I saw this post from Miguel Olmedo Morell and I decided that this was a great idea!
I’m so guilty of reading a brilliant book by rushing straight through it, enjoying the plot but not savouring the world or the characters unless I deliberately remind myself to do it. This means that after a couple of weeks, I have forgotten the beauty of that particular book!
Hopefully this tag, created by Shelley Wilson, will help me keep a record of my reactions to the books I read and give you some inspiration for reading!
If you want to join in, just complete the following for a book of your choice:
First line of the book.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.
Introduce the main character using only three words.
Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).
Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)
Your favourite line/scene.
Here we go!
H. G. Wells is more well-known for his novel War of the Worlds that (allegedly) caused a major panic when it aired on radio. He’s a great sci-fi writer that tackles difficult issues like societal progression and civilisation.
First line(s) of the book
The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us. His grey eyes shone and twinkled, and his usually pale face was flushed and animated.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb
The first Master…
The first Adventure…
The Final Future?
Late in the nineteenth century, a Victorian scientist shows his disbelieving dinner guests a device he claims is a Time Machine. A week later they reconvene to find him ragged, exhausted and garrulous. The tale he tells is of the year 802,701, of life as it is lived exactly on the same spot, in what once had been London. He has visited the future, he has encountered the future-race – elfin, beautiful, vegetarian, leading a life of splendid idleness. But this is not the only race, these are not our only descendants. In the tunnels beneath the new Eden there lurks another life-form.
Well’s tale of the Victorian future is more than a fantastical yarn – it raises chilling questions about progress, social order, so-called civilisation and the ultimate fate of the world.
Introduce the main character using only three words
The Time Traveller – eccentric Victorian scientist
For you die-hard science fiction fans, this book is one of the founding fathers of sci-fi and time travel. I would also recommend it to those people who are interested in society and how we will progress. There’s quite a lot of description and a bit of action, but definitely an interesting read!
Your favourite line/scene
‘Under the new conditions of perfect comfort and security, that restless energy, that with us is strength, would become weakness. Even in our own time certain tendencies and desires, once necessary to survival, are a constant source of failure. Physical courage and the love of battle, for instance, are no great help – may even be hindrances – to a civilised man.’
You can buy The Time Machine and Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics) at Amazon UK (affiliated link right there 😉 )
I definitely welcome you guys to do this #FridayBookShare! Although this is meant to be every Friday, I will probably just post them once I’ve finished a book. What has been your favourite book so far? Let me know!