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The Return of the Time Machine

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Mass Market Paperback, 127 pages
Published April 1st 1982 by DAW (first published 1946)
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Biblionomicon
Jul 27, 2012 Biblionomicon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zeitreisen haben schon immer eine gewisse Faszination auf mich ausgeübt, auch schon als Kind. Immerhin haben meine Eltern noch lange bis in mein Erwachsenenalter hinein wiederholt die peinliche Geschichte erzählen müssen, wie ich mich aus Angst vor den grausigen Morlocks am Sonntag Nachmittag, während H.G. Wells 'Zeitmaschine' im Fernsehen lief, hinter der Wohnzimmercouch versteckt hielt. Auch damals hatte ich mich schon gefragt, warum der Zeitreisende eigentlich nicht auch einmal in die Vergang ...more
Matt Kuhns
Nov 20, 2012 Matt Kuhns rated it liked it
A strange, fascinating little book.

After reading The Time Machine, I learned from Wikipedia that several authors have written sequels over the years. I decided to look into them beginning with this, the first.

Return of the Time Machine is, basically, fan fiction with a twist, in that the author seems to have a kind of conflicted stance on H.G. Wells. From the framing sections which wrap the core story, Friedell seems at first a gushing fan but, as the narrative proceeds, also seems to make consi
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Sandra Petojevic
Jul 25, 2014 Sandra Petojevic rated it it was ok
It starts with a correspondence between Egon Friedell and H. G. Wells (but it is the secretary who answers the letters and then the journalist) and this is a little bit too long, but gives the novel a realistic touch as does the time travel explanations à la Jules Verne. But when you look closer at the explanations, they are not air-tight/logical. For example: Friedell talks about moving Earth, the moving Sun and the moving stars but despite this, the Time Machine stays in the space of the Time ...more
MB Taylor
Jan 19, 2013 MB Taylor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading The Return of the Time Machine this evening.

I was expecting a novel at least superficially resembling
The Time Machine with some time travelling adventure and some intertwined social commentary. I'm not sure what I got. The author apparently had some point, but it escaped me completely.

The novel begins with what at first glance seems to be a typical exchange of fictional letters explaining how the author manages to get the first person narrative. When reading I thought it wen
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André
I read this a while ago because it came for free on my new PocketBook. I really liked the original book and the 1960 movie "The Time Machine" and was thus eager to read how the story went on (although told by a different author now. It turned out that this author, Egon Friedell, doesn't seem to have a hand for science-fiction. The continuation of the story seemed rather blunt to me. I also don't quite like that letter style story telling. But it was short and entertaining, so it was okay.
James Bojaciuk
Oct 14, 2014 James Bojaciuk rated it did not like it
The history behind this story is fascinating; the story itself, not so much. Indeed, it rarely rises above "unreadable" to the heights of "not very good." Best avoided unless you have an undying affection for or interest in H.G. Wells' The Time Machine.
ALP
Oct 22, 2011 ALP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Witzig, originell und geistreich - und endlich ein Friedell-Werk, das man guten Gewissens als kurz und bündig bezeichnen kann. "Die Rückkehr der Zeitmaschine" ist ein absolutes Muss für jeden, der auch H.G.Wells' "The Time Machine" gelesen hat!
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
Another uninteresting tale. Didn't enjoy at all. No plot whatsoever. No character development. Rip-off of the original series.
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