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The Invisible Man

by H. G. Wells

genre: “grotesque romance,” science fiction, classics

Synopsis from Goodreads
This masterpiece of science fiction is the fascinating story of Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render himself invisible, and his descent into madness that follows.


The Invisible Man by H. G. WellsAs I have resorted to audio books to get reviews done, I have learned that some books make better audio books than others.  I’m afraid I’m going to have to find the time to actually read my copy of The Invisible Man as it does not make a good in the car book.  If you daydream or focus on traffic for more than a sentence, you have to rewind or be lost for a few sentences until you can piece together what you missed.

“Grotesque Romance”

The audio book starts off “The Invisible Man, a grotesque romance, by H. G. Wells.  I’m not really sure where they got that since nothing about the story line suggests a romance, grotesque or otherwise.  Unless it’s a remark about how self absorbed Griffin becomes… well I have no other theories.

To be honest, I was quite distracted by the “grotesque romance” part of the audio book title.  I kept waiting for a love interest to enter the picture or for the invisible man to take what he wants from a woman, but there was nothing.  It set odd expectations that I don’t think the paperback would have.

To read or not to read?

Well, I’m happy to mark this off my bucket list.  I want to eventually work my way through all of the classics, so it certainly has that going for it.  Other than that… it was blasé.  It gave me an idea for a Halloween costume, but other than that nothing really grabbed me.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

-Eliabeth Hawthorne