Within the past four years I’ve found out that I love science fiction. It all started when I watched the TV series Battlestar Galactica (the most recent one). The Better Half’s boss was a huge fan and gave us the first season of the series to watch—it was implied that we had to watch it. At first I threw a fit. No way was I going to watch the show to further The Better Half’s career. After some thought, I decided why not give it a go. We put the first disc in and I got hooked. Seriously hooked. After finishing the first season, the boss happily supplied the second season. On a Saturday morning I realized the second disc was missing. I begged and pleaded with The Better Half to call to ask if we could pop over to get the disc. I had to know what happened next. I didn’t get my wish. Three days I had to wait. Three agonizing days. Then I had to admit, I like science fiction. The boss was kind enough to loan us all of the seasons on DVD. Twice.
Since then I’ve dabbled with some sci-fi authors and movies. And my liking has grown into a love. So when I sat down to read The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells I was super excited. The novella, published in 1897, is about Griffin, who is invisible. Griffin, a scientist, studies optics and he invented a way for his body to become invisible by absorbing all of the light and not reflecting it. At least I think that’s how he did it. There’s a reason why I didn’t study science. I love science, but historical concepts were much more manageable for my brain. His success has one significant consequence. He doesn’t know how to reverse it and become visible again. At first he attempts to hide, but it’s not easy hiding the fact that one is invisible. He seeks out a colleague for help; however, Griffin’s power has warped his brain. Will his colleague help him or betray him?
I really enjoyed the first part of this work. Griffin enters an inn in Iping village. He’s wearing clothes, yet his invisible face is hidden by bandages. All of the inhabitant’s of the village can only see his fake pink nose. Well this gets everyone talking. And I found the extremes the townspeople went to to discover Griffin’s secret quite humorous.
Unfortunately, as the story progressed I found out one big problem. I disliked Griffin. He’s a mad scientist and I couldn’t feel sorry for him or care about his situation. After a while I wasn’t involved in the story since I hated him. I don’t know how Wells could have treated the story differently for me to like it. I guess I can’t like all science fiction. For me, I found this one to be somewhat of a dud. I’m glad I read it, but it won’t be one that I’ll revisit in the future. Wells has several more books on the 1001 list so I won’t write him off yet.
I read this novella as part of the science fiction experience hosted by Carl. Spring is quickly approaching, which means Carl’s challenge, Once Upon a Time (here’s last years link to give you an idea) is almost here. I hope many of you will join this wonderful event. Carl, if you don’t know him, is a wonderful man. Stop by his blog and say hi.