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The Time Machine by [Wells, H. G. (Herbert George)]
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Grade 7 Up-H.G. Welles' classic begins at an English dinner party where a group of gentlemen are discussing the device that one of them is making so he can explore the fourth dimension. No one is identified by name but when the men gather the following week, the device's inventor, referred to as Time Traveler, is strangely absent. When he arrives later, he recounts his amazing sojourn into the future. Most of this 1895 novella deals with Time Traveler's stay in a world where dark forces lurk behind an idyllic exterior. After narrowly escaping from a forest fire and hostile creatures, Time Traveler uses his invention to investigate other time periods before returning to share his story with his friends. Despite the fact that he has returned with never-before-seen flowers, most of his companions do not believe him. When one of the dinner guests stops by Time Traveler's home a few days later, he is the last one to see the inventor before he and his Time Machine disappear. Ralph Cosham narrates this science fiction standard bearer with a controlled intensity that gives the story the feel of a modern drama. Add to that Welles' ability to predict some contemporary scenarios, and this recording will interest 21st century listeners. With a sturdy case and continual tracking every three minutes, this production will be a useful addition to school and public libraries that want to add classics to their science fiction holdings.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library. Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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“[Wells] contrives to give over humanity into the clutches of the Impossible and yet manages to keep it down (or up) to its humanity, to its flesh, blood, sorrow, folly.” —Joseph Conrad

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Having never read this sci-fi/fantasy novel, and yet I have read umpteen numbers of books that either directly or subtly reference it (I'm looking at you, Stephen King), I decided it was high time to proceed into the Morlock hole. While the tone of The Time Machine harkens back a bit, it is a nice break from modern day fiction and definitely still easily understood (i.e. it is not Beowulf). Even though relatively short, the message intended is conveyed clearly and is still painfully relevant today, perhaps even more so.
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The first book I had read by H.G. Wells and I was surprised by how smooth and engaging the storytelling is. Beautiful cadence and thoughtfully told. Unlike any other sci-fi I've read. From this book, I've also read a handful of his short stories. Even for those of us who aren't completely sold on the genre, this classic grips and pulls a reader into the traveller's world. Awe-inspiring. Truly a great work of literature.
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By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 6 2013
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This book was one of the first of what we now consider as the science fiction genre. H G Wells had a brilliant mind and wrote speculative fiction that lasts and is still consumed to this day. Steamj punk also owes a lot to what H G Wells wrote. For Mr Wells the Victorian era was what he lived in and the mix of that era and sc-fi is what we now call "Steam Punk".
This book still tracks well and was my first introduction into science fiction. Manymovies of varying quality have been made based on this book. The book itself is far better than any of those movies.
This is one of those books that I turn back to and re-read on afrequent basis. It keeps getting better and better in my mind.
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Absolutely amazing. I had taken to reading t shortly after finishing George orwell's Animal farm, and what a read. The settings are illustrated on level with Edgar Allen Poe's into the maelstrom, and the concepts of futures and possibilities that lie within the pages have a way of drawing you far from anything else you can do. As an avid gamer this pulled me away from games for the last week well I read it everywhere I went, moments without the ability to continue reading it were spent theorizing it's next turns and future plot. 100/10 worth not studying for finals for!
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By Rose TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 2 2013
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Have you ever watched a movie and you loved it..not just loved it, but thought about it all the time..so much that you just knew you had to read the book or else it would drive you crazy wanting details that you knew never made the cut? That's why I read this book.
And it was good. Really good. But it was not quite like the movie. In fact, other than the time machine itself they were quite different. I loved his view of how cultures could change over time and how society, or lack thereof, would function. Evolve or devolve - however you look at it. This is a book that I would recommend to anyone, young or old.
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This is a classic sci fi that should not be missed. It has been made into a movie a couple of times, with huge success. The book itself is fantastic and gives a greater look into the characters and scenario of the future scientific advancements and worlds that could be possible. Wells was way ahead of his time when he wrote this book. If you are a sci fi buff, this is one book that should be a 'must read'.
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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.
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