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The Invisible Man & The Time Machine (Twelve Point Series)

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The Time Machine and The Invisible Man, by H. G. Wells, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classicsseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions com ...more
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published 1999 by North Books (first published January 1st 1968)
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Jun 21, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting much from a time when fantasy and science fiction were not only in their infancy, but not acknowledged as being something for adults. However, having never read HG Wells in my entire life, I found him immensely entertainined. While the beginning of "The Time Machine" was a bit slow, I found the Darwinism (and the barely-hidden class commentary) of the future fascinating. However, I must say that I enjoyed "The Invisible Man" more than the time machine. Griffin is someone you c ...more
Jun 20, 2016 Shuvro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ভাল লেগেছে। অনেকদিন পর আবার পড়লাম ।
Really enjoyed The Time Machine. Even though it was all told by the Time Traveler instead of happening in real time, I found it interesting and loved the concepts of the future of humanity. I felt a lot of sympathy for the Time Traveler and his plight and liked how the story came full circle. If it was just this story, I would have given it four stars.

I did not enjoy the Invisible Man nearly as much. I ended up skimming a lot of it later on. The beginning was better than the ending, especially w
Paul Chance
Apr 29, 2012 Paul Chance rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The scientist who is The Time Traveller in this brief novel constructs a time machine enabling him to travel into the remote future where, it is surmised, humans have developed into simpler beings, the Eloi, who live above ground, and the Morlocks, who live below ground.

The assumption which The Time Traveller makes on discovering these two races is that the division arose from a split of the classes; the upper class or Eloi living above ground and the working classes reduced to living subterran
First, the Time Machine. I think it's considered important because this is where science fiction began to have IMPORTANT MESSAGES about society.

I hate science fiction that has IMPORTANT MESSAGES. I do, nevertheless, thank H.G. Wells for writing this, without which we may not have had The Terminator series of movies nor Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure.

Now on to The Invisible Man. Who authorized a book about an invisible man that doesn't even have one scene in a women's locker room? And it's no
My biggest problem with these novels was that I wasn't able to get into the story for very long, and forget that I was reading. But, this could be due to the way I approached reading them. Both The Time Machine and The Invisible Man are very short novels. Personally, I enjoyed the Invisible Man a lot more, because I felt the characters had more substance and the story was more suspenseful. However, do not expect to "fall in love" with the characters from The Time Machine. I found that very hard, ...more
Mary Harris
Jun 30, 2013 Mary Harris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I gave this book 3 stars because it was hard to get into. It did not immediately grasp my attention as did some of the other books I read such as "Stolen." The way it was written reminded somewhat of Shakespeare. The premise of the book was interesting though it was about a man trying to convince his friends about this time machine he had invented. He was interested in how the future man would be. His talk of time travel was very interesting and almost created another world in which the reader c ...more
Micah Scelsi
Jul 16, 2016 Micah Scelsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Classic sci-fi, written in a period very nearly preceding Classic Science Fiction. Wells has a nice, engaging writing style. He uses irony and humor, but in a way that is often subtle. He pokes a bit of humor, but it may go over readers' heads, especially given that references are from a much earlier period in history (and different country for many). The point of view (or points of view) in these stories is a bit odd. Sometimes it jumps around, or reads nice a newspaper report, but I still foun ...more
Ethan Mena
Jan 29, 2016 Ethan Mena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
The Time Machine, one of many timeless books by the celebrated author H.G. Wells. First published in 1895, but since then republished by Barnes and Noble Classics, and one of the first books written by H.G. Wells, The Time Machine, is an enjoyable book for a fan of any genre, on par as one of the most memorable novels of all time. The book shows that H.G. Wells does his absolute best to keep his readers guessing.
The fir
Feb 29, 2016 Raymond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells illustrated a time traveller who invented a time machine. It was an evening and the time traveller, Filby, a physiologist, and the provincial mayor was having a conversation about the time machine. The time traveller introduced the time machine and they were reputing about the theories of the time machine against the time traveller. Before the next meeting which was on Thursday, the time traveller traveled to the future. He arrived at a garden on a vast ...more
Feb 14, 2014 Minjae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is only about 'The Time Machine'
I read these 2 books in different times, they were both good, but I personally like 'The Time Machine' more. There are many, many books with time machines, but this story was one of the first books that used the term 'time travel' and this book is detailed because the story actually explains the theory and other characters bring up with doughts which makes it even more interesting. The ending is a little mysterious that there could've been a second b
Mikaela Robertson
This review covers two books, which in hindsight isn’t very practical because I (surprisingly) found the two books to be very different in their levels of appeal. So I’ve given them both a quick review here and averaged my star rating. Conversely to popular opinion, I found The Invisible Man to be a far better book.

The Time Machine – 2 stars
Sometimes I read a classic and think ‘There is no way this book could ever get published today’. So it was with this book. It was short, lacking in action an
Nov 06, 2014 Mineh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"For after the battle comes Quiet"
(The Time Machine)
At the beginning of the book, it is said that H.G.Wells encouraged the WW1. I believe the Time Traveler was a '?' of how he wanted the world to be. But.. with time, of course, everyone sees that such a thing is impossible. There is no eternal peace. Thus, the bad side of the future appeared. I believe that H.G.Wells had had a wild imagination that actually put limits to him because he came obsessed. At least, at the beginning it was so; i have
May 19, 2014 Marrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Time Machine

Rating Clarification:

This book was imaginative, interesting, and mysterious. I loved the atmosphere surrounding the story and the descriptions. I thought that while the story lacked in character study, it had enough action to keep me hooked and the overall message about humanity and where we are headed is both poignant and believable. A solid, good read that I'd recommend to any sci-fi lover.

The Invisible Man

Rating Clarification: 3.5 Stars

I thought this book was okay. Unlik
May 01, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading Strategy #1 Set a Purpose
I am mainly reading The Invisible Man for English. I was also looking to read The Invisible Man just for fun. It sounded pretty interesting and its a classic so I thought I’d read it. It turned out it wasn’t that bad of a book. There were some words in the book that I didn’t understand but there is almost always that in every book.

Reading Strategy #2 Preview
Since my book has both The Time Machine and The Invisible Man the cover mainly shows the time machine. The
Sep 10, 2014 Beck rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the Time Machine well enough, but had a really hard time with The Invisible Man. It was such an unsettling feeling. I'll probably end up liking it more later on, but right now the average of the two is 2 stars.
Zandt McCue
Mar 31, 2013 Zandt McCue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read Dickens a few days before this. I had my pre-reading perspective on both authors wrong. I was thinking Dickens would be the boring one. I was way off. This book was a major disappointment. Maybe Warehouse 13 gave me the wrong impression. H.G. Wells just comes off Average. Its a sad disappointment.
Sep 22, 2015 Taneon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is there ever a book that is just so fictional sometimes even ourselves hope that the things in the book can happen in real life. Well than The Time Machine by HG Wells is your type of book. One thing that is good about the time machine is that it always has you on the edge and thinking about what will happen next another thing that's cool about it is the amount of characters and how deep in detail HG wells went into detail with the characters and the last thing is the time machine in the story ...more
May 27, 2015 Muridi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Time Machine and The Invisible Man” is a novel about a scientist that travels 800,000 years into the future and discovers a earth populated by two humanoid species known as the Eloi’s and the Morlock’s. In the novel when the scientist returns to his time machine to travel back to present time he realizes that his time machine is gone. In his journey to get his time machine back from the Morlocks, who took it, the scientist befriends a young woman of the Eloi named Weena. I really enjoyed th ...more
This volume contains two of HG Wells most famous science fiction stories.

In The Time Machine, the Time Traveller tells a group of friends of the voyage he made into the future in his time machine. It is a short piece, mainly consisting of narrative , so there is very little plot or characterisation. Its strength lies in the vivid description of Mankind's possible future, a staggering piece of imaginative writing. It is thought-provoking and poignant, and the climax to the story fits well with th
Mar 10, 2016 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read as a study of popular ideas during the time it was written. As a fantasy/sci-fi novel (one of the precursors to modern fantasy and sci-fi) the world building and detail that readers enjoy, this novel falls far short of many of its modern predecessors. If you pick up this book expecting to read a novel full of rich detail about future or past worlds, you will be sorely disappointed.

What is interesting about this novel is that it provides a window into the past regardi
Joe Tripp
Jul 26, 2016 Joe Tripp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The introduction and afterword are brief, worthwhile analyses.

These are both idea-books, not just-for-fun books. They also happen to be fun.

The Time Machine projects the cost of complacency into the year 802,701 AD. It's also a reminder of the awesome power of the striking rhetor. A talented story teller can weave a believable alternate reality, beware!

The Invisible Man is the tragic story of a man completely absorbed by his work. Work can't save us, and none of us gets out of this place alive.
Shelly Leyden
Sometimes I get a strong presentiment when something good is in store for me — at a particular store, I mean. With a $1.50 lingering on a Goodwill gift card, I felt called to stop in for a book. Finely honed shopping senses were rewarded with this find for exactly such a sum. The Time Machine is an exercise in social commentary cleverly turned sci fi adventure — a great example of why I love science fiction in the first place. But, just as when I tackled 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and other C ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Edition 978-0-451-53070-7

It is a mistake to do things easily.

Strength is the outcome of need; security sets a premium on feebleness.

This has ever been the fate of energy in security; it takes to art and to eroticism, and then come langor and decay.

I had made myself the most complicated and the most hopeless trap that ever a man devised.

It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble.

No doub
Apr 06, 2015 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book/ these books are great for any fan of H.G. Wells or a fan of Science Fiction. The Time Machine follows a scientist called The Time Traveler who has created a Time Machine. He goes into Earth's future, and finds a war is in progress. The Invisible Man follows a scientist that accidentally finds the secret to being invisible. When he visits a town and reveals that he is invisible, the town tries to hunt him town to capture him. This book, like Wells' other books, are Science Fiction with ...more
Makena Kang'au
Jul 06, 2016 Makena Kang'au is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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30 December 2015: Initial Thoughts (on The Time Traveller)
So I don’t know when this will go up, but I just finished The Time Machine at the time of writing this and I think I’ll take a little break from H.G. Wells before starting The Invisible Man. In the meantime, here are some quick notes:

- This book was certainly not what I was expecting. A few years back I read The War of the Worlds (an abridged version, mind: school is an interesting little things), so I went into this thinking I knew exact
These two stories were reasonably interesting. I appreciated the vision of the future in The Time Machine and the consideration of the drawbacks of invisibility in The Invisible Man.

Unfortunately, both stories had the same huge problem. They were open-ended in a way that was obviously meant to leave the reader unsettled, but instead seemed totally contrived. In the first case, we are meant to wonder weather the time traveler made up his whole adventure, but since we get next to no character deve
Feb 11, 2015 Jemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, classics
This book contains both 'The Time Machine' and 'The Invisible Man' by H. G. Wells. The first is about 100 pages long, and the second about 150. I have to say that I much preferred 'The Time Machine', but my rating is influenced by 'The Invisible Man'.

I have read 'The Time Machine' about twice before, for university. It is about a time traveller - surprise, surprise - who tells his story to a group of intellectuals and prominent characters of society. He travels to the year 802,001, and finds out
In this as in other older books, edition is important. This is the 1984 printing of the Signet Classic edition 'with an introduction by John Calvin Batchelor'.

I'm of two minds about whether to recommend reading the introduction. Its primary function seems to be to annoy readers of Wells' works by introducing all sorts of arguments about Wells as a person, implying (and sometimes stating outright) that Wells was quarrelsome, inconsistent, and sometimes downright immoral). Most of this is not the
Feb 20, 2011 Emmie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book seven (and technically book eight) of 2011: four stars. Since this is really a compilation of two books I'll do separate reviews for them, I suppose.

For The Time Machine: For some reason I had mixed feelings about this book. I find it somewhat boring and dry for a large portion of the story. And I discussed that I felt that way about it with one of my teachers and we came to the conclusion that writing exciting climactic scenes just isn't one of H.G. Wells's strong points, so quite a bit of
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In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government schol ...more
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