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Vote for the book to read during August

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Poll: Which book would you like to read in August?
Total  * You voted for this item. 18 votes 100%
Black by Rose by Andrew Barrett
3 Vote(s) / 16.67 %
3 16.67%
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
7 Vote(s) / 38.89 %
7 38.89%
The Last Queen of England by Steve Robinson
4 Vote(s) / 22.22 %
4 22.22%
Fine Just The Way It Is by Annie Proulx
2 Vote(s) / 11.11 %
2 11.11%
Hamlyn Colour Cookbook 200 Cocktails
0 Vote(s) / 0 %
0 0%
The Shining by Stephen King
2 Vote(s) / 11.11 %
2 11.11%
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Offline TechnoHippy Reading One book at a time
12 Aug 2013, 07:53 AM | Post: #11

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RE: Vote for the book to read during August

I've finished it and here are my thoughts:

I was still in school the last time I read this. I remember enjoying it back then as one of my first forays into science fiction. It was with some trepidation that I started reading it again as part of the KUF book club. There have been many things I enjoyed as a youngster that haven't lived up to their memories. Thankfully this wasn't the case with The Time Machine.

As with all great science fiction stories it's based around a big idea, in this case what does the future offer us a species. H G Well's thoughts on this are a bold vision, all too often glimpses into the future take us to better technology, or of a race that conquers the stars. This isn't the case in this book. It poses the question, what left for mankind if we make our lives so comfortable that further progress isn't required?

This book fully deserves it's classic status, it's an imaginitive story and is well written. It might seem a little anachronistic for modern readers, but I love it. It's in keeping with the time and has an elegance that keeps me reading. That being said it does have a few issues. The main one for me was that it was too short. It would have been nice to learn more about the Morlocks in particular.

The sequence at the end stand outs for me, the trip into the real far future is stunning. A classic book that any fan of science fiction should read at least once.
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Offline joo Reading Off The KUF Vol I
12 Aug 2013, 11:09 AM | Post: #12


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RE: Vote for the book to read during August

Calm down. I haven't opened the discussion yet.
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Offline Jonathan Hill
12 Aug 2013, 08:03 PM | Post: #13


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RE: Vote for the book to read during August

According to the KUF homepage we're STILL discussing This Thirtysomething Life by Jon Rance. We must have analysed it enough now...surely!! Wink
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