For everyone who ever saw the movie.. Forget it.
The book took the concept HG Wells wrote about and then thought they could do better.
I've read War of the Worlds, which is kind of lukewarm in my honest opinion. The Time Machine is way beneath it.
I was taught that if you can't say something nice, you should say nothing.
It would be a very short review if I lived by that rule, but luckily I don't.
The Time Machine is a lack of skill put into words.
It's a recollection of someone who has been into the future and lived there for a while, because he lost his time machine. His recollection of this day and age is so past anything that could ever happen, and painted in drab colours so I never even could imagine the world he was seeing.
It was all very black and white.
The surrounding was perfect, the people were innocent and happy while the 'bad guys' were ugly, living underground in the dark, eating the flesh of those living in daylight.
Also his train of thought was sad to follow.
With a protagonist so distant from emotion, how can the writer expect his readers to feel anything remotely emotional reading his novel?
And how does this get on the 1001 novels to read before you die?
It's only plus I can think of, it's only about 80 pages long. So you won't lose much time if you get this into your hands.