Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
2002, Signet Classics

Synopsis: So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him the reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes...and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth.  There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow as well.  Published in 1895, this masterpiece of invention captivated readers on the threshold of a new century. Thanks to Wells’s expert storytelling and provocative insight, The Time Machine will continue to enthrall readers for generations to come.

Why read: It's a sci-fi classic

What impressed me: The Time Machine was imaginative, even from a modern standpoint. It's look into the future feels plausible which is a feat given how long ago it was written.

What disappointed me: I saw the movie first and it was very different. And in my opinion, better. I just could not get into the interactions with the races, which was the bulk of the story. I found myself much more interested in how he traveled as opposed to where and when he traveled to.

Recommended: Not especially. I much prefer the movie.

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