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En la actualidad es difícil sorprender al aficionado al género fantástico y de ciencia ficción, con la cantidad de ideas y medios con los que nos bombardean. Pero hubo una época en que el público se sorprendía ante la atrevida imaginación de ciertos autores. Este era el caso de H.G. Wells, todo un pionero que abrió el camino para muchos otros escritores dedicados a mostrarnos invasiones alienígenas, experimentos genéticos, viajes en el tiempo, a la Luna, y aventuras varias. Wells fue un adelanta...
Not everybody would like this book because not everybody likes short stories, but that's only part of the "problem," if that's what it is. Twelve Stories and a Dream is exactly that, twelve stories and a final story that's related as a dream. The copy I read is in the public domain, and offered free by Amazon, and probably other sources as well.Most of the stories are very minor; they open, state a problem, resolve it and end unceremoniously. The book was published in 1903, and that seemed to be...
Un compendio de historias con sus altos y sus bajos, pero que deja claro lo visionario que fue H.G. Wells. Mis favoritas fueron "Filmer", "Un nuevo acelerador" y "El corazón de Miss Wilchelsea".Un genio.
I had to check and double-check when this book was released. 1903. I have read bits and pieces of Wells before, a short story here or there in other collections, but never really reflected on it like now. This is as the title says, twelve stories and a, well, it's a story as well, about a dream, and that one is scary as hell since it describes a future he could not possibly know of. Books from the beginning of the twentieth century tends to feel a bit aged, have a language that feels old and use...
An interesting collection of stories from H. G. Wells. This bunch offers a fairly wide example of the author's range and interests. As with any anthology some selections are stronger than others.
This is one of my favorite books, if only for the laughs of The Truth About Pyecraft, the mystery of The Magic Shop, and the tension of the Dream at the end. A must read for any HG Wells Fans.
An interesting collection of Wells' short stories, including my personal favorite, "The Truth About Pyecraft," a very humorous fantasy story about a man who wants to lose weight - and gets a lot more than he bargained for. Very funny. There's an excellent LibriVox recording of this story. Another classic Wells story is "The Story of an Inexperienced Ghost," about a man who befriends a rather sad, pathetic ghost. The story starts out humorous, but has a surprising ending. I really wasn't expectin...
Fantastic collection of short stories, in both senses of the word. Entertaining twists on certain tropes, like a haunting from the afterlife's most clueless shade and a women who ultimately regrets her refinement. But the big kicker is the "Dream" referred to in the title, A Dream of Armageddon. Pay of it takes place in the same universe as When the Sleeper Wakes & given the current state of the world (the US in particular), it is absolute nightmare fuel. When Evesham is first mentioned, see who...
A collection of rather amusing short stories from H.G. Wells. My favorite, I think, is "The Truth about Pyecraft" - a short little story about a fat man who wants to lose weight, so he takes an ancient Indian recipe and becomes lighter than air (but still just as fat). As is usual for H.G. Wells stories, he misses the mark on the actual technology often, but it doesn't interfere with his stories being very entertaining.
Before I ran across this collection I had no idea Wells wrote short fiction. I was delightfully surprised. As much as I enjoyed his full length novels I found in some ways his short stories out do his longer novels. Those interested in the history of science fiction will find that many of our modern tropes were already being explored by the master way back in 1895.
Algunas historias muy divertidas y otras un poco aburridas pero en general un buen libro.
Trece cuentos cortos. Para una lectura ligera, queda bastante bien. Mis preferidos: Jimmy Goggles el dios, Las vacaciones de Mr Ledbetter, El corazón de Miss Winchelsea y el Sueño de Armageddon.
The first story was hard to follow, but the following twelve were fantastic.
H.G. Wells es un escritor primordial de la ciencia ficción, por tanto a veces es difícil no pensar en el como un escritor que pudiera incursionar en otros campos, como en verdad podía hacerlo. Y bueno, no es para menos: cuando has escrito cosas tan influyentes como "La guerra de los mundos", "El hombre invisible" o "La máquina del tiempo" no se puede esperar que tu nombre no sea ligado por la eternidad a esos temas. Sin embargo, Wells era un escritor bastante competente en términos generales, co...
3,5 estrellas. Merecería más nota si no fuese tan irregular. Los mejores relatos, para mi gusto, son:- "La verdad sobre Pyecraft", un cuento humorístico y extraño muy original.- "El nuevo acelerador", donde aparece el mejor Wells, el del "y si".- "El tesoro de Mr Brisher", que me ha parecido cultivar una vena satírica poco común en Wells, más en la línea de humor con mala leche de Roald Dahl.- "El sueño de Armaggedon", cautivador, hipnotizante, lo que se nota en el sentimiento de nostalgia por a...
Una excelente antología. La mayoría de los cuentos son divertids o interesantes y bien escritos. Los cuentos no siguen una línea particular y hay un poco de todo: aventuras, ciencia ficción, fantasía, comedia, drama. Muy completo el rango de emociones, géneros y abordajes que nos deja Wells en sus relatos. Lo recomiendo bastante.
The weirdest thing kept happening as I read this. I kept thinking I was reading something by Ray Bradbury. It's so dreamy and just a touch off.I loved it, of course. This book is totally the brain-baby of Wells and Bradbury, somehow.
It was an alright book and a few of the short stories I did enjoy reading. It's definitely not one of Wells' books that I would recommend people to read but it's great for reading just before going to bed. It was a little tedious in the beginning but after the first short story, I enjoyed the book.
Love it! This book not only has my absolute favorite horror/humor story of all time ("The Inexperienced Ghost") but many awesome other pieces. Excellent collection. Available for free at Project Gutenberg.
A bunch of completely pointless short stories that I got absolutely nothing out of.
Fantásticos relatos <3
This is an interesting collection of stories from the turn of the 19th century. It was a fun read.
Nobody sends me to the dictionary so much as H.G. Wells.
Se trata de un Wells diferente. Algunos de los relatos se alejan del estilo más conocido del autor, abordando géneros como la fantasía y el realismo.Siempre es un placer leer a Wells.
the master. his prose style is unequaled in this petty, doomed genre.
Twelve Stories And a Dream by H. G. Wells (2006)
Not one of HG Wells' MUST-READS.