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The Time Machine (Penguin Classics) Paperback – May 31, 2005
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About the Author
Marina Warner is a famed writer and critic. Patrick Parrinder has written on H.G. Wells, science fiction, James Joyce and the history of the English novel. Since 1986 he has been Professor of English at the University of Reading.
Steven McLean is Secretary of the H.G. Wells Society. He recently completed his PhD on H.G. Wells at the University of Sheffield.
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After having read War of the Worlds, I am convinced H.G. Wells is a brilliant author, and in his book The Time Machine he expresses his thoughts and his opinions on what will happen to the Earth after an apparent "Doomsday." He avoids any possible time paradoxes that may occur from interfering with time. The only problem that I had with the book was how he went so far into the future of the Earth (800,000 years) and humans still existed, which can be questionable if a species can survive for that amount of time. Wells then uses his amazing logical thinking skills to write a novel based solely on this single concept.
The Time Machine is an excellent book, that, as a child, I did not fully understand. When I was younger, I truly did believe that the concept of time travel was possible and that I was just too young to know about it. I very much desired to travel into the future to see what I would be doing at an older age and how I would look.Read more ›
Ok, so the book starts out straight enough, with four blokes discussing how such a machine could work. He convinces us that a unique perspective will reshape the cutting edge. They are blown away when the ostensible time traveler returns in only moments, having indicated that he spent days in this futuristic world of the haves and have-nots, of the Morlocks and the Eloi. When one of these delicate creatures dies, he learned, the others let it go as part of their every day events. Of course, when the traveler is battle-scarred, made weary of his adventures and tired of the vegetarian diet the Eloi provided him, his colleagues are not convinced but confused. Then, during the events of the new moon, when all is bleak outside, do these Morlocks attack the Eloi. He faces a terrifying sequence. Then he discovers his time machine had vanished from where he left it when he arrived. Let's not give the plot away now. Find out how he gets it back, and how he relates these things to his friends who await his return. It turns out that the Morlocks are highly developed individuals, having abandoned their mechanized world long ago, choosing to "harvest" the Eloi like cattle, allowing them to graze on the vegetation.Read more ›
-- Debra Hamel
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H.G. Wells was no doubt one of the pioneers of modern Science Fiction, dealing with subjects such as alien invasions and time travel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alastair Browne
Haven't read it yet will be reading it in school. Only negative thing is it was bent up when I got it but nothing too terrible.Published 4 months ago by jennifer arreola espinoza
The Time Machine is a classic. YES, I have seen the movie edition many years ago. But the actual book!! The author's own words!! Nothing to compare. Read morePublished 4 months ago by FredPM
This story is an excellent and pivotal piece of a sci-fi literature.
No wonder others were inspired by this book and it has been put to the silver screen a number of... Read more
I bought this book because I was blown away by the 1960 movie based on it. I have to admit the book was disappointing because it was short, and the early 20th century events were... Read morePublished on December 19, 2013 by Jason M. Jewell
Although I can sort of understand the gripes Wells himself had with the book, I loved it through and through.Published on November 17, 2013 by Ragnar Terjeson Miljeteig
Look it was alright and I can work with it. Its not all new but it's not disastrous and it has all the pages. I'm ready to read lol.Published on July 8, 2013 by Mirian Lebron