The Time Machine
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H.G. Wells (1866-1946) began life in a humble British home, as the son of working class people. Early in life, an accident left the young Wells bedridden for a long period of time, and as he recovered, the boy fell in love with reading. Leaving the drudgery of an apprenticeship as a tradesman, Wells decided to become a teacher in 1883. His talents earned him a college scholarship and he received a degree in 1890. Wells did not publish his writings until 1901, when his work Anticipations, full of visions of what the world might look like in 2000, made its debut. The aptly-named Anticipations was the first of the many beloved works that would establish Wells firmly in the science-fiction genre. A free-thinker whose views aligned with some of the most progressive philosophies of his day, Wells's ability to look beyond the here and now and offer vivid tableaux of worlds that might be has inspired fear and fantasy among readers for generations.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
by H. G. Wells 
The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us. His grey eyes shone and twinkled, and his usually pale face was flushed and animated. The fire burned brightly, and the soft radiance of the incandescent lights in the ...
Reviewed by dreamdust on May 27, 2012
Fun and exciting
Much better than the movie/T.V. versions-I like to think of it as a love letter to human nature in spite of everything going out-of-control.
Reviewed by Varberg on May 24, 2012
This wan't really what I expected (not seen the film) but it certainly captured the imagination. The descriptions of the extreme future were vivid & thought provoking.
Reviewed by afderrick on Dec 16, 2009
good book, bad ending.
Wow, so this book is very different from both movies. I kept imaging the original movie at the beginning of the book and was fully expecting it to follow the same story line. I quickly realized that was not the case at all. The more recent of the two movies diverges even more from the book. This is not a comparison review of the movies to the book though. The book is very well written and a very easy read as well. Its a quick read if someone wanted to sit and get through it in a quick few hours. It's very engaging and I enjoyed it thoroughly although towards the ending I did not care much for it at all. It seemed towards the end Mr. Wells simply wanted to end the book and get on to the next. It was still an ejoyable book that I would recommend overall
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