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2020 Book Review: The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells

It was clear to me that this is a moral tale of being careful as Dr. Moreau is basically playing God in his own universe with the main character falling into it. Prendick, the main character, is how many would be, shocked and disturbed by the details of the world he has been thrust into. He is in a literal Hell-scape full of the horrors that a ‘mad scientist’ has created.

This is one of those horror books, for me, that I couldn’t put down. I was aware of the movie and enjoyed it, but as it has said many times before in this series of reviews I wanted to see what was different from the movie and the book.

It follows, of course, the same storytelling, but like good horror it allowed me often to use my imagination and thus scare myself. My heart broke for many of the characters. It’s easy to feel for many of the characters. It’s intriguing and well-written giving prove of Wells’ great writing and why he’s considered a legend.

I don’t recommend this book to anyone that may be a sensitive reader. This is not a book for the faint. Some of the details can be gruesome, shocking, and overwhelming. Wells writes some parts of this story in a raw unabashed detail that could take a less seasoned horror reader off guard. Even though I enjoyed this book I admit time to time there were parts that I was surprised by, but I’m a seasoned reader and writer of horror. I found it refreshing to see an author creating some of the lines of literature that are in this story.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.

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