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To be quite honest, I expected a bit more from the people who single-handedly fended off the Nazis. But Wells seemed to think his fellow countrymen would be a bit too inept to toss a sheet over the shivering bastard, and punch him in the throat.
1) There may be spoilers for this 100+ year old book in the review.
2) Only comment if you have a WORKING sense of humor.
3) Ser ...more
In a very old episode of This American Life (listen here), John Hodgman asks the ultimate question: Flight vs. Invisibility? It’s an amusing party topic, a fun little game to play, but there’s actually more to it than that. As a “Super Rorschach Test,” the question is difficult to answer because the two choices both tell us very different things about ourselves. Flight is noble, something we aspire to; invisibility is a more primal desire, something hidden and mysterious. There’s even a ...more
Jeff, Stepheny, Anne, Tadiana, Dan 2.0, Jess, Evgeny, Dan, Alissa, Steve, Will, Christopher, Licha, Miriam, Jenna, Auntie J, Ginger, and Carmen
"A room and a fire!"
On a cold blustery day in February- a mysterious ma ...more
I read this as part of a colossal Invisible Man group read. We're all familiar with the basics of the tale. For a story written before R'lyeh sank beneath the waves, it was surprisingly readable.
So a scientist named Griffin invents a serum that makes him invisible. What's he do with it? Become an even bigger douche nozzle! Griffin becomes invisible and is suddenly above the law, stealing as he sees fit and cheapshotting pe ...more
Jeff, Stepheny, Anne, Tadiana, Dan 2.0, Jess, Delee, Dan, Alissa, Steve, Will, Christopher, Licha, Miriam, Jenna, Auntie J, Ginger, and Carmen. Please let me know if I missed anybody.
A mysterious man came to an inn of a quiet and quite backward Sussex village. Would it be a spoiler if I reveal his secret right here, considering it is given away in the title? Anyway, the guy is invisible and it causes no ends of grief for him and down-to-earth inhab ...more
Jeff, have you ever done a serious review?
I might do a poor rendering of a passage from the book, kind of in the author's style in order to embarrass a few of my Goodreads “friends”, who quite frankly usually have it coming or if I’m feeling inspired, I’ll do something really creative.
Jeff, do you set some sort of bar for “creative”? Is there a sliding scale? Define “ ...more
Take note that I ...more
and my nerdling side that keeps wanting to pick apart the scientific underpinnings of invisibility.
Why did his potions and radiation work, especially on, say, dead body parts like hair and nails? Why would it stop working(view spoiler)[ when the guy died ...more
If can I may borrow and paraphrase from the ...more
This book was highly entertaining, much more so than I had envisioned. I never know what to expect, when picking up one of the classics, and I knew next to nothing of this story going in. I didn’t bother to read the synopsis, let alone any reviews, and I’ve learned from experience to never, ever read the introduction prior to the story. Especially on these older works, or if said intro is written by Stephen King. For some idiotic reason, they like to assume everyone already knows the tale, and t ...more
I have recently been informed of your actions in regards to invisibility. Let me just tell you- there are some great advantages to being invisible and with that comes a great responsibility. I am absolutely appalled at your behavior and I intend to dictate some rules and boundaries for you. The Minister for Magic has summoned me and requested that I write you a letter.
This letter is intended to set you to rights. Here are your guidelines for you to keep in mind while you ...more
In all actuality, I guess my feelings towards the protagonist/antagonist (yes, both are the same character) would be considered a win for the author, as I feel that Wells didn't intend for the reader to truly like this character. What I fi ...more
Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. This nightmare journey across the racial divide tells unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators. Readers are ushered into a parallel universe that throws our own into harsh and even hilarious relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, narrated in a voice that takes in the symphonic range of ...more
Does anyone remember this movie?
I was in high school when it came out and I thought it looked like the coole ...more
H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man” (1897) is the account of a scientist condemned to invisibility because of an ill-advised decision to consume a concoction that hadn’t been fully tested. After conducting secret experiments for four years while living in London, the scientist, “Mr. Griffin”, sees invisibility as a means to escape from poverty and obscurity, being motivated by is a desire for power and a wish “to transcend magic.” Griffin rela ...more
For this much-anticipated buddy read with Ann, Jeff, Delee,
Tadiana, Stephany, Evgeny, Jess, Auntie J, Licha... sorry, other readers, I've run out of steam on the hyperlinking, maybe later...
I used the Modern Library Classics edition subtitled "A Grotesque Romance." To my great disappointment, the library refused to lend me the one subtitled "a fantastic sens ...more
I've been an H. G. Wells fan for years, but strangely enough had not yet read any of his books, until now. A fan of his stories as adapted to film, the ideas, his influence on the Science Fiction genre.
The writing here is a bit old-fashioned, as is to be expected, but I found it accessible enough. This was not high-brow Literature ...more
This is perhaps my favourite of H.G.Wells' books that I have read. This in itself is interesting as it has slipped into a sort of obscurity when compared to the fame of The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. However what I love about this book is its greater grounding in human aff ...more
Born an albino, Griffin has always been an outcast, and as a young chemistry student, his experiments lead to "invisibility" tried first on small objects, then a (view spoiler)[poor cat (hide spoiler)] and eventually himself (view spoiler)[as he flees for his life from a suspicious landlord. (hide spoiler)]
At first, our scientist has a little fun with his deceptive existence, but his life of dread soon begins in earnest when he discov...more
“In the middle of the night she woke up dreaming of huge white heads like turnips, that came trailing after her, at the end of interminable necks, and with vast black eyes. But being a sensible woman, she subdued her terrors and turned over and went to sleep again.”
Review of the book
This book was really interesting, mostly because it was written in 1897. At that time, people had no idea what an "invisible man" was. Come on, invisible?! Nobody had ever heard of that until H.G. We ...more
The Invisible Man is character orientated in its own way, but by taking a distant tone to illustrate the isolation of genius from society, the corruption of power. HG Wells makes sure the man isn’t even that likeable, although of course my silly heart felt compassion sometimes anyway.
If you’re familiar with the Universal classic movie, the first chapters – that is his time at the Inn – is pretty identical in sequence and outcome in the film. Thankfully the shrew innkeeper woman wasn’t a ...more
But...what if you were already a horrible person to begin with?
In my opinion, stories are always more interesting when the ...more
I have become a huge fan of H.G. Wells, though it still rankle ...more
I am going to limit it by saying what I did like about it. The book was actually funny, which I wasn't expecting at all. Although Griffin was rude and unlikable, I couldn't help but laugh at some of his antics, which somewhat endeared him to me, until he went full-boil mean toward Mr. Marvel, a homeless guy he basically bullies i ...more
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