It has been quite some time since I read H.G. Wells, and I have to say that it was certainly a pleasure to dive back into him.
If you’re not familiar with his work, you should be. If you have young adults in the house, they should be familiar with him as well. His work is dark and lyrical, with an elegant charm to the language. And a story! That man can certainly tell a tale.
This book, Steampunk: H.G. Wells, has three of his stories compiled together and beautifully illustrated. It contains The Time Machine, the short story “The Country of the Blind,” and perhaps the most famous of all, The War of the Worlds. Zdenko Basic, the illustrator, fills the collection with many finely detailed pictures that manage to be both foreboding and whimsical.
The Illustrations are what make this collection. They’re gorgeous and fit the tone of Wells’ tales nicely. The first, The Time Machine, was my favorite of the three. It was delightful to see the main character and his friends depicted in their steampunk scarves and goggles, standing in the middle of the drawing room. The Time Machine looked like a grand motorcycle. These pictures were a delight, and made an already engaging read even better.
This is one book in a series. Zdenko Basic also illustrates Steampunk: Poe and Steampunk: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I love that they don’t change the stories at all, but merely accentuate classics with gorgeous art. It’s a series that I’m definitely planning on picking up.
Should you read this? Yes. Should you pick it up to tempt struggling readers? Definitely.