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Five Great Science Fiction Novels

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Here, in an attractive gift box, are unabridged editions of the five most popular science-fiction novels of H. G. Wells: The First Men in the Moon, The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau,and The War of the Worlds. Five remarkably prescient works by the "father" of modern science fiction include The First Men in the Moon, a 1901 novel about lunar ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published September 8th 2004 by Dover Publications
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A nice and very inexpensive package of five classic sci-fi novels. One could also call it cheap, it's definitively lo-fi printing and binding, but it does its job. As to the content, I had my problems with H.G.'s style. He is essentially a 19th century man, with the usual optimism and belief in technology to solve humanity's problems (which I don't share). Although he is, indeed, critical, he nonetheless believes.

But my biggest gripe is his slow and pompous Victorian style. Again, it's not as
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Laura
Mar 01, 2009 marked it as may-finish-some-day
Well, I started reading this box set, got through The Time Machine and War of the Worlds- barely- and stopped for a bit. I found them both pretty boring and hard to get into. They are really short, yet took me a really long time to read, which says a lot. I would often read a whole page and not remember anything, then go back and reread it feeling as though it were the first time. It got to the point where I kind of didn't care anymore and just wanted to get it over with. Not sure if or when ...more
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This Wells collection looks really nice. (It does not look like the picture on this page.)
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Herbert George 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 scholarship in 1884, ...more