The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance

The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance

by H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke
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The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance by H. G. Wells


H.G. Wells' classic The Invisible Man is an artful combination of a psychological thriller and science fiction novel. A young scientist who discovers the secret of invisibility feels initial joy at his newfound freedoms and abilities, but quickly turns to despair when he realizes the many things he has sacrificed in the pursuit of science. While he struggles to create the formula that will restore his visibility and his connection to other people, murder and mayhem ensue.

Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers but beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. The Art of the Novella Series celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners. The series has been recognized for its "excellence in design" by AIGA.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612193236
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 07/29/2014
Series: Art of the Novella Series
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

HERBERT GEORGE WELLS was born in Bromley, Kent, England, on September 21, 1866. His father was a professional cricketer and sometime shopkeeper, his mother a former lady's maid. Although "Bertie" left school at fourteen to become a draper's apprentice (a life he detested), he later won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in London, where he studied with the famous Thomas Henry Huxley. He began to sell articles and short stories regularly in 1893. In 1895, his immediately successful novel rescued him from a life of penury on a schoolteacher's salary. His other "scientific romances"--The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), The War of the Worlds (1898), The First Men in the Moon (1901), and The War in the Air (1908)--won him distinction as the father of science fiction.

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1866

Date of Death:

August 13, 1946

Place of Birth:

Bromley, Kent, England

Place of Death:

London, England


Normal School of Science, London, England

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The Invisible Man 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 220 reviews.
Mr_Porter More than 1 year ago
This is a man who wants to learn how to turn things invisible.He turns himself invisible,he has been living thi way forever.He is robbing to live his life.Some one is betraying him and telling what he does. What will happen to the invisible man!I recomend this book because it's mysterious and it's addicting!!!!!!!
Aryn Kodet More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written and kept me intrested the whole way through. I had read alot of reviews saying how boring it is but it is my personal opinion that this book is very much the opposite of boring. Definetly a great read. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the book in 3rd grade. But another really good book by H.G.Wells is The War of the Worlds. Try that one out. Its great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book seemed to have that classic touch to it. It was one of those brilliant tales of a gifted scientist going mad over his experiments. My favorites.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing with so many twists and plots. Hard to believe 'twas written in 1897. I give it 5 stars and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good for teens and fun to read some bigh words but a good book buy it!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The concept of invisibility has been the source of much theory and conjecture. If there was a way to bend light or to have a garment (or skin, as in the case of the Invisible Man), be able to reflect all colors of the visible spectrum, it could be used for good or evil. The story deals with the ramification of unique power and the use of that power. In the case of the Invisible Man, the main character is both brilliant and tragic. You find yourself asking what kind of path you would follow had you been in the Invisible Man's place. This was the first of many classic stories by H.G. Wells, and it is worth the read. I did find it a bit shorter than I would have liked, but Wells was never one to waste words. I still liked it, but not as much as his other works.
WhisperingStories 7 months ago
I have always been aware of the stories of H.G. Wells but my interest in him was really sparked when I read David Lodge’s biography, ‘A Man of Parts’, a couple of years ago. H.G. certainly lived a colourful life! Here Alma Classics have republished one of his earliest books and I found it very enjoyable. The science has some grounding but I got lost on the explanation as to how the invisibility was actually achieved. The story relies heavily on the lead character’s condition which leads to some excellent knock-about comedy, described extremely well. As with all good tales there is an underlying moral which in this case is the ancient message of be careful what you wish for. For the aficionados this is not necessarily the original 1897 text. It is the 1924 Atlantic Edition updated for spelling and punctuation; not that I would have known any difference. Also, although the book is 192 pages long the actual story is just 175 pages with the remainder being Alma’s usual notes, a short biography and a bibliography. There is no doubt that H.G. Wells has a great descriptive style. Although the words are familiar the language can be different with a turn of phrase that often excited me. My favourite example was the sentence that ended: “… and then woke up with a curious persuasion of something wrong.” Wonderful. Given the brevity of the book and Alma’s modest prices what excuse can there be for not reading this classic, you will not be disappointed. It is well worth four stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sad. :( Everyone left except us two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awwwwwsw sad!!!!!!!! :'(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
May i join?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"..." *sits alone, quietly*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She steps in and looked around the camp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*casually walks in talking to a young ghost* You see that's why I believe that everyone is a hypocrite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Were do you go if you can shape shift and blend in with shadows from august
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She sits alone, listening to her music. (( *casually imitates Temmie* hOI! AM NEW! :3 ))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walked around bored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What's up with all these sentences going ino stories? I don't really get it. Is it possible to completely delete a nook book? I know ho to put books into my archieve but I'm not sure how to erase it completly...please answer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Okay then... new place."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She looked around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply put, this is a book that begs to be read in one sitting. The father (or one of them) of Science Fiction does not disappoint with this story. Well written and engaging. This work will undoubtedly challenge those used to words being applied in modern ways -- such as using the word "ejaculate" in the sense of sudden shouting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree! Absolutely amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deserves its place.