One of my 2020 reading resolutions is to pick up a few classics, and of course, the short ones are a great place to start. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells tells the story of a man who after a shipwreck ends up an island with Dr. Moreau, a man using vivisection to surgically create “humans” out of animals. I’ve read two books (The Invisible Man and The Time Machine) before but it’s been a long time (10 years according to GoodReads!) and I’m glad to have finally picked up another one of his classic science fiction novels. This is a pretty short read (under 200 pages) but I really didn’t like the audiobook I started off with, probably because the language just made it hard to listen to, and much preferred reading a digital copy instead.
The Island of Dr. Moreau is such a classic science fiction tale so it was nice to finally read the original inspiration. The book itself is creepy and weird and disturbing. Even in such a short book, Wells does a fantastic job creating an atmosphere. While I doubt it’s something I’d reread, I am glad I finally got the chance to pick it up and I’m sure I’ll continue to see inspiration from it in books and media going forward. Now, what short classic should I read next?