The Space Machine (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) Paperback – March 8, 2016
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- Publisher : Valancourt Books (March 8, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 334 pages
- ISBN-10 : 194391026X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1943910267
- Item Weight : 12.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.75 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christopher Priest is a skilled author, I enjoy many of his books, and The Space Machine is one of them. If you like H.G. Well's story, then this will be a good match too. As the synopsis say, it is paying homage to The Time Machine and War of the Worlds, with a little twist at the end.
The story starts with Edward Turnbull trying to approach Amelia Fitzgibbon to demonstrate his riding mask, but he is quickly drawn to her wit and charm, returning to her for more. For Amelia, she is a smart yet impulsive character, who at times tries to play the role of a good lady, others the rebellious girl who makes her own rules. Edward is more subdued and cares more about social convention, but even he is not immune to new and shiny things.
When Edward is shown Sir William Reynold's time machine, he is astounded, the story picks up quickly with him and Amelia going on an adventure of their lifetime. From then on, the couple is thrown into many conflicts, and discovers many things that will change their lives and view points forever.
The Space Machine is a true Science Fiction book, with Christopher Priest drawing much inspiration from H. G. Wells' two famous work. I would like to think that readers will find it a satisfying read, despite moments where it dragged. Edward and Amelia are both characters of strong integrity and they are actually opposite sides of the same coin, hence what will happen to them as the story comes to conclusion?
I recommend The Space Machine for all sci-fi buffs, the author has done a great job with his intention, marrying two books into a great reason why we should read the classics.