Check out this review of HG Wells' novel The Time Machine. It's easy to romanticize books we read when we were young or books that defined a genre, and The Time Machine was both of those. The review doesn't slam it, but it doesn't pull any punches either - especially when the Time Traveller himself is concerned.
"I really like the concepts of the future that are explored, but by
being presented from the perspective of the world’s most casual
scientist, we see very little of how the new societies actually worked.
At one point in the book I did question how this person managed to
create a Time Machine considering nearly every problem they face is one
born of their own stupidity."
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