The story was a little entertaining, but it really had no point. I was waiting for some kind of moral lesson, or some kind of growth in the main chara...moreThe story was a little entertaining, but it really had no point. I was waiting for some kind of moral lesson, or some kind of growth in the main character, but none of that happened. There was a series of minor problems, but no major plot. About halfway through the book I was just wishing it would end. In this case the movie (which did have a plot) was probably better, although it had very little in common with the book.(less)
**spoiler alert** J.K. Rowling has really done it. She pulled it off. She has written an amazing book series with a fantastic ending in Harry Potter a...more**spoiler alert** J.K. Rowling has really done it. She pulled it off. She has written an amazing book series with a fantastic ending in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Very unpredictable. Not the way anyone would expect, but it works beautifully. Well Done.
From the beginning, and throughout most of the book, Harry is feeling the same way I felt at the end of the last one. He wants to be "Dumbledore's man through and through," but he has serious doubts after Dumbledore's plans got him killed. Aberforth tells Harry how foolish he was for believing all of his brother's theories that got him killed. There is an air of foolishness in what Harry's doing. Can we trust Dumbledore's intuitions after he was so wrong about Snape? I spent 200+ pages of this book thinking there must be some way that Dumbledore was right about Snape, but this amazing author led me right down the path that I didn't want to go down. I couldn't continue to think myself a reasonable human being, and not think Snape was evil...which meant I had to stop trusting Dumbledore to some extent.
Interesting how an evil Voldemort rose to power and basically was ruling the magical world while never showing his face. He made the people afraid, and the did what he wanted. True to form, fear made people follow.
Neville lets Harry know how much people were inspired when he stood up to Snape and Umbridge. He did not treat Griphook differently because he was a goblin. He listened to the house elves and treated them well. All of this paid off for Harry in the end. It was because of Harry that Dumbledore's Army was ready to fight when Neville called them.
Dumbledore, a true leader, realized a tendency in himself that he would be tempted to abuse power. He, therefore, refused to take on positions of power. This shows true leadership. Harry showed the same type of leadership.
In the end, as we find out, Dumbledore was right about everything. Snape was loyal to him. Harry was the chosen one. Love was the thing that allowed good to triumph over evil. Voldemort never saw any benefit in love. He never imagined there was any magic or power outside of what he possessed. He was proven wrong over and over as Harry foiled his plans. It was Harry's willingness to die for the people that allowed him to defeat Voldemort. It was Harry's willingness to die for the people that allowed him to live. It was Voldemort's refusal to see the power of love that was his downfall.(less)
**spoiler alert** Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince had a bit of a different feel than the other books in the series. There was a little more pol...more**spoiler alert** Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince had a bit of a different feel than the other books in the series. There was a little more political talk to start off, as well as some insight from the evil side in the initial conversation between Snape, Bellatrix, and Narcissa. It seems like the fun and games part of growing up is over when we get to this book. Quidditch doesn't mean as much anymore. Harry and Malfoy seem to hate each other on a whole new level, far removed from two eleven-year-old kids talking trash to each other.
The book starts off with a change in the Ministry of Magic position. Tough times call for a tough leader. They changed from having a diplomatic leader to having a hard-nosed leader who's not afraid to knock some heads. Not so different from how American presidents are elected.
From the beginning it seemed like Malfoy was going to be the key villain in this story based on the fact that he was supposed to carry out Voldemort's orders. It makes sense now that Snape ended up being the main villain. Snape was more a part of the story than Malfoy, and at a deeper level.
We get some great insight into Voldemort. Harry finds out how much he and Voldemort have in common. I love that we learn bits and pieces of the past that help us to put together this puzzle.
We get small chunks of Dumbledore's wisdom and theories throughout the book. We are led to believe that his theories are always right. His wisdom always leads him the right way. Everything he plans ends up working. We can trust his intuitions. All this seems to be true until the end when it matters most. We have been able to trust every bit of what Dumbledore has put together, except the most crucial piece. When Snape kills Dumbledore, it all comes apart. How could this have happened? How could the voice of wisdom and discernment be led so far down a path of deception by a Death Eater? It doesn't fit. Now I have to change my entire view of Dumbledore. What else was he wrong about? Or...was this some clever part of Dumbledore's plan? No, it couldn't be. I just can't believe he was so wrong. I still want to believe that Dumbledore could not have been wrong on this.
The thing that really made Dumbledore special was his belief in love. "You are protected, in short, by your ability to love! The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort's! In spite of all of the temptation you have endured, all the suffering, you remain pure of heart..." This belief of Dumbledore's, that love is what is going to defeat Voldemort, is very inspiring...but also very infuriating, now that it got him killed. So how can Harry (or we) still believe that what Dumbledore believed was true? I find it very disheartening (and confusing), after all we've seen, that Dumbledore will not be there in the final book. I'm starting to doubt that Rowling knows what she's doing.
So is this Severus Snape a hard-core Voldemort worshiper, or is he just out for himself? This book has laid the groundwork for Snape playing a big part in the final book. I'm intrigued to find out how all of this can be brought together in one more book. (less)
**spoiler alert** Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the next step in complexity in the Harry Potter novels. There was a new level of compl...more**spoiler alert** Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the next step in complexity in the Harry Potter novels. There was a new level of complexity concerning politics, relationships, death, and prejudice. We see a very complex snapshot of real-world issues. As the readers of these books grow older, they will begin to see that all of this is really going on in the world on some level.
From the start, as we saw in the previous book, there was a split between the people that believed Voldemort was back and the people who didn’t. Obviously Harry was at the center of this, since it was his testimony that people either believed or discounted. The Ministry of Magic and the Daily Prophet, along with most of the magical world, chose to deny that the world was in dire peril. The Order of the Phoenix, spearheaded by Dumbledore, was the small organization made up of the ones who were willing to face the truth, however ugly it was. Hogwarts, because it was headed by Dumbledore as well, also largely believed Harry.
The Ministry of Magic felt the duty to put the world at ease by silencing the “lies” that Voldemort was back. In order to do so, they assumed control of Hogwarts in the person of Professor Umbridge. It is interesting that, in order to keep the world believing they are safe, certain universal and unalienable rights are revoked. Through Umbridge, the Ministry revoked the right of free speech when Harry got detention for saying that Voldemort was back. They revoked the right to freedom of assembly when they disbanded all clubs and teams. They revoked the right to freedom of the press by controlling what the Daily Prophet printed, and banning the paper that printed opposing ideas. They revoked the right to keep and bear arms by refusing to teach practical defense. Umbridge passed judgments and inflicted punishments in a dictatorial manner. She even used illegal means to do so.
This book also gives us an interesting take on education: • “It is the view of the Ministry that a theoretical knowledge will be more than sufficient to get you through your examination, which, after all, is what school is all about.” Interesting in a world where a degree means more than practical experience. A world where occupational training is being pushed out of the schools. • “I am here to teach you using a Ministry-approved method that does not include inviting students to give their opinions…” • “Teachers are hereby banned from giving students any information that is not strictly related to the subjects they are paid to teach” • “It seemed to Harry that Umbridge was steadily depriving him of everything that made his life at Hogwarts worth living…” In a world where music, art, drama, and sports are being cut from schools.
I must say I was a little disappointed in the lack of a major twist at the end. The twist was, of course, that Umbridge was actually more evil than just being the face of the political institution; that she actually set the dementers on Harry and was willing to perform an unforgivable curse on a student. What this book did have, though, more than the others, was a major, descriptive battle between good and evil that went beyond Harry vs. Voldemort.
A good book on the whole. The anticipatory elements have been set in place. Which side is Snape really on? Will Malfoy become any more than a snot-nosed, spoiled rich kid? Surely the dementers will defect. What about the giants? I have to think the centaurs will be involved. How will the other characters…Neville, Luna, Ginny, Cho… be involved? I can’t wait to see how it all comes out in the end. (less)
**spoiler alert** Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was very good book. It was longer, more complex, and more mature than its predecessors. It was a...more**spoiler alert** Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was very good book. It was longer, more complex, and more mature than its predecessors. It was also darker and deeper.
There are several things that make the Harry Potter books stand apart from other children’s books, and the biggest factor is the unpredictability. I continue to be impressed with Rowling’s ability to twist and surprise. By this point in the series I’m not surprised that there’s a great twist, but it’s been unpredictable every time. In each of the last two books the villain has been a character that I hardly knew existed until the last few chapters. The endings have been very well done.
Another great thing about these books is the rare combination of complexity and readability in a children’s book. There is no dull moment. Every 20-30 page chapter has serious bearing on the outcome to be revealed at the end. The end of every chapter makes you want to read the next one. And kids read them. This great 700+ page novel did not have to be split into three parts to get a kid to read it.
The third thing I want to mention is that Rowling has created a distinctly new and unique story in each book. These are not books that rely on the same plot type and the same predictable characters to continue selling books. These aren’t just books cranked out by a best-selling author to maximize revenue. They are well thought out and well written.
The Goblet of Fire in particular has started to touch on a few interesting issues. Teenage growing-up issues begin to be part of the stories. The dynamics of Ron’s relationship with Hermione begins to be revealed in true teen fashion. Harry’s feelings for Cho are revealed. Also, we see the teenagers having to deal with death.
Racism is another issue that was brought up previously in the series, but is dealt with more here. While we have seen the blatant bigotry of Malfoy and the Salazar Slytherin elitism, this book starts to reveal the deeply-ingrained intolerance that can happen to the “good” people in society. Even Hogwarts has enslaved house elves. Even the Weasleys have inclinations to shun giants and half-giants. It will be great to see how all of this plays out in Dumbledore’s attempt to reach out to the giants and the Ministry of Magic’s refusal to.
Another thing that’s highlighted in The Goblet of Fire is how the press operates in society. It’s interesting how the general public of the magic world continues to get it’s news from the source that everyone knows is corrupt and glory seeking. As readers we are infuriated at the majority of the magic community when they continue to believe what Rita Skeeter writes, even though everyone knows she is a liar. Rowling makes a great mocker of the real world here.
And what happens next? Will Malfoy and his pals be back to Hogwarts now that their parents have gone back to Voldemort? Will we see the folks from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons again? Will we get to know the real Mad-Eye Moody? Will the perpetual red herring, Snape, turn out to be good or evil? And the next villain? Will it be someone of whom we’ve never heard? Or someone we’ve known since the first book?
I’ve enjoyed the Harry Potter series very much, and can’t wait to continue… (less)
**spoiler alert** Another great story. Great twist at the end. Foreshadowing led us to believe Hermione had a part in the plot, but in comes through i...more**spoiler alert** Another great story. Great twist at the end. Foreshadowing led us to believe Hermione had a part in the plot, but in comes through in such an unexpected way. Pettigrew showing up in the form of a rat that the Weasleys have had for twelve years...another twist that nobody could see coming. What kinds of twists are yet to come? I can't wait to see.
"The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse..." Albus Dumbledore Dumbledore, once again, trusts Harry to accomplish the most important task. He really believes in Harry, and, again, in the end gives Harry the advice and assurance he needs as the summer holiday begins.
**spoiler alert** The Capture is the story of a young owl who grows into himself as a leader. In this, the first book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole ser...more**spoiler alert** The Capture is the story of a young owl who grows into himself as a leader. In this, the first book in the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, the main character, Soren, learns many things in a short time of treachery, captivity, and violence. Along the way he makes some true friends, and together they start a noble journey for the good of Owlkind. The title of the book is slightly misleading, as the capture of the young owls is a brief part of a story that includes youth, captivity, escape, and the beginning of the journey. The title really only applies to chapter three. The story is a bit disappointing in that there's a lack of a main thread of plot with a climax and resolution. There is a short fight near the end of the story, which I guess counts for the climax, but not enough. In fact, there is very little real action in the story at all. I'm sad that the first book of a 15-book series does not have more to make a reader keep going. There are some worthwhile tidbits to be picked from various scenes. In chapter four the leader of the “academy” where the kidnapped owls were taken said in her introduction, “We discourage questions here, as we feel they often distract from the Truth.” From there they “moonblinked” the captured owls. In chapter five Gylphie gives a great description of moonblinking: “You no longer know what is for sure and what is not. What is truth and what are lies. What is real and what is false. That is being moonblinked.” It brings to my mind all the ways our society tries to moonblink us and discourage us from asking questions. They now live in a society where they are stripped of their identities and everything that makes them individuals. Sound familiar. But like Soren, Gylphie, Hortense and Grimble, we can do something about it. We can refuse to be moonblinked and devote our lives to doing good. This brings us to two unsung heroes, Hortense and Grimble. As Soren is the main character and hero of the story, the author makes it clear that great things are built on the sacrifices of many that are unknown or forgotten. Hortense comments in chapter 16, “Anything worth doing has risks.” Let us not forget the Hortenses and Grimbles who give their very lives for the good of others. This story does have great educational value in its devotion to owls. There is a lot to be learned about owls in the story. While some books teach history through fiction, this book teaches biology through fiction. While I do not feel like this story can stand alone, it was pretty good, and I'm looking forward to the continuation of the story in book two to resolve the mystery of the flecks, and what happened to Soren's Family. (less)
**spoiler alert** Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a great fantasy adventure with some thrilling twists and turns. In this, the second book...more**spoiler alert** Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a great fantasy adventure with some thrilling twists and turns. In this, the second book of the series, Harry continues to learn who he is and the power that he may ultimately have. As the story goes on, he learns of his new magical powers and his unique connection to the highest levels of Darkness. The great thing about Harry is his willingness to take on every challenge, no matter how dark or how powerful. What he seems to be slightly ignorant of, however, is that he is just as great and powerful. Although the great wizard, Albus Dumbledore, is not at all ignorant of this, and seems to set Harry up specifically to fight the greatest evil.
There were a couple interesting statements made by the author that show some truth about humanity. The first it the notion that people will "go to any lengths to ignore magic, even if it's staring them in the face." While there are not witches flying on brooms or cars flying through the air, there is a supernatural realm and a supernatural God that created our universe. Though the evidence is creation is overwhelming, humans will go to any lengths to explain way the possibility of the supernatural.
The other is a statement made by the great and wise Albus Dumbledore. While Harry is struggling with who he is, the great wizard says: "It's our choices, Harry, that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities." I thought this statement was profound. Working in the education world, so often students are labeled and judged based on their abilities in certain areas, rather that their character and their choices.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets showed again the amazing storytelling of J.K. Rowling, who leads you to believe things are progressing in certain directions, and then twists the story in most unexpected ways.
**spoiler alert** Island of the Blue Dolphins is a great book about facing difficult challenges, solving problems, and never giving up. Karana, the ma...more**spoiler alert** Island of the Blue Dolphins is a great book about facing difficult challenges, solving problems, and never giving up. Karana, the main character learned and grew tremendously through her experience alone on the island. She had to make a tough decision to go against her tribe's beliefs when she built weapons to defend herself. She faced the danger of wild dogs wanting to attack her. Throughout the story she had to plan carefully and work hard to make sure she had enough food to eat during each season of the year. Through a perilous bout with a devilfish, she learned that she should not invite more problems than she already had. The possibility of the evil Aleuts coming back was always on her mind. Through these trials and challenges, she learned to solve problems, work hard, and never give up.
These are some great lessons for children to learn today. The challenges our children face aren't so life-threatening and the outlook isn't so bleak. However, like Karana, they must learn to face the challenges boldly, solve their own problems, and believe they can make it through. Karana showed self discipline in preparing for her winters and possible attacks. Our children can do the same in preparing for their futures. There are many things we can take from the story of Karana on the Island of the Blue dolphins. It's a truly remarkable story.(less)
The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells, is a short novel which, in its essence, is an indictment of capitalism as the cause of a dire, irreversible outcome....more The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells, is a short novel which, in its essence, is an indictment of capitalism as the cause of a dire, irreversible outcome. To view the long-term outcome of political diversions, one is forced to employ a machine that can show us what happens thousands of years in the future. Thus, the concept of the time machine. For Wells and other science fiction writers, literature itself is the time machine used to explore this eventuality. Traveling forward in time, Wells makes some very interesting observations (political statements) about the relationship between the rich and the poor, between the upper class and the working class. We are let in on the narrator’s thoughts and interpretations his observations as the story goes on. Wells leads us to conclude certain things, only to pull the rug out from under us, and lead us to something totally different. In the end, he has built and shot down all of the straw men of capitalistic idealism, and concludes with the downfall of humanity because of capitalism itself. When the narrator begins his observation of the future, he sees “humanity on the wane.” He interprets it in the way Wells would like his readers to interpret it, as “an odd consequence of the social effort in which we are at present engaged.” He leads us to conclude, for the time being, that “strength is the outcome of need: security sets a premium of feebleness.” Sounds like a strong capitalistic argument. The security of socialism is causing the feebleness to thrive, which results in complacency, and the decline of humanity. The story continues with these types of observations and shifts in thinking, just as we as humans live, experience, make conclusions, and then change and/or refine our interpretations as we continue to live and experience life. In the end, the narrator ends up with a conclusion opposite the one he started with. In his first observation, he knew only of one class of people. He made his judgment based on this knowledge. Now he knows there are two groups of people. He realizes that the group he observed first were the descendants of the upper class, while the second group has descended from the lower class. The upper class is the one that increased in comfort and complacency, and evolved into a feeble people. The lower class is the outcome of need. They evolved into a strong people. The lower class eventually dominated the upper class, creating an uncrossable chasm between the two classes. Who is to blame? Easy. The upper class capitalists. As readers of H.G. Wells know, his political views lie on the side of socialism. This story is a political statement against capitalistic England. As you also know, Wells's other big soapbox it Darwinism. As in his other works, he makes his Darwinian plug here in an unassuming manner. He doesn't preach it. He doesn't proclaim it and bring out its polarizing nature. He just writes it into his story as if it is scientific truth, which any scientist knows it's not. H.G. Wells is an amazing writer, who uses science fiction as a tool to make his political and religious statements. He is very successful in doing so. He writes a tale of caution here for upper class England. He puts the ball in their court regarding the future of their country, and says, “This is what you are going to cause if you continue your exploitation of the working class.” The Time Machine is a simple novel, absent of the complexities of War of the Worlds and The Island of Dr. Moreau. Its importance lies in its success. Wells was able to ride that success to its height. The success of The Time Machine allowed wells to write about more complex issues in his subsequent novels. It is also important to point out that Wells blazed some significant trails in the area of science fiction. His concept of the time machine, Martian invasion, and the invisible man have inspired innumerable novels, plays, stories, poems, songs, campfire tales, and bedtime stories. Wells should certainly be recognized for his place in the history of storytelling. (less)
The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells, is a science fiction story about the Martian invasion of England around the turn of the 20th century. It was a...more The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells, is a science fiction story about the Martian invasion of England around the turn of the 20th century. It was a creative idea that Wells used to try to force England to look at the world and itself from a different perspective. It was a story that shed some light on the chaotic and tragic events that were going on all over the world while England sat complacent and comfortable. Would England look at the world more empathetically now? In the late 19th century, England was the world's preeminent power. During the age of colonization, no country was more successful than England. The Royal British Navy dominated international waters. And in lands across the oceans Wars of the Worlds were happening all the time. English colonists were the alien invaders. Aboriginal peoples all over the world were the helpless citizens, powerless against the technological superpower that invaded. In chapter 11 we start seeing the mindset of the English citizens who had lived their whole lives peace and security. There was initial disbelief when an English soldier in shock said, “They wiped us out-simply wiped us out.” The English never remotely considered the possibility of such an event. There was “not a living thing left.” The narrator states: “Never before in the history of warfare had destruction been so indiscriminate and so universal.” Later, in chapter 17 he says, “Never before in the history of the world had such a mass of human beings moved and suffered together.” This response is so ignorant and ethnocentric; given the fact the England had inflicted this very reality on many peoples around the world. Chapter 13 introduces the curate. This character is included in the story to show that, like all other dominant world powers throughout the ages, England believed itself to be specially blessed by God. Wells, who is certainly anti-church in many of his writings, takes his opportunity here to show his bias. The character who represents the church is a blubbering idiot who has no self control, no courage, and no conception of a reality outside his safe, peaceful faith. His insufficient religion offers no answers for the events that take place. It only presents questions. Questions, in fact, that show a very shallow knowledge of what true Christian faith is. Wells is, of course, pointing out his view that the church has no answers for real issues, and its members are shallow and a little stupid. “Why are these things permitted? What sins have we done?” says the curate. “All the work--all the Sunday-schools--What have we done...?” He equates the event to Sodom and Gomorrah, then proclaims it “the terrible day of the Lord.” Yet, he says it with fear and despair, rather that with hope, courage, and faith that you would expect from someone truly faithful to God. Chapter 14 tells of the blame game. Wells, who is a renowned socialist, exposes the ridiculous ignorance of the common man. They live in a capitalistic society. They fight against socialism, and they don't want the government interfering in their lives. Yet, “there was a strong feeling in the streets that the authorities were to blame...” Then in chapter 15, there's a shift back to the pride of the English. “Did they grasp that we in our millions were organized, disciplined, working together.” “Did they dream they might exterminate us.” We are England. No one could possibly be smarter, stronger, more advanced, more disciplined. What a ridiculously arrogant point of view. The horror and reality of what was going on started to come out in chapters 16 and 17. There are grotesque descriptions of dead bodies. He mentions the “massacre of mankind.” This would evoke emotions in the English readers when imagining the death of their own people, and perhaps a little empathy when they realize the English had done the same to so many other people. In chapter 7 of book 2, there is a philosophical conversation between the narrator and the artilleryman. The artilleryman's philosophy tells about the difference between two sets of people: the people who will meekly submit to the new authority in order to save their own skins and as much of their lives as possible, and the people who will never give in to the alien ways, even at the cost of their own lives. It is interesting to note that in the Americas, the former are pitied, and the latter are admired and last in our memories as heroes of their people. Yet both groups of people lose. The former are integrated and basically lose their culture. The latter fight to save their culture and are isolated or killed. He also mentions that the “Martians will make pets of some of them; train them to do tricks...And some, maybe, they will train to hunt us.” He is, naturally, mentioning what the English have already done in many colonies throughout the world. It is interesting that several times the English are described as “savage,” using the same language the English used referring to the peoples that they themselves have invaded. There is also the sense of them feeling like the natives around the world have felt in chapter 6. “For that moment I touch an emotion beyond the common range of men, yet one that the poor brutes be dominate know only too well. I felt as a rabbit might feel returning to his burrow and suddenly confronted by the work of a dozen busy navvies, digging the foundations of a house. I felt...a sense of dethronement, a persuasion that I was no longer a master, but an animal among the animals under the Martian heel.” As we can clearly see, the “poor brutes we dominate” are not rabbits, but people on colonized land dominated by the force of England. Wells, ever the biologist, ends the story with the Martians being wiped out biologically by a disease to which the English have long since been immunized. This, of course happened to the English, to some extent, in Africa, which prevented them from fully colonizing many areas. However, they still dominated the areas in the form of slave trade, as over several centuries they trained the Africans to hunt and sell their own people, as alluded to by the artilleryman. We also know that in other parts of the world, the opposite was true, as the English wiped out many of the peoples with disease. It is also interesting to note that the reason Wells gives for the technological advancement of the Martians is the lack of disease causing organisms on their planet. This, Wells claims, must be the reason that they have advanced evolutionarily to a point far beyond humans. This is Wells's Darwinian plug which occurs in some form in many of his writings. He should know, however, as a biologist, that this is a flawed theory. Evolution itself needs disease. It relies on death more than anything else to perform natural selection. While the propaganda of evolutionist writers has been effective, this is a classic example of how the writings about evolution (not to mention the theory of macroevolution itself) are flawed. A fascinating book, The War of the Worlds combines a pretty good (if boring at times) with philosophy and history. In its essence, it's a reprimand for England concerning their systematic colonization of the worlds native peoples with no regard for their intelligence, culture, values, or even for the sanctity of human life. It is also a bit cautionary for England to resist becoming to complacent in the position of greatest power in the world. In a world so full of destruction and chaos, caused in large part by England itself, They lived in a world of peace and ease. Be careful that you don't become complacent and take it for granted. These are lessons that can easily be taken and applied to 21st century America. Wells has crafted an incredible tale of humanity that will be relevant in any age. It is also important to point out that Wells blazed some significant trails in the area of science fiction. His concept of the time machine, Martian invasion, and the invisible man have inspired innumerable novels, plays, stories, poems, songs, campfire tales, and bedtime stories. Wells should certainly be recognized for his place in the history of storytelling. (less)