Continuing with my dive into science fiction I picked up The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. This one started off very odd for me since for about the first 50 pages I kept experience deja vu. My best guess is I read the beginning of this book in school but, for one reason or another, I didn’t get around to finishing it. As someone who finished few books during his k-12 years, I’m happy to say I finally finished this one and I’m glad I did.
Wells wrote this book with a voice that is very friendly, conversational and British. That combination coupled with the storyline consisting of a nobody from out of town wrapped head to toe with a curious mystery is an excellent read.
I’m not going to rant and rave about it since it didn’t excite me but it is certainly worth a read merely for Wells’ phenomenal writing and his ability to keep the story interesting by changing how he presents the story.
The first example of this is how he refers to the invisible man. Depending on how he is perceived by the other characters, Wells assigns him a different name which results in an altered view of the situation that you couldn’t get in any other way.
Wells also uses a mix of storytelling from the narrator and from the invisible man that acts a fresh breath as well as a tool to show how the plot is developing.
There are a couple reasons why this book is still in print after over 100 years and with it being a short read, I recommend you pick it up as well.
I’m enjoying my sci-fi stint so my next book is The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I started watching the movie but was forced to turn it off minutes later because it was that bad. So when I saw it at the airport bookstore I was hesitant to get it but figured it had to be good if it was still on the shelf.