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The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

The Midwich Cuckoos (1957)

by John Wyndham

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In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed - except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant. The resultant children of Midwich do not belong to their parents: all are blonde, all are golden eyed. They grow up too fast and their minds exhibit frightening abilities that give them control over others and brings them into conflict with the villagers just as a chilling realisation dawns on the world outside . . . The Midwich Cuckoos is the classic tale of aliens in our midst, exploring how we respond when confronted by those who are innately superior to us in every conceivable way.… (more)

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This is my second book by Wyndham. Along with "Day of the Triffids" it is by far the most respected of his books. This one was better then "The Kraken Awakes", but still not the amazing book I expected. It is a good story and it's mostly well told.
I have a small conflict with Wyndhams style. I do occasionally stumble over pre-WWII English phrasing and idioms. Though written in the 1950s it has the linguistic feel of the 20s or 30s.. I sometimes find the sentences of H. G. Wells more readable then those of Wyndham. This should not be so since the language of Wells' time was even farther removed from the 21st century. Wyndham's clumsy phrasing inhibits an otherwise decent story. ( )
  ikeman100 | Feb 8, 2020 |
In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed – except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant. When the babies are born, all appears to be well, until they start to display unusual powers. ( )
  AccyP | Jan 1, 2020 |
The village of Midwich mysteriously falls asleep for a day and a night - every living thing. A couple of months later all the women of childbearing age in the village find they are pregnant even if they are still virgins. But what are they going to give birth to?

Not quite as scary as when I read it as a young teenager, but still very atmospheric. ( )
  Robertgreaves | May 27, 2019 |
A good book. Some novel and interesting ideas that still hold intrigue today. Overall, one not to be missed for those interested in sci-fi. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Dec 18, 2018 |
What is going on when "...they are cuckoo children"...!?

The Midwich Cuckoos is a smoothly paced mystery which travels slowly through the events of a village and
the impacts on its people.

Each of the main characters - Richard and Janet Gaylord, Bernard, Zellaby and Angela, Ferralyn and Alan - guide
readers with their often contradictory feelings and opinions to the explosive conclusion.

Following Mr. Zellaby, we are drawn with them to seek all other possible alternatives.

Suspension of disbelief only regarding the passage of 8 years where no one outside Midwich reacts.

Many lasting quotes: "What is going on here is a burning of books before they have been written." ( )
2 vote m.belljackson | Oct 26, 2017 |
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Wyndham, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adam RobertsIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doeve, EppoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellis, DeanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
F. Nagy, PiroskaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fruttero, CarloForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hills, GillianCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hogarth, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leger, PatrickCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lempiäinen, VesaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lord, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lucentini, FrancoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McShane, BarbaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McShane, Patrick AlfayaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meriranta, AnettaForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Minaříková, JitkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Monicelli, GiorgioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Priest, ChristopherIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rekunen, VeikkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roberts, AdamIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Salwowski, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwinger, LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Severi, GiorgioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stege,GiselaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
van den Haak-Janzen, J.R.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Veillon, AdrienTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willock, HarryCover artistsecondary 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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