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The War of the Worlds Illustrated Classics Editions (original 1898; edition 1983)

by H G Wells

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Title:The War of the Worlds Illustrated Classics Editions
Authors:H G Wells
Info:Playmore Inc (1983), Paperback
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The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (1898)

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It took me over a hundred years but I finally got around to reading this novel.
Wells certainly had an incredible imagination and this novel is a fine example of that. At times I found it hard to believe this was written so long ago. Seemed a lot less dated than most books from that era.
I enjoyed the story and I am sorry it took me so long to read it. ( )
  antrat1965 | Apr 7, 2017 |
The War of the Worlds is a classic alien invasion novel written by H. G. Wells. I think it would be difficult for a present-day science fiction reader to be completely blown away by this book when we’ve inevitably read or watched many similar types of stories. However, it was still entertaining and it held my interest well with only the occasional dry spot.

I think what helped the story feel more “fresh” to me was the time period. It’s set at around the same time as it was written – in the late 1800’s. Most of the older science fiction books I’ve read have been set in the “future” as imagined by the author. With this book, I had the fun of visiting a time period I don’t often see in my science fiction reading. Since the author was living in that time period, it felt pretty authentic. That, combined with the matter-of-fact tone the story is written in, almost made it feel like I was reading about a historical event that they forgot to teach us in school. :) The technology of the time played a definite role in how things played out, particularly in terms of the limited transportation and communication options.

The writing style, as I said before, was very matter-of-fact. It was written as a first-person account of events, focusing mainly on the events the narrator experienced. There are also a couple chapters that tell part of his brother’s story to expand the view of what happened in areas further away from the narrator.

Although the story held my interest, there were certain aspects of it that I wasn’t thrilled with, and that I tend to complain about when they come up in other books. This book has those one-dimensionally evil, invading aliens that never hold too much interest for me. There’s also a bit of that “run, find refuge, danger approaches again, run again” circular pattern that I usually find tedious. I wasn’t as bothered by these things in this book, though. I think that was a combination of how short the book is, combined with the interesting time period in which it was set which added a different element to the story than what I’m used to reading. ( )
2 vote YouKneeK | Mar 15, 2017 |
This classic tale of men from Mars may not be as bone-chilling as the Orson Welles broadcast, but there still is plenty of suspense. More detailed than the movies, this gripping tale of survival that ends almost at the point of giving up is one that shouldn’t be missed. How much can a man take? How long before he thinks it’s better to just give up and die? These are questions that this story raises. Thought-provoking as well as entertaining. ( )
  Maydacat | Feb 9, 2017 |
3.5 stars bumped up to 4. I did enjoy this, but sometimes it seemed like his writing dragged a little. That could just be something to do with me though. I'd still like to read some more of his books. Now I'll need to watch one of the film adaptations ( )
  Gaiagirlie | Jan 12, 2017 |
This was really amazing, I have to say. Kind of glad I read it as an adult and not in high school. The juxtaposition of the extra-terrestrials and the ordinary English landscape was very effective and I found myself distressed at various points of the novel - the red weed, the black ooze.

It also seemed eerily prescient - in the next century - just two or three years after Wells wrote this - the two wars would murder and displace whole populations very much like the Martians did. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
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3.5 stars bumped up to 4. I did enjoy this, but sometimes it seemed like his writing dragged a little. That could just be something to do with me though. I'd still like to read some more of his books. Now I'll need to watch one of the film adaptations
Mr. Wells's dramatic power is of the strongest, and through "The War of the Worlds" deals with death, destruction, and ruin, he has known how to manage a terrible topic in a clever and ingenuous way.

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Wells, H. G.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Francis R. GemmeIntroductionmain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Aldiss, Brian W.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Asimov, IsaacAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barrett, SeanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burnett, VirgilCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Card, Orson ScottIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Delgado, TeresaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fredrik, JohanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frost, Adam H.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gemme, Francis R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goble, WarwickIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gorey, EdwardIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gunn, JamesAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hurt, ChristopherNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Θωμόπουλος… Γιάννης Γ.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The War of the Worlds / The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

The Collector's Book of Science Fiction by H. G. Wells by H. G. Wells

The Time Machine; The Island of Dr. Moreau; The Invisible Man; The First Men in the Moon; The Food of the Gods; In the Days of the Comet; The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

The war of the worlds, The time machine, and selected short stories by H. G. Wells

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But who shall dwell in these worlds if they be inhabited? ... Are we or they Lords of the World? ... And how are all things made for man?-- KEPLER (quoted in The Anatomy of Melancholy)
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No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.
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Mars attacks England.
Earth's defenses are no match,
But-- ah, ah, ACHOO!

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375759239, Paperback)

This is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories, first published by H.G. Wells in 1898. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator tells readers that "No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's..."

Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100-feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England's military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror his narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance, and how it's clear that man is not being conquered so much a corralled. --Craig E. Engler

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H.G. Wells' late nineteenth-century novel in which an intellectually superior race from Mars invades Earth with plans to take over the planet.

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