Seven Novels: Complete and Unabridged

Seven Novels: Complete and UnabridgedThrough His Fiction, HG Wells Transformed Some Of The Most Pressing Social, Political, And Cultural Issues Of His Day Class Struggle, Colonial Imperialism, Uncontrolled Scientific Experimentation, Nation Building Into The Raw Material Of Brilliant Speculative FablesThe Seven Novels Collected In This Literary Omnibus The Time Machine, The Island Of Dr Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War Of The Worlds, The First Men In The Moon, The Food Of The Gods, In The Days Of The Comet Were All Written At The Turn Of The Twentieth Century And With Them Wells Helped To Lay The Foundations Of Modern Science Fiction HG Wells Seven Novels Is A Part Of Barnes Noble S Library Of Essential Writers Each Title In The Series Presents The Finest Works Complete And Unabridged From One Of The Greatest Writers In Literature In Magnificent, Elegantly Designed Hard Back Editions Every Volume Also Includes An Original Introduction That Provides The Reader With Enlightening Information On The Writer S Life And Works This edition is sexy Unlike another reviewer who said this is dated, that is just what is so lovely about H.G Wells Good vintage sci fi not only tells a good story, but acts as a time capsule to reveal the views and concerns of a generation Even the writing style is very revealing So, if you do prefer to feel like you are sitting on the edge of your seat, Wells is not for you If you weird enough to enjoy feeling like you are eavesdropping on your ancestors, this book is awesome Did I ment This edition is sexy Unlike another reviewer who said this is dated, that is just what is so lovely about H.G Wells Good vintage sci fi not only tells a good story, but acts as a time capsule to reveal the views and concerns of a generation Even the writing style is very revealing So, if you do prefer to feel like you are sitting on the edge of your seat, Wells is not for you If you weird enough to enjoy feeling like you are eavesdropping on your ancestors, this book is awesome Did I mention that is really sexy looking After reading other readers review of this collection of 7 stories I am definitely in the minority with how I rate it Yes, it was worth reading and I am glad I read the stories The Time Machine , The Island of Dr Moreau , The Invisible Man , The War of the Worlds , The First Men in the Moon , The Food of the Gods and In the Days of the Comet However, I did find Wells style very static and dated Static in the way he does not introduce much dialogue in characters Most of the sto After reading other readers review of this collection of 7 stories I am definitely in the minority with how I rate it Yes, it was worth reading and I am glad I read the stories The Time Machine , The Island of Dr Moreau , The Invisible Man , The War of the Worlds , The First Men in the Moon , The Food of the Gods and In the Days of the Comet However, I did find Wells style very static and dated Static in the way he does not introduce much dialogue in characters Most of the stories are in a narrative form offered by the main character, and most of the stories wander into side items that don t truly propel the story along All of the stories are well meant with the protagonist mainly of intentions offering political sensibility of the time as well as some thought provoking attitudes on class structures My favorite story of the seven was what other readers typically have pointed as Wells weakest of the seven stories I truly liked In the Days of the Comet, and mainly for one reason, it offered the most in what could be looked at as dialogue, and it offered a female character Most of the other stories are told by males, with just a random mention to women I found this as odd in span of the other 6 stories Not that an adventure SciFi or other genre requires a love interest to make it a good story I mean if that was the case, I guess I would reading Fabio style Harlequin romances I always joke with my wife that Danielle Steel in that he is her favorite author I just felt that I needed some dialogue, and I needed some heart I mean, I had read Victor Hugo s Les Miserables unabridged 1400 page version , and loved the side stories and the richness and the main characters both male and female As a whole that book was completely rewarding and was great As for Wells style, maybe the true lover s of SciFi novels are use to the narrative style, I was not So my endorsement is that if you want to say you have read these classic stories and mark them off your bucket list of stories read then by all means read this book For me however it was sort ofdry long review, but I deserve it after reading a very long collection of stories The Time Machine 4 The Invisible Man 4 The Island of Dr Moreau 4 The War of the Worlds 4.5 The First Men in the Moon 4.5 The Food of the Gods 4 In the Days of the Comet 4 Bought the book to read Food of the Gods It s very different from how I remember it from reading it in the Seventies Their is almost no real science fiction It s all politics and social strife that comes from science that islike magical fantasy So it was a bit disappointing.Not only that But it was disheartening to find out that Books A Million does not in fact have a million books Nor do they keep classics like the books of H.G Wells or Jules Verne in stock And, even worse, the Bought the book to read Food of the Gods It s very different from how I remember it from reading it in the Seventies Their is almost no real science fiction It s all politics and social strife that comes from science that islike magical fantasy So it was a bit disappointing.Not only that But it was disheartening to find out that Books A Million does not in fact have a million books Nor do they keep classics like the books of H.G Wells or Jules Verne in stock And, even worse, the staff of the bookstore do not stock shelves in anything like alphabetical order It took a divining rod to find even one book by H.G Wells You would think that Wells would be among the W s, wouldn t you It was somewhere near the L s Oy vey While technically this is one of seven stories in a single volume, due to the amount of time it is taking me to finish the last story and the fact that each story is a novel in its own right, I have made the not very carefully considered decision to review each tale individually I made the equally carefully considered decision to start with the second story in the book, because I can The Island of Dr MoreauA creepy, disturbing story that has as much horror as science fiction, The Island of DrWhile technically this is one of seven stories in a single volume, due to the amount of time it is taking me to finish the last story and the fact that each story is a novel in its own right, I have made the not very carefully considered decision to review each tale individually I made the equally carefully considered decision to start with the second story in the book, because I can The Island of Dr MoreauA creepy, disturbing story that has as much horror as science fiction, The Island of Dr Moreau explores the separation between humans and animals, ways to bridge that gap, the importance of ethics, and the limitations of behaviour modification Cruelty to animals is a common theme throughout the narrative, if this is something you find deeply distressing I would skip this book entirely It also has the standard level of racism for a book published in 1896, always a fun addition to any narrative One of the things I did appreciate, and did not expect in the story, was Wells consideration of the mental state of his narrator upon his return to society Edward Prendick does not leave Moreau s island unchanged To my untrained mind, it sounds as if his experience has left him with PTSD, although surely this book was written long before anyone coined the phrase It adds an element of realism to a surreal tale of scientific discovery, ethics, and horror The Time MachineOne of the most well known HG Wells novels, The Time Machine is a story narrated to our narrator at a dinner party hosted by the inventor of said machine, after his weeks long, mysterious disappearance and equally concerning return Hosting skeptics and believers alike, he attempts to persuade them that he has in fact just returned from a trip to the far distant future, a world filled with beings barely recognizable as our descendants, and a whole second class society tucked literally underground, representing simultaneously the oppressed working class agitating for change and a nebulous threat aiming to destroy society from within I guess depending on your perspective both can be true if you re part of the upper class and your position, power, and wealth depend on keeping the people beneath you exactly where they are with nothan what they already have, anyone pushing to reform that is destroying society from within These themes crop up repeatedly throughout Wells works, although his attitudes towards them seem to change The pastoral society Wells protagonist travels to also resembles something pulled from a distant, bucolic past There are no vast cities The skies are devoid of cars airplanes carriages Technology of any sort seems to be completely lacking and there is an unsettling dichotomy between an egalitarian seeming, vegan upper class and the shunned, feared, carnivorous denizens of the nether world who appear to be responsible for the actual labour keeping the utopiautopic Disappointingly, rather than investigate the caste system the time traveller prefers to go exploring, set a bunch of stuff on fire, and then come home That brings me to The Time Machine s most important lesson One which is still relevant today never leave your campfire unattended The Invisible ManHaving existed without having read hardly any HG Wells or having had much experience with his works until very recently , I nevertheless managed to form some impression of the plot of a couple of his most famous works The Time Machine, and The Invisible Man. Both of my impressions were completely wrong and bore no resemblance to either book, which has been weirdly disappointing and may have resulted in my not appreciating the stories as much as I would have had I been able to come to them with a clean slate and unformed expectations But, here we are The Invisible Man is another story crafted, it seems, to showcase the mediocre awfulness of the average man It drops us in the middle of the plot when a strange guest arrives at a small town inn requesting a very private room, private meals, and remains constantly bundled even in the summer weather As though he s hiding the ravages of leprosy Shockingly, under his scarves and gloves and glasses lie not someone afflicted with leprosy, but someone who brewed an elixir granting them near perfect invisibility and who realized too late he stopped his studies prematurely after losing his original recipe and realizing he has failed to also craft an antidote Finding invisibility less useful under these circumstances than he had hoped, he turns to crime Robbery Violence Get rich quick schemes While not a rollicking adventure by today s standards, The Invisible Man is still a good read Even if I still wish it was completely different It s easy to imagine the readers of yesteryear being glued to the page And carefully bolting their doors at night so the invisible man can t sneak in to steal the silverware The First Men in the Moon Yes, the title is accurate It s still weirding me out, but it makes sense when you read the book Which you can If you want I guess Twenty pages, when I count it, seems like a perfectly reasonable chunk of paper to allow for background and build up Mr Bedford and Mr Cavor are going to the moon, after all Surely we can allow themthan a few paragraphs to invent the method of travel which will take them there In practice Twenty pages became a barely tolerable burden They blew up a house Great Don t care Issues with their assistants Well, it s 1901 so they re probably mad that you treat them like expendable crap and pay them a pittance, cut that out and they ll probably quit whining Let s Get To The Moon And we did And it was weird Wells was able to allow for the length of time it takes to travel to the moon approximately three days, rather than a couple of hours but pictured a completely fantastical landscape and society Flora and fauna An atmosphere Like The Time Machine, we see the structure of this world only in glimpses until a clash of circumstance and egos separates our travellers and gives one of them an in depth tour of this bizarre place Mostly what struck me were things I don t believe Wells intended to be the take away points of this story Things like supporting characters with forced accents The way Bedford and Cavor converse entirely in half sentences Bedford s intolerable cowardice and selfishness by the end of the book I saw him almost as an anti hero, I disagreed so deeply with the decisions he made Again, this book was nothing like what I expected it to be and I think, if I had known in advance what it was going to be like, I would have skipped it entirely If you are a huge fan of HG Wells or early sci fi I would definitely support you reading The First Men in the Moon, but if you aren t this is certainly one I think you could skip without guilt The Food of the GodsOf the lesser known works by Wells, The Food of the Gods was the one I found most enjoyable A mix of somewhat successful satire and social commentary, The Food of the Gods imagines a miracle substance which, when added to any being s dietary intake, produces incredible, unstoppable physical growth until the end of puberty It appears to be addictive Once something has started consuming the Food of the Gods it is a required part of the diet until growth is completed and Wells suggests that premature cessation would result in death It s hard to be sure, as I ll explain further in a minute The scientists who invented this miraculous goop, which they refer to as Herakleophorbia IV, envision it solving world hunger to this end they hire a couple of farmers to feed it to chickens and track their growth Unfortunately for the world these farmers are slobs Improperly stored and handled Herakleophorbia is quickly ingested by every living creature around the farm, resulting in plagues of giant wasps, rats big enough to kill a horse, and stinging nettles the size of trees And of course a couple people feed it to children This is where the addictive aspect shows up while non human subjects don t seem to require a stable supply children fed Herakleophorbia get very upset when the concerned parent only too happy to experiment on them mere weeks ago when they were a normal sized baby stops dosing them Eventually the constantly screaming child forces a return to the required dosage Naturally, word gets out about this creation dubbed Boomfood by the press and uproar results The final half of the novel revolves around the societal and class issues that crop up once there is a race of giants scattered around the globe how are they to be fed Housed Clothed Should they be treated as equals or used as a source of incredibly powerful manual labour and made into slaves The last goes over about as well as you d think and sparks a war between the now adult giants and the remnants of humanity Wells declines to resolve these issues and leaves us on the brink of a complete overhaul of humanity Or perhaps its destruction That kind of felt like a cop out, personally I love when an author tidies up all the loose ends, but it really makes The Food of the Gods feel especially relevant in today s climate of social and political upheaval Here s hoping for a happy ending In the Days of the CometDespite being less than 200 pages, In the Days of the Comet took me over a month to read I actively avoided it Wells employs his now standard method of having the narrator relate to us a story told to him via another man s memoirs in this case the narrator appears to have been teleported to a distant time and place where a kindly gentleman has just completed the aforementioned memoirs and isthan happy to allow this total stranger access to his account of a time of great upheaval in the world, namely the days immediately following the atmospheric impact of a mysterious green comet, for months prior growing larger in the sky It effects a miraculous change on all of humanity with only a few hours of unconsciousness Quite unfortunate if you were swimming or driving or manning a factory but I guess even visitors who come in peace should be allowed a few casualties The kindly gentleman talks a lot about how he used to believe it was incredibly unfair that his girlfriend fell in love with someone else So it s nice that the comet makes him stop thinking that, even if the whole scenario is weirdly anti climactic Wells wrote a story where a magical comet wipes all prejudice, selfishness, and cruelty off the face of the earth and still manages to make the dawn of a society of perfect equality and peace quite dull Personally, once you get to the part where everyone wakes up after the comet lands, you may as well just stop Nothing much happens Save yourself the time Everything works out quite nicely and some people even have open relationships, a discovery that rubs the narrator the wrong way but doesn t actually go anywhere I feel like I should have been impressed, but it was like this story got published when it was still in the draft stage Please excuse me, I m gonna go read something trashy With a plot We love these books from Barnes and Noble.Time Machine I think it was interesting and was surprised to read that this was the first instance of a time machine in a novel The Island of Dr Moreau I don t mind the religious overtones, mostly since I don t believe they correlate with my own I think the book is interesting and rewarding, offering insights and thought provoking ideas.The Invisible Man It is probably difficult to appreciate now how novel Wells ideas really were at the time I We love these books from Barnes and Noble.Time Machine I think it was interesting and was surprised to read that this was the first instance of a time machine in a novel The Island of Dr Moreau I don t mind the religious overtones, mostly since I don t believe they correlate with my own I think the book is interesting and rewarding, offering insights and thought provoking ideas.The Invisible Man It is probably difficult to appreciate now how novel Wells ideas really were at the time I did like the perspective on how men react to power though, I am a bitoptimistic than Wells It seems his books becameandsatircal and less and less about science fiction, though that seems always to have been a part of science fiction Maybe that s why so many write and read science fiction because they are unsatisfied with what this world presents I thought some of the social commentary was interesting, though reading becameof a chore in the later books Of course, not being a fan of certain types of progressivism or any type of socialism or sexual liberation , I found many of his veiled arguments distasteful not to mention lacking in foundation and reason When I think science fiction, I think H.G Wells What a creative man My dad and I were at the bookstore one day, and I came across this collection, my dad told me I would probably enjoy it ManWas he right Each story is so different, interesting, and a masterpiece in their own right If you read science fiction, you have to read this collection This is a book you buy, and keep, reas it, and pass it down Just awesome So glad I still have my copy proudly on my bookshelf. HG Wells was way ahead of his time Very little that is bad in this book, except may Year of the Comet Food of the Gods is a very well written book Time Machine is ground breaking War of the Worlds and Island of Doctor Moreau are better than their movies From Earth to the Moon is almost prophetic of Apollo in many of its details. I had only read a couple of HG Wells s science fiction works in condensed versions as a child, but it is impossible to escape a certain awareness of at least four of them, as woven as they are into the fabric of our popular culture The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds even if you haven t read these novellas, you very likely know their essences A big reason for this is the purity of their concepts As a pioneer in speculative fiction, I had only read a couple of HG Wells s science fiction works in condensed versions as a child, but it is impossible to escape a certain awareness of at least four of them, as woven as they are into the fabric of our popular culture The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, The War of the Worlds even if you haven t read these novellas, you very likely know their essences A big reason for this is the purity of their concepts As a pioneer in speculative fiction, Wells homed in on pure premises What if we could travel through time What if the distinction between humans and animals was willfully blurred What if we could turn invisible What if an alien race arrived, who were too powerful to be withstood , and like Gogol s overcoat, they along with the work of Jules Verne and perhaps Hugo Gernsback seeded an entire new genre in fiction.When I came across a beautiful volume of Wells s collected science fiction there are three additional titles that are not as well known , it was a great opportunity to properly acquaint myself with Wells I am particularly glad I did so in this manner, because Wells s science fiction novels make an even stronger impression when taken collectively and in chronological order The evolution of his ideas, his skill, and his capacity as a writer add another layer to the enjoyment of any of the stories in isolation The Time Machine is a striking debut, rough around the edges but profoundly strange The science of the machine is dispensed with rather quickly, and the impression is that Wells s true intent was to speculate on the evolution or devolution, as it may be of humans as organisms and as a society He creates a secular, Darwinian, and even Marxist future in which homo sapien has bifurcated into a surface species and a subterranean one, whose relationship turns out to be not that complicated The lingering influence of the detritus of earlier civilization has resulted in strange, talismanic echoes that shape the behavior of the surface people as they fail to realize its pointlessness Most interesting, though, is Wells s seeming discomfort with gender Weena, a member of the surface people, is female but interactson the level of a child and even a pet, making her an extremely uncomfortable romantic foil for the narrator The Island of Doctor Moreau is in many ways a recapitulation of The Time Machine This time it is a destination in geography rather than time that affords Wells his speculative opportunity, but in both cases, a male narrator winds up in an isolated place and encounters a provocative alternative to the norms of his own world Wells takes even stronger positions on the fragility of civilization, stressing how easily it can erode at any time Authority may derive from something real, but it can just as easily be arbitrary and insubstantial There is an echo here of Shelley s Dr Frankenstein in Moreau and an interesting prefiguring of Renfield in Montgomery in Bram Stoker s Dracula, published the following year To the modern reader, the narrator s relative comfort with animal vivisection may be the most disturbing element, though apparently the novel served as a catalyst for anti vivisectionist sentiment in the years after its publication The Invisible Man is the first of Wells s works to attain a literary quality, its conceptual ideas rounded out with psychological depth and thematic nuance There are passing references to both The Time Machine an aside about the fourth dimension and Doctor Moreau an aside about vivisection , and one is practically asked to take a structuralist view of the way these stories represent an evolution The greater impact of this third story may also derive from itsfamiliar setting the invisible man is the only anomaly As such, Griffin s complete miscalculation in developing a power with a serious downside , and the impotent rage and borderline mental instability it engenders in him makes the lasting impression.By The War of the Worlds, one senses Wells increasing confidence He increases his scope dramatically, describing a conflict that ranges over a larger landscape withcharacters and greater detail Perhaps by coincidence, the science in this fiction is much less compelling than in the previous three stories Both the technology and the biology of the Martians is rather absurd, but again, that s not really Wells s primary focus Most interesting is the soldier encountered by the narrator late in the conflict, who has envisioned the new world order once the human race has capitulated and is subservient to the Martians He predicts a reasonably comfortable existence within certain boundaries, at the same time that he lapses into the baser instincts that will render him useless to the invaders This secondary character might be the most complex of Wells s constructions thus far The First Men in the Moon feels like the first real misstep for Wells It is very much a diluted amalgam of previous stories the alien race of Time Machine, the futile rage brought on by useless power in the Invisible Man, and the conflict between invader invaded from War of the Worlds and wades back into a rather heavy handed treatment of how civilization might evolve along different lines those lines amounting to an extreme socialism in which the moon people might as well be worker bees in a hive This book also suffers from an ungainly structure, especially once the rather engrossing first eighty percent is revealed to be the set up for the much flatter socialist fantasy at the end The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth returns Wells to his footing and carries him forward It is as speculative as the previous works, but must subtler, and not nearly as political, despite its political subplot There are interesting new elements to Wells s writing here a light comedic humor particularly at the beginning, a muchambiguous ending, and most interestingly, the use of allegory Ultimately Food of the Gods is about the classic generation gap, in which parents work so their children will havethan they did, and then are tempted to resent their children when they see them go further, accomplish , and threaten the old ways simply by perceiving alternatives In the Days of the Comet, published eleven years after The Time Machine, is a full order of magnitude greater than that first work It is the most literary, and on the whole the most subtle of the novels, even as the undercurrent of Wells s politics finally surfaces completely It begins with his most assured, most compelling rendering of a character Willie Leadford, the angry young man who is on his downward spiral as the comet approaches And Wells has also achieved a new level of control over his plot, finding for the very first time romantic notes in what has heretofore been a notably sexless and un erotic canon The hybrid utopia communism brought about by the comet s changes to the Earth s atmosphere is a touch na ve, but Wells has woven his story so skillfully that for the first time the politics feel truly organic, rather than an indulgence Most interesting might be his take on the new, post Change interpersonal dynamics, which include polyamory.A month spent with Wells provides a stimulating history lesson on speculative fiction, and it s easy to see why so many speculative writers find him a tonic in which to distill their ideas It is easy to admire the purity of his premises, and instructive to realize that the heart of his stories is invariably the human experience, not the science fiction War of the Worlds quintessential science fiction, one of the defining novels of the genre in the 19th century 5 5 Time Machine another absolute classic with imaginative speculation about the future and sophisticated thought into future societal structures 5 5 Invisible Man More of a social novel yet fantastic 4.5 5 Island of Dr Moreau intriguing story with a great twist and plenty of fodder for bioethical debate 4.7 5 First Men in the Moon I like pre 1969 books about the Moon War of the Worlds quintessential science fiction, one of the defining novels of the genre in the 19th century 5 5 Time Machine another absolute classic with imaginative speculation about the future and sophisticated thought into future societal structures 5 5 Invisible Man More of a social novel yet fantastic 4.5 5 Island of Dr Moreau intriguing story with a great twist and plenty of fodder for bioethical debate 4.7 5 First Men in the Moon I like pre 1969 books about the Moon This one is imaginative both in the device of transport and the flora fauna of the moon 4.0 5 Food of the Gods This one is pretty lame and suffers from Wells s failure to account for the mass square law The social commentary was mediocre and the engineer was the best character 3.0 5 Days of the Comet comet hits earth and turns it into a socialist paradise The book kept building up the Change but ended up being anticlimactic Well developed characters, though 3.3 5 Composite Score 4.2 5

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  • Hardcover
  • 929 pages
  • Seven Novels: Complete and Unabridged
  • H.G. Wells
  • English
  • 10 January 2019
  • 0760774994