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The story "The Invisible Man" is about a scientist who finds away to turn things invisible. At the beginning of the book, he has already turned himself invisible and wears bandages over his face and body just so he can be seen. No one can see a single piece of his skin. He goes to a small town and checks into a hotel, where he makes the staff meat tedious
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standards. He hardly ever leaves his room and keeps it locked at all times.

Then, he is forced to take drastic actions because the people of the small town are starting to wonder what is wrong with him. It all really starts when the wife of the man who owns the hotel follows The Invisible Man outside one night and he disappears. She does not know that he is invisible. This leads to the rest of the town starting to become curious.

The Invisible Man does not want to reveal his secret. Instead, he starts running from the people. He ends up stealing from an official who then finds out he is invisible. This leads to uproar in the town. The officialand another man try to fight the Invisible Man but it does no good because he just takes off his bandages and becomes invisible again.
The review of this Book prepared by SM Tate

The Invisible Man is a mysterious figure that has discovered an amazing ability: Invisibility. The story isn't written out in straight prose but one is made to uncover the mystery slowly. The story starts off in the setting of a small town near the coast where the Invisible Man is not accepted due to his absurd covering of all parts of his body. As the inn-keepers and neighbours find out that there's something absurd in his actions, they begin to interfere with his experiments that he has been working on to return himself to his original form.

The rest of the story follows his attempt at escaping his situation only to be hampered by the constant search for him by villagers. In effect, one is made is see how society can disregard people who are different. After coming to the house of his friend, he is betrayed and made to turn into the authorities. Following the realization of his loneliness, the Invisible Man turns his anger out to become a mass murderer only to be caught and killed.

The plot expels people's most common beliefs of strangers and the fear that 19th century Europe had of things outside the norm.

The review of this Book prepared by Tanvir

The story opens on a snowy winter evening in rural Iping Village, England at the turn of the century. A stranger checks into a country inn with his face bandaged up as though from a horrible accident. He demands privacy and for his cases to be brought up from the station in the morning. The locals just can't seem to keep from trying to glimpse at what lies beneath the man's wrappings. Unusual occurrences begin and the stranger is suspected of being a thief among other things. The stranger enlists the help of an unwilling Mr. Marvel who is so unnerved that he runs for his life taking off with the stranger's possessions. The stranger is forced to flee after it is determined that he is in fact an invisible man.

The stranger comes upon the residence of Dr. Kemp who finally is told the identity of the stranger. It is Griffin, a brilliant chemistry student who is described as almost an albino. In great detail he tells Kemp of how the whole thing happened as a part of his studies on an unfortunate cat, his act of arson to his living quarters, his flight from the law, and how he now wants to use his invisibility to conquer the world. He tells how the only flaws to invisibility are being nude in the elements and how food gives away his whereabouts until it is digested. Griffin neglects to mention that the experiment has made him insane for want of power.

Kemp is unsympathetic but plays along with Griffin while sending a note to the local constable. The law is after him yet again but he manages to slip away. He is enraged at Dr. Kemps deceit and vows revenge. He assaults Kemps home, breaking all the windows and chopping through a door with an ax bringing the action and the story to its climax.
The review of this Book prepared by David Fletcher

    A scientist experiments and finds a way to make him self invisible. The bad thing is that he cannot change back and he goes and kills people that he is angry with.
The review of this Book prepared by Jonah Rasnake

A scientist creates a potion that turns him invisible, and mad. He stays at a small inn trying to find a way to turn himself visible again, but the townspeople anger him so he decides to go on a rampage and kill as many people as possible, and he needs a partner, so he gets an old schoolmate who later betrays him to the police.
The review of this Book prepared by blaksun

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 50% Tone of book    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   invisibility (scifi) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -    Invisibility Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius    -   Mentally ill or deluded


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   19th century    -   18th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   explicit references to deaths How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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