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The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents (1904)

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Included in this volume are "The Stolen Bacillus," "The Flowering of the Strange Orchid," "In the Avu Observatory," "The Triumphs of a Taxidermist," "A Deal in Ostriches," "Through a Window," "The Temptation of Harringay," "The Flying Man," "The Diamond Maker," "Aepyornis Island," "The Remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes," "The Lord of the Dynamos," "The Hammerpond Park Bur ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1896)
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Hard one to rate. There are some stories in here that are pretty good, but the entire collection will live in my memory as a showcase of Wells' racist and eugenics-friendly opinions. Yes, this is partly a product of his time, but these weren't universally accepted opinions, even then. It made far too many of the stories an unpleasant read. It has the benefit of being short, though, and the title story is a fairly good read. But otherwise, I just can't recommend it.
Vicki G
Nov 01, 2014 Vicki G is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I know why I'm having a problem with this: because it's not believable. Even if he was rapidly becoming infected after swallowing the two drops, the route of transmission from one person to another is NOT by rubbing your "infected body" against other people. The routes of transmission for V. cholerae are by touching fecal or oral matter from the infected person; and of course getting it through water.
I work in health care. I usually like his medical information, but I guess everyone can make mis
Technically, “Select Conversations With An Uncle” which was published earlier in 1895 was Wells’ first collection of stories, but the stories from that collection have largely been forgotten, while this collection, “The Stolen Bacillus and Other Incidents”, contains a few stories which have long been remembered as early classics. The fourth of four books published in 1895, this collection contains 15 works of short fiction which were originally published between December of 1893, and March of 18 ...more
10 of these storys were really amusing. but these 5 i had problems with, Triumphs Of A Taxidermist & The Hammerpond Parl Burglary, felt silly an had no point. The Flying Man could of been better, felt like a couple ideas were randomly thrown together an not executed well. Through A Window & The Lord Of The Dynamos was real racist an overused themes
H.G. Wells is a very popularly quoted name, and this was particularly the reason that dragged me into reading this book. But, the more I read, the more I realised that the stories were pretty much ordinary, and the author is highly overrated.
I found this book difficult to read due to the rampant prejudice imbued unnecessarily throughout its pages. Racist remarks aside though the stories were of a short length good for a quick read on a break or before bed.
Jun 09, 2012 Salama marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
في هذه المجموعة القصصية قصتان عن بداية انتشار مسألة تزييف عظام الحيوانات وتحنيط\تصبير أنواع لم توجد أصلا على الأرض!.. أظنها إشارة للفترة التي ساد فيها فبركة عظام حيوانات أخرى ونسبتها للديناصورات
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May 07, 2011 Barb S. marked it as started-reading-but-set-aside  ·  review of another edition
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Just finished the first (title) story. It was very good & it really didn't seem horribly dated.
A great story with a humourous twist in the end.
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