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A shipwreck in the South Seas, a palm-tree paradise where a mad doctor conducts vile experiments, animals that become human and then "beastly" in ways they never were before -- it's the stuff of high adventure. It's also a parable about Darwinian theory, a social satire in the vein of Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels), and a bloody tale of horror.

As H. G. Wells himself
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Anna Definitely not. The goriest bits are blood, mentions of "open wounds," sever animal cruelty, and the vivisection, which is never described in full,…moreDefinitely not. The goriest bits are blood, mentions of "open wounds," sever animal cruelty, and the vivisection, which is never described in full, only alluded to.

If you read this book for a book club, you might also be interested in the short story The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell. The short story is very similar to this book and very thrilling with little to no gore involved. You could compare the two stories and the two antagonists quite well, drawing parallels between the main themes of each story and how they related to the time period they were written for. (The Island of Dr. Mareau was originally written as social commentary on the practice of vivisection.)(less)

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Raeleen Lemay
The fact that I suddenly have a huge urge to read this has NOTHING to do with the fact that I've been binge-watching Orphan Black. Nothing at all.
Aug 16, 2011 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SciFi and/or Horror Geeks
Shelves: sci-fi, mieville50
Much creepier than I expected and much smarter, The Island of Dr. Moreau, as with so much of H.G. Wells' science fiction, addressed the ethical pitfalls of a scientific eventuality far too early to be anything other than prophetic, yet it still manages to be more entertaining than preachy.

Edward Prendick finds himself shipwrecked on an island with Doctors Montgomery and Moreau. The former a follower of the latter, who just happens to be a mad vivisectionist. Beyond these scientists, Prendick fi
Aug 26, 2016 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En tan sólo cinco años, H.G. Wells escribió este libro, "El Hombre Invisible", "La Guerra de los Mundos" y "La Máquina del Tiempo", lo que demuestra la potencia creadora de la que era capaz este gran autor a la hora de sentarse a escribir.
Cada una de estas novelas son innovadoras, brillantes, futuristas. Contemporáneo de Julio Verne y tan inteligente como el escritor francés, se hizo famoso por sus libros de anticipación científica acompañados de una aventura bien llevada de mano de la literatur
Léonard Gaya
Feb 11, 2016 Léonard Gaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book stems from an idea that is at the same time thought-provoking, insane and very tangible. That is probably the reason why it is so scary. It is a classic of the victorian era, but for some reason probably not as famous as many other fictions of the “gothic” movement and indeed not as well known as a few other novels by H.G. Wells (such as The Time Machine, The Invisible Man or The War of the Worlds). But it definitely deserves to be read again today.

The plot is rather simple: a castaway
Jun 28, 2016 Apatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pre-80s-sf
“Not to go on all-fours; that is the Law. Are we not Men?"
“Not to suck up Drink; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
“Not to eat Fish or Flesh; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
“Not to claw the Bark of Trees; that is the Law. Are we not Men?
“Not to chase other Men; that is the Law. Are we not Men?”
"You gotta fight for your right to paaaaarty!"

Sorry for a spoiler so early on but yes, The Beastie Boys are to be found on the unnamed – but titular – Island of Dr. Moreau. Sort of.

Interestingly The Island
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Buddy-read with the Bitchin' Kristin.

Set to commence October 1...

Look at me, getting all classic in my spooktober this year... (for those of you new to this, I am a HUGE Halloween fan. The month of October in Ninjalandia is dedicated to all those things which go bump in the night - and day.)

W, is for Wells

3 Stars

Okay, so I am officially the worst buddy-reader ever, Kristin hasn’t even started this yet! However, owing to the insanity that is spooktober, and the fact that I am starting another b
Jason Pettus
May 02, 2008 Jason Pettus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally.)

The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the label

Book #16: The Island of Dr Moreau, by HG Wells (1896)

The story in a nutshell:
Along with French author Jules Verne, the British HG Wells is considered one of the
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I started this in early August, but it took me a while to finish it. One of the reasons is it's a profoundly unsettling book. I'm a scientist by training, and I take the ethics of science pretty personally. Dr. Moreau crosses so many ethical/moral lines in his experimentation, it's not even funny. Some things just should not be done, even if it's to advance scientific knowledge. I am also a inveterate lover of animals, and I felt a horrible rage at the way Dr. Moreau was torturing animals. I fee ...more
MJ Nicholls
The Island of Doctor Moreau? Please! Who among us hasn’t gambolled in fields with apecats, badgies, cockpigs, donrets, elephocks, ferrats, gerbats, horsharks, iguanomones, jagutans, kookakeys, llamoles, monkelots, narwhelks, ostringos, pandicoots, quaileeches, rhinilgais, shaardvarks, tigeels, uintapmunks, volemice, wombulls, xanthraffes, yakapes and zebrams? In your back garden (or if you live in a city, in the countryside—a mythical place where grass exists), trillions of micro-organisms are c ...more
Mar 23, 2015 7jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much reviews have been written on this book, so I just say some personal bits.

This was one of those books which has a point hard to get over to continue reading. Some books are just like that to me: a point where a trouble starts, or an argument is had, or something. It's not a long book, but quite intense.

I think the chapter on just hearing the sound of the puma's suffering (it had already suffered during a long sea travel in a too-small cage) was quite distressing - I hate even reading of the
Jan 15, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooksiown
Edward Prendick is marooned at Sea after his ship and crew capsizes over. He is then rescued by a man named Montgomery who spirits him away to an island to transport wild animals there. When Edward sees the inhuman perversions on the island and meets the mad scientist Dr. Moreau, he fears that he would be next under the doctor's knife and tries to escape from the island. Will he survive? Read the Island of Dr. Moreau and find out for yourself.

This is the first book I have ever read by H.G. Wells
I started reading this book yesterday, finding it in my son's bookshelf and noting that it was one of those classics I had missed out on as a young reader. It is part of the 1001-books-to-read-before-you-die project as well, so I thought I would give it a go, with no pre-conceived ideas whatsoever except for the vague feeling that I would somehow like it since I appreciated the "Time Machine" and "The War of The Worlds". Fast forward 24 hours: H.G. Wells is undoubtedly an exceptional human being ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 23, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
This book can make you lose sleep. It is an easy yet a very engaging read. It is engaging because it is disturbing. While reading, I thought I would like to see any of the movie adaptations. After reading, I decided not to look for it. The images in my mind are enough scare for this novel to remain as one of my favorite classic sci-fi masterpiece.

In this book, I learned about vivisection or the surgery conducted for experimental purposes on a living organism, typically animals with a central ner
I really don't know why I keep thinking that Wells' stories aren't any good. Before much reading time had passed I was talking to the Spouse about how much more plausible and realistic the story was than I thought it was going to be. And also, his structure is good, how he brings the reader in, how information is revealed, how our narrator changes his opinion as he understands more. The story never went where I expected it to, either.

Who anticipates being surprised by a hundred year old story th
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'What could it all mean? A locked enclosure on a lonely island, a notorious vivisector, and these crippled and distorted men?'
This is the actual plot without any details. The details make this a very disturbing story. I forgot just how disturbing.
It is interesting how this was an adventure when I first read it. Not a happy one, but still an adventure before anything else. Now, it is a horror story.

However you choose to see it, it will still be a horrifying account of Prendick's stay on the i
Gregor Xane
Many will dismiss Wells' tale as a racist's fever dream, a parable that blames the failings of English imperialism on subjects who were just too beastly to be properly civilized. And it would be easy to do so. Wells was a vocal proponent of Eugenics, and the text of this book does contain passages like the ones I've reproduced below.

First, Moreau tells of how he used the delicate art of vivisection to carve a 'negroid type' out of an ape he had on hand:

“Then I took a gorilla I had; and upon that
Dec 01, 2010 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
There must be few educated people alive today who are unaware of the theory of evolution of species, even if they do not know the technical details or if they reject it out right. It is difficult in such a society to imagine the startlement, even shock, many people experienced when Darwin's ideas became widespread for the first time. This book is H.G. Wells' reaction to those ideas. Wells studied biology under Huxley, a great Darwin apologist, and makes his protagonist another such student - one ...more
* 3.5/5 stars! :)
«—Ha vuelto a salvarme —respondí.
—Eso depende. Pronto verá que esta isla es un lugar infernal.»

He aquí un libro oscuro y perturbador. La idea de ciencia desquiciada que propone esta historia bien se podría adaptar tanto a la fecha de publicación como a nuestra época, sin tener que cambiar más que la ropa de los personajes. Es meritorio de parte del autor el haber creado una historia tan versátil y atemporal, además de amena y atrapante. Ahora quiero leer sus otros libros.

En una intrigante in
Jan 24, 2016 Issicratea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1800-1900
What is it with islands and dark philosophical fables? The Tempest; Robinson Crusoe; Lord of the Flies; Circe’s island in The Odyssey; the Crete of the Minotaur; the land of the Houyhnhnms and the Yahoos in Gulliver’s Travels—all these find echoes or anticipations in The Island of Dr Moreau. So do various non-island philosophical fictions, among them Frankenstein and Animal Farm. The main themes of the novel are the dangers of scientific hubris and the dividing line between the human and the ani ...more
This book will always be indelibly associated in my mind with an ailing, bloated Marlon Brandon mumbling through his part as the title character while being followed around by a tiny, identically dressed dwarf. I'm sorry, H.G. Wells, that's just the way it is.

This is a pretty good sci-fi horror story, especially considering it's so old and peppered with casual racism. It's not quite as good as The Time Machine, but it's similar in a lot of ways. What is Wells' obsession with all his books being
Oct 06, 2016 Yaprak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitap bir gemi kazası sonucu okyanusta tek başına sürüklenen Prendick'in, Doktor Moreau'nun gizemli adasına gitmesini ve orada geçirdiği on bir ayı anlatıyor. Kitaptaki gizemler adım adım çözülürken kendimizi Wells'in garipliklerinin içinde buluyoruz.

Ben kitabı ilk kez okuduğum için Margeret Atwood'un sunuşunu en sona bıraktım. Sunuş içerik hakkında oldukça fazla bilgi içerse de kitaba farklı açılardan bakmak için oldukça yararlı. Bir yanım gizemleri koruduğum için mutlu olsa da bir yanım keşke
El sobrino de Edward Prendick nos hace llegar el testimonio de éste tras su muerte. En su narración nos cuenta cómo naufragó y fue recogido posteriormente por un barco cargado de animales. En este barco conocerá al doctor Montgomery, con el que hará cierta amistad, y a su extraño sirviente M’link. Al llegar el barco a su destino, una apartada isla del Pacífico, el capitán decide abandonar a su suerte a Edward, pero Montgomery se apiadará de él y le invitará a permanecer en dicha isla, eso sí, co ...more
This is not what I'd call an enjoyable book, but it certainly was very good. It makes for uncomfortable reading as you delve deeper into the weird and disturbing world of Dr. Moreau.

Wells is a brilliant story teller and I found myself deeply immersed in this world in which I'd really rather not have been. It was creepy.

The questions of humanity and what it is that makes us human was very interesting. The beast vs the human.

I wouldn't recommend this as light reading but it's a classic for a re
Paul Nash
Jun 28, 2016 Paul Nash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, classics
I remember really enjoying this in an HG Wells compilation I had in my 20's. I vaguely remember the movie. There are way too many books I've read but have forgotten about and need to reread. I may get around to this one again one day...or maybe not. I believe, but correct me if I'm wrong, that Frank Zappa coined the phrase "too many books, too little time".
Joe Valdez
Feb 11, 2014 Joe Valdez rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Castaways, Beast People, mad scientists
Shelves: sci-fi-general
I read The Island of Dr. Moreau with distant but vivid memories of the 1977 TV movie starring Burt Lancaster and Michael York, and no frame of reference with the infamous 1996 film version starring Marlon Brando and David Thewlis, which I avoided. The novel starts out with a bang but seemed like a draft instead of a novella, with Wells outlining ideas for a future work and not getting around to writing the book yet.

The story is the first-person account of Edward Prendick, sole survivor of the L
Rick F.
Nov 12, 2011 Rick F. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Island of Dr. Moreau is the third HG Wells novel I have read this year. The Time Machine and The Invisible man are the others. I have enjoyed all three so very much, each are so engaging and far far ahead of their time. The Island of Dr. Moreau is very much the achetype of a perennial classic. Why? Simply because it becomes more and more relevent as the medical achievments CATCH UP to his theories! With all the recent advances in gene therapy, cloning ect, what seemed to many in late 19th Ce ...more
The Island of Dr. Moreau: A dark fable of mad science and Beast Men
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H.G. Wells' 1896 novel is dark, disturbing and thought-provoking. Coming just several decades after the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859), it tells the tale of a man named Edward Prendrick who gets shipwrecked on a remote island, subsequently encountering a sinister figure named Dr. Moreau, who he discovers conducts vivisections of animals, combining various cre
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La primer mitad es un completo desastre. De lo mas aburrido que se pueda encontrar. Una vez superada la barrera de las 70 y pico de paginas, nos encontramos con un buen libro.
Si no les molesta ese obstaculo, se los recomiendo.

Todo un clasico. Es obvio comprender que fuera considerado retorcido en su epoca.

Tambien plantea algunas preguntas interesantes.

Salta a la luz un poco de racismo por parte del autor, pero parece que era la norma en esa epoca. Se asemeja mucho a la obra de Lovecraft, y no s
Edgar Trevizo
Aug 26, 2015 Edgar Trevizo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrorífica y emocionante, delirante y compleja. Otra magnífica novela de Wells que me he regalado en dos días. Ha sido una delicia leerlas en esta época. Ni siquiera me imagino lo impresionantes que debieron ser en su tiempo, lo asombrosas, los sueños que debieron causar entre quienes las leyeron y las creyeron... Magnífica.
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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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