Saturday, October 2, 2010

(Book #34) H.G. Wells - The Invisible Man

H.G. Wells' 'The Time Machine' has probably been on my bookshelf since about the 8th Grade, ever present in the "to-read" pile. This being the perfect opportunity, I actually read through this one pretty quick and enjoyed it. Having seen several variations of the Invisible Man in movie form, I was surprised to find that the story still felt original, particularly in the form of the storytelling. The book starts in a small town that is visited by a mysterious stranger, a man always hidden in clothes and with a face covered in bandages. It is not until after this man starts going insane that the story unfolds and we find out who this person is and how he came to be invisible. Wells writes a story that tries to grapple with the human reaction to one of life's whimsical questions, "What could I do if I were invisible?" and provides a human and compelling answer. The story can be considered a classic in the sci-fi/horror genres and even though it’s a little bit dated, it's still worth the read. It also goes a long way in helping to forget that horrible Kevin Bacon movie.

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