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The kraken wakes (original 1953; edition 1964)

by John Wyndham

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Title:The kraken wakes
Authors:John Wyndham
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The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham (1953)

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Perhaps the book is better, but I was bored with the dramatization, and it was only two hours long. The idea remains interesting, but you never really find out anything about the aliens, and the characters can't sustain interest. (Mark Twain once remarked that he wished all of James Fenimore Cooper's characters would go get drowned together. It's unfortunate that didn't happen here, when it seemed most likely.) FWIW, the social dynamics, especially gender dynamics, that can be weirdly interesting in 1950s novels was merely tedious here. There's only so much "what a perky, resourceful wife!" stuff I can take. ( )
  cctesttc1 | Jul 20, 2016 |
Trilogy: The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Wakes, The Crysalids.

the Kraken Wakes has nothing to do with a Kraken. It is an alien invasion story. Human never see the enemy. It is a story about specific sea-based threat, the ecological implication, the discovery of ways to disable the threat. The enemy is unseen, it is a battle based on symptoms, like medical battles.
  drbrendan | Jul 2, 2016 |
Perhaps the book is better, but I was bored with the dramatization, and it was only two hours long. The idea remains interesting, but you never really find out anything about the aliens, and the characters can't sustain interest. (Mark Twain once remarked that he wished all of James Fenimore Cooper's characters would go get drowned together. It's unfortunate that didn't happen here, when it seemed most likely.) [return][return]FWIW, the social dynamics, especially gender dynamics, that can be weirdly interesting in 1950s novels was merely tedious here. There's only so much "what a perky, resourceful wife!" stuff I can take. ( )
  kristi_test_05 | Jun 20, 2016 |
Perhaps the book is better, but I was bored with the dramatization, and it was only two hours long. The idea remains interesting, but you never really find out anything about the aliens, and the characters can't sustain interest. (Mark Twain once remarked that he wished all of James Fenimore Cooper's characters would go get drowned together. It's unfortunate that didn't happen here, when it seemed most likely.) [return][return]FWIW, the social dynamics, especially gender dynamics, that can be weirdly interesting in 1950s novels was merely tedious here. There's only so much "what a perky, resourceful wife!" stuff I can take. ( )
  kristi_test_05 | Jun 20, 2016 |
Perhaps the book is better, but I was bored with the dramatization, and it was only two hours long. The idea remains interesting, but you never really find out anything about the aliens, and the characters can't sustain interest. (Mark Twain once remarked that he wished all of James Fenimore Cooper's characters would go get drowned together. It's unfortunate that didn't happen here, when it seemed most likely.) [return][return]FWIW, the social dynamics, especially gender dynamics, that can be weirdly interesting in 1950s novels was merely tedious here. There's only so much "what a perky, resourceful wife!" stuff I can take. ( )
  kristi_test_05 | Jun 20, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wyndham, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bacon, C.W.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Buddingh', C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jennings, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kannosto, MattiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lord, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willock, HarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It all began with a series of fireballs falling into the oceans. When the Admiralty began to investigate, they found that their equipment and personnel disappeared deep underwater.

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