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The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
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Mar 22, 11

Read in October, 2003

Full disclosure: I was Griffin for Halloween two years running.

This book is almost mythical at this point, deeply embedded in the Anglo-American psyche. Griffin (the titular invisible man) set the template for many criminally insane masterminds to come. He's sort of a proto-Bond Villain, though much, much more. The concept of invisibility is as old as time and Wells updates the desire for anonymity for modernity. Injections make Griffin invisible, and he must go naked and keep clean. Closer to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen than the Universal take on the character, Wells' Griffin is sadistic, egomaniacal and above all, amoral.

Great little yarn of evil from the man who single-handedly invented speculative fiction as we know it in the Anglosphere.

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