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The Invisible Man (1897)

by H. G. Wells

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A quiet English country village is disturbed by the arrival of a mysterious stranger who keeps his face hidden and his back to everyone.
  1. 40
    The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells (sturlington)
    sturlington: Mad scientists.
  2. 11
    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (DeusXMachina)
    DeusXMachina: Science and the responsibility for its results.
  3. 00
    The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander (themulhern)
    themulhern: Glew and the invisible man are in much the same predicament and for much the same reasons. They even both experimented on a cat.

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Starts to pick up for the ending, but otherwise a rather strange story structure.
The reign of terror is what I want to remember about this one.

Story: 3 / 10
Characters: 4
Setting: 3
Prose: 8 ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Personally, I had never heard of it until I saw it in a book store and bought it. I read it in preparation of the movie, which I have not seen yet.

The Invisible Man is a story that follows the old saying “be careful what you wish for” with a tragic ending. No one ever said that having everything you thought you wanted was going to be fulfilling. ( )
  Leah_Eileen | Jan 6, 2024 |
Blazed a trial for copious Sci-Fi books and movies. ( )
  harishwriter | Oct 12, 2023 |
3.5 stars rounded up.
This one has been on my TBR for so long, I'm happy I finally got a chance to read it. However, it didn't live up to my expectations. There was an awful lot of telling instead of showing and then it seemed to be very "hurry up and wait" for the crisis to happen.
I did like it, and would recommend it, but I likely won't reread it. ( )
  Danielle.Desrochers | Oct 10, 2023 |
Probably my favorite of Wells' works. I'd give it a slight edge over The Time Machine. ( )
  kylecarroll | Jul 17, 2023 |
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Wells, H. G.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, JamesNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Banks, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
de Lancie, JohnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dixon, SineadNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foster, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gómez de la Serna, JulioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glenister, RobertNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffin, GordonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hardwicke, EdwardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, DickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kastel, RogerCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuylman, J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Loggem, Manuel vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mayes, BernardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morgan, VictoriaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Munro, AlanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nimoy, LeonardNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Okonedo, SophieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parrinder, PatrickEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Priest, ChristopherIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sawyer, AndyNotessecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schmölders, ClaudiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Michael A.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Strimpl, LouisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Teti, TomNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Theis, KevinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wagar, W. WarrenIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westerfeld, ScottAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winternitz, AlfredTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The stranger came early in February one wintry day, through a biting wind and a driving snow, the last snowfall of the year, over the down, walking as it seemed from Bramblehurst railway station and carrying a little black portmanteau in his thickly gloved hand.
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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 014143998X, 0141389516

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Editions: 1400100666, 1400108578


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