It took me several years to finally get around to reading an H. G. Wells novel, after dealing with numerous people all telling me, "Hey, this guy is great, you should read his stuff."
I decided I would try The Time Machine as an introduction to Wells' works, and it left me with a poor taste in my mouth. I could only make it about twenty pages in before I had to discard the whole thing, it being an absolute nightmare to read. The subject matter wasn't complex or difficult to understand, but the flow of the writing made me think of the several high school papers I have edited in the past. That is, someone had a bit too much time with their thesaurus and decided to go crazy with it in an attempt to seem sophisticated and intelligent.
The ideas that Wells puts forth in his novels seem sound and creative, but the execution is lacking in my opinion. Perhaps The Time Machine was a poor introduction, and I imagine I will give another novel a try once the bad taste wears off.