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on 18 July 2016
Would have given 5 stars had it not been for the large sticker that's been whacked on the back stating the price and barcode. It is unfortunately un-removable as when you try to peel it off it takes the beautiful red cover with it. Other than this issue the book really is beautiful. Containing 5 of H. G. Wells classics, it adds to my book collection perfectly.
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on 9 December 2017
I bought this in the hopes of having a permanent 'to keep' hardback for my shelf of favourites. I was disappointed in that regard. This ain't a high quality book; the pages are glued and not sewn into the spine (I mean come on, there are mass market paperbacks with sewn binding, look at the new Oxford World Classics Shakespeare Editions). The font is decently sized and the paper is ok quality - this is very much a 'readers' edition. Think of this as a big paperback. The 'hardback' is cheap cheap cheap (cardboard?) and doesn't look like it'll stand up to more than a couple of readings. I'm so negative about this book as I know full well (worked at a bookshop that commissioned small runs now and then) that for a few pennies this could have been a MUCH better book; for a book this size to be properly sewn and bound would have likely cost under £1 per book. Anybody who collects books will already know that this seems to be a uniquely UK publishing phenomena, and I usually buy US editions when possible as theyre far better quality at half the price. UK book lovers should not put up with these shoddily built books (and pay through the nose for the privelege too!). Boo Gollancz!
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VINE VOICEon 2 January 2011
Five of Mr Wells science fiction "romances" together in a visually attractive tome, with many a little drawing to highlight the chapter headings, and an occasional full page drawing to make the pages even more visually interesting.
That was a nice little touch I wasn't expecting.
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The stories are:-
The Time Machine. (1895) The time traveller travels into the distant future, and encounters the two races man has become.
The Island of Doctor Moreau. (1896) A gentleman discovers a island inhabited by creatures from a nightmare.
The War of the Worlds. (1898) A cylinder crashes on Horsell common, people gather around it, then the cylinder begins to unscrew! what on Earth can be inside?
The First Men in the Moon. (1901) Mr Bedford and Dr Cavor travel to the moon and encounter the Selenites, but the Selenites are not too impressed by some of man's achievement's.
The Invisible Man. (1897) Inventor Griffin discovers too late, that not all scientific inventions are beneficial to mankind.
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Great stories that will support many re-readings and still remain fresh, these are stories that really did, change the world.
This year all his short stories are getting the same treatment in a similar bound book, of which I couldn't help but pre-order.
Stories from the father of Science-Fiction.
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on 4 November 2017
Not best pleased. The book itself on arrival was very nice, the delivery was good and on time. Got a new one for under £20 in the new and used options. The problem however was the big price sticker on the back cover. Upon attempted removal of said sticker it tore away a significant part of the back cover. This ruined the aesthetic of the book for me. Which for a £20 book with nice design is really not ideal. Would recommend the book but also strongly advise looking up a sticker removal method.
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on 18 March 2017
Nice item, really like the binding and the pictures. As said in other reviews the sticker on the back leaves behind quite a lot of sticky gunk so takes a while to take off, which is a shame. There are some spelling mistakes in this edition, but that seems to be a feature of HG Wells publications, so perhaps they're all reprinted from a slightly careless original. Really like this apart from that.
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on 19 October 2015
Only read the Time Machine story so far as it was why I bought this. I grew up with that film being my childhood fave and have since watched the remake effort and owned the audio cassette read by Robert Hardy. Weirdly, I have never read the actual book myself and thought it was about time (sorry : / ). It obviously adds an altogether different feel to the movies and creates a new set of images in the mind's eye (even after watching those movies) which is a nice surprise. Another nice touch is the addition of the odd graphic within the stories. The book feels like a top quality item that would grace any bookshelf and not look out of place in a more 'classic' setting too. It is fairly heavy but then you'd expect it to be with that many stories in. Still, it's not put me off travelling with it three times in the last couple of weeks and reading in bed. If you're a fan of classic stories and don't own this one yet, get this version, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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on 13 December 2017
I bought this for a gift and it looks a lovely book, However I am disappointed in having a sticky label on the back. I had read the other reviews but didn't realise how difficult it was to remove. It is now spoiled and I wish I had left the blasted thing in place now. Who thought of sticking something like this on such a nice book. The mind boggles.
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on 21 November 2017
This is lovely book bought as a gift which should have a much better star rating. The HUGE problem that ruins this quite expensive book (£25) is the glue used by Orion Books to attach the price label and information sticker. Despite my great care removal of the sticker peeled away great tears of the binding. The brand new book, now looks second hand and horribly shabby. A real shame.I can't now use this as a gift.
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on 8 January 2015
worth every penny. a nice hardback, not too heavy, like some collections...invisible man is a really good story..forget the films and tv makes...nothing to do with H G wells story..
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on 16 November 2016
Purchased this as a gift which went down a treat.
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