A masterful tale from the founding father of science fiction. An ingenious inventor creates a machine which can hurtle through time.With no idea what to expect, the time traveller sets out on an epic adventure into the unknown. On his first journey into the future of the human race, the traveller encounters the Eloi: an apathetic but carefree ...
A masterful tale from the founding father of science fiction. An ingenious inventor creates a machine which can hurtle through time.With no idea what to expect, the time traveller sets out on an epic adventure into the unknown. On his first journey into the future of the human race, the traveller encounters the Eloi: an apathetic but carefree tribe, forming a close bond with the woman Weena. Less appealing however, are the bestial Morlocks who stalk the area at night, picking off the Eloi for food. When his time machine disappears, the time traveller is faced with no option but to confront the ape-like creatures, unwittingly starting a deadly battle in order to escape. FLAME TREE 451: From mystery to crime, supernatural to horror and fantasy to science fiction, Flame Tree 451 offers a healthy diet of werewolves and mechanical men, blood-lusty vampires, dastardly villains, mad scientists, secret worlds, lost civilizations and escapist fantasies. Discover a storehouse of tales gathered specifically for the reader of the fantastic. Each book features a brand new biography and glossary of Literary, Gothic and Victorian terms.
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I just really couldn't get into this book. The idea of it is all great and super interesting (I mean, who doesn't find time travel interesting?) It's just the writing itself that got to me. H.G. Wells tends to somehow use a TON of words without actually saying anything which very quickly started making the book less and less appealing to me.
I'm not saying that there's no way anyone else could like this book. It's just the writing style that I don't like and that sort of thing differs with every individual. So others could easily like it even though I didn't.
I tried so hard to get into this book and I tried so hard to like it but I just couldn't. I'm going to try to read one of Wells' other books and see if it's just the writing style in "The Time Machine" I didn't like or if it's H.G. Wells' overall writing style in general.
Jul 26, 2008
what would it really be like to travel to the futu
The Time Machine was written in 1895 when Wells was 29. The idea of time travel has always fascinated most everyone. Wells paints a terrible vision for the future--that there is no future. The Time Traveler (we never know his name) goes forward in time to the year 802,701 A.D. and finds a race of people, called Eloi, that do nothing but sit around and eat fruit. All the buildings are in the state of near collapse, and the Eloi seem to not care about anything. Then he finds that there is another race of people living underground, called Morlocks. They turn out to be cannibals, and are eating the Eloi as if they were cattle. In fact, it turns out that the Morlocks feed and clothe the Eloi. The Time Traveler continues to travel forward in time and sees that the earth has stopped spinning and is slowly moving towards the sun. According to Wells, that is our future. Facinating but scary and sad.
Jul 25, 2008
The beginning of science fiction
The Time Machine was the first book I read in Classics Illustrated as a boy and then read as a young adult in paperback. The idea of traveling in time has been with us over a century although we probably couldn't do it because we would also decrease or increase in age. The irony of the two races in 800000 AD is a thoughtful Darwinian concept and Wells suggests that there is no future for mankind if we continue to evolve. Traveling back in time would jeopardize history and traveling forward in time would give us the benefit of hindsight. This book is a classic of early science fiction and is brilliant in its concept.
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