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The war of the worlds
Wells, H. G. 1866-1946.
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Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Way back in the nineteenth century there was an author—H.G. Wells—who was way ahead of his time. He envisioned time travel (The Time Machine), outrageous scientific advances (The Invisible Man), and of course, alien invasions. The War of the Worlds begins when a large, strange silver capsule lands in a field. Atmospheric disturbances are observed; a lot of weird noises are heard from inside the spaceship; curious crowds gather and wait. And when the capsule hisses open and alien arms bearing deathly heat-rays emerge, there’s no doubt that the war is on. Narrated in by an everyman with acute observation and astonishment, the story of how the nineteenth-century humans fair against an advanced enemy they never even knew existed is as riveting now as it was in 1898—or in 1938, when Orson Welles’ radio broadcast of his own adaptation convinced a few unsuspecting listeners that it was all too real. The War of the Worlds is the grandfather of alien stories, and as a certain Tom Cruise/ Steven Spielberg/ special effects-laden blockbuster recently proved, it’s not the kind of story that we outgrow and forget about. Despite the old-fashioned setting, The War of the Worlds is about something we understand all too well today: the fear that maybe we’re not really as strong and powerful as we think we are… It’s a lot of food for thought (especially when you find out what the Martians feed on) and it’s a lot of fun as well. The War of the Worlds is one of those great and rare discoveries—a stodgy old classic that turns out to be anything but.
posted Jul 26, 2009 at 5:38PM
Adri said:
This book went very slowly at the beginning. The descriptions were very vivid, and the plot opens at the middle of the story. If you think it’s boring through the beginning, don’t put the book down! It will get more interesting!
posted Aug 13, 2009 at 5:06PM
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