wells the most gifted writer of the age, but Wells, having coined the phrase "the war that will end war" to describe World War I, became increasingly disillusioned and focused his attention on educating mankind with his bestselling Outline of History (1920) and his later utopian works. Living until 1946, Wells witnessed a world more terrible than any of his imaginative visions, and he bitterly observed: "Reality has taken a leaf from my book and set itself to supercede me."

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good combination 20 Nov 2009
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A very good deal with 2 great classic stories. Bought for my daughter studying an abridged version at school and wanted to read the whole. The double edition provided a good opportunity to extend interest. Recommended value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does it stand the test of time? 20 Feb 2010
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I bought this for my son who had expressed an interest in reading it. My main concern was that 'modern' books are a lot faster, and pacier, than the books of the past and he might find it 'slow'. He didn't. He thought both stories were terrific, as did his young sister, so I would highly recommend it as a book which contains two gripping stories but also interests youngsters in the novelists of the past.
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I have always loved the film version of the time machine, and always wanted to read the book. Verey good. I loved it. The invisible man has had a number of films made of it, but I think the book is better. I really ought to read more H G Wells.
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3.0 out of 5 stars its ok 3 Nov 2013
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was ok, has two great science fiction stories, however the book did seem a bt flimsy and seemed easy to break if not used carefully.
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By bernie VINE VOICE
An unnamed time traveler sees the future of man (802,701 A.D.) and then the inevitable future of the world. He tells his tale in detail. Some of the details are fascinating as the traveler come to discover the secret of the results of social striation over centuries which eventually creates two separate species from humans. Which species is the more human? Can anything be done to prevent or correct this?

I grew up on the Rod Taylor /George Pal movie. When I started the book I expected it to be slightly different with a tad more complexity as with most book/movie relationships. I was surprised to find the reason for the breakup of species (Morlock and Eloi) was class Vs atomic (in later movie versions it was political). I could live with that but to find that some little pink thing replaced Yvette Mimieux was too munch.

After all the surprises we can look at the story as unique in its time, first published in 1895, yet the message is timeless. The writing and timing could not have been better. And the ending was certainly appropriate for the world that he describes. Possibly, if the story were written today the species division would be based on eugenics.

Anticipations: Of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human life and Thought
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2.0 out of 5 stars The classics I could've skipped reading 18 Jun 2013
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I saw on a reading list of recommended classic those two stories as easy-read classics. Either whoever posted that comment has a completely idea of easy read from me or I have missed something. The time Machine is awfully written story that I regret reading (thankfully I already started forgetting most of it). I am still reading The Invisible Man and although it is a better story it is still not as good as the title implies. Overall I could have skipped reading those.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great books!
I bought it used, but the book was in a very good condition. I had never read something from Wells before, but I have to say I loved him, The Time Machine was my favourite one. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Naan88
5.0 out of 5 stars Scientists run amuck
One of the very first science fiction authors -- and the one with the biggest impact on sci-fi -- was undoubtedly H.G. Wells. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Feudalism even within creatures!
I am a great fan of H.G.Wells' work and cannot fault this one at all. It follows the same genre of science fiction as his other works such as The Island of Dr Maurou - which I... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2011 by L.Lais
5.0 out of 5 stars The revelation of a great writer
Of course I was aware of the stories, having watched the relevant films, but up till now I had read only The island of Dr. Moreau, which I liked a lot. Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2010 by Nikolaos Oikonomidis
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great read!
Getting both books together is great value, and I bought them to read out loud to my 10 year old son (so I could give him a hand with the tricky words), which is going very well. Read more
Published on 11 July 2010 by jessie tw18
5.0 out of 5 stars Science fiction classics in their original form
Excellent stories, well told and at a great price. I'd seen various films based upon these stories but none of them come close to the originals. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2009
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