January 16, 2011

The Time Machine

H. G. Wells, 1895
Overzealous men
often make decisions which
are not the brightest

The majority of this book is told in first person and contains a continuous stream of description that goes way beyond natural dialogue. I found it difficult to read even one chapter a day, and the book is only about 100 pages long. Although the ideas of the author are interesting, the way in which those ideas are presented might make it hard for some readers to remain attentive. Dialogue is good. When it's actually dialogue.

It's honestly kind of an awful look at the supposed future. Of course, I don't believe for a second that this is what the future holds for humanity, but the idea of time-traveling is an exciting one. This character, however, seemed to take no thought at all for what he was doing. He wanted to explore, but was not prepared, and it seemed he had completely disregarded any possible consequences. Obviously not a boy scout. (PG)

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