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The Invisible Man

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"At last only the dead tips of the fingernails remained, pallid & white, & the brown stain of some acid upon my fingers. I was almost invisible..." In this horrific tale of toying with science & nature, an obscure scientist invents a formula rendering flesh invisible. Now he can go anywhere, do anything-except he can no longer render himself visible again-& ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published June 1st 1972 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1897)
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Mike MacDee If you want the opinion of someone who doesn't type like a text message, it's a pretty cool book with an interesting antihero -- sometimes you're not…moreIf you want the opinion of someone who doesn't type like a text message, it's a pretty cool book with an interesting antihero -- sometimes you're not sure whether you're supposed to be rooting for the townspeople who are plagued by the insane Griffin, or for Griffin who is treated poorly by the ignorant townsfolk for being strange. I'm guessing the other answers are probably from people who have no imagination or can't follow any fiction that was written before 1999.(less)
Brandon Book Nerd Yes, this book is definitely appropriate for teens! Although some parts may include some allegoric themes, such as the abusive of power, and how it…moreYes, this book is definitely appropriate for teens! Although some parts may include some allegoric themes, such as the abusive of power, and how it might drive you insane. But it was worth a read, although the ending is pretty bleak.(less)

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Anne
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Evil Scientists
Recommended to Anne by: Jeff
This is the story of how one angry, naked, sneezing albino managed to terrorize the English countryside.
To be quite honest, I expected a bit more from the people who single-handedly fended off the Nazis. But Wells seemed to think his fellow countrymen would be a bit too inept to toss a sheet over the shivering bastard and punch him in the throat.
Instead?
This:

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Attention:
1) There may be spoilers for this 100+ year old book in the review.
2) Only comment if you have a WORKING sense of humor.
3) Seri
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Jacob
July 2010

In a very old episode of This American Life (listen here), John Hodgman asks the ultimate question: Flight vs. Invisibility? It’s an amusing party topic, a fun little game to play, but there’s actually more to it than that. As a “Super Rorschach Test,” the question is difficult to answer because the two choices both tell us very different things about ourselves. Flight is noble, something we aspire to; invisibility is a more primal desire, something hidden and mysterious. There’s even a
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Delee
I have a feeling if I had read this on my own- my rating would have been 3 stars. So I would like to thank the following people for making this such an enjoyable buddy-read. You guys get a whole extra star all of your very own. No fighting when you split it among yourselves please.!!!!

Jeff, Stepheny, Anne, Tadiana, Dan 2.0, Jess, Evgeny, Dan, Alissa, Steve, Will, Christopher, Licha, Miriam, Jenna, Auntie J, Ginger, and Carmen

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"A room and a fire!"

On a cold blustery day in February- a mysterious ma
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Carmen
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Carmen by: Jeff
"Oh! - disillusionment again. I thought my troubles were over. Practically I thought I had impunity to do whatever I chose, everything - save to give away my secret. So I thought. Whatever I did, whatever the consequences might be, was nothing to me. I had merely to fling aside my garments and vanish. No person could hold me. I could take my money where I found it. I decided to treat myself to a sumptuous feast, and then put up at a good hotel, and accumulate a new outfit of property. I felt ama ...more
Jeff
This was part of a massive buddy read of this title and usually for a buddy read I do something other than a serious review.

Jeff, have you ever done a serious review?

*sigh*

I might do a poor rendering of a passage from the book, kind of in the author's style in order to embarrass a few of my Goodreads “friends”, who quite frankly usually have it coming or if I’m feeling inspired, I’ll do something really creative.

Jeff, do you set some sort of bar for “creative”? Is there a sliding scale? Define “
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*TANYA*
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been on a kick to read classic books. Some of them have been hits and others misses, this is definitely a hit. It started off a bit slow but then ended with a bang. Great book!!
Dan Schwent
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A scientist invents a invisibility drug and slowly goes mad. Chaos ensues!

I read this as part of a colossal Invisible Man group read. We're all familiar with the basics of the tale. For a story written before R'lyeh sank beneath the waves, it was surprisingly readable.

So a scientist named Griffin invents a serum that makes him invisible. What's he do with it? Become an even bigger douche nozzle! Griffin becomes invisible and is suddenly above the law, stealing as he sees fit and cheapshotting pe
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Nayra.Hassan
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
القوى المطلقة قد تحولك من ذكي نبيل الى مجنون حقير
بأكثر الطرق تشويقا و إثارة
قالها لنا العبقري ويلز في اخر أعوام القرن 19

من بين المواهب الخارقة. ..لم ارغب يوما ان اكون خفية..فمعظم ما ساستفاده من هذا الوضع سيندرج تحت بند الحرام..الميزة الوحيدة ..انه لا حاجة للعناية بالمظهر او الريجيم...رغبت كثيرا في الطيران"بسبب الزحمة". .في الرجوع بالزمن "السنا جميعا" ا

في احد تلك الفنادق الغامضة التي تملأ الريف الإنجليزي يصل نزيل مشؤوم مغطى بالضمادات..و عندما يقرر الأهالي طرده يكشف عن كونه خفيا..و يبدا في اثارة
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Evgeny
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This is a buddy read with the following people:
Jeff, Stepheny, Anne, Tadiana, Dan 2.0, Jess, Delee, Dan, Alissa, Steve, Will, Christopher, Licha, Miriam, Jenna, Auntie J, Ginger, and Carmen. Please let me know if I missed anybody.

A mysterious man came to an inn of a quiet and quite backward Sussex village. Would it be a spoiler if I reveal his secret right here, considering it is given away in the title? Anyway, the guy is invisible and it causes no ends of grief for him and down-to-earth inhab
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Will M.
I won't deny the fact that at one point in my childhood, I wanted to become invisible. It wasn't the top priority in my list of "I hope one day I'd suddenly have this super power", but it was still there, probably at number 6 lagging behind Wolverine's Claws, flying, super strength, teleportation, and Johnny Storm's powers. I haven't thought of the consequences of being invisible then because I didn't contemplate on things that much when I was a child. I mean, who would do that?

Take note that I
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AMEERA
1.75
i love every interesting and weird books
and the title of this book was enough to make me read it and I read it but wasn't
interested at all
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This classic read revealed conflicts galore: Between society and the individual. Between lust for power and wealth, and the collective good of society. Between my literary side that wants to ruminate on themes of alienation and self-absorption...

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and my nerdling side that keeps wanting to pick apart the scientific underpinnings of invisibility.

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Why did his potions and radiation work, especially on, say, dead body parts like hair and nails? Why would it stop working(view spoiler)
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Stephen
2.0 stars. I had not read this book in many years and so I decided to re-read it over the weekend. In retrospect, this might have been a big mistake. Previously, I had very fond memories of the book as one of the best of the “classic” horror stories along with Dracula, Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Well, it is certainly a classic of the genre, but I no longer feel like it deserves a place among the elite of its peers.

If can I may borrow and paraphrase from the
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Amy
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Do you think the notion of an invisible man was really foreign to the readers during the time Wells wrote? While I found this book moderately entertaining, thought the scientific "theories" were thought-provoking, and felt there were seeds of some really potent themes (however undernourished the seeds turned out to be), I feel like Wells was totally preoccupied with trying to describe to the reader what it would be like to have an invisible man in our midst. This isn't a concept that I (as a mod ...more
Paul Bryant
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-novels-aaargh
I thought this story could of been better. So when the guy invents invisibility it’s like bam! he’s invisible and immediately gets in a beef with the landlord who’s all are you a mad scientist what’s going on and so he gets mad and bags the guy and burns his apartment building down which is not cool and he end up in the street totally naked this is the guy not the landlord because he has no invisible clothes so if he wears clothes then he’s visible and there would be no point but all his clothes ...more
Fernando
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ya no caben dudas de quién fue y qué es lo que generó tanto en la ciencia ficción como en la literatura el señor H.G. Wells. Con sólo decir que entre 1895 y 1898 escribió "La guerra de los mundos", “La isla del Dr. Moreau, "La máquina del tiempo" y esta novela, "El hombre invisible", nos da una idea de su potencial creador especialmente orientado a anticipar ciertos avances científicos pero con una característica que lo distanciaría de Julio Verne: Wells profundizaba en sus novelas los potencial ...more
Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐[9/10]
This is what a supposedly serious review of the popular, bestselling, turn-of-the-century sci-fi novel looks like when written by a dunkin' dunce like me- full of gaping holes and disconnected thoughts and jumbled array of funny ideas.

FOR THOSE THAT KNOWS NOT WHAT GRIFFIN IS:
As the title suggests,
✅ He is invisible. An invisible albino , to be precise.(Makes things easier. If you ever plan on putting this theory to test, you should probably hunt down albinos first. As long
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Ɗắɳ  2.☊
★★★★☆

This book was highly entertaining, much more so than I had envisioned. I never know what to expect, when picking up one of the classics, and I knew next to nothing of this story going in. I didn’t bother to read the synopsis, let alone any reviews, and I’ve learned from experience to never, ever read the introduction prior to the story. Especially on these older works, or if said intro is penned by Stephen King. For some idiotic reason, they like to assume everyone already knows the tale, a
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Stepheny


Dear Iron Invisible Man,

I have recently been informed of your actions in regards to invisibility. Let me just tell you- there are some great advantages to being invisible and with that comes a great responsibility. I am absolutely appalled at your behavior and I intend to dictate some rules and boundaries for you. The Minister for Magic has summoned me and requested that I write you a letter.

This letter is intended to set you to rights. Here are your guidelines for you to keep in mind while you
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Diamond Cowboy
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a most excellent piece of science fiction wherein a scientist called Griffin, creates a serum which makes him invisible. Then it goes on to explain his decline into total madness.
I am generally not a science fiction fan, but this one was masterfully written and kept my interest.
I recommend this book to all.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Diamond
Christopher
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*speaker steps up to podium to give review*

Good evening,
Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. This nightmare journey across the racial divide tells unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators. Readers are ushered into a parallel universe that throws our own into harsh and even hilarious relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, narrated in a voice that takes in the symphonic range of
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Stefan Yates
My second H.G. Wells novel. Honestly, I didn't enjoy The Invisible Man quite as much as I did The War of the Worlds. The storyline and writing were both top notch, but I just found it hard to REALLY enjoy a novel in which I totally despised the main character.

In all actuality, I guess my feelings towards the protagonist/antagonist (yes, both are the same character) would be considered a win for the author, as I feel that Wells didn't intend for the reader to truly like this character. What I fi
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Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
If Annie Wilkes Stepheny doesn't lock us all up in her vegetable cellar, I will be buddy reading this with an awesome gang of misfits: Anne, Jeff, Stepheny, Delee, Christopher, Tadiana, Will, Licha, Alissa, Steve, and the Dans (both 1.0 and 2.0), Miriam, Jenna, Auntie J, Carmen, and Ginger on August 10.

Please Stepheny......don't........*falls*


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Read a book you own but haven't read yet.
2.5 stars

Does anyone remember this movie?

I was in high school when it came o
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Safae
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001, english, favorites
While reading this book, I tried to imagine reading it in the late years of the 19th century,having in mind that it was an era of inventions, the invention of the television was shortly afterwards, in 1900 a television was shown in an electricity congress in Paris, and that was the first time it was called a television,the escalator, the radio,the helicopter,..etc and many other inventions of the first years of the 20th century, so those people thought that everything was possible, and especiall ...more
Hirdesh
Review to come.
Miriam
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, victorian
In which it is demonstrated that invisibility, like wealth, looks, talent, etc doesn't count for much if the possessor remains an asshole.


For this much-anticipated buddy read with Ann, Jeff, Delee,
Tadiana, Stephany, Evgeny, Jess, Auntie J, Licha... sorry, other readers, I've run out of steam on the hyperlinking, maybe later...
I used the Modern Library Classics edition subtitled "A Grotesque Romance." To my great disappointment, the library refused to lend me the one subtitled "a fantastic sens
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: شانزدهم سپتامبر سال 1998 میلادی
عنوان: مرد نامرئی، اثر: هربرت جورج ولز
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مترجم: گروه ترجمه انتشارات؛ تهران، آریا نگار،
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Antonio

El pánico lo persiguió dando grandes zancadas, lo sobrepaso y en pocos segundos se apodero de todo su pueblo.
-¡Ya viene el Hombre Invisible! El Hombre Invisible.


Este libro para mi consta de dos partes, la primera, ante todo me pareció algo cómica, no tiene nada de horror o misterio, inmediatamente sabemos quién es el hombre invisible, y más que un peligro, parece (al menos en personalidad) un viejito cascarrabias, si existe alguna incógnita es el ¿Cómo se volvió invisible?

Ahora la segunda pa
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Mostafa Galal
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ما الذي يحدث لو أمتلك الانسان قدرات خارقة كالتخاطر و قراءة الأفكار .. و الأختفاء؟
و الأهم؛ إلى أى جانب سيميل أكثر إلى أستخدام تلك القدرة.. الخير أو الشر؟
أمتلاك قدرات خارقة كان الهاجس الأكبر لدى عدد كبير من الأدباء، و أشهر سلاسل قصص الخيال العلمي هي التى تحقق لقارئها هذا الحلم برؤية أبطال يمتلكون تلك القدرات كسوبرمان و الرجل الذئب و هالك و غيرها من السلاسل الشهيرة
غريفين، ذلك الشاب البسيط الذى كرس حياته لأبحاث البصريات،ينجح أخيراً في اختراع وسيلة لأخفاء الجسد عن طريق تغيير معامل الانكسار في الجسم إ
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Parthiban Sekar
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, sci-fi
Vanish! It is irresistible...

In this World, where every body is trying to earn their own Identity, the desire to vanish from the eyes of others, sometimes, seems to be irrefutable among the weaker and unfortunate souls, for which the Invisibility offers Freedom and Power...

The title itself hints what the story might be about: the story of a Wretched-Soul-turned-into-A-Savage who lost himself in the invisibility and tries to regain himself back in the middle of the other haphazard events which e
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In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. 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 schol ...more
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