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The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

The Midwich Cuckoos (1957)

by John Wyndham, John Wyndham

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1,982603,407 (3.8)1 / 249
  1. 50
    The Chrysalids by John Wyndham (SomeGuyInVirginia)
    SomeGuyInVirginia: Each book compliments the other, describing the same fundamental theme from two points of view. I enjoyed the Midwich Cuckoos more.
  2. 20
    The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (timspalding)
  3. 00
    The Possessors by John Christopher (SomeGuyInVirginia)
  4. 01
    More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon (Michael.Rimmer)

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Haunting novel about human-ish cuckoos and the way that people are likely to respond. ( )
  kale.dyer | Mar 4, 2017 |
Utterly chilling and years ahead of its time, this is a scifi horror classic that should not be missed. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jan 16, 2017 |
This is one of the books, like The Stepford Wives or Rosemary’s Baby, that has become an icon of popular culture: even if you haven’t read it, or seen the related films, you know the basic premise. I spotted it in the library today and, because I have another of Wyndham’s books lined up waiting to be read (Triffids, no less), I thought this would make an interesting comparison. For some reason I’d always imagined that Midwich would be a horror story, but it’s something far more subtle and sophisticated: a creeping, chilling sci-fi thriller which places its characters in the ultimate moral dilemma.

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https://theidlewoman.net/2016/11/19/the-midwich-cuckoos-john-wyndham/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Nov 19, 2016 |
Interesting tale of alien presence for a short period of time in a small quiet village in England. I enjoyed the story, the philosophical musings and while it really wasn't scary, if it were to happen it would be scary. ( )
  Kristelh | Oct 21, 2016 |
Nine months after being inexplicably cut off for a day, every woman of childbearing age in the town of Midwich has a child. 60 of these children look remarkably alike. Yet life goes on—until those that have left town are forced by their children to return.

The military works to hide these things from the media. The residents just want to go on. But are these children really children? What should be done with them?

I suspect Douglas Adams was familiar with this book, and got some of his ideas about Earth as computer/experiment from it. But whereas Adams has put a funny spin on his ideas, the questions Wyndham looks at—about identity, species, political/religious/social systems, and survival—are serious and very interesting. ( )
  Dreesie | Sep 13, 2016 |
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Wyndham, Johnmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Adam RobertsIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doeve, EppoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellis, DeanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
F. Nagy, PiroskaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Cuckoos lay eggs in other birds' nests. The clutch that was fathered on the quiet little village of Midwich, one night in September, proved to possess a monstrous will of its own. It promised to make the human race look as dated as the dinosaur
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Cuckoos lay eggs in other birds' nests. The clutch that was fathered on the quiet little village of Midwich, one night in September, proved to possess a monstrous will of its own. Imt promised to make the human race look as dated as the dinosaur.

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In the village of Midwich all the women of child-bearing age become pregnant overnight. When a violent incident occurs, the moral fabric of the village disintegrates and a battle for survival begins.

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