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H.G. Wells: Seven Novels (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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by H. G. Wells
     
 
Immensely popular during his lifetime, H. G. Wells, along with Jules Verne, is credited with inventing science fiction. This new volume Wells’s best-loved and most critically acclaimed works. In each, the author grounds his fantastical imagination in scientific fact and conjecture while lacing his narrative with vibrant action, not merely to tell a “

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Immensely popular during his lifetime, H. G. Wells, along with Jules Verne, is credited with inventing science fiction. This new volume Wells’s best-loved and most critically acclaimed works. In each, the author grounds his fantastical imagination in scientific fact and conjecture while lacing his narrative with vibrant action, not merely to tell a “ripping yarn,” but to offer a biting critique on the world around him. “The strength of Mr. Wells,” wrote Arnold Bennett, “lies in the fact that he is not only a scientist, but a most talented student of character, especially quaint character. He will not only ingeniously describe for you a scientific miracle, but he will set down that miracle in the midst of a country village, sketching with excellent humor the inn-landlady, the blacksmith, the chemist’s apprentice, the doctor, and all the other persons whom the miracle affects.”

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ISBN-13:
9781435114906
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
08/13/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Pages:
944
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.38(h) x 2.00(d)

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Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics H.G. Wells: Seven Novels (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
falstaff1962 More than 1 year ago
Received this from my daughter for Christmas. The edition looks nice and is put together well. HG Wells is an under-appreciated author to this day. This book has 7 of his great works, including my two personal favoraites- The Island of Dr. Moreau and The Invisible Man. It also includes The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, Fisrt Men In the Moon, Food of the Gods and In the Days of the Comet. Wells used his science fiction tales as cautionary comments on society and they can get a little dense. But he did create memorable ideas and characters that stick with you. His adventures don't soar as high as Jules Verne's did, but there is a greater depth than most of Verne's work.
AmordeDios More than 1 year ago
So far I've only read "The Invisible Man," and it was great! I look forward to reading more of the stories. The cover is beautiful, and the price per book is so cheap! Less than $3 per book!
theinvisiblewoman More than 1 year ago
First off, I think the cover work is fitting. It's not all glossy and glamorous- this is Wells we're talking about, not some ritzy less-than-impressive author. Second, I didn't find the font to be too small. I think it's just right and I don't have perfect eye vision. Third, the stories are breathtaking and rich in detail. H.G. Wells is my new favorite author after this purchase. As a 19 year old in this day and age, I think that says a lot. (=
dragon_5635 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this comp! While it took me a while to fully get into these books, I found the story lines compelling and amazing to read. They were intensely interesting and although some of them can start a little slow, I ended up enjoying all of them. Overall, I would recommend these to anyone and everyone who enjoys science fiction.
Treasure_Reader More than 1 year ago
Rarely do you see these classic pieces of literature rendered with such sophisticated elegance and beauty, faithfully honoring and respecting the equally unique, creative literary material loved by generations of readers. I have been enjoying them all, and eagerly look forward to each new addition to the series. Hopefully, the publisher (who appears to be unreachable) will keep releasing more of these fine collected works, including such classic writers as Baum, Milne, Kipling, Twain, London, Melville, Hemingway, Stoker, Shelley, as well as other poets like Virgil, Longfellow, Keats, Eliot, Hawthorne, and Blake. Time will tell, but hope is alive. Get on board with these fantastic masterpieces of literature, and be swept away in worlds of imagination!
readalotMH More than 1 year ago
H.G. Wells really know how to tell a story. There are seven wonderful tales of adventure in this fascinating book and each tale holds your attention right to the very end. Each story is so well written by this great author that you can't put the book down until you finish each story. A wonderful book at such a wonderful price!
YronimosW More than 1 year ago
The content is excellent, a great selection of classic stories from one of the &quot;founding fathers of Science Fiction&quot; - all science fiction fans and classic film fans should at least be familiar with &quot;The Time Machine&quot;, &quot;War of the Worlds&quot;, &quot;The Island of Dr. Moreau&quot;, and &quot;The Invisible Man&quot; from the great classic films based on these stories (and perhaps a few not-so great versions as well), and fans of science fiction literature should have read most of these stories at least once in their lifetimes. Wells had a talent for introducing outlandish science-fiction ideas and then convincingly placing the reader right in the middle of the action with great descriptions and believably human characters behind the science fiction; Wells' socialist philosophy tends to be a fairly easily recognizable framework beneath many of these stories (for example, &quot;The Time Machine&quot; touches on what Wells might have thought a plausible result of thousands of years of working and ruling classes exploiting each other, and &quot;The War of the Worlds&quot; was a portrayal of what colonialism would look like from the victims' point of view), but the vision is so vivid, the emotion so genuine, the action and terror and wonder so gripping, it's really easy to set Wells' politics aside and join him for a ride through through his imagination. I couldn't find any fault with the content or text; the cover was sort of loud and I prefer the more restrained (dark blue) cover from the newer B&amp;N collectible edition of this collection, but this purple cover nevertheless has some retro-1960's or 1970's sci-fi dust-cover charm to it (and, really, this collectible volume series seems to run on nostalgia, so why not?) I bought both versions, and gave this version away as a gift - these B&amp;N collectible editions really do make wonderful gifts!
imajinaria More than 1 year ago
I love the purple color of the cover. And the artwork fits really well. It's kind of look like old movie poster or something. Very unique.
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