David Cain | 2/17/2014
" This work is one of H.G. Wells' more obscure titles, if my previous lack of familiarity with it is any indication. This was mildly entertaining but not particularly well written by today's standards. The novel's structure was poorly laid out, and the plot really feels like several separate stories grafted onto one another. Most of the characters are undeveloped and one-dimensional. The ending does not resolve any of the conflict nor tie up any loose threads. The few bright spots: like many of Wells' better-known works, this science fiction tale presages many of the scientific or cultural advances of the twentieth century, the language is a pleasure to read, and it is among the more literary of the early sci-fi works. As long as you're not expecting a classic when you sit down with this one, you'll find it to be a pleasant diversion. "
Rik | 2/16/2014
" Not the most enjoyable of the HG wells books. As with all his books there is an interesting idea, but this one lacked the power of some of his better known ones. Maybe a little too much 'message'...? "
Scott | 1/24/2014
" Bad ending. This book was so exciting....and then....just...UGH. HORRIBLE ending. "
arg/machine | 1/23/2014
" Classic SF. In the public domain, with a free electronic copy here. "
Clark | 1/10/2014
" An amazing book. Funny, insightful, superbly written, and entertaining. I can see why one might be disappointed from a purely "science fiction" perspective but from a literary perspective, wow, what a great read. "
Jimmy | 12/8/2013
" Science fiction classics do not usually hold up well with time. Such is the case here. But it does have some interesting humor, both intentional and unintentional. "
Sheri Fresonke Harper | 11/3/2013
" Somewhat amusing tale of humanity unfortunately getting what they thought they wanted. The ensuing ecological disaster becomes a trial to the inventors and many others. Both utopian in desire and dystopian in result, H G Wells shows his sense of humor. "
Thomas | 9/21/2013
" You have to hand it to Mr Wells, he really has stayed the distance. As relevant today as it was when it was written. "
Leslie | 9/9/2013
" My favorite HGW when I was in high school "
Cesar | 5/31/2013
" It was OK. Not the best book from H.G. Wells, but then this is just the second book a read from him. The others I ve seen only the movie. I'm yet to read the war or the world and the Time Machine. "
Dave Turner | 2/7/2013
" I approached this w scifi adventur with a sence of hesitation as it being one of H.G. Wells's less famous outings. The chracters and flow of story portray Wells as his very best, being as delightful to read as The Invisible Man. "
Sarah | 7/21/2011
" This started off as a delightfully silly tale with more humour in than I'd expected (to be fair, that's probably me; I never expect these old serious literary guys to have had a sense of humour). The last part is a slightly darker exploration of the consequences of the things that have gone before. "
Karen Highland | 3/21/2010
" This is tedious, I don't know if I'll finish it... I've only not finished ONE book in my lifetime... that's because I lost it. "
Josh | 3/9/2010
" The Time Machine: 5 stars
The Island of Dr. Moreau: 5 stars
The Invisible Man: 3 stars
The First Men in the Moon: 4 stars
The Food of the Gods: 4 stars
In the Days of the Comet: 3 stars
The War of the Worlds: 4 stars
Summer | 10/14/2009
" So..none of them were scary at all. Though I can see how they would have freaked out people of that time. I really appreciated the observations on human kind included in each story. And the whole 'pick one impossibility and see where it goes' version of sci-fi.
Nicole | 1/4/2009
" I love classic sci-fi, and this is proving to be a great example so far! It was a birthday present from my brother-in-law. Wow, does he know me!