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Bound in blue bonded leather. Gilt edges, silver titles, and raised spine.


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Bound in blue bonded leather. Gilt edges, silver titles, and raised spine.

30 review for The Time Machine / The Island of Dr. Moreau / The Invisible Man / The War of the Worlds / The First Men in the Moon / The Food of the Gods

  1. 5 out of 5

    Martin McDonald

    *** SPOILER ALERT *** This review may contain SPOILERS It's taken me a long time to reach H. G. Wells but I'm glad I finally did. He's an excellent writer and, for all its occasional weaknesses, this set of his science fiction novels deserves a five star rating. The Time Machine is a seminal piece - one of the first modern science fiction stories - and Wells's vision of a future where humanity has evolved into two separate species, the one preying on the other, is frighteningly and lucidly painted *** SPOILER ALERT *** This review may contain SPOILERS It's taken me a long time to reach H. G. Wells but I'm glad I finally did. He's an excellent writer and, for all its occasional weaknesses, this set of his science fiction novels deserves a five star rating. The Time Machine is a seminal piece - one of the first modern science fiction stories - and Wells's vision of a future where humanity has evolved into two separate species, the one preying on the other, is frighteningly and lucidly painted. The weakest story of the set is The Island of Dr Moreau which, although well told and characterised, does little to expand the story beyond basic conflict. The Invisible Man has a fascinating and sinister title character, whose sudden swing to madness is vividly depicted. If, like me, you want to read these novels in the order they were written then The War of the Worlds is next. This really is Wells's masterpiece. He wastes no time in plunging into the story, pulls no punches about the savagery of the Martian invasion and takes time to empathetically explore the human conflicts involved in responding to a hopeless life or death struggle with a relentless and vastly superior enemy. The First Men in the Moon is a (scientific inaccuracies allowed for) vivid description of first contact between uncomprehending humans and an advanced race of aliens which, appropriately, goes disastrously wrong largely through misunderstandings and problems communicating. The last published of the set, The Food of the Gods, starts as a tour-de-force of Dickens-style comedy, turns to horror as the Food has an effect on animals which wreak havoc and death and finally becomes a tragedy when the giant humans it creates find they are unable to live peaceably with regular sized people. Highly recommended to anyone with the remotest interest in science-fiction or, indeed, late Victorian writing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donald

    H.G. Wells. What is there to say? Adulterer, plagiarist, one of the fathers of science fiction, father of wargaming, and a brilliant author. This collects six of his stories. I'd read The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds before, but the other three were new to me. They were, as with the rest of his stories, very, very good. Somewhat dated, but no less fun to read. I'd recommend this for anybody who likes science fiction. These books are classics, and for a very good reaso H.G. Wells. What is there to say? Adulterer, plagiarist, one of the fathers of science fiction, father of wargaming, and a brilliant author. This collects six of his stories. I'd read The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The War of the Worlds before, but the other three were new to me. They were, as with the rest of his stories, very, very good. Somewhat dated, but no less fun to read. I'd recommend this for anybody who likes science fiction. These books are classics, and for a very good reason. And if you aren't familiar with his work already, for shame. You must correct this as soon as possible.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James Nance

    H. G. Wells weaves science fiction that is always thought-provoking, often delightful, and occasionally disturbing or ridiculous. In many places Wells uses his stories to promote a socialist agenda. This is most clear in "The First Men in the Moon," and less clear (or perhaps more subtle) in his other stories. The stories in this collection, ranked from my favorite to my least favorite, would be as follows: 1) The War of the Worlds 2) The Time Machine 3) The Invisible Man 4) The First Men in the Mo H. G. Wells weaves science fiction that is always thought-provoking, often delightful, and occasionally disturbing or ridiculous. In many places Wells uses his stories to promote a socialist agenda. This is most clear in "The First Men in the Moon," and less clear (or perhaps more subtle) in his other stories. The stories in this collection, ranked from my favorite to my least favorite, would be as follows: 1) The War of the Worlds 2) The Time Machine 3) The Invisible Man 4) The First Men in the Moon 5) The Island of Dr. Moreau 5) The Food of the Gods

  4. 4 out of 5

    Al

    An interesting idea for a book. Herakleophorbia a new kind of food given to things that still are in the growing process, that let the object grow constantly rather than in spurts. In human letting the grow to be 40 ft tall. Its got to be one of the most unique books i've read. A more thoughtout BFG.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kyle K

    The Time Machine - The Island of Dr. Moreau - The Invisible Man - The First Men in the Moon - The Food of the Gods - The War of the Worlds -

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Vasicek

    My book also included "In the Days of the Comet". All these are excellent short stories.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    This set was how I was introduced to H.G. Wells. I believe my parents bought it in a discount bin, or something of that matter. These are by far his greatest works! All are a must read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Smiley

    a great collection of stories by someone as nerdy as I.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    It's H.G. Wells, need I say any more? The father of science fiction.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Only read The Time Machine from this collection so far.

  11. 5 out of 5

    B

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heather Jung

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andi Katsina

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shivani Sharma

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Cameron

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nelita

  17. 5 out of 5

    Douglas

  18. 5 out of 5

    Piers

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jack

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  21. 5 out of 5

    J.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Nevill

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wklively

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andy Iverson

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ed

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michel Rosenthal

  27. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Shruti

  29. 4 out of 5

    Walter Keathley

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gerald Huff

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