The Time Machine

Wells, H. G. (Book - 1995 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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English novelist, historian and science writer Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) abandoned teaching and launched his literary career with a series of highly successful science-fiction novels. The Time Machine was the first of a number of these imaginative literary inventions. First published in 1895, the novel follows the adventures of a hypothetical Time Traveller who journeys into the future to find that humanity has evolved into two races: the peaceful Eloi -- vegetarians who tire easily -- and the carnivorous, predatory Morlocks. After narrowly escaping from the Morlocks, the Time Traveller undertakes another journey even further into the future where he finds the earth growing bitterly cold as the heat and energy of the sun wane. Horrified, he returns to the present, but soon departs again on his final journey. While the novel is underpinned with both Darwinian and Marxist theory and offers fascinating food for thought about the world of the future, it also succeeds as an exciting blend of adventure and pseudo-scientific romance. Sure to delight lovers of the fantastic and bizarre, The Time Machine is a book that belongs on the shelf of every science-fiction fan.
Authors: Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946
Title: The time machine
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, c1995.
Characteristics: 76 p. ; 22 cm.
Notes: Originally published: London : Heinemann, 1895.
ISBN: 0486284727
Branch Call Number: FICTION
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Jul 01, 2013
  • red_bird_1018 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I didn't really understand the plot of this book. I thought it went all over the place and it was very hard to understand for me.

May 20, 2013
  • pjberry rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting story, when you consider that it is 19th century science fiction.

Feb 15, 2013
  • TikkaDubey rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I'm going to read the book, but I saw the old movie a few years back. I really did like the movie. It captivated me so much with it's fantastic characters and strange concept. It was one of the reasons I got so into the sci-fi scene! I hope the book is half as good.

Jul 12, 2012
  • richardhe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The plot isn't very captivating, but The Time Machine is very descriptive and insightful. It was interesting to read Well's explanations of certain events in the story using 19th century science. The frequent searching in the notes in the back of the book for the meaning behind certain words/phrases was slightly annoying, but nonetheless it was a pleasure to read.

Jun 28, 2012
  • ngg12345 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Written about 100 years ago, from the story it seems as if it was only written yesterday.

May 10, 2012
  • stacie_h rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Blew my mind. H.G Wells knows how to captivate his readers and then deliver a satisfying conclusion. I'll admit, there were parts in the book that I didn't initially understand and thought, "Why is this here and important?" However, the action picks up fast and halfway through the book you're glued and understand everything. The Time Machine is definitely going on my favorites list.

Mar 31, 2011
  • vwruleschick rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It was an OK read, fascinating idea of the scientist creating a device that can transport you along the time continuum into the past and into the future. Check out the classic movie, too!

Oct 27, 2010
  • seanlee rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Short, but painfully boring. Too many long words. The plot was way too slow.


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Jul 12, 2012
  • richardhe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 13, 2014
  • Stephanie_Sibbald rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A group of men, including the narrator, is listening to the Time Traveller discuss his theory that time is the fourth dimension. The Time Traveller produces a miniature time machine and makes it disappear into thin air. The next week, the guests return, to find their host stumble in, looking disheveled and tired. They sit down after dinner, and the Time Traveller begins his story.


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