The War Of The Worlds by H. G. WellsThe War Of The Worlds by H. G. Wells

The War Of The Worlds

byH. G. Wells

Paperback | January 1, 2006

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First published in 1898, "The War of the Worlds begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator tells readers, "No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's." This opening marked the beginning of the enduring alien invasion genre, and no one did it better than H. G. Wells. The book's tableaux of a world under siege by all-powerful, super-destructive, amoral aliens resonated with audiences from the early 20th century through a Cold War world threatened with nuclear extinction. Yet, despite the book's stature, the antiquated language and outmoded science have limited its interest for modern readers. This new adaptation remedies that, preserving the power of Wells's narrative while modernizing the language. This version also updates the science about Mars, based on America's multiple landings there in the past 15 years.
Title:The War Of The WorldsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.29 inPublished:January 1, 2006Publisher:Paperbackshop.Co.UK Ltd - Echo LibraryLanguage:English

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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