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The Invisible Man

Thu 5th June 2014

The Invisible ManThe Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Invisible Man is the story Frankenstein would have been if Mary Shelley had been a more experienced author. HG Wells masterfully leads us through a mysterious build up, an action-packed middle and a treacherous finale, all in less than 200 pages. Much like Frankenstein, it is a story which I have seen adaptations of throughout popular culture, but only just got around to reading the original. It is refreshing to read the source material for these much used tropes.

There are few characters in The Invisible Man. Everything revolves around he whom the book is named after, but part of the enjoyment is the slow exposition of his history and motivations. Very few others are introduced in any detail, but that’s fine as they are just there to move the story along. The aim here is to keep the reader guessing for as long as possible and The Invisible Man does this very well.

Definitely worth reading, it won’t take long and you will enjoy it. Solid HG Wells and a much better mystery, horror sci-fi than Frankenstein.

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