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Title: Together with The Invisible Man Class -XII
Author: H.G. Wells
Publisher: Published by Rachna Sagar Pvt.Ltd (first published 1897)
ISBN: 8181377907
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Together with The Invisible Man Class -XII

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This is the story of how one angry, naked, sneezing albino managed to terrorize the English countryside. To be quite honest, I expected a bit more from the people who fended off the Nazis for years. But Wells seemed to think his fellow countrymen would be a bit too inept to toss a sheet over this shivering bastard and punch him in the throat. Instead? This: Attention: 1) There may be spoilers for this 100+ year old book in the review. 2) Only comment if you have a WORKING sense of humor. 3) Seriously This is the story of how one angry, naked, sneezing albino managed to terrorize the English countryside. To be quite honest, I expected a bit more from the people who fended off the Nazis for years. But Wells seemed to think his fellow countrymen would be a bit too inept to toss a sheet over this shivering bastard and punch him in the throat. Instead? This: Attention: 1) There may be spoilers for this 100+ year old book in the review. 2) Only comment if you have a WORKING sense of humor. 3) Seriously. Read # 2 again before you correct my review. When I first started reading, I assumed that The Invisible Man would be about a guy who was slowly driven mad by this unusual condition. Nope. He was a world class douchebag long before embarking on his experiment to become see-through. Although, if I had to point out one major difference between his beginning vs. his end? Well, I'm guessing his dick & balls hadn't permanently retreated into his body before he became the World's Meanest Nudist. Really, dude? Really? Winter is not kind to naked folks. As every Mad Scientist will tell you, you've got to plan ahead. Mother Nature will not bend to your nefarious whims! Turn on the Weather Channel next time, moron. So, Griffin (that's the Invisible Man's name) discovers a magic not magic formula that allows his molecules to have fewer surfaces for light to refract off, and if he combines that with electrocuting not electrocuting himself with some sort of a radio wave contraption, he will become invisible. Pseudo-science, FTW! He tested it out on a cat, and it sorta worked. Except for the cat's eyes. Don't worry, though. The cat is fine! Kidding it's totally dead. One thing I found interesting was that until his body absorbed food, it remained visible. Which led me to spend quite a bit of my afternoon thinking about whether or not you could see his poop moving through his intestines. And if it did remain visible, that meant his Kryptonite could quite literally be cheese! Think about it, people. You could track him if he's constipated! Ha! I'll bet those assholes at MENSA are totally rethinking that rejection letter now. Yeah, so all they had to do was get a big cauldron (or Fry-Daddy) bubbling with oil, and then cook up a shit ton of mozzarella sticks. If placed strategically around the village, they could have had Griffin backed up and praying for prunes in no time. Between the groaning and visibly distended intestines, it would have been Problem Solved within two days. BOOM! Ok, so Wells does his dead-level best to make invisibility seem like a curse, but the reality was this was an AWESOME power. He's fucking invisible! The only reason Griffin wasn't immediately the richest man in the kingdom was due to his a-hole personality. All he had to do was tell people about his amazing discovery! Instead, he shoots himself in the dick trying to keep it a secret. Sure, the people in that first hillbilly town might not have been receptive. At least, not at first, anyway... Witchcraft! Kill it with fire, Cletus! But show up at a Science Fair (or wherever smart people hang out), and he would have been carried off on his peers' weak & nerdy shoulders! I mean, his buddy Kemp was thoroughly impressed...until he started voluntarily boasting about his somewhat ill-thought-out crimes, and revealing his idiotic plans for world domination. Which, by the way, was the least well-planned villain plot...ever...in the history of badly planned villain plots! Terror? A reign of terror ? That's it?! What's the endgame, Griffin? Give me all your money! Or Terror! Make me king of the world! Or Terror! WTF, man? I think you're overestimating yourself a bit there... Sure, it's a bit spooky that you can't be seen, but, eventually, even the stupidest of villagers will band together & figure out that you can be taken down by a dog with a good nose...or cheese! Which is pretty much what happens. Except for the part about cheese. If only they had consulted someone with my level of genius intellect, poor Adye would still be alive. Tsk. He stupidly tries to implement his Reign of Terror, and manages to get a few good shots in, but eventually becomes the recipient of the ass beating of a lifetime. Moral of the story: Even if you're a genius, don't be a dick. You will inevitably freeze your balls off, catch a nasty cold, and end up bludgeoned to death by people with half your intellect. Because all us stupid people know how to wield sticks, goddammit! Buddy Read with Jeff, Delee, Evgeny, Tadiana, Stepheny, Will (be gentle it's his first time), Dan (he found a free copy!), Dan 2.0 (if he can remember his password), Alissa, Christopher, Steve, Jess, Licha, MIRIAM (because she can't quit us!), Jenna, (latecomer) Auntie J, Ginger & Carmen (cutting it a little close there, Carmen!). Honorary Buddy-Reader: Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Lumi...Lumin...Sparkly Monster* We gotta do this again, guys!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    July 2010 In a very old episode of This American Life (listen here), John Hodgman asks the ultimate question: Flight vs. Invisibility? It’s an amusing party topic, a fun little game to play, but there’s actually more to it than that. As a “Super Rorschach Test,” the question is difficult to answer because the two choices both tell us very different things about ourselves. Flight is noble, something we aspire to; invisibility is a more primal desire, something hidden and mysterious. There’s even a July 2010 In a very old episode of This American Life (listen here), John Hodgman asks the ultimate question: Flight vs. Invisibility? It’s an amusing party topic, a fun little game to play, but there’s actually more to it than that. As a “Super Rorschach Test,” the question is difficult to answer because the two choices both tell us very different things about ourselves. Flight is noble, something we aspire to; invisibility is a more primal desire, something hidden and mysterious. There’s even a five-stage process to answering: 1) Gut reaction, 2) Practical consideration, 3) Philosophical reconsideration, 4) Self-recrimination, and 5) Acceptance. Or, in short: pick your power, explain why, doubt your answer, doubt yourself, and change your answer. Repeat as necessary. It was hard not to scoff at his findings. Doubt? Self-recrimination? Ha! Of course I would choose flight! Who wouldn’t? Get a nice pair of aviator’s goggles, a proper trenchcoat (capes are sooo white-bread), and I’d be set. I could fly to work instead of driving, and on my days off, I’d zip out to Portland, Oregon to visit Powell’s Books. Pretty sweet deal. Except...fly to work? Days....off? Yeah, I guess I would still need a job, if I could fly. Still need to make money. Of course, if I was invisible, it wouldn’t be a problem. Getting out to Portland would be harder, but hey, I could live at Powell’s. Join the other invisible people who probably haunt the shelves. It would be pretty awesome. Wait. Did I just go through the five stages too? Damn you, John Hodgman! Thing is, there isn’t much to do with flight. You can’t fight crime without additional superpowers, society still expects you to follow the rules, and you still need to make money--but being That Flying Guy Who Works At The Video Store isn’t very cool, so you’ll probably end up in commercials. "When I'm travelling a thousand miles an hour at five hundred feet, the only thing that gets the bugs out of my teeth is--" aaaand hold up that tube of toothpaste, smile for the camera. (Or you can try getting elected to public office, but c'mon, you gotta have some dignity.) From both a practical and literary standpoint, invisibility is far more interesting. Maybe not better, or safer, or wiser, but certainly more interesting. More potential for conflict. A story about the invisible man who comes to town makes--well, made--for a better thriller than the fantastical tale about the incredible flying man, and while I doubt H.G. Wells ever met John Hodgman at a party, or thought about the question, he probably realized the same thing. This is why Mr. Wells didn’t create Superman--which, despite all I said earlier, is probably a big fat shame. A Victorian steampunk Super-man, pre-DC, as written by the great H.G. Wells, would’ve been awesome, The Best Thing Ever, and now I think I'm going to cry. So...what's your superpower?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nayra.Hassan

    القوى المطلقة قد تحولك من ذكي نبيل الى مجنون حقير بأكثر الطرق تشويقا و إثارة قالها لنا العبقري ويلز في اخر أعوام القرن 19 من بين المواهب الخارقة...لم ارغب يوما ان اكون خفية..فمعظم ما ساستفاده من هذا الوضع سيندرج تحت بند الحرام..الميزة الوحيدة ..انه لا حاجة للعناية بالمظهر او الريجيم...رغبت كثيرا في الطيران"بسبب الزحمة". .في الرجوع بالزمن "السنا جميعا" ا في احد تلك الفنادق الغامضة التي تملأ الريف الإنجليزي يصل نزيل مشؤوم مغطى بالضمادات..و عندما يقرر الأهالي طرده يكشف عن كونه خفيا..و يبدا في اثارة ا القوى المطلقة قد تحولك من ذكي نبيل الى مجنون حقير بأكثر الطرق تشويقا و إثارة قالها لنا العبقري ويلز في اخر أعوام القرن 19 من بين المواهب الخارقة...لم ارغب يوما ان اكون خفية..فمعظم ما ساستفاده من هذا الوضع سيندرج تحت بند الحرام..الميزة الوحيدة ..انه لا حاجة للعناية بالمظهر او الريجيم...رغبت كثيرا في الطيران"بسبب الزحمة". .في الرجوع بالزمن "السنا جميعا" ا في احد تلك الفنادق الغامضة التي تملأ الريف الإنجليزي يصل نزيل مشؤوم مغطى بالضمادات..و عندما يقرر الأهالي طرده يكشف عن كونه خفيا..و يبدا في اثارة الفوضى..و تتوالى الأحداث التي قتلتها السينما اقتباسا عبر العالم منحنا ويلز أفكارا خيالية عميقة لم يجرؤ معاصروه على استيعابها..و ما زالت السينما تقتات عليها لذا استحق عندى منزلة لا تبارى

  4. 4 out of 5

    Delee

    I have a feeling if I had read this on my own- my rating would have been 3 stars. So I would like to thank the following people for making this such an enjoyable buddy-read. You guys get a whole extra star all of your very own. No fighting when you split it among yourselves please.!!!! Jeff, Stepheny, Anne, Tadiana, Dan 2.0, Jess, Evgeny, Dan, Alissa, Steve, Will, Christopher, Licha, Miriam, Jenna, Auntie J, Ginger, and Carmen "A room and a fire!" On a cold blustery day in February- a mysterious ma I have a feeling if I had read this on my own- my rating would have been 3 stars. So I would like to thank the following people for making this such an enjoyable buddy-read. You guys get a whole extra star all of your very own. No fighting when you split it among yourselves please.!!!! Jeff, Stepheny, Anne, Tadiana, Dan 2.0, Jess, Evgeny, Dan, Alissa, Steve, Will, Christopher, Licha, Miriam, Jenna, Auntie J, Ginger, and Carmen "A room and a fire!" On a cold blustery day in February- a mysterious man arrives in Iping, West Sussex- and checks in at The Coach and Horses. He is bundled in a thick coat- wearing a scarf, gloves, and hat- his face entirely bandaged- eyes hidden behind large glasses. Only his nose is visible. ...and he asks to be left alone. "As a rule, I like to be alone and undisturbed." ...but in a place where normally nothing exciting ever happens- The man's presence causes quite a stir- the gossip follows- tongues start wagging. And when a strange robbery occurs- suspicion grows. THE INVISIBLE MAN A fine example that book smart doesn't always = life smart. "TIM" -One of the dumbest smart people I have ever read about. :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    "Oh! - disillusionment again. I thought my troubles were over. Practically I thought I had impunity to do whatever I chose, everything - save to give away my secret. So I thought. Whatever I did, whatever the consequences might be, was nothing to me. I had merely to fling aside my garments and vanish. No person could hold me. I could take my money where I found it. I decided to treat myself to a sumptuous feast, and then put up at a good hotel, and accumulate a new outfit of property. I felt ama "Oh! - disillusionment again. I thought my troubles were over. Practically I thought I had impunity to do whatever I chose, everything - save to give away my secret. So I thought. Whatever I did, whatever the consequences might be, was nothing to me. I had merely to fling aside my garments and vanish. No person could hold me. I could take my money where I found it. I decided to treat myself to a sumptuous feast, and then put up at a good hotel, and accumulate a new outfit of property. I felt amazingly confident, - it's not particularly pleasant to recall that I was an ass." One day stranger shows up in Iping looking to rent a room. Bizarrely wrapped up in bandages, grumpy and demanding, the stranger is believed by the villagers to be the survivor of some horrific accident. But instead he is a mad scientist who has discovered the secret to invisibility. ... This book is pretty entertaining. Wells is often funny; and his anecdotes are exciting. You will enjoy reading about how Griffin dealt with his first test subject (a white cat he stole from the lady upstairs), how he tried and failed to recruit henchmen, and hearing Griffin spout his mwa-ha-ha evil schemes with glee. You are against me. For a whole day you have chased me, you have tried to rob me of a night's rest. But I have had food in spite of you, I have slept in spite of you, and the game is only beginning. There is nothing for it, but to start the Terror. This announces the first day of the Terror. Wow, how scary and exciting! Wells is a good author and I enjoyed reading not only about his evil mad scientist MC, but also about science and the method Griffin used to turn himself invisible. For one thing, it is very vivid and striking. Listen to Griffin discuss "processing" a cat: "And you processed her?" "I processed her. But giving drugs to a cat is no joke, Kemp! And the process failed." "Failed!" In two particulars. These were the claws and the pigment stuff - what is it? - at the back of the eye in a cat. You know?" "Tapetum." "Yes, the tapetum. It didn't go. After I'd given the stuff to bleach the blood and done certain other things to her, I gave the beast opium, and put her and the pillow she was sleeping on, on the apparatus. And after all the rest had faded and vanished, there remained two little ghosts of her eyes." There's also great "mad scientist" imagery in this novel, complete with test tubes and strange goings-on at night. He was so odd, standing there, so aggressive and explosive, bottle in one hand and test-tube in the other, that Mrs. Hall was quite alarmed. But she was a resolute woman. The science in here is not real science, so don't break your brain trying to understand how Griffin's "bleaching system" works. Apparently it's difficult to reverse - so you don't want to be mucking around with his science anyway! ;) Okay, my education in disability studies was ringing here. The reason I think this is a spoiler, so I will hide it. (view spoiler)[Griffin is an albino. This makes him an ideal test subject because he is already lacking pigment with his white skin and "garnet eyes." But Wells uses Griffin's outward appearance as a manifestation of his insanity, homicidal tendencies and terrible temper. Books and films often use a physical "flaw" as a proof that a person is damaged and defective inside, evil inside. I feel like that is the case here. One could also say that Griffin is objectified no matter if he is visible or not. Invisible, obviously he is a curiosity and a weirdo - bundled up in bandages and gloves and a fake nose, rumored to be horribly scarred or disfigured. But Griffin must have been an oddity when he was visible as well, with the book often commenting on his red eyes and white hair. Perhaps he tried to become invisible in order to escape this constant scrutiny, and was disappointed to find he was under more scrutiny than ever? He must be stopped - his abnormal body and abnormal mind must be policed and he ends up dead and battered on the street. (hide spoiler)] Well, looks like my studies on disability in the media didn't go to waste. ... The only bad thing I'll say about the novel is that Wells has a horrible habit of writing out dialect in a way that was almost incomprehensible to this reader. "This stror, sir, if I might make so bold as to remark - " "WTF is a stror?" I asked myself. It took me a good solid three minutes to figure out that the woman was talking about STRAW. This continues throughout the novel, whenever Wells wants to illustrate an "uneducated" character. Man becomes marn. Arrest becomes rest. It's flipping annoying. Thank heavens I had my Spanish version of this novel handy. The great thing about having a Spanish (or French, or whatever) translation of an (English) novel is that you can be pretty sure they are not going to mess around with the dialect, and instead just say things straightforwardly. I flipped to that section, saw my Spanish edition said "la paja," therefore I knew I was dealing with straw. Everything suddenly became clear to me. I love reading books in two languages for many, many reasons - and this is one of them. ... Tl;dr - If you want to read a classic, you could do a lot worse than this. Wells is actually funny, he is a strong writer, and he knows how to turn a phrase. So it was that on the twenty-ninth day of February, at the beginning of the thaw, this singular person fell out of infinity into Iping village. Yes, he fell out of infinity. I'm going to use that, that's quite nice. The story holds your interest and is rather short and not hard to understand. I prefer other classics to this (Anna Karenina, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre etc.) but I understand that those are longer and more complicated. Available in Spanish as El hombre invisible. P.S. The English version of this novel was FREE on Kindle, it should be free on any e-reader.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    In this famous 1897 novel by H.G. Wells, a reclusive man, swathed in layers of clothing, moves into an English inn. He's unfriendly and angry, and when a burglary occurs, people start to wonder. As well they might! The Invisible Man is a classic read with conflicts galore: Between society and the individual. Between lust for power and wealth, and the collective good of society. Between my literary side that wanted to ruminate on themes of alienation and self-absorption... and my nerdling side tha In this famous 1897 novel by H.G. Wells, a reclusive man, swathed in layers of clothing, moves into an English inn. He's unfriendly and angry, and when a burglary occurs, people start to wonder. As well they might! The Invisible Man is a classic read with conflicts galore: Between society and the individual. Between lust for power and wealth, and the collective good of society. Between my literary side that wanted to ruminate on themes of alienation and self-absorption... and my nerdling side that just kept wanting to pick apart the scientific underpinnings of invisibility. Why did the invisible man's potions and radiation work, especially on, say, dead body parts like hair and nails? Why would it stop working(view spoiler)[ when the guy died (hide spoiler)] ? Especially on his hair and nails?? I don't require actual science here, just plausibility, so my mind will stop worrying at the logical problems and get back to Deep Themes like identity and isolation. August 2015 buddy read with Jeff, Anne, Delee, Evgeny, Will, Stepheny, the Dans, Alissa, Christopher, Steve, Jess, and more...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    This was part of a massive buddy read of this title and usually for a buddy read I do something other than a serious review. Jeff, have you ever done a serious review? *sigh* I might do a poor rendering of a passage from the book, kind of in the author's style in order to embarrass a few of my Goodreads “friends”, who quite frankly usually have it coming or if I’m feeling inspired, I’ll do something really creative. Jeff, do you set some sort of bar for “creative”? Is there a sliding scale? Define “ This was part of a massive buddy read of this title and usually for a buddy read I do something other than a serious review. Jeff, have you ever done a serious review? *sigh* I might do a poor rendering of a passage from the book, kind of in the author's style in order to embarrass a few of my Goodreads “friends”, who quite frankly usually have it coming or if I’m feeling inspired, I’ll do something really creative. Jeff, do you set some sort of bar for “creative”? Is there a sliding scale? Define “creative. Shaddup! Or I’ll just do a list. The poor man’s review, right, Jeff? Grrrr! So, the list I’ve been toying with would be “Ten Non-Pervy Things You Can Do with the Power of Invisibility.” Let’s face it, the power of invisibility kind of lends itself to the baser sort of thing and it would be too easy to come up with these types of degenerate examples. It would be too “easy” for you, Jeff. Heh! And fellas, men who have shortcomings, being invisible would leave you that much more nondescript. Just sayin’. So non-pervy uses of invisibility it is. Top Ten Cool Things You Can Do With This Super-Duper Power of Invisibility. Hold your horses! This poses a problem because, Wells in his fine book points out the inherent issues with this type of ability: 1) Unless you have invisible clothes you’re constantly running around naked, which is great if you live in a moderate climate, but not so much if you encounter extremes in weather, e.g. Rain, snow, fog, cold weather. 2) If you eat, you have to stay hidden, because people can see that taco as it is going through your digestive tract. So being invisible involves eating next to nothing. 3) Anything with an acute sense of smell (dogs, Daredevil, Wolverine) will be able to instantly detect you. So get ready to be bitten, have a billy club bounced off your noggin or gutted. 4) People can still hear you, so if you’re clumsy or stoned you’ll lose that sense of surprise. 5) The invisibility process as outlined in the book increases paranoia and enhances mental instability, or was that the fact that Griffin was smoking strychnine. Not sure, but if you want to be invisible, kids, don’t do drugs and stay in school. 6) Without the force field power that usually accompanies invisibility in comics, you could end up like Griffin did in the League of Extraordinary Gentleman. So we’ve gone from having a great super power to being a pest. Top Ten Annoying Things You Can Do If You Are Invisible 1) Strange voices – if you there’s someone who doesn’t have a firm grasp on reality, you can do the voice of God or evil Jiminey Cricket. Or find out where Kelly lives and become the voice of Mitchell, although you might be too late for that one she probably already converses with him. 2) Smack some annoying kid in the back of the head. This should have been number one. 3) Team up with a ventriloquist, a circus carney, mountebank or a seer. 4) Ring people’s doors late at night and instead of running you can stand there and watch their puzzled expressions (What fun!) 5) Drive a car or ride a bike while invisible and post it on the internetz.- remember vinyl seats and being nude don’t really mix for prolonged periods of time. 6) Freak out tourists at some echoy place by answering them back. 7) Become someone’s “imaginary” friend. 8) Take public transportation and signal for every stop. 9) Help your favorite sports team win by deflecting a ball or tripping someone– no football or hockey of course – because naked! 10) Haunt a house – scary voices, move things around, write stuff on the walls in blood, walk around at night, rattle chains.

  8. 4 out of 5

    *TANYA*

    I have been on a kick to read classic books. Some of them have been hits and others misses, this is definitely a hit. It started off a bit slow but then ended with a bang. Great book!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Fernando

    Ya no caben dudas de quién fue y qué es lo que generó tanto en la ciencia ficción como en la literatura el señor H.G. Wells. Con sólo decir que entre 1895 y 1898 escribió "La guerra de los mundos", “La isla del Dr. Moreau, "La máquina del tiempo" y esta novela, "El hombre invisible", nos da una idea de su potencial creador especialmente orientado a anticipar ciertos avances científicos pero con una característica que lo distanciaría de Julio Verne: Wells profundizaba en sus novelas los potencial Ya no caben dudas de quién fue y qué es lo que generó tanto en la ciencia ficción como en la literatura el señor H.G. Wells. Con sólo decir que entre 1895 y 1898 escribió "La guerra de los mundos", “La isla del Dr. Moreau, "La máquina del tiempo" y esta novela, "El hombre invisible", nos da una idea de su potencial creador especialmente orientado a anticipar ciertos avances científicos pero con una característica que lo distanciaría de Julio Verne: Wells profundizaba en sus novelas los potenciales peligros que sabemos generar el hombre a partir del uso indebido de los avances científicos tanto en nosotros mismos como en nuestro planeta, -prueba de ellos son los experimentos aberrantes del Dr. Moreau en su isla-, o lo que plantea en “La guerra de los mundos” acerca de lo que implica invadir o colonizar (aunque lo disfrace de invasores marcianos) y también sobre las diferencias sociales y la discriminación, tema aún de total actualidad que esconde subrepticiamente dentro de la historia de “La máquina del tiempo” en ese contrapunto entre los Morlocks y los Eloi. Wells no se queda solamente con el tema científico sino que va más allá y desnuda otras realidades que muchos lectores no alcanzan a descubrir. En el caso de “El hombre invisible”, yo siempre hago hincapié en el aspecto humano del personaje y no me intereso tanto en lo científico a la hora de realizar una reseña del libro y creo que Wells orientó también por ese lado la idea de esta novela. Griffin es un científico, descubre algo que le cambia para siempre su naturaleza humana, pero lo hace para mal, pero no porque su intención era ser malo, sino porque las circunstancias lo van acorralando hasta ponerlo en una posición extremadamente incómoda. Es que Wells demuestra que no es tan divertido ser invisible. Las vicisitudes que vive el personaje lo dejan al borde del paroxismo. Luego de tener que huir forzosamente del laboratorio establecido en una pensión, descubre que se encuentra desnudo, a la intemperie, lleno de golpes porque la gente no lo ve y choca contra él, pasa frío, está paranoico porque se siente continuamente perseguido, no puede dormir porque sus párpados son invisibles, no puede comer porque lo que ingiere sí se ve, anda descalzo, se lastima los pies y tanto la nieve como la lluvia o la niebla pueden llegar a delatarlo. ¿Tiene todo esto algo de divertido o interesante para alguien que quiera ser invisible? Todos hemos fantaseado alguna vez con la idea de ser invisibles, pero en el caso de no poder volver a nuestra condición habitual, ¿nos pusimos a pensar lo que expone claramente Wells en la novela? Obviamente que no. Sólo nos quedamos con lo que podríamos hacer gracias a este poder de invisibilidad y que seguramente, serían cosas malas. Seamos sinceros: ¿qué obra de bien se le ocurriría a alguien hacer siendo invisible? Habría que sentarse a hacer una lista, pero nos llevaría tiempo encontrar algo rescatable. Aunque quisiéramos transformarnos en un soldado invisible para eliminar al líder de ISIS o cualquier dictador deberíamos caer indefectiblemente en una mala acción: el asesinato. Habrá distintas formas de pensar respecto de este tema, pero creo que incurriríamos en la dicotomía de la moral y la ética en contra de una acción en beneficio de cortar un mal cayendo en otro. En mi reseña del famoso libro de Robert Louis Stevenson, "El extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde", al terminar de leerlo establezco ciertas similitudes, puntos en común entre Griffin y Henry Jekyll: "Creo que Griffin tiene más puntos tienen en común con Henry Jekyll, ya que en esos casos la lucha no da tregua. El paralelismo entre Griffin y Jekyll es sorprendente, puesto que lo que en un principio y a partir de lo científico parece ser un avance, una mejora o un descubrimiento, rápidamente se convertirá en una maldición muy difícil de controlar y los resultados serán nefastos." Pero, más allá de las similitudes, en el caso de Griffin no tenemos una lucha entre bien y mal o temática del doble como con Jekyll, ya que cuando éste se transforma en Hyde luego de beber a pócima ya no tiene control de su ser. Griffin va transformándose, a partir de su propia invisibilidad y de lo que les acontece, en alguien que ya no tiene retorno y que termina siendo un ser malo debido a la desesperación que lo persigue. Ya no tiene vuelta atrás y ese poder de ser invisible no le sirve. Hasta podría aventurar que en su afán, persigue lo mismo que Fausto. Sus objetivos lo enceguecen en pos de triunfar en su experimento, pero... ¿con qué fin? Podré decir a favor de Griffin que es un ser humano y que su nueva condición es algo que aunque tenía proyectado antes de iniciar el experimento, en cierto modo se le va de las manos al no poder controlar lo que le pasa a partir de su invisibilidad. Todo es nuevo para él y obra según su instinto y circunstancias. Lo que inicialmente y muy poco tiempo es un descubrimiento único, se vuelve una tortura y un problema de difícil solución. Wells vuelca todos los acontecimientos de los capítulos iniciales cuando Griffin llega al pequeño pueblito de Iping en el desequilibrio psicológico que sufre Griffin (especialmente en los capítulos 19 y 23 cuando le cuenta sus vicisitudes al doctor Kemp). El mismo Griffin lo acepta cuando dice: "Cuanto más reflexionaba, más cuenta me daba de lo absurdo que era un hombre invisible en un clima tan horrible y frío, y en una ciudad civilizada llena de gente. Antes de llevar a cabo este loco experimento había imaginado miles de ventajas. Pero esta tarde sentía una enorme decepción. Empecé a repasar las cosas que el hombre considera deseables. Sin duda, la invisibilidad permitía conseguirlas, pero a la vez se volvía disfrutarlas no bien se obtenían. La ambición... ¿de qué sirve el éxito cuando no se puede aparecer de cuerpo y alma?" Siento que esta novela, que para algunos es considerada de índole juvenil, de aventuras, de ciencia ficción (que en realidad sí lo es) o incluso relacionada a los famosos monstruos y villanos del cine clásico (Griffin claramente termina siendo más villano que monstruo), es una novela sobre el costado humano de las personas. De un hombre que intentó ser invisible para descubrir increíblemente que todos pueden "verlo". Todo el mundo sabe ya hacia el final de la novela quién es Griffin, entonces, lo persiguen, lo acorralan y lo cazan sin piedad. Tristemente falla en su intento y allí sí queda en un pie de igualdad con Henry Jekyll. A veces me pregunto cómo hubiera reaccionado yo ante un descubrimiento como éste y es difícil saberlo, ya que soy tan humano como el pobre Griffin.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    A scientist invents a invisibility drug and slowly goes mad. Chaos ensues! I read this as part of a colossal Invisible Man group read. We're all familiar with the basics of the tale. For a story written before R'lyeh sank beneath the waves, it was surprisingly readable. So a scientist named Griffin invents a serum that makes him invisible. What's he do with it? Become an even bigger douche nozzle! Griffin becomes invisible and is suddenly above the law, stealing as he sees fit and cheapshotting pe A scientist invents a invisibility drug and slowly goes mad. Chaos ensues! I read this as part of a colossal Invisible Man group read. We're all familiar with the basics of the tale. For a story written before R'lyeh sank beneath the waves, it was surprisingly readable. So a scientist named Griffin invents a serum that makes him invisible. What's he do with it? Become an even bigger douche nozzle! Griffin becomes invisible and is suddenly above the law, stealing as he sees fit and cheapshotting people who can't see him. Sadly, I think a lot of people would let their id take over under similar circumstances. While on the surface, it's the tale of a dickish scientist, it's more about what people do when no one is watching and what they'd do without fear of punishment. The book is pretty slim and Griffin spends most of it being a bullying shit to people when he's not relating his backstory. The concept is still interesting after all these millennia but I like the works inspired by it better than the genuine article. 3 out of 5 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Evgeny

    This is a buddy read with the following people: Jeff, Stepheny, Anne, Tadiana, Dan 2.0, Jess, Delee, Dan, Alissa, Steve, Will, Christopher, Licha, Miriam, Jenna, Auntie J, Ginger, and Carmen. Please let me know if I missed anybody. A mysterious man came to an inn of a quiet and quite backward Sussex village. Would it be a spoiler if I reveal his secret right here, considering it is given away in the title? Anyway, the guy is invisible and it causes no ends of grief for him and down-to-earth inhab This is a buddy read with the following people: Jeff, Stepheny, Anne, Tadiana, Dan 2.0, Jess, Delee, Dan, Alissa, Steve, Will, Christopher, Licha, Miriam, Jenna, Auntie J, Ginger, and Carmen. Please let me know if I missed anybody. A mysterious man came to an inn of a quiet and quite backward Sussex village. Would it be a spoiler if I reveal his secret right here, considering it is given away in the title? Anyway, the guy is invisible and it causes no ends of grief for him and down-to-earth inhabitants of the village. Such is the beginning of a classical science fiction tale. This is my reread of it; my first time was during my high school years. During that time I missed some of the humor of the book as well as some satirical depictions of the village I mentioned above. To my complete surprise (or was it a complete lack of thereof?) the read was still as fun as back then. The book was originally published in 1897. My observations related to this publication time follow. It touches on surprisingly great number of subjects in less than 200 pages; this brevity is something the majority of modern writers cannot do even if their lives depend on it. The main character is supposed to be a very violent guy. The only signs of his violence are his occasional breaking of china/glass dishes and even more occasional breaking of furniture although I suppose it took more effort to break sturdier furniture those days. I am sure in the modern depiction of violence he would leave a bloodbath in his wake - Victorian definition of the word is very different. There are some very archaic words used which I have never ever seen in modern English. Ugh. This is made worse by author's trying to use accents in dialog. Double ugh. I am very happy this particular technique is almost never used in modern literature. Wells tried to give a scientific explanation for possibility of invisibility. His version does not sound ridiculous and even makes sense, but still there are quite a few problems with his method - including the fact that the invisible man must be completely blind if he accepts Wells' idea of being invisible. On the other hand, the modern version there instead of an invisible object you see what you were supposed to see in its absence is quite possible: My final rating is 4 stars with the main reason for me not giving the book the highest rating being archaic words and accents. Yes, I remember when the book was published. Yes, I also understand it was a commonly used technique in Victorian literature. 4 stars is still a very good rating. I would like to say thanks to all my buddy readers for making this read even more fun.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Will M.

    I won't deny the fact that at one point in my childhood, I wanted to become invisible. It wasn't the top priority in my list of "I hope one day I'd suddenly have this super power", but it was still there, probably at number 6 lagging behind Wolverine's Claws, flying, super strength, teleportation, and Johnny Storm's powers. I haven't thought of the consequences of being invisible then because I didn't contemplate on things that much when I was a child. I mean, who would do that? Take note that I I won't deny the fact that at one point in my childhood, I wanted to become invisible. It wasn't the top priority in my list of "I hope one day I'd suddenly have this super power", but it was still there, probably at number 6 lagging behind Wolverine's Claws, flying, super strength, teleportation, and Johnny Storm's powers. I haven't thought of the consequences of being invisible then because I didn't contemplate on things that much when I was a child. I mean, who would do that? Take note that I read this with a lot of people, and that this is my very first buddy read. Check out Anne's review for the full list. This 160 or so page novel by Wells was a mixture of contemporary, sci-fi, and crime. Some of my favorite genres mixed up to form this not so bad classic. I'm not sure what Wells wanted to portray in this novel other than being invisible has a lot of consequences. Or maybe that doing evil experiments on yourself would only bring harm to oneself. I was expecting to hate this, because I've recently put aside some classics because they were so damn boring. Im sure it's all on the reading slump, but I'm a bit shocked that I didn't have problems with the writing. The Invisible Man was a novel about an invisible man's struggle to live in a world of transparency. It was hard because people weren't open minded then, so anything out of the ordinary would mean extermination. He wanted to become invisible, so he had to live with the consequences. There were a lot of cool things Wells tacked on. Like how the food that he eats are visible unless digested completely, and when he smoked the cigar it was also visible. He could've pulled off a bank heist with only a bit of difficulty, but staying truly invisible was still a pain in the ass. I didn't like much of the characters in the first part of the novel. Mr. Marvel was annoying, and so were the landlord and Halls. Kemp was a lot better though, and the main character himself was not that bad. I would say though that the plot was better than the characters. They were just right, but none amazed me, unfortunately. It would be redundant for me to keep reminding everyone why it took me 5 days to finish this really short novel. I know i'm probably the last one to finish this, but I'm glad it didn't take me a week to do so. I might not be a quick buddy reader for the next few months(another advance notice), but I'm one to finish something that i started. I will be faster in December, but January onwards would mean the second semester, so the turtle shall prevail once again. 3.5/5 stars. One of the few classics that I enjoyed, but I can suggest better ones. I will be reading more from Wells in the future, but for now let's see what my buddy readers will choose for next month's read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    AMEERA

    1.75 i love every interesting and weird books and the title of this book was enough to make me read it and I read it but wasn't interested at all

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    2.0 stars. I had not read this book in many years and so I decided to re-read it over the weekend. In retrospect, this might have been a big mistake. Previously, I had very fond memories of the book as one of the best of the “classic” horror stories along with Dracula, Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Well, it is certainly a classic of the genre, but I no longer feel like it deserves a place among the elite of its peers. If can I may borrow and paraphrase from the 2.0 stars. I had not read this book in many years and so I decided to re-read it over the weekend. In retrospect, this might have been a big mistake. Previously, I had very fond memories of the book as one of the best of the “classic” horror stories along with Dracula, Frankenstein and The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Well, it is certainly a classic of the genre, but I no longer feel like it deserves a place among the elite of its peers. If can I may borrow and paraphrase from the late Lloyd Bentsen in his famous Vice Presidential debate with Dan Quayle: So what changed this time around? For me, I just found the characters (including the title character) to be paper thin and pretty uninteresting. I thought the plot was very “vanilla” and had about as much tension as a Brady Bunch marital spat. As for the Invisible Man himself, in addition to being uninteresting, he came across to me as a fairly lame villain. By this I mean he didn't really inspire a lot of fear, loathing or even pity. One thing that didn't help and is not the book's fault is that at one point, I got a picture of Claude Rains (from the original movie version) in my head shaking his fist behind those bandages and all I could think of was him screaming Even without the intrusion of Colonel Klink, the Invisible Man came across as a second rate bad guy. It was like Vincent Price in those Saturday afternoon horror flicks if that gives you an idea of the kind of “menace” the character inspired in me. As Doctor Evil would say, the Invisible Man is “semi-evil, quasi-evil, the margarine of evil. He’s the Diet Coke of evil... Just one calorie, not evil enough.” I know it sounds like I am really bashing the book and that is not my intention. It is certainly not a bad book. For me, I just don't think I can rate it higher than “okay” (hence the 2 star rating). I think part of my rant may be that I am a little bitter because I feel like one of the “classics” has been pulled out from under me. Oh well, sometimes ignorance is bliss!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paul Bryant

    I thought this story could of been better. So when the guy invents invisibility it’s like bam! he’s invisible and immediately gets in a beef with the landlord who’s all are you a mad scientist what’s going on and so he gets mad and bags the guy and burns his apartment building down which is not cool and he end up in the street totally naked this is the guy not the landlord because he has no invisible clothes so if he wears clothes then he’s visible and there would be no point but all his clothes I thought this story could of been better. So when the guy invents invisibility it’s like bam! he’s invisible and immediately gets in a beef with the landlord who’s all are you a mad scientist what’s going on and so he gets mad and bags the guy and burns his apartment building down which is not cool and he end up in the street totally naked this is the guy not the landlord because he has no invisible clothes so if he wears clothes then he’s visible and there would be no point but all his clothes are burned up and it’s January. Oops, maybe he should have thought of that one. Also he’s in London England which is not anything like Redondo Beach where people do walk round practically naked because it’s so nice and sunny and nobody minds. So I thought it was not realistic that this guy did not die of hypercoldia which is when your body gets so cold it just dies. But he skips around London in the freezing weather and I guess it’s because it’s so cold that it never occurs to him that now he’s invisible he could go into girls bedrooms. This never happens in the book, although if I was invisible it would be like the second thing I would think of after I thought whoah dude I am so invisible, check it out. Also this is the main theme in High School Invisible 1 and High School Invisible 2 where the two invisible kids have a whole better plan. This invisible guy gets the idea that he’s all powerful like a superhero now he’s invisible but it’s kind of funny because the only time he is invisible is when he’s totally naked which is probably when you are least feeling all powerful if you are walking down a street in a capital city and you can’t even carry a piece because they people would see it jaunting along in midair which would wreck the whole concept. The way they do it with Sue Storm in the Fantastic Four is probably better although they probly could not have had Kate Mara naked all the time as it was a PG 13 rating. So he gets this bad attitude and starts beating up on guys I guess because of frustration and being so cold so he gets chased a real lot, like they do in a lot of these type stories like The Gingerdead Man and Bikini Bloodbath 2 and It’s My party and I’ll Die if I Want To. They chase a lot in those movies, I have seen them. The moral of this book is that it’s bad to be invisible. It will send you doo lally and will freeze your nuts off.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Do you think the notion of an invisible man was really foreign to the readers during the time Wells wrote? While I found this book moderately entertaining, thought the scientific "theories" were thought-provoking, and felt there were seeds of some really potent themes (however undernourished the seeds turned out to be), I feel like Wells was totally preoccupied with trying to describe to the reader what it would be like to have an invisible man in our midst. This isn't a concept that I (as a mod Do you think the notion of an invisible man was really foreign to the readers during the time Wells wrote? While I found this book moderately entertaining, thought the scientific "theories" were thought-provoking, and felt there were seeds of some really potent themes (however undernourished the seeds turned out to be), I feel like Wells was totally preoccupied with trying to describe to the reader what it would be like to have an invisible man in our midst. This isn't a concept that I (as a modern reader) have a particularly difficult time grasping, so I guess I found myself a little frustrated with the constant THOROUGH descriptions of similar scenes, in which the invisible man participates in some kind of kerfuffle with someone or with many people, and things float in the air, and people mysteriously trip over something when nothing seems to be there. Over and over again. I *think* if I hadn't seen so many movies where these kinds of scenarios are so handily portrayed, I would have found this story more engaging on the whole. What I WISHED the book did was spend more time exploring the mindset and utter confusion that an albino-turned-invisible man would have as he alternately attempts to be seen and unseen. To be noticed and unnoticed. The utter loneliness one must feel to be constantly around people who are totally unaware of your presence. Instead, there were parlor tricks, an unnecessarily lengthy cast of indiscriminate country bumpkins, and some seriously cold feet. The ending, however, hit the mark well enough. As a side note, the editor in me wished he would pick a narrative perspective and stick to it. Oh Wells.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stepheny

    Dear Iron Invisible Man, I have recently been informed of your actions in regards to invisibility. Let me just tell you- there are some great advantages to being invisible and with that comes a great responsibility. I am absolutely appalled at your behavior and I intend to dictate some rules and boundaries for you. The Minister for Magic has summoned me and requested that I write you a letter. This letter is intended to set you to rights. Here are your guidelines for you to keep in mind while you Dear Iron Invisible Man, I have recently been informed of your actions in regards to invisibility. Let me just tell you- there are some great advantages to being invisible and with that comes a great responsibility. I am absolutely appalled at your behavior and I intend to dictate some rules and boundaries for you. The Minister for Magic has summoned me and requested that I write you a letter. This letter is intended to set you to rights. Here are your guidelines for you to keep in mind while you’re invisible. What you shouldn’t do: You should not experiment on animals. Animals are not meant to be treated thusly.Do you realize what happened the last time someone gave Invisibility Potion to a cat? What you should do: We must be kind and nurturing to our Magical Creatures. Try setting free an innocent baby dragon that a certain caretaker has recently come in possession of instead! What you shouldn’t do: You should NOT break into people’s houses and then demand things of them and then be disgruntled when they do not react the way you want them to. You should remember that when you are randomly opening doors you don’t know what you’ll find. What you should do: You could try sneaking into a library to find out useful information that could aid you in turning yourself visible again. OR at the very least- use your manners. And lastly, What you shouldn’t do: You should not kill people. That’s just rude. What you should do: Embrace your foes. Kill them with kindness. (Don’t actually kill them.) Yours truly, Harry James Potter A most excellent buddy read with far too many people to list. (Please check out Anne or Delee’s review for a list of other readers.)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐[9/10] This is what a supposedly serious review of the popular, bestselling, turn-of-the-century sci-fi novel looks like when written by a dunkin' dunce like me- full of gaping holes and disconnected thoughts and jumbled array of funny ideas. ⏩ FOR THOSE THAT KNOWS NOT WHAT GRIFFIN IS: As the title suggests, ✅ He is invisible. An invisible albino , to be precise.(Makes things easier. If you ever plan on putting this theory to test, you should probably hunt down albinos first. As long ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️[9/10] This is what a supposedly serious review of the popular, bestselling, turn-of-the-century sci-fi novel looks like when written by a dunkin' dunce like me- full of gaping holes and disconnected thoughts and jumbled array of funny ideas. ⏩ FOR THOSE THAT KNOWS NOT WHAT GRIFFIN IS: As the title suggests, ✅ He is invisible. An invisible albino , to be precise.(Makes things easier. If you ever plan on putting this theory to test, you should probably hunt down albinos first. As long as you don't try it on yourselves like he did, you should be fine.) ✅ He is a brilliant scientist. Like, bloody brilliant. He conjured up that invisibility prank all by himself, except that it is not a prank(never mind what the world believes), but pseudoscience. ✅ He is mad. Like, let-the-terror-reign kind of mad and a bit homicidal(I highly doubt that 'bit' does justice to the magnitude of the nefariousness involved.) ✅ He is a sorry fellow. Poor poor fellow who could have been salvaged, if only H.G. Wells had known the concept of a shrink back then. ⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️ ⏩ GRIFFIN, THE BOGEYMAN: The Invisible Man commanded quite a reputation wherever he went and this was how he was usually bandied and gossiped about! “In the middle of the night she woke up dreaming of huge white heads like turnips, that came trailing after her, at the end of interminable necks, and with vast black eyes.” “That marn's a piebald, Teddy. Black here and white there—in patches. And he's ashamed of it. He's a kind of half-breed, and the colour's come off patchy instead of mixing." “Also belated little children would call "Bogey Man!" after him, and make off tremulously elated.” ⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️ ⏩ THE POPULAR NOTION: ❎ Griffin was a class A nincompoop: My arguments against the notion- ▶️The invisible man didn't appear all of a sudden out of thin air or blast off a distant Krypton as a baby with superpowers to head our way. It was the fruit of years of toil, brain-wracking, failure, frustration, success, mirth and failure again- the vicious cycle that a scientist's life is susceptible to. That pain- a scientist alone can comprehend. ▶️So, what if he didn't plan his life-after-invisibility ahead? He didn't think of running around the streets stark naked in the nippy cold weather. He didn't contemplate on starving to death because the food will trace a visible course through his invisible gut. He didn't start devising vile plans to run amok and terrorise the village until people got overwhelmed by his subdued presence. He didn't come across as an evil-that-need-to-be-banished until the very person he trusted his secrets with, set the police on him. (Dr. Kemp, whose personality is revealed here, the moment Griffin showed up at his door- “All men, however highly educated, retain some superstitious inklings. The feeling that is called "eerie" came upon him.” ) Only if, he ⚫️ wasn't being a D-bag about his father and didn't treat everyone with general apathy, ⚫️ knew a method to rein in his unfettered outburst of antagonism, ⚫️ didn't really come after Dr. Kemp, even after knowing that this would end up a ridiculously executed threat, ⚫️ didn't bludgeon an unsuspecting man to death( I didn't really believe that Griffin was a bad person until that moment- which happens in the almost-penultimate part of the story), this would have been the classic case of 'girl-fell-in-love-with-a-mad-scientist'!! He is a Genius! A JERK(Just that, yes!) But, ❎ Invisibility is pseudoscience: My arguments against the notion: ▶️If fiction is tangible, so is Invisibility. No one would dare say against this, but decolorising blood? You have to contend with the idea, definitely, but don't go about picking at some absurd idea clearly tagged as fiction. “But this was not a method, it was an idea, that might lead to a method by which it would be possible, without changing any other property of matter—except, in some instances colours—to lower the refractive index of a substance, solid or liquid, to that of air—so far as all practical purposes are concerned.” ▶️ If you can get your head around the concept of hiding human tissues, then why not decolorise them in the process? If Griffin knew something you can't quite put your finger on, then you have absolutely no right to treat him as a despicable creature. More when the mad scientist is not purblind to the fact- “Ambition—what is the good of pride of place when you cannot appear there? What is the good of the love of woman when her name must needs be Delilah?” ⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️ ⏩ VERDICT: ✔️ Many writers embraced the idea that the power that the quality of being invisible bestows on man is MARVELlously unrivalled to that of flight or webs or lightning-quick sprints or steel body or hulking figure or....(you know enough to fill the gaps with), but H.G Wells is the pioneer in the field of super-heroes(or super-villains) whether he knew it or not. So, if 'outrei' and 'outlandish' and 'implausible' science is what tickles your fancy, then why not try this original and ingenious piece of classic once at least in your lifetime? ⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️⬛️ And, if you are willing to give it a try, read Jeff's review first, it definitely tickled my funny bones!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

    If Annie Wilkes Stepheny doesn't lock us all up in her vegetable cellar, I will be buddy reading this with an awesome gang of misfits: Anne, Jeff, Stepheny, Delee, Christopher, Tadiana, Will, Licha, Alissa, Steve, and the Dans (both 1.0 and 2.0), Miriam, Jenna, Auntie J, Carmen, and Ginger on August 10. Please Stepheny......don't........*falls* -------------------------------------- Read a book you own but haven't read yet. 2.5 stars Does anyone remember this movie? I was in high school when it came o If Annie Wilkes Stepheny doesn't lock us all up in her vegetable cellar, I will be buddy reading this with an awesome gang of misfits: Anne, Jeff, Stepheny, Delee, Christopher, Tadiana, Will, Licha, Alissa, Steve, and the Dans (both 1.0 and 2.0), Miriam, Jenna, Auntie J, Carmen, and Ginger on August 10. Please Stepheny......don't........*falls* -------------------------------------- Read a book you own but haven't read yet. 2.5 stars Does anyone remember this movie? I was in high school when it came out and I thought it looked like the coolest movie ever. It wasn't. And now that I've finally read this great classic work of literature for the first time, I now see that the film is not all that original either. Until I had read this book, the extent of my knowledge of the titular Invisible Man came from this: And after reading this book, I realized that Hollow Man is a 1999 gorier, more violent version of this book and I much preferred The Invisible Man who was in Allan Quartermain's gentleman's league. I really really wish I liked this one more. I don't know if its because I'm jaded or if I read it at the wrong time, but honestly, I just couldn't get that into it. I loathed the titular character not because he's a disgusting specimen of a character who has no respect for human life, but because that's all he is. I just found every single character in this short novel lacking in depth. There didn't seem to be any kind of conflict residing within our Invisible Man. He just wanted power and money and to make people suffer. He wanted to murder for the fun of it and silently relish the idea of his being invisible. Which is so stupid for these reasons: 1. Being invisible is kinda a shitty ass superpower. You have to be naked all the time for it to work, and even then, you still leave footprints and perspiration marks. And you can't eat because your food will show up undigested in your bowels (SOOOO much ew btw, and that's coming from me, the jaded, not-grossed-out-by-anything-RN-to-be.) And seriously? Why do you want to be invisible? To be a peeping Tom? To steal from people? To confound the police when you murder someone and they don't have a suspect? All of the above is pretty douchey behavior, and doesn't put me in mind of a superhero. 2.So you want to murder people and become rich and powerful and brilliant. Cool. Why? Everyone has to have some kind of motivation for their behavior. And our Invisible Man doesn't. Which makes him flat and boring. And as far as I could tell, he didn't go all Jekyll and Hyde once he became corrupted by the power that his scientific explorations gave him. He was always a douchecanoe, even before the invisibility happened. So that makes him EVEN MORE flat and boring. I hate flat and boring. 3.The Invisible Man is an albino. Why? What is the significance of this? Other than it makes it easier to turn invisible because he has no pigmentation. I would have LOVED some backstory on this character maybe fleshing out his struggles with being different or cast aside or alienated by his peers or isolated by his family due to his condition. But no. We get none of that. 4. The Invisible Man tortures a cat. Enough said. 5. The middle of the story is basically one big fat info-dump. I hate info-dumps. They are boring. But I still gave it 2.5 stars which is not a terrible rating. For one, this novel is quite humorous. I think the humor saved it for me. At least a little bit. Also, I was incredibly fascinated by the science-bits. Being in the medical field myself, I love me some science. And actually, particularly for the time period in which this book was written, the science part of it is extremely well-written and thought out. There are no glaring plot holes, and Wells made the science behind being invisible actually sound quite plausible. (I know it's not ACTUALLY plausible. I am a science person, you know). And I give this author kudos for that. So this book unfortunately was not my cuppa, but I am very interested in reading more of Wells work. This is actually my first Wells novel (save your rotten tomatoes) and I am interested in seeing how this founding father of the science fiction genre writes things other than invisibility.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ɗẳɳ 2.☊

    ★★★★☆ This book was highly entertaining, much more so than I had envisioned. I never know what to expect, when picking up one of the classics, and I knew next to nothing of this story going in. I didn’t bother to read the synopsis, let alone any reviews, and I’ve learned from experience to never, ever read the introduction prior to the story. Especially on these older works, or if said intro is penned by Stephen King. For some idiotic reason, they like to assume everyone already knows the tale, a ★★★★☆ This book was highly entertaining, much more so than I had envisioned. I never know what to expect, when picking up one of the classics, and I knew next to nothing of this story going in. I didn’t bother to read the synopsis, let alone any reviews, and I’ve learned from experience to never, ever read the introduction prior to the story. Especially on these older works, or if said intro is penned by Stephen King. For some idiotic reason, they like to assume everyone already knows the tale, and therefore it’s A-Okay to spoil major elements. Well I’m here to tell that ain’t okay; I hate that shit. You ought to keep those spoilers out of your chapter titles too. I’ve never understood the need to foretell, just let the story progress naturally. That being said, going in with fresh eyes was probably beneficial. For example, I’ve noticed many people have shelved this as horror, and it may well have been quite shocking to those Victorian readers. However, to the modern reader it really is quite tame. There’s nothing much horrifying even in the Reign of Terror. To me the whole thing read like a great farce. I found much of the Invisible Man’s antics highly amusing. I’m sure, if I would have been expecting a horror story though, I would have felt disappointed. The story is basically about a man who loses his humanity. Initially Griffin assumed invisibly would be a great advantage, but he learns early on what a horrible burden it can become, especially troubling during those late winter months. Oh but for some invisible shoes! Mr. Wells does an admirable job of laying out all the disadvantages, many of which I hadn’t considered. The longer Griffin remains invisible, the more it begins to wear on his psyche. Since he was probably an asshole with a superiority complex long before his little experiment, this could only result in a complete disaster. The more he begins to lose touch with humanity, the deeper he spirals into madness. The pseudo-science is also well thought out, and several basic concepts were accurately described. There were some discussions of light refraction, the physical properties of materials, and even some minor physics. The language is also easily approachable, which is always a big plus for any classic novels. That is, excluding a few short sections where Wells drops into a nearly incomprehensible rural dialect. So to sum things up here, if you approach this book expecting a horror story, you’re bound to be a little disappointed, but if you go in with an open mind, I bet you’ll enjoy the ride. Sure Griffin was an asshole, but those townsfolk were a bunch of nosey morons in need of a good braining! Oh but for a proper Reign of Terror! ♫Instant Karma's gonna get you Gonna knock you right on the head You better get yourself together Pretty soon you're gonna be dead♫ 4 stars: funny, easily approachable (non-crunchy) classic. Minus a star for the horrible rural jargon, and a rather abrupt ending. A Non-Crunchy Cool Classic Buddy Read *waits patiently for Kat to make our banner :)*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steven Walle

    This is a most excellent piece of science fiction wherein a scientist called Griffin, creates a serum which makes him invisible. Then it goes on to explain his decline into total madness. I am generally not a science fiction fan, but this one was masterfully written and kept my interest. I recommend this book to all. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Diamond

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    *speaker steps up to podium to give review* Good evening, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. This nightmare journey across the racial divide tells unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators. Readers are ushered into a parallel universe that throws our own into harsh and even hilarious relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, narrated in a voice that takes in the symphonic range of *speaker steps up to podium to give review* Good evening, Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. This nightmare journey across the racial divide tells unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators. Readers are ushered into a parallel universe that throws our own into harsh and even hilarious relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, narrated in a voice that takes in the symphonic range of the American language, black and white, Invisible Man is one of the most audacious and dazzling novels of our century. *intern runs up on stage and whispers* *cocks head to the side and listens intently* whipering.. "Wells?.. Science Fiction?... "THE!" . .. ... still whispering.. "You're telling me Invisible Man and THE Invisible Man are two different books?"... "Which was this buddy read for?"... "huh..." *intern slips away* . .. ... *Ahem* Well then. And that is Invisible Man. Quite an excellent book and you should all read it. But today we are here to talk about THE...Invisible Man by H. G. Wells. (apparently). The Invisible Man is a science fiction book about... my word... a man who is actually invisible! It is a classic tale of... hold on a minute. *goes to read Anne's review* ... hmm.. well that can't be right... So... uhm... what do you all say to a ten minute break? Great, great. Just.. go get a drink or something. *audience shrugs and goes to get coffee* ----------- *returns shortly* The Invisible Man is about a man trying to conduct some peaceful experiments in an inn in some hick town. The townsfolk constantly pepper him with questions like "What's up with the bandages?" and "Why don't you take off your coat?" and "Would you like some cheese?" The invisible man's typical reply is to sniffle at them. *glances down below podium, flipping through pages* Let's see... right, right After sniffling at the wrong person, the invisible man is eventually found out and chased out of town! At this point we start to see the invisible man for who he really is; an angry and violent man. He threatens a local man into helping him recover his belongings and *book slips and falls to ground* *audience eyes stage suspicously* *snatches book from floor and opens to a random page* Uh, yes, but that's not important. What is important is when *glances down at pages* he kills a cat! wtf? he does what? well this guy is a right bastard Yes! This is where the reader begins to realize that the invisible man was not slowly driven mad due to his condition, but was crazypants to begin with! He finds an old associate and begins to tell the tale of how he became invisible, revealing that being invisible merely gave him an outlet for his dark desires. huh, this is pretty good *reads* oh, well that's interesting *reads* *audience starts to look at each other* *reads* oh, it's on now! *audience slowly filters out of the room* *reads* --------------------------------------- Buddy Read on 8/10 with Anne, Jeff, Delee, Evgeny, Tadiana, Stepheny, Will, Dan, Dan 2.0 , Alissa, Steve, Jess, Licha, MIRIAM, Jenna, Auntie J, & Ginger. I don't even think I'm friends with some of those people. Should be fun. I believe any insanity will be collecting around Anne's review if you want in.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mostafa Galal

    ما الذي يحدث لو أمتلك الانسان قدرات خارقة كالتخاطر و قراءة الأفكار .. و الأختفاء؟ و الأهم؛ إلى أى جانب سيميل أكثر إلى أستخدام تلك القدرة.. الخير أو الشر؟ أمتلاك قدرات خارقة كان الهاجس الأكبر لدى عدد كبير من الأدباء، و أشهر سلاسل قصص الخيال العلمي هي التى تحقق لقارئها هذا الحلم برؤية أبطال يمتلكون تلك القدرات كسوبرمان و الرجل الذئب و هالك و غيرها من السلاسل الشهيرة غريفين، ذلك الشاب البسيط الذى كرس حياته لأبحاث البصريات،ينجح أخيراً في اختراع وسيلة لأخفاء الجسد عن طريق تغيير معامل الانكسار في الجسم إ ما الذي يحدث لو أمتلك الانسان قدرات خارقة كالتخاطر و قراءة الأفكار .. و الأختفاء؟ و الأهم؛ إلى أى جانب سيميل أكثر إلى أستخدام تلك القدرة.. الخير أو الشر؟ أمتلاك قدرات خارقة كان الهاجس الأكبر لدى عدد كبير من الأدباء، و أشهر سلاسل قصص الخيال العلمي هي التى تحقق لقارئها هذا الحلم برؤية أبطال يمتلكون تلك القدرات كسوبرمان و الرجل الذئب و هالك و غيرها من السلاسل الشهيرة غريفين، ذلك الشاب البسيط الذى كرس حياته لأبحاث البصريات،ينجح أخيراً في اختراع وسيلة لأخفاء الجسد عن طريق تغيير معامل الانكسار في الجسم إلى معامل الهواء بحيث يمتص ويعكس أي ضوء، لكنه يفشل في أعادة الجسد إلى طبيعته الأولى بعد أن يطبق بتهور التجربة على نفسه الرواية لم تكن مليئة بالتفاصيل كآلة الزمن، بدأت بشكل قوي بمحاولة أهالي قرية معرفة سر ذلك الغريب الذى يقيم وسطهم و يبقى الضمادات على جسده طوال الوقت، لكنها تميل إلى السطحية بعد ذلك و يغلب عليها عنصر التشويق و الأثارة على حساب قوة الفكرة بشكل عام رواية جميلة تثير الكثير من التساؤلات لدى من يقرأها، شيقة و لا تخلو من العمق

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Yates

    My second H.G. Wells novel. Honestly, I didn't enjoy The Invisible Man quite as much as I did The War of the Worlds. The storyline and writing were both top notch, but I just found it hard to REALLY enjoy a novel in which I totally despised the main character. In all actuality, I guess my feelings towards the protagonist/antagonist (yes, both are the same character) would be considered a win for the author, as I feel that Wells didn't intend for the reader to truly like this character. What I fi My second H.G. Wells novel. Honestly, I didn't enjoy The Invisible Man quite as much as I did The War of the Worlds. The storyline and writing were both top notch, but I just found it hard to REALLY enjoy a novel in which I totally despised the main character. In all actuality, I guess my feelings towards the protagonist/antagonist (yes, both are the same character) would be considered a win for the author, as I feel that Wells didn't intend for the reader to truly like this character. What I find interesting is that as I was reading the novel, I did feel a bit of sympathy for the main character's plight from time to time, but then he would do something so over-the-top or horribly nasty that I would immediately lose any sympathetic feelings and replace them with something more akin to loathing. I did enjoy the novel for the most part though and Wells crafts a wonderful story that keeps the reader interested throughout. I found the science behind his explanation of events to be sufficient to carry the story especially considering the time in which it was written and think that this is another fine example of early Science Fiction before Science Fiction was actually defined as a genre.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    Now I really enjoy classic sci-fi and have always enjoyed H G Wells’ books as they tend to be set around south western London and Surrey where I grew up, so I have an affinity for them. This however I did not enjoy as much as I’d hoped. I have read it before in the dim and distant past but remembered little of the tragedy that was to unfold. Enjoyable, yes (ish) but now I know why I didn’t remember much because memorable it isn’t , shame.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    The Invisible Man follows the trail of an arrogant and selfish man who is too doltish to think of any negatives to being invisible until after he achieves such a state. I've been an H. G. Wells fan for years, but strangely enough had not yet read any of his books, until now. A fan of his stories as adapted to film, the ideas, his influence on the Science Fiction genre. The writing here is a bit old-fashioned, as is to be expected, but I found it accessible enough. This was not high-brow Literature The Invisible Man follows the trail of an arrogant and selfish man who is too doltish to think of any negatives to being invisible until after he achieves such a state. I've been an H. G. Wells fan for years, but strangely enough had not yet read any of his books, until now. A fan of his stories as adapted to film, the ideas, his influence on the Science Fiction genre. The writing here is a bit old-fashioned, as is to be expected, but I found it accessible enough. This was not high-brow Literature of the day. Which in my opinion is a good thing. The story is interesting enough, although I found it a bit boring in the middle especially, and relatively short. But I have to believe some of Wells' other stories must be better. Buddy read 8/10 with some cool people! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Safae

    While reading this book, I tried to imagine reading it in the late years of the 19th century,having in mind that it was an era of inventions, the invention of the television was shortly afterwards, in 1900 a television was shown in an electricity congress in Paris, and that was the first time it was called a television,the escalator, the radio,the helicopter,..etc and many other inventions of the first years of the 20th century, so those people thought that everything was possible, and especiall While reading this book, I tried to imagine reading it in the late years of the 19th century,having in mind that it was an era of inventions, the invention of the television was shortly afterwards, in 1900 a television was shown in an electricity congress in Paris, and that was the first time it was called a television,the escalator, the radio,the helicopter,..etc and many other inventions of the first years of the 20th century, so those people thought that everything was possible, and especially H.G Wells, the man thought of a time machine for god's sake. Other than that, being someone who's living in the 19th century,I don't think the idea of invisibility has ever crossed their mind, but for us, we saw it everywhere ... Remember This movie so do you even imagine what is it like to read a book like this , not having the slightest idea about an invisible man? having a fresh mind that is not corrupted by television and it's ideas? A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! So that's about the idea , let's come to the contents of the book. The book discusses the life of an ordinary man, who happens to be extremely talented , hardworking and smart, he had lost contact with the outside world for the outside world holds no interest to him, he is a loner , he likes being alone and adores being with his work, he was always an invisible man, so actually being like that meant that people would stop bothering him, it was all advantages and no disadvantages , it was the dream of his life. And life gave him everything he wanted, that's why we should always be careful about what we're wishing for. He struggled with a formula and made it happen, He was INVISIBLE at last. But what he never thought about was that he Had to deal with people, no one can live isolated from the world. He felt alone, vulnerable and wounded , and what do animals do when they're wounded? They fight back.. So it was his own war against the world, whoever won is not the question, because each situation brings a loss with it,if he wins then we have an enemy ruling us, and if the world wins we lose a brilliant scientific and an amazing thinker. The questions that are waiting to be answered are, what if we gain what we always wanted , is it really what we actually need? what does think the world of an outsider? should he be an outcast? And what are the consequences of what we do? And at last, where does the thin line between genius and insanity really ends?

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bill Kerwin

    This is the fourth short work of science fiction or fantasy published by H.G. Wells, and although it is superior to the fantasy you have probably never heard of (The Wonderful Visit), it is inferior to the two “scientific romances” which you almost certainly know (The Time Machine and The Island of Dr. Moreau). Still, it shares important characteristics with the others, and together they make up an effective introduction to Well’s work. The Wonderful Visit (1895) treats—among other things—with th This is the fourth short work of science fiction or fantasy published by H.G. Wells, and although it is superior to the fantasy you have probably never heard of (The Wonderful Visit), it is inferior to the two “scientific romances” which you almost certainly know (The Time Machine and The Island of Dr. Moreau). Still, it shares important characteristics with the others, and together they make up an effective introduction to Well’s work. The Wonderful Visit (1895) treats—among other things—with the reactions of the inhabitants of an average English village when they encounter a real, honest-to-god corporeal angel. When they try to see him for what he is, they are filled with amazement, suspicion and unease, often reacting in a chaotic fashion, but later, when they see him as a problem to be solved, they can band together to do so. The angel is benign and the Invisible Man malevolent, but the reactions of the villagers to their individual strangeness is much the same. Wells uses the people primarily for comic relief, but treats them with respect. One of the fine things about The Time Machine is the Time Traveller’s lecture to his dinner companions about the fourth dimension, what it is and how it can be manipulated. Griffin,The Invisible Man, is equally eloquent about the problems of invisibility and the way he overcomes—among other things—the effects of light and problems of pigment. (The fact that Griffin is an albino turns out to be a bonus.) Whenever The Invisible Man (1897) concentrates on invisibility, it is diverting and surprisingly credible. My favorite of these four books is The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896). It explores the morbid psychology of a “mad” scientist Moreau, but it is even more concerned with his blasphemous and disturbing resemblance to a divine creator, a being who strives to make real men out of the animals he acquires, finding them to be barely educable and—except for his dogman servant—intractable. Although in The Invisible Man Wells concentrates on the morbid psychology of the power-mad sociopath Griffin, consumed by class envy and the lonely lure of invisibility, Dr. Moreau (1895), he can’t resist a divine allusion or two. (I particular like the passage where the invisible Griffin singles out the tramp Thomas Marvel as an accomplice in his thefts. “I have chosen you,” his apparently disembodied voice intones.) Although it’s no Dr. Moreau, and the comic relief goes on a bit too long at times, it is still a solid piece of entertainment, an interesting psychological study with exciting chase at the end. Here is a glimpse into the mind of the lonely—and now invisible Griffin, adjunct faculty member of an obscure college, as he speaks to Dr. Kemp, his old school fellow. It came suddenly, splendid and complete in my mind. I was alone; the laboratory was still, with the tall lights burning brightly and silently. In all my great moments I have been alone. ‘One could make an animal — a tissue — transparent! One could make it invisible! All except the pigments — I could be invisible!’ I said, suddenly realising what it meant to be an albino with such knowledge. It was overwhelming. I left the filtering I was doing, and went and stared out of the great window at the stars. ‘I could be invisible!’ I repeated. “To do such a thing would be to transcend magic. And I beheld, unclouded by doubt, a magnificent vision of all that invisibility might mean to a man — the mystery, the power, the freedom. Drawbacks I saw none. You have only to think! And I, a shabby, poverty-struck, hemmed-in demonstrator, teaching fools in a provincial college, might suddenly become — this.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Miriam

    In which it is demonstrated that invisibility, like wealth, looks, talent, etc doesn't count for much if the possessor remains an asshole. For this much-anticipated buddy read with Ann, Jeff, Delee, Tadiana, Stephany, Evgeny, Jess, Auntie J, Licha... sorry, other readers, I've run out of steam on the hyperlinking, maybe later... I used the Modern Library Classics edition subtitled "A Grotesque Romance." To my great disappointment, the library refused to lend me the one subtitled "a fantastic sens In which it is demonstrated that invisibility, like wealth, looks, talent, etc doesn't count for much if the possessor remains an asshole. For this much-anticipated buddy read with Ann, Jeff, Delee, Tadiana, Stephany, Evgeny, Jess, Auntie J, Licha... sorry, other readers, I've run out of steam on the hyperlinking, maybe later... I used the Modern Library Classics edition subtitled "A Grotesque Romance." To my great disappointment, the library refused to lend me the one subtitled "a fantastic sensation."

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells تاریخ نخستین خوانش: شانزدهم سپتامبر سال 1998 میلادی عنوان: مرد نامرئی، اثر: هربرت جورج ولز مترجم: امیرمهدی مرادحاصل، تهران، خانه آفتاب، 1379؛ در 116 ص، شابک: 9645963656؛ مترجم: قاسم صنعوی؛ تهران، شباویز، 1374، در 204 ص؛ شابک: 9645511380؛ مترجم: مهشید میرحیدری؛ تهران، نهال نویدان، 1374، در 190 ص؛ مترجم: گیورگیس آقاسی؛ تهران، عارف، 1372، در 128 ص؛ مترجم: خسرو شایسته؛ تهران، سپیده، 1371، در 158 ص؛ چاپ پنجم 1372؛ شابک: 9645569656؛ مترجم: گروه ترجمه انتشارات؛ تهران، آریا نگار، The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells تاریخ نخستین خوانش: شانزدهم سپتامبر سال 1998 میلادی عنوان: م‍رد ن‍ام‍رئ‍ی‌، اثر: ه‍رب‍رت‌‌ ج‍ورج‌ ول‍ز مترجم: ام‍ی‍رم‍ه‍دی‌ م‍رادح‍اص‍ل‌، ت‍ه‍ران‌‏، خ‍ان‍ه‌ آف‍ت‍اب‌، 1379؛ در 116 ص، شابک: 9645963656؛ مترجم: قاسم صنعوی؛ تهران، شباویز، 1374، در 204 ص؛ شابک: 9645511380؛ مترجم: مهشید میرحیدری؛ تهران، نهال نویدان، 1374، در 190 ص؛ مترجم: گیورگیس آقاسی؛ تهران، عارف، 1372، در 128 ص؛ مترجم: خسرو شایسته؛ تهران، سپیده، 1371، در 158 ص؛ چاپ پنجم 1372؛ شابک: 9645569656؛ مترجم: گروه ترجمه انتشارات؛ تهران، آریا نگار، 1389، در 64 ص؛ شابک: 9786009214396؛ دکتر گریفین، در حرکتی جنون‌ آمیز با آزمایش محلولی شیمیایی روی خود، نامرئی می‌شود و پس از آن با ناامیدی، نامزدش را ترک می‌کند تا دارویی خنثی کننده بیابد…؛ ا. شربیانی

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