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Beautiful piece for your collection,
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This review is from: HG Wells Classic Collection (Hardcover)
Having never read any Wells before, I am finding this collection a wonderful addition to my library. My favorite type of sci-fi involves attempted utopian societies, realistic (i.e. not about aliens in different universes) future predictions, and mad scientists etc; the stories collected here are about such topics and other things. Written near the end of the 19th Century, these stories are some of Well's earliest, and the reader can see his writing style develop along the way. The collection's forward also has a useful list of Well's works so the reader can decide where to go next.
The story that drew me to this collection was the Time Machine because of the old movie I saw when I was a kid. The original piece here is much darker, and you can see many of Well's later themes being expressed in this early work.
Each piece is quite short by todays science fiction standards. One could almost count them as short stories, but they are all most definitely full tales that will be interesting to read again and share with others. Every tale has some unique artwork to accompany chapter headings, as well as the occasional full page illustration. These add some thoughtful variety to the book, and also help you find your way if you just happen to open the book at a random page.
The hardcover presentation is well built into a solid, respectfully heavy tome with a detailed pattern on the front cover. It will sit boldly on your shelves, and add a certain presence to anyone's library. My only wish is that an attached bookmark ribbon was included (thats where my 5th star went, picky I know).
I highly recommend this collection to anyone interested in H. G. Wells, or science fiction in general.