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The War of the Worlds

by H. G. Wells

Wildside Press | March 1, 2004 | Mass Market Paperbound

The War of the Worlds is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 6.
It is the mother of all alien invasion stories, and still, in its way, the most compellingly realistic. The biological truth Wells has given us would slow down an alien encounters on Star Trek or Farscape, where intrepid adventurers rarely worry about local languages, much less breathing the local air. The aliens have invaded because they have a fondness for human blood, sucked from living beings (how they discovered they had a taste for us is unclear, but it makes dramatic theater, anyway). If you haven''t read Wells, you need to; Wells created a landmark -- he is a thoughtful social commentator, a pioneer of what makes SF intellectually appealing, and a damned fine storyteller, too.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.22 in

Published: March 1, 2004

Publisher: Wildside Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0809593130

ISBN - 13: 9780809593132

Found in: Reference and Language

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Arguably his best book, H.G. Wells has portrayed and painted a vivid image in reader's minds what an invasion from Mars would be like. This book is a must for lovers of science fiction classics. I believe that this book will linger in peoples dreams as it has on mine. The only fault H.G. Wells made in this book was make the triumphant victory of mankind too abrupt. On one page the Martians have destroyed London, and the next they are all dead from bacteria. Although this little abruptness in the story in which i find slightly disturbing, I recommend strongly this book to everyone.
Date published: 2010-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Repetitive and boring How could any writer take a subject as potentially thrilling as an invasion from Mars and turn it into such tedious and dull blather? He repeats the same descriptions over and over until you can't wait for it to end. This is one of the few instances in which the movie far outdoes the book.
Date published: 2010-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sci-fi classic! It even made it to the big screen! A great sci-fi by H.G. Wells (The Invisible man, The Time Machine) it's exciting and interesting. For the age that this book was written, you can tell Wells had a huge imagination. It even brought America in panic when it was cited over a radio station. Now that's what I call a good book!
Date published: 2008-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sci-fi throwback This earliest of sci-fi novels is a classic precursor to alien invasion stories, on paper or on film. I’m not too into science-fiction, but I have read Harry Turtledove’s World War series as I’m more of a military history buff. If you enjoy War of the Worlds or even if you find it a little antiquated for your tastes, you should definitely check out Turtledove’s work as he takes the theme to a whole new level. Having been written almost a century ago, this novel reads very well and the actual writing does not appear dated. (No “thee’s” and “thou’s” a la Shakespeare). Perhaps an interesting novel for younger readers, but they may scoff at the antiquated notion of Martian invaders, death rays, and the like. These have now become cliché, but have their origins with this book. The story is interesting and well written. I have not seen the recent movie, but rest assured it is not like the book, which is set in late 19th century England. An easier and lighter read than many other classics in English literature, I’m glad to have picked it up and would recommend it to readers of all ages.
Date published: 2005-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good altough the general story presented was fairly good i found it a difficult read and found that it dregged on and on with details
Date published: 2005-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scarily Creepily Wonderful! «H.G. Wells» Is an amazing writer, and with War Of The Worlds, his writing continues to amaze readers!
Date published: 2004-12-31

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The War of the Worlds

by H. G. Wells

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.22 in

Published: March 1, 2004

Publisher: Wildside Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0809593130

ISBN - 13: 9780809593132

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It is the mother of all alien invasion stories, and still, in its way, the most compellingly realistic. The biological truth Wells has given us would slow down an alien encounters on Star Trek or Farscape, where intrepid adventurers rarely worry about local languages, much less breathing the local air. The aliens have invaded because they have a fondness for human blood, sucked from living beings (how they discovered they had a taste for us is unclear, but it makes dramatic theater, anyway). If you haven''t read Wells, you need to; Wells created a landmark -- he is a thoughtful social commentator, a pioneer of what makes SF intellectually appealing, and a damned fine storyteller, too.
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