The Island of Doctor Moreau

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MobileReference, Dec 15, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 93 pages
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This is an electronic edition of the complete book complemented by author biography. ******************. The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells, addressing ideas of society and community, human nature and identity, playing God and Darwinism. The mythic figure of the chimera, a human/animal hybrid, is brought into the scientific age. OCo Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia."

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Wells prose is great for a late 19th century writer. - Goodreads
The writing is somewhat stilted. - Goodreads
Great book, brilliant premise. - Goodreads
The ending was inevitable and anticlimactic. - Goodreads
Very interesting book with a very unique plot. - Goodreads
Good imagery, grand concept. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Erica - Goodreads

The Island of Dr. M is a great tale. But that's just it. A tale. I mean the story and the elements were great but the writer didn't make you feel like it could be real or you were in the story. I felt like I was reading a children's book and even then I've read better kids books. 3 stars Read full review

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User Review  - K4tie - Goodreads

This reads very much like an HP Lovecraft tale. Although that isn't really fair because HG Wells wrote this way before HP Lovecraft. (1890's vs 1930's). So it appears Lovecraft had a muse for his ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

H.G. Wells was born in Bromley, England, the son of an unsuccessful merchant. After a limited education, he was apprenticed to a dry-goods merchant, but soon found he wanted something more out of life. He read widely and got a position as a student assistant in a secondary school, eventually winning a scholarship to the College of Science in South Kensington, where he studied biology under the British biologist and educator, Thomas Henry Huxley. After graduating, Wells took several different teaching positions and began writing for magazines. When his stories began to sell, he left teaching to write full time. Wells's first major novel, The Time Machine (1895), launched his career as a writer, and he began to produce a steady stream of science-fiction tales, short stories, realistic novels, and books of sociology, history, science, and biography, producing one or more books a year. Much of Wells's work is forward-looking, peering into the future of prophesy social and scientific developments, sometimes with amazing accuracy. Along with French writer Jules Verne, Wells is credited with popularizing science fiction, and such novels as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds (1898) are still widely read. Many of Wells's stories are based on his own experiences. The History of Mr. Polly (1910) draws on the life of Wells's father. Kipps (1905) uses Wells's experience as an apprentice, and Love and Mr. Lewisham (1900) draws on Wells's experiences as a school teacher. Wells also wrote stories showing how the world could be a better place. One such story is A Modern Utopia (1905). As a writer, Wells's range was exceptionally wide and his imagination extremely fertile. While time may have caught up with him (many of the things he predicted have already come to pass), he remains an interesting writer because of his ability to tell a lively tale.

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