#Sci-Fi #Horror #Classic #NoSpoiler
So, here it is! My first book review. Those who are my Facebook friends might know that I bought a Amazon’s All-New Kindle Wifi ereader with 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display(read my review!). I was an avid user of Kindle app from 3 years which works flawlessly on Desktop/Smartphone and keep the content synced which is one of the main reasons of my investment in a dedicated e-book reader. So, as soon as I punched my Amazon’s credentials in my Kindle e-reader, it automatically pulled all my books on their cloud.
Then I discovered this piece of gem classic – “The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells“. This science fiction novel was authored in 1897(~117 years ago). Yes! 1897, when India was still a British colony, Industrial revolution had peek out and Information age was still a few decades away. This is what amazes me, that even a century before, people were so far-sighted and imagined future in wildest ways possible while considering negative impacts too. Sir H.G. Wells’s reputation is largely contributed by his five “scientific romances” novels which he wrote in the 1890’s. The Invisible Man was the third in series and was the first science fiction novel to explore the idea of invisibility. It is a cautionary tale of how science and technology can get out of control and do more harm than good. Due to this, H.G. Wells is also known as the “inventor of the science fiction“.
“The imagination is everything, the science nothing.”
The Invisible Man is a story about a brilliant yet greedy scientist named Griffin who discovers that if a person’s refractive index is modified to match exactly that of air and if his body doesn’t absorb or reflect light, then he will become invisible. He successfully carries out this procedure on himself, but cannot become visible again, leading to mental instability. This novel was way ahead of it’s time and was classified into “Horror” genre. The plot is genius and keeps you hooked with it. You just won’t feel like stop swiping screen (or turning pages, if paperback). The Invisible Man is not really a story of what is scientifically possible but rather is a moral romance about the corruption of power.
I have rated The Invisible Man at 9.2/10 purely due to brilliant piece of writing it is and being written in 19th century makes it even more interesting. It keeps you glued to the story and moves in a regulated pace. Novel doesn’t have any Illustrations but the story writing is in such a way that it will take you down the majestic lane of Imagination so you would be able to actually fantasize the events as they happen. It doesn’t tend to bore you yet it explains every minute detail. Suspense is not revealed till necessary and it creates curiosity in mind of the reader about what is going to happen next.
I would recommend you to read this novel immediately if you haven’t already and marvel about the writing prowess of classic authors like H.G. Wells here. You can grab your kindle copy from Amazon for free from here. If you are more of a classic read who prefer paperbacks, here is your fix.
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