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The Invisible Man (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – February 5, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0486270715 ISBN-10: 0486270718 Edition: Reprint

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Reprint edition (February 5, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486270718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486270715
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

First published in 1897, The Invisible Man ranks as one of the most famous scientific fantasies ever written. Part of a series of pseudoscientific romances written by H. G. Wells (1866–1946) early in his career, the novel helped establish the British author as one of the first and best writers of science fiction.
Wells' years as a science student undoubtedly inspired a number of his early works, including this strikingly original novel. Set in turn-of-the-century England, the story focuses on Griffin, a scientist who has discovered the means to make himself invisible. His initial, almost comedic, adventures are soon overshadowed by the bizarre streak of terror he unleashes upon the inhabitants of a small village.
Notable for its sheer invention, suspense, and psychological nuance, The Invisible Man continues to enthrall science-fiction fans today as it did the reading public nearly 100 years ago.

About the Author

Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. His stage appearances throughout the U.S. include Cyrano, Hamlet, and MacBeth. He's read over 150 audiobooks in four years-for that, AudioFile magazine named Scott "a rising and shining star" and awarded him as one of the magazine's Golden Voices. The Audie- and Earphone Award-winning actor has read several Macmillan Audio audioBooks, including Dune: The Butlerian Jihad and Dune: The Machine Crusade by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. In addition to his acting work, Scott choreographs fight sequences, and was a combatant in films such as Romeo and Juliet, The Fantasticks and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Herbert George Wells's (1866-1946) career as an author was fostered by a childhood mishap. He broke his leg and spent his convalescence reading every book he could find. Wells earned a scholarship at the Norman School of Science in London. Wells's "science fiction" (although he never called it such) was influenced by his interest in biology. H. G. Wells gained fame with his first novel, "The Time Machine (1895)." He followed this with "The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), " and "The War Of The Worlds (1898)."
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Customer Reviews

Great story, well written, action filled!
This is the question that Wells tries to answer in this book, and you'll find the book well worth the time.
Michael Legg
The Invisible Man, however, is not one of his better works.
Karl Janssen

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Allison ( on June 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a classic tale about a researcher who, while he was the equivalent of a graduate student in physics, discovers a treatment for making himself invisible (using chemicals and mathematical expressions containing four dimensions). He quickly discovers how dependent he is on others and that he doesn't have the power he thought he would. I had always thought, based on what I had heard about the film based on this book, that the invisibility process made the researcher (Griffin) mad. However, upon reading the novel, I find that Griffin is morally and ethically bankrupt long before he takes the treatment. His initial reasons for becoming invisible is to avoid paying his rent (as he sneaks out of the building, he sets it on fire as a "lesson" for his landlord). All he thinks about is himself and to have power over others. He steals from his father who, since it wasn't his money, commits suicide. Griffin goes to the funeral simply because it is expected of him; but, he feels no remorse. He is a man who feels that the end (his power) justifies the means. Wells clearly has Griffin as the villian.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Legg on April 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have read most of the popular works of H.G. Wells (The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The First Men in the Moon, and The Island of Dr. Moreau) and this was my favorite. The Invisible Man is an entertaining book, but what it really makes you think about is WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU COULD GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING? Is man inherently EVIL, and simply obeys the constraints of society because he is afraid of getting caught, or is man inherently good? This is the question that Wells tries to answer in this book, and you'll find the book well worth the time. I recommend this book to all lovers of good science fiction; enjoy!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on December 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
Better than mediocre, but not quite as good as four stars, this book is worth reading, if for no other reason than to give one a feel for the origins of the science-fiction genre. Granted, Wells is not the originator or the genre; that title probably belongs to Jules Verne, but Wells is one of the earliest contributors to the development of science fiction. "The War Of The Worlds", "The Time Machine", and "The Invisible Man" are all among the earliest treatments of seminal concepts that later become standards of the genre, and are all reasonably interesting treatments of basic ideas, treatments which are later surpassed as subsequent writers build upon the basic idea and try novel variations upon them.
As a story in its own right, this book is interesting, but has a few flaws: the explanation offered for why the main character chose NOT to use theatrical makeup to "pass" when he needed to seem normal was unconvincing (it would take too long to remove if he needed to suddenly be invisible; not nearly a sufficiently compelling consideration to offset the obvious advantages of being able to pass in normal society). Further, since he mentions that his earliest test of his procedure turned a piece of cloth invisible, it seems silly that he didn't make himself invisible clothes to avoid the rather obvious disadvantage of needing to be naked in order to be properly invisible, during an English winter (which is when he made his experiment.) Nor does it make any sense that he would become visible once dead; if his flesh was invisible, it should have remained so.
Still, in spite of all these quibbles, it is a very interesting book, and well worth the reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Imagine if you were invisible and could come and go as you pleased, with nobody able to see you. Cool, right? Well, not really. H.G. Wells' "The Invisible Man" has the sci-fi master exploring what would happen if a person took an invisibility elixir, and discovered too late that invisibility has some definite downsides. It's possibly Wells' funniest novel, but it also has some wonderfully chilling moments.

A strange man arrives at a hotel in Iping, wrapped up in goggles, bandages, scarves, and heavy clothes. He spends most of his time hidden away in his room, doing odd scientific experiments, and avoiding contact with other people -- while still keeping everything except his nose hidden. Meanwhile, the local vicar and his wife are robbed by a mysterious thief... who is completely invisible.

Well, you can guess what's up with the stranger -- he's an invisible man, and after a blowup with his landlady he reveals his true.... um, lack of appearance to the entire town. After a series of disastrous encounters, the Invisible Man encounters Dr. Kemp, an old friend to whom he reveals how he became invisible, and what he's done since then... as well as his malevolent plans for the future.

H.G. Wells isn't really known for being a funny writer, but the first part of "The Invisible Man" is actually mildly hilarious. He writes the first third or so of the book in a fairly light, humorous style, and there are some fun scenes speckled through the story, like a homeless man dealing with the Invisible Man ("Not a bit of you visible--except-- You 'aven't been eatin' bread and cheese?").

But things get much darker after Mr. Kemp enters the scene, and we find out that the Invisible Man is... well, kind of malevolent and crazy. Very crazy.
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