Decided I might as well re-read this, since I finally finished my other book.
I remember liking this a lot more the first time I read it....maybe because I hadn't seen any of the film adaptions then, and while I am a big steampunk fan, and love all things Victoriana, I found the moralising was almost a bit too heavy, this time around?
Still, he journey every further in to time made me think if that episode of Futurama, where Fry, Bender, and the Professor have to keep going forwards to get back to where they began, because they couldn't travel backwards. :P
I think it's one of those books you have to be in the right frame of mind to read. Despite it's whole 'humans will actually never learn' message I enjoyed it a lot (probably because that message spoke to frustrations I have about the way people are vs how they could be).
I enjoyed how creepy out the Morlocks were, and found the descriptions of places and things wondrous.
I doubt I expected much from the book either, when I set out to read it, so I was surprised, too.