Breathe To Read

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

2016 Challenge - Book 9, The Time Machine

The book I am reviewing today is

The Time Machine

This was under the category:  A Book With Time Travel

Perfect fit right?

Did you know this novel was published in 1895?  And that HG Wells coined the term "time machine"?  These are your fun facts for today.  You are welcome.

This book is about a Time Traveler (who is never named in the book) who built a time machine.  He travels to the year 800,000+ and stays for 80 days there before returning to the 1800s to tell his tale.  The book is mostly the Time Traveler telling his friends of his experiences with the people in the distant future (who are named the Murlocks (undergrounders who only come out at night and are dangerous) and the Eloi (overlanders who are out during the day and are child like).  He falls for a girl named Weena who he plans to have return with him to the 1800s, but it was not to be.

The reason he spends so much time in the distant future is because the Murlocks have hidden his time machine and he needs to figure out how to get it back.  Once he does, he actually goes forward in time - curious to see what happens to the earth millions of years into the future.  Once he travels to the end of time, he reverses his course and goes home.

Do his friends believe him?  Does he stay in the past?  Does he prove his travels?  You will have to read to find out.

I did enjoy this book.  I found the part of him going to the end of time especially gripping.  Wondering always, as we are, what it will be like when the earth is no more.  HG Wells theories are not far from what science believes today.  The air is thin, the earth is quiet, and life is basically non-existent.  No reason to stay.

This book is really (really) short.  I have a small copy and it was 120 pages.  If you get a typical sized book (like the one they sell on Amazon) it is only 58 pages.  A quick, yet enjoyable, read.

IF you have not read this classic, you should.  And then try one of "The Time Machine movies" (the one I saw was only a little like the book.)

Stars:  4 1/2

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