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review 2017-07-11 14:07
The Time Machine and Other Stories ★★★☆☆
The Time Machine and Other Stories: Library Edition - H.G. Wells,Ralph Cosham

I haven’t read HG Wells since I received a collection of his stories for my 16th birthday. Of course, what I mostly remembered was The Time Machine, and being fascinated by the Eloi and Morlocks but bored by the rest of it. This particular edition is an audio collection of 10 stories of various quality, including The Time Machine. I expected that my experience with TTM would be entirely different as an adult, but was surprised to find that once again, the section following the encounter with the Eloi and Morlocks was a snoozefest, this time with a little eyeroll over the giant crab things. The difference is that I felt a little sorry for the Morlocks this time around, rather than sharing the narrator’s visceral disgust. I was much more interested in the author’s theories regarding the evolutionary outcome of the current (late 1800s Britain) political, social, and economic climate. I wonder why it never occurred to him that the oppressed industrial workers would revolt and take over as the balance of power shifted with the ruling class becoming increasingly weak and ineffectual with indolence and soft living?


The remainder of the short stories were mostly entertaining. Standouts were The Country of the Blind, The Man Who Could Work Miracles, and The Flowering of the Strange Orchid. The Cone was satisfactorily gory.


Stories in this collection:

  1. The Time Machine
  2. The Country of the Blind
  3. The Diamond Maker
  4. The Man Who Could Work Miracles
  5. Aepyornis Island
  6. The Flowering of the Strange Orchid
  7. The Cone
  8. The Purple Pileus
  9. The Truth About Pyecraft
  10. The Door in the Wall


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. This is the first time I’ve borrowed a book in the playaway format, and I didn’t like it. For one thing, I had to supply my own battery. For another, the rudimentary playing controls made navigating through the short stories somewhat difficult. And lastly, I’m just plain old spoiled by reading apps on my phone, and appalled by how quickly technology becomes obsolete. It wasn’t that long ago that we would have been delighted by an audio coming already loaded in a (sort of) portable digital format, rather than having to keep inserting the CDs into our heavy Sony Walkman/Discman.


Ralph Cosham provides a very good performance. His somehow old-fashioned stylings really fit the stories.

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review 2017-05-13 06:17
Science-Fiction-Klassiker für Genrefreunde
Die Zeitmaschine: Eine Erfindung. Roman. Vollständig. Neu übersetzt von Hans-Ulrich Möhring. Mit einem Nachwort zu Leben, Werk und Wirkung von Elmar Schenkel (Fischer Klassik) - Elmar Schenkel,Hans-Ulrich Möhring,H.G. Wells

Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts. Bei einer abendlichen Gesellschaft erzählt ein Erfinder, wie es ihm bei einer Zeitreise in die Zukunft ergangen ist und stößt damit auf Unglauben, weil es doch zu fantastisch klingt.
„Die Zeitmaschine“ ist die Science-Fiction-Geschichte schlechthin. H.G. Wells lässt seinen Zeitreisenden aus erster Hand berichten, wie er in der Zukunft auf seltsam entwickelte Menschenrassen trifft, sich das Universum und die Welt verändern, und warum er meint, sich noch einmal in die gewisse Zukunft begeben zu müssen.

H.G. Wells geht in seiner Geschichte auf die Möglichkeiten und den Erfindungsgeist der Menschheit ein und fragt, wie sich der beschleunigende Fortschritt auf zukünftige Gesellschaften auswirken wird.

Die Erzählung an sich ist schaurig und mysteriös. Der Zeitreisende speist mit anderen angesehenen Herren zu Abend und erzählt, was sich auf seiner Reise durch die Zeit ereignet hat. Dabei berichtet er von den Elois und den Morlocks, die eigentlich gar keine Menschen mehr sind, wie er um sein Leben bangt, und welche Theorien er den künftigen Entwicklungen zugrunde legt.

Man merkt, H.G. Wells geht es von mehreren Seiten an. Er lässt den Leser an einer abenteuerlichen Geschichte teilhaben, die manches Mal sogar Horror-Elemente aufblitzen lässt. Es stellt sich Gänsehaut auf, man spürt die Bedrängnis, in der sich der Zeitreisende befindet und hofft, dass er der schaurigen Situation noch entkommen kann. Dabei streut er furchterregende Vorstellungen ein, die selbst den Zeitreisenden aus den Schuhen heben.

Gleichzeitig legt der Autor eine theoretische Betrachtung zugrunde, die den Zeitreisenden in die Zukunft begleitet. Er beschäftigt sich mit Theorien, welche die Zeit als 4. Dimension ansehen, die dem Menschen bisher nur verborgen ist, spekuliert, wie sich die Gesellschaft verändern wird und welche Zusammenhänge dahinter sind.

Die Erzählweise hat viel von einem Abenteuerroman, der durch die Überlegungen des Zeitreisenden etliche wissenschaftliche Ansätze enthält, sich aber spannend und flüssig lesen lässt. Dabei ist das Weltbild der Entstehungszeit deutlich erkennbar, weil der Zeitreisende doch sehr in Klassen denkt. 

In dieser Ausgabe befinden sich im Anhang noch weitere Einblicke in H.G. Wells Welt, die teilweise interessant zu lesen, wenn auch für mich nicht unbedingt nötig sind.

Meiner Meinung nach ist „Die Zeitmaschine“ ein Science-Fiction-Klassiker, den jeder Genrefreund unbedingt einmal lesen sollte, um gemeinsam mit dem Zeitreisenden der Zukunft und dem Ende der Welt gespannt entgegenzutreten. 


Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2017-05-12 02:23
The Time Machine
The Time Machine - H.G. Wells

This was better than The War of the Worlds. H.G. Wells kept it short this time, so no overly long descriptions, though he's still allergic to giving his main characters names. The science is ridiculous, of course, but once you get past that this is a fun little story about the future of mankind, but there's not much else here than that. 


I did see the Guy Pearce movie (OMG has that been 15 years ago already?!) and yikes, I can see why people who read and loved this novella hated the movie. It's not really anything like the story at all. Let me just express my appreciation that H.G. Wells realized that the ability to time travel is motivation enough for an inventor to build a time machine - no fridging of a girlfriend necessary. Take note, Hollywood: STOP FRIDGING WOMEN!


I will leave you will this thought:


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review 2017-05-10 03:56
The War of the Worlds
The War of the Worlds (Atria Books) - H.G. Wells

I'm sure if I were alive in 1897 when this was first published, the long drawn-out passages of endless details would've blown my socks off. H. G. Wells certainly did have a healthy imagination, and the average reader back then wouldn't have anything to compare this to. The details would've been necessary. But in a world where we have thousands of alien invasion books and movies, including that recent "adaptation" of this book with Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning, I found myself wishing that Wells would stop setting the scene and just get to the point already.


The first several chapters are all setup. When the action finally gets underway, it's well-written and well-paced, and the vividness of Wells' writing is appreciated then. And then the action will be over and goes back to its previous dragging pace. The narrator is never given a name, nor much of a personality since he spends most of his time describing what everyone else is doing. He's just a TSTL dude from a podunk town outside London, and he's clearly not prepared for these alien shenanigans. 

He really is TSTL. He gets his wife out of town after the killing starts, and then he GOES BACK for no other reason than to see what happens. The fact he doesn't die disproves Darwinism.

(spoiler show)


I found myself comparing this to other alien movies I've seen, and figuring that Independence Day is the closest update of this book. (I can't comment on the Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning movie, since neither of those actors inspires me to go to the movie theatre.) I also wondered what a movie would look like if it was actually set at the same time as the book in the late 1800s - and then remembered Cowboys and Aliens. :D


The narrator, James Spencer, was decent. He was easy to follow along though his dialogue was stilted. The cool thing about him is that his voice had a very Cecil-esque tone to it, which made me really wish that Cecil Baldwin, who voices the podcast program Welcome to Night Vale, would narrate this story at some point. Given its broadcast history when Orson Welles decided to update the story in 1938, it just seems too meta to not happen. 

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review 2017-05-01 09:28
#29 - The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
The Time Machine - Greg Bear,H.G. Wells

The Time Machine is more an analysis of the society than it is a novel. The world in which the Time Traveler landed is quite weird and a bit crazy. I love how the Time Traveler is trying to explain everything he sees and how this society is organized. When he discovered how these "people" really live, he is kind of surprised and a bit scared. It was surprising to see that this author could think of this as a plausible future (well, not that much in a sense). Our interpretation of the future is really different from H.G. Wells' one. Because our fears are different than they were during his time, because we know how we are screwing up and what it may cause in the future.


It is a short book but not an easy one. The plot is quite simple to follow, but I guess I would have to read it at least 10 times to get everything he is trying to say.


Really enjoyed it, it was interesting.

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