The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells

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The Invisible Man is generally an interesting story, but because it was written at the end of the nineteenth century, the language is somewhat dated. The descriptive passages can also be a bit tedious, but the book is still worth a read.
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Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate "reader friendly" type sizes have been chosen for each title—offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords.

This edition of The Invisible Man includes a Foreword, Biographical Note, and Afterword by Gregory Benford.

It began with a quiet country inn--and a mysterious stranger, his features masked by gloves, dark glasses, and bandages that completely covered his head. Then came weird noises, the disembodied ravings, the phantom robberies, the haunted furniture...

The violence...The rampages...The killing.

An obscure scientist named Griffin had found a way to turn skin, flesh, blood and bones invisible--and tried the formula on himself. He could go anywhere; spy; steal; menace anyone. The Invisible Man had only two problems.

He couldn't turn visible again.

And he had gone quite murderously insane.

 

About H. G. Wells

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Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, Kent, England, on September 21, 1866. His father was a professional cricketer and sometime shopkeeper, his mother a former lady's maid. Although "Bertie" left school at fourteen to become a draper's apprentice (a life he detested), he later won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, where he studied with the famous Thomas Henry Huxley. He began to sell articles and short stories regularly in 1893. In 1895, his immediately successful novel rescued him from a life of penury on a schoolteacher's salary. His other "scientific romances"-The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), The First Men in the Moon (1901), and The War in the Air (1908)-won him distinction as the father of science fiction. Henry James saw in Wells the most gifted writer of the age, but Wells, having coined the phrase "the war that will end war" to describe World War I, became increasingly disillusioned and focused his attention on educating mankind with his bestselling Outline of History (1920) and his later utopian works. Living until 1946, Wells witnessed a world more terrible than any of his imaginative visions, and he bitterly observed: "Reality has taken a leaf from my book and set itself to supercede me."
 
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Above average
on Feb 29 2012

I thought Wells did a good job building up the eerie atmosphere that is prominent throughout the story. Actually, the atmosphere is the star of the book as none of the characters resonated with me and the storyline...

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Excellent
on Oct 19 2003

Weighing in at less than 140 pages...this novel hits the ground running with Griffin's arrival at Iping, and maintains its frenetic pace right up to the mischievous final chapter; the author's easy writing style a joy to behold.

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on Jul 11 2011

The Invisible Man is generally an interesting story, but because it was written at the end of the nineteenth century, the language is somewhat dated. The descriptive passages can also be a bit tedious, but the book is still worth a read.

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