The Time Machine & The War of the Worlds

The Time Machine & The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells 2.5 Stars, mainly for the War of the Worlds.

The Time Machine
A time traveller manages to forward hundreds and thousands of years into the future.
Wells describes how the human race has evolved into a pampered, indolent elite and the menials who perform all the necessary tasks for them.
None of the characters are particularly well defined, the time traveller himself comes across as a selfish and uncaring person.

The War of the Worlds
Depending on your age, it will hard not to read the opening line "No one would have believed..." without imagining it done in the voice of Richard Burton.
Slightly better characters than in the Time Machine, as mankind comes under the heel of the Martian invasion it looks at his place in the universe and the destruction of their lifestyle.

There's a definite class distinction going on, and at points it seems Wells is just venting on what he sees as wrong with society.