Mar 19, 11
Read in September, 2010
It is a bit odd reading a book where you already think you know so much about the plot that you have a lot of expectations about what the book is going to be like. In this case, some of those expectations are met by the book and the basic premise – a scientist whose achievement of invisibility makes him increasingly deranged and ultimately homicidal – is what I expected. However, the tone of the book isn’t exactly what I expected – at times there are some memorably creepy scenes, particularly when the Invisible Man goes on the rampage and Wells does a good job of portraying the main character’s insanity. On the other hand, it is often more whimsical than I was expecting, partially due to Wells’ decision to make the Invisible Man hide in a small Sussex farming village populated by a range of eccentric rural stereotypes. It is oddly charming and very English, but does give the book a feel that is an odd combination of B-movie horror and Midsomer Murders. At times the tone does detract a bit from the seriousness of the novel and it is only occasionally genuinely compelling, but it is an entertaining read and even after over a century the fantastic premise does still seem fresh even if the writing is rather dated.