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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
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Feb 09, 11

The Time Machine serves as one of H.G. Wells earliest efforts, and while it hardly compares to the atmospheric masterpiece of War of the Worlds, it's a great book in its own right. While the usage of time travel was novel for the time Wells wrote of it, the notion was done to death throughout the 20th century, even through to the 21st. The book's saving grace exists beyond the central idea of time travel. It becomes more of a plot device for Wells to express unique suggestions on the future state of mankind. What is truly novel, even today, is the detail of humanity branching off into two completely separate species. He explores this notion to great effect, and keeps it interesting throughout. The book is a simple read, so I'd recommend it to anyone looking for brief, intellectual literature that's easy on the eyes.

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