Ranked among the classic novels of the English language and the inspiration for several unforgettable movies, this early work of H. G. Wells was greeted in 1896 by howls of protest from reviewers, who found it horrifying and blasphemous. They wanted to know more about the wondrous possibilities of science shown in his first book, The Time Machine, not its potential for misuse and terror. In The Island of Dr. Moreau, a shipwrecked gentleman named Edward Prendick, stranded on a Pacific island lorded over by the notorious Dr. Moreau, confronts dark secrets, strange creatures, and a reason to run for his life.
While this riveting tale was intended to be a commentary on evolution, divine creation, and the tension between human nature and culture, modern readers familiar with genetic engineering will marvel at Wells’s prediction of the ethical issues raised by producing “smarter” human beings or bringing back extinct species. These levels of interpretation add a richness to Prendick’s adventures on Dr. Moreau’s Island of lost souls without distracting from what is still a rip-roaring good read.
The Sexy Nerd's Review. . .
Well, my, my, my what do we have here? This great horror classic was recommended to me by Kindle Unlimited. I was astounded to learn they have a whole classic horror book section, many of which I’ve been dying to read, but didn’t want to pay the absorbent price. This is an avid reader’s dream come true. Yay, Me!
As I was reading the synopsis of The Island of Dr. Moreau, I immediately thought of another favorite franchise of mine, Jurassic Park. And what was more unbelievable is this novel was written well over a hundred and twenty years ago, and yet, the author was so ahead of his time and, dare I say it, pretty spot on. This caused me to shudder.
Shipwrecked Edward Prendick happened upon a boat that saved his life. But almost immediately, he noticed something strange about the men who was assisting him from the wreckage. These men sort of looked human and sort of looked animal like at the same time. Well, how can that be?
One gentleman, if you can call him that, looked ape-like and spoke some English but not as well as Prendick felt he should. Once he got to the island, he soon realized that a very infamous doctor he’d read about just so happened to be on the same island that has now become Prendick’s savior, or was it? After proper introductions, Prendick immediately heard the cries of what sounded like an animal in distress or was that a man in distress? He didn’t know which, but no matter, the sound terrified him and he wanted to know more.
As he began exploring the island, Dr. Moreau’s assistant, Montgomery, warned him that he might not want to go exploring by himself for he may stumble across some things that he may not understand, which for Prendick was a huge understatement having seen animals that were human. But his eyes must be deceiving him, right?
Once Prendick discovered the secrets of Dr. Moreau’s Island, it became abundantly clear that Dr. Moreau took some creative licenses with his scientific studies a bit too far and Prendick realized that his life was in great danger.
OMG! I haven’t had a horror book that scared me that terribly since The Exorcist. My heart was pounding so hard and I stopped breathing as Prendick was running for his life. I felt like I was in a race. This classic was everything and more! I loved all the fear I experienced in reading it. Wow! It’s so terrifying knowing what science can actually do and when it falls into the wrong hands, you can have an island like the one Dr. Moreau created.
The Sexy Nerd gives The Island of Dr. Moreau five more animals for Dr. Moreau to experiment with. When I tell you the hair on my arms stood at attention, you had better believe it. If you’ve never read this classic, to all my horror fans out there, you’ve got to read this book. It is so damn good. Wow! Now I must find the movie and see how it measures up. Until next time, you know what to do!