This is an excellent example of early sci-fi. It was interesting. It was written at a time when language was still quite formal, and had a quaint "old world" feel to it, but the story structure was much more modern and contemporary. It was kind of a weird mesh of old and new that was a little unsettling at first, but once I found the rhythm of the book, I found it to be a quite enjoyable read. If you’ve not read it, I should warn you that modern readers might find the ending rather abrupt, but I found that it was appropriate.
Review: The Food of the Gods