The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells is a science fiction/horror story. Edward Prendick is aboard a ship in the Pacific Ocean which runs into a derelict boat and sank. He was presumed dead but was found alive in a small schooner a year later. When he tells the story of what happened over that year he was considered mad. This book recounts what he wrote about that time where he was rescued by Montgomery, Dr. Moreau's assistant, who was headed back from Africa to the island with supplies. When they get to the island he is reluctantly allowed to stay on the island by Dr. Moreau. He hears screams quite often nearby, not knowing from what. He goes out walking to get away from the screams and sees some beasts that were created by Dr. Moreau. What kind of bests were they and what happened during that year he was missing? How did he get into the boat in which he was discovered?
I normally don't read horror stories, but with it being October, I decided that I will for the rest of the month. This is harder to read than some of the other books by Wells that I've read, having to use a dictionary quite often to look up words. I read this story since I've read and reviewed Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Dr. Moreau (Book Review #10) for background references. I know a lot of people like this story and movies based on it. Just for me, horror is one genre in which I don't have much interest. It is an interesting story, though.
You can download this book in various ebook formats from:
Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/159
Many Books: http://manybooks.net/titles/wellshgetext94dmoro11.html
Tim's Rating: ***
(Three stars out of five)
I'm off to read another book. Check back soon to see what horror story I read next.