The War of the Worlds by H.g. WellsThe War of the Worlds by H.g. Wells

The War of the Worlds

byH.g. WellsIllustratorEdward Gorey

Hardcover | June 30, 2005

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When massive, intelligent aliens from Mars touch down in Victorian England and threaten to destroy the civilized world, humanity's vaunted knowledge proves to be of little use. First published in 1898, H.G. Wells's masterpiece of speculative fiction has thrilled and delighted generations of readers, spawned countless imitations, and inspired dramatizations by such masters as Orson Welles and Steven Spielberg. The War of the Worlds is a fantasy that is both startlingly up-to-date and in touch with the most ancient of human fears.

 

In 1960, Edward Gorey prepared a set of his inimitable pen-and-ink drawings to illustrate a new edition of Wells's The War of the Worlds for the legendary Looking Glass Library. Characteristically quirky, elegant, and entrancing, Gorey's visual take on Wells's seminal tour de force has been unavailable for close to fifty years. This special hardcover edition from NYRB Classics brings back for today's readers a richly rewarding collaboration between two modern masters of all that's wonderful and strange.

H.G. (Herbert George) Wells (1866–1946) was born at Bromley in Kent, England, the son of a professional cricketer turned failed shopkeeper. Wells was apprenticed to a draper and then to a pharmacist before winning a scholarship to the Normal School of Science, where he earned a first in Zoology. Beginning as a writer of textbooks, he w...
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Title:The War of the WorldsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 7.43 × 4.94 × 0.89 inPublished:June 30, 2005Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590171586

ISBN - 13:9781590171585

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Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent alien story The portrayal of aliens in this was pretty good, especially since nowadays the books with aliens tend to humanize them. It was a pretty decent read, though I probably wouldn't have read it if I didn't have to for school
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointed I was really looking forward to this book but it was very disappointing - boring and not at all interesting.
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Novel Hard to believe this was written before 1900 - Wells' imagination was fantastic and futuristic and still applies to our idea of what sci-fi should look like today. Awesome classic!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read the book before seeing the movie I always try to read the book first and in this case I did. Although some of the detail was tough to slog through, it was definitely worth the read to picture the story in the original setting.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the best H G Wells is kind of a bargain basement Jules Verne, but still okay for a fluff read.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Visionary fiction One of the absolute best science fiction novels you will ever touch. The films are nothing like it.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read! This is was the first sci-fi book that I have ever read and I must say I was not disappointed.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to get through I really wanted to love this book. I definitely enjoyed the storyline! However, this is the first time that I will ever say that the movie is better than the book! I just found it difficult to read. I got lost when the author would describe where he was travelling while escaping danger. The author did not go into great detail about his environment (the setting), but rather focused on the character's atmosphere (fear etc.). H. G. Wells did not provide the reality effect for me, and I could not suspend my disbelief while reading.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece Classic must read. Put it on your shelf!
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic A lot of people know this story, but haven't read the book. Wells is a master craftsman and the book is gripping and is riddled with vivid imagery.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ahead of its time Aliens, sound biology and a mass exodus. This story is way ahead of it's time!
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite read! I could reread this book a million times!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from War of the Worlds Classics Illustrat Brilliant adaptation captures the essence of the book with wonderful 1950's illustrations.
Date published: 2014-09-22
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 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

Editorial Reviews

"Since H. G. Wells published War of the Worlds in 1898, artists have struggled to depict his alien invaders. Perhaps none succeeded so well as the illustrator Edward Gorey…His wonderfully creepy 1960 edition eschews the Robby the Robot designs of pulp fiction, and the slickness of the bad 1953 film, instead delivering an insectlike infestation of pen-and-ink tendrils."— New York Magazine"The most delightful of the many editions of The War of the Worlds includes illustrations by Edward Gorey (originally published in 1960 and long out of print until now), in which those creatures look like giant mushrooms on spindly legs, primitive ancestors of the Spielberg tripods."— Caryn James, The New York Times"These illustrations perfectly depict not only Wells’s half-sinister, half-ridiculous Martians, but also the destruction they leave in their wake: 'a patch of silent common, smouldering in places, and with a few dark, dimly seen objects lying in contorted attitudes here and there', for example. How Gorey-esque."—Joshua Glenn, The Boston Globe"This novel was tailor-made for Gorey. His black-and-white etching-like drawing style makes the aliens (dainty but oppressive-looking hydras), landscapes and figures suitably spooky and Victorian. Which, of course, they were."— Karen Krangle, The Vancouver Sun"It was creepy when he wrote it back in 1898, and it’s creepy now. Re-released in a handsome new edition, The War of the Worlds, illustrated by the remarkable Edward Gorey, preys on our fears."— Marc Horton, Edmonton Journal"[War of the Worlds is] a perfect showcase for Gorey’s stark, unsettling work with its ominous shadings and eerie peculiarities…[and] Gorey’s work is true to the essence of Wells’ novel."— The Chicago Tribune"Edward Gorey’s wonderful 1960 pen-and-ink illustrations can be seen again in the elegant…hardcover edition from New York Review Books."— The Los Angeles Times