Rating is more like 3.5 stars. I think The Time Machine is an absolute classic, early science fiction piece. Some of the description is absolutely wonderful, but a lot of the time I was left wanting so much more. I wanted more description, I wanted to know more about the future races, the machinery of the Morlocks, the technicalities of the Time Machine...alas, with the story primarily being the Time Traveller speaking his story aloud, this things are impossible. And the lack of those details does provide an air of mystery, the fact that we will never know everything we want to know, which I think is an important element to the story. I just want to know more!