The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

eBook - 2003
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of H. G. Wells's famous novel about a Martian invasion. To celebrate, we are reissuing our adaptation of this sci-fi classic with brand-new cover art.nbsp;nbsp;
Publisher: New York : Bantam Dell, 2003.
ISBN: 9780307808035
0307808033
Characteristics: 1 online resource (185 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive

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Ratsarecool3
Sep 20, 2017

This book was interesting to read because it is one of the first "alien invasion" stories ever. H.G. Wells had a huge influence on science fiction. I find it amazing that Wells was able to understand so much of science, and that he demonstrated it so well in his books, when he was from the 1800s. It paints a very frightening image; humans have always viewed themselves as the top species, so it is interesting to see how quickly civilization could collapse once a technologically superior race comes in.

However, I found the characters bland and the plot mediocre. The message of the story (that only strong, smart people should survive and that it would be good for humanity to become non-diverse, a mono-culture), is, in my opinion, not a very good one. I don't believe the Martians would have been able to progress scientifically and technologically if they were all essentially the same. However, the writing was excellent and this book remains an interesting historical classic.

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amalyndb
Jan 16, 2016

A classic of science fiction, The War of the Worlds works on many layers. Most people take it as merely a fantasical fiction of invasion by otherworldly Martians set on subjugating and killing off large swathes of the human race.

However, it was intended as commentary on colonialism and the disruption to the lives of those native to the colonies. Numerous allusions are made, as to how an ant might find a steam engine as incomprehensible as the humans find the machines of the alien invaders. The introduction of the 'red weed' by the aliens, choking out the plantlife to plantations crowding out native flora and traditional crops.

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wilqser
Sep 05, 2013

Decided to read a classic although most people have the movie. If you're not from England or not familiar with the cities and towns you are going to find it hard to follow because the Well's uses street names and towns alot in the book. It is also has alot of narrative - he uses alot of adverbs and adjectives to describe the aliens and the terror they wield. I Could not finish the book because of the that but I definitely tried!

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WarOfGears3
Mar 14, 2013

Fantastic book. Unfathomable that this was written in the late 18th century. The vivid details and descriptions are fantastic. You could just as easily replace late Victorian elements with modern society. Disregard any review that puts this book at less than 5 stars - the 'critics' simply cannot comprehend the scope of the novel.

itsallieex3 Jul 07, 2012

Hated the first hundred pages or so, but it got interesting in the second half. Descriptive and I learned a lot of new vocab :)

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skywalker13
Dec 18, 2011

Okay but slow and sort of weird way of writing. Although it was written in the late 1890s so I can't really judge... An okay book but definitely not one of my favorites.

moto21 Apr 10, 2011

Regular people reacting to not so regular events in their own ways. Details, romance, horror, science fiction, name it, the book got it.

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kalio
Jul 26, 2009

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.

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