The Island of Doctor Moreau is an 1896 science fiction novel by H. G. Wells, who called it "an exercise in youthful blasphemy". The text of the novel is the narration of Edward Prendick, a shipwrecked man rescued by a passing boat who is left on the island home of Doctor Moreau, who creates human-like beings from animals via vivisection. The novel deals with a number of philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, human identity, and human interference with nature.
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Quick and entertaining makes for a nice short read
One of the best Science Fiction/Horror novels ever written. H.G. Wells was a genus.
The Madmans Daughter
If you like this, read the book The Madmans Daughter, an enchanting novel loosely based on this.