The list author says: "Since you were a kid you've dreamt of nothing better than being able to be in the same room as that certain someone you like as they get undressed or take a shower with them having no idea you're even there. Or maybe you want to listen in on confidential conversations, get stock or business tips or even become a career criminal. Invisibility may well seem like the ultimate thing to aspire to, but if you've read the following books you might well change your mind. Life isn't actually that easy for those who can't be seen. They have to be naked all the time when in public, can't eat anything for ages as people could see it digesting, there's usually evil people chasing after you and trying to track you down and yeah earning money is a bit hard when no one can see that you've turned up to work.
A fascinating topic, you'd think every author would have a go but surprisingly not many have. You've also got a number of books that from their title seem like they're going to be an invisible man adventure then turn out to be about racism, God, guardian angels, eating disorders and other although worthwhile topics, not really what you were after. Purpose of this list to tell you what's out there (note I haven't included Harry Potter and books that have a few pages of someone using an invisible cloak or something, just books where the main story is about being invisible).
This list used to include DVDs as well but the list outgrew 40 so they are now on a sequel 2nd Listmania list. Also not on Amazon at time made list, The Murderer Invisible by Philip Wylie, The Invisible Man by Michael John, Invisible Matilda Mudpuddle by Gordon Winch, Invisible by Edel Wignell and Invisible Dick (character's name not a porn book, 1926 written adventure) by Frank Topham.
Poorly written books Invisible! by Robert Swindells and Lady Vanishes and Other Oddities of Nature by Charles Sheffield also removed now too many good books to fit on list."
"The best of this genre by far. Accident in New Jersey occurs and Nick becomes invisible then is hunted by the government while he must cope with this new disability and keeps discovering just being invisible isn't enough not to be seen, other aspects such as rain, shadows, food and so on all come into play when you're trying to keep a low profile."
"Classic 1897 written adventure about a strange bandaged man who comes to stay at a hotel, is turned on by bigoted small town folk (who don't actually know he's invisible at the time but assume he's an undesirable sort of person anyway) and decides to get his vengeance."
"Great young adult novel where a teenager wakes up, shocked to find he's invisible. He and his parents plan to come up with a cure while keeping him safe from the government and media. However a jeep runs a red light and ploughs into his parents' car. Bobby must venture naked into the outside world, can he hide his invisibility from a hot blind girl? A few sequels as well."
"Collection of invisible man short stories including one of the first known published invisible man stories (1859) by Fitz-James O'Brien called What Was It? That story is also in a Fifty (50) Great American Short Stories. Boarder awakens in bed as he is being strangled. When he lights a candle, he finds he cannot see his attacker at all, who is struggling to escape from his arms."
"This fun eccentric character filled comedy horror novel has an ancient reptilian demon named Catch who is invisible except when he's in eating mode. You don't ever want to see him, if you do it means you're on the menu!"
"Invisible men make a few appearances in this collection of humorous rhyming short stories covering a wide range of horror favourites. Griffin (from H.G. Well's classic tale) has story where he gets a haircut. An invisible man makes a snow angel on the opening credits page, one appears on The Hunchback's milk carton asking Have You Seen This Man? We learn on page 24 to locate them with paint."
"Sy, a greengrocer becomes invisible, he decides to Griffin style wrap himself in bandages so he can working. The public assume he is hiding his identity because his fruit is dodgey and stop shopping there. Enraged Sy swears he will have his vengeance. Disapointingly he doesn't get up to much."
"Various author anthology. Contains the story by Robert Bloch (guy who wrote Hitchcock's Psycho), called The Little Man Who Wasn't All There. A man is hired to guard the props of a magician from rivals. Rabbits splash water on his suit coat so he borrows one of the magicians which turns the wearer invisible."
"Sequel to H.G. Wells' (although I doubt with his knowledge) 1897 Classic The Invisible Man. Graphic novel set 100 years later. It's not that good but fans of this genre like I did might want to check it out."
"Another graphic novel (comic book) based on H G Wells Griffin character. Not a complete remake, it's a different story that parrallells H G Wells' original adventure adds a little bit of its own and leaves a lot of his stuff out. Pretty average actually."
"Kid named Sammy notices food disapearing and works out there's someone who's invisible living in his house. Trent an invisible boy is obsessed with becoming Sammy's best friend even though Sammy just wants him to go away."
"A mirror inside a room in an attic makes 12 year old Max and his friends invisible. Unfortunatley being invisible doesn't feel too good after a while. His health isn't the only thing he should fear though! To be honest this book is a pretty average story for this genre."
"This book explores a heap of sciencefiction promises including the invisible man. What's unique about Wilson's entry is he gives an actual credible way for someone in the future to become invisible involving wearing miniature cameras and projectors. I really hope some fiction writers pick this idea. Note - since writing this Charles Sheffield now has, but I meant a good author!"
"What's a Far Side collection doing on this list you ask? Well the classic Far Side of the father who has obviously just told his son his invisible friend isn't real being held up by his shirt collar by an invisible man and his son saying "Big Bob is tired of you saying he doesn't exist!" is in the original Far Side Gallery."
"In the year 2020 (book was written in 1973 so they expected us to be living in space by then) Jack Conger an operative of the Wild Talents Division of the U.S. Remedial Functions Agency has the ablity to make himself invisible."
"Janie's walks Henry her dog on a lead freaking her parents and everyone else around her out as only she and the old lady down the street can see Henry. Okay, its a dog not a human but come on... dogs are man's best friend!"
"Sequel to the above book the Invisible Day, this time Billie uses the powder to turn a dog invisible with the belief that since her parents can't see it they won't know she has the pet which they forbid her to have."
"School class checks out Museum of Little Horrors. Feeling ripped off, with no staff around they start playing with & making fun of the exhibits which include the invisible man's socks. Soon each child or teacher exhibits symptoms of exhibit touched (werewolf, vampire, mummy, medusa etc), boy becomes invisible. Very good book but with heaps of kids, invisible action is not large % of overall story"
"This sensational series about a little girl who is a mad scientist has a book where inspired by a chameleon swallowing her pet dog Igor, Fran decides to become invisible (by mixing and drinking chameleon DNA, cellophane and invsible ink) to make her classmates want to be mad scientists too."
"Graphic novel (comic) about a boy (John) who makes an annoying invisible friend who gets up to all kinds of trouble. Ivor has a secret though that will terrify John. The book is more of a storyboard for the movie, get the DVD instead which is on my sequel list Invisible Man Fiction 2 (DVD edition)."
"Maybe not what youÂre after but a very good book. Scooby Doo style but minus the dog, two religious kids set off to solve the mystery of a knight (which when it lifts up its armour face visor its invisible), the knight is thieving valuable items to remake its sword and scaring their small town with its claims it will have its vengeance on relatives of those who overthrew its rule in medieval times"
"Female moose captured by trappers. A male moose infatuated with her is determined to rescue her and bring her back to the woods. Knowing he can't just walk around a city himself or it'll be down to the city animal control for him, he gets an invisibility potion from a wise old owl. I know it's a moose but if I put two invisible dog books in I can't really discriminate against Moose can I?"
"This 13th collection of Selby the talking dog short stories has a tale of him being turned invisible by a magician, then two subsequent sequels while he's still invisible where he saves a girl from being robbed and assaulted by two men in an alley, saves an old woman from being run over, prevents an armed robbery, proposes marriage on behalf of a nervous guy and does many other good deeds."
"Classic Australian picture book which children for a few generations have enjoyed about a young girl possum who is turned invisible by her grandma's "Bush Magic" and the search across Australia for the remedy."
"Therapist recounts her tale of patient called Y___ who became invisible due to his his scientific work which has resulted in the invention of a suit and cream that allows him to be in a room with someone and they are oblivious to the fact he is there."
"Harry Potter style kids book (third in the Children of the Red King series). In this one the younger brother is turned invisible by a blue boa (which is why you can also find this exact same book published under the title The Blue Boa in some markets)."
"9 story various author anthology has a good classic story by Henry Slesar (which can also be found in Invisible Men) called the Invisible Man Murder Case. A writer investigates a unique serial killer and discovers the brother of the latest victim is a scientist who has invented sulfaboranium a substance that turned his cat & other objects invisible."
"Ordered this with 7 Deadly Sins... but hasn't arrived yet. Looks like it won't. It contains a story called Invisible Idiot but I have no idea what it is about. If arrives will let you know what the story is about. If you've read it, review the book so I can update this."
"Q) Hey didn't there used to be DVDs on this list? A) Sure did but the list outgrew the 40 number limit so I had to divide the list into two. You'll find the other list and DVDs by clicking on the link See All Their Listmania Lists in the first column under More Actions in the blue rectangle at the bottom of this page."