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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
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Oct 04, 2011

really liked it

I was pleasantly surprised by the Time Machine. I expected something a little more schlocky, no doubt due to my recollections of the 1960 movie with the Morlocks in those funny costumes. However, the scientific imagination was quite fun in the text. The descriptions of time travel, Wells' imagination of the future evolution of mankind, and even his descriptions of the Earth near the end of its existence were all still rather insightful (although I think his timescales were off by a bit - millions of years until the end of Earth rather than billions.) My one complaint has to do with the author's decision to kill off one of the characters. Her fate was telegraphed early on, so no surprise, but I didn't feel like it added much to the story and in general, I prefer people to live than die. :-)

Anyway, it's a fun quick read, all the more so to see how Wells played with the scientific ideas of his time.

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