Stands The Test of Time,
This review is from: The Time Machine (Enriched Classics (Pocket)) (Kindle Edition)
Whilst I have not seen the films / read the comic books that were inspired by this classic, I wanted to write down a few thoughts I had after completing this novella.
Firstly it's a real gift that books such as this classic are made available free on the Kindle. This is one of the unspoken incentives of buying the device; to be able to instantly access these books with just a click of the mouse for no charge is simply fantastic.
On to the book: At just over 100 pages, you should be able to accomplish this book in a matter of hours. The shortness of this story however is at the heart of what is both good and bad (in my eyes) about 'The Time Machine'.
First published in 1895 it is fair to say that the biggest merit of the book is that it was so far ahead of its time (no pun intended) - testament that the term 'time machine' actually originated from this book. It was also one of the first books to address a cataclysmic approach to the future of our Earth.
For such a pioneering book its difficult to say anything bad about it without coming under a lot of attack from loyalists, but nevertheless I want to go out there and say that whilst I enjoyed this book it serves more as a structure for its subsequent genre creation than as the best in its field. For example most of the philosophical and political references were blurry in their details. I found books such as Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World far more detailed and rewarding. And with respect to time travel try A Wrinkle in Time and of course The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhikers Guide 2)!