Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Scary Books – The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

When people talk about books by H.G. Wells they usually talk about The War of the Worlds. Sure, it’s a masterpiece, but so is The Island of Dr. Moreau. Published in 1896 it has never been out of print. Told in a “first person” narrative by Edward Pendrick who has been shipwrecked on left on the island that is home to Dr. Moreau and his mad experiments. Pendrick soon discovers that Moreau is also experimenting humans. Having created an Ape-Man, Pendrick discovers a race of half-animal and half-human creatures living on the island. A variation on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Wells is tackling moral issues and man’s potential interference in nature with his science. These issues still resonate today. The Island of Dr. Moreau is a horror story of the highest order but it’s also just a great adventure yarn. Readers can take whatever approach they like when reading this great book and they are assured of one thing – they will find this novel compelling. Another personal favorite, The Island of Dr. Moreau is a chilling tale. Slip into that over-sized leather chair and light a candle to read this one by. You won’t be disappointed.

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