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The Midwich Cuckoos (original 1957; edition 1979)

by John Wyndham

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Title:The Midwich Cuckoos
Authors:John Wyndham
Info:Penguin Books (1979), Paperback
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The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham (1957)

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    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.
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    More than human by Theodore Sturgeon (Michael.Rimmer)
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    The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (timspalding)
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I'm only halfway through the book so far but I felt the need to make notes on why I am so impressed so far. It's the book "The Village of The Damned" was based on. I haven't seen the movie in years but I remember it being a creepy horror movie that wasn't anything too special. The book however is far more than that. The author uses this idea for the book as a way to delve into the human psych. Questioning nature versus nurture and many other philosophical ideas that could be attached to this storyline. This is no quick read horror/sci-fi book even though it's only a few hundred pages. I find myself having to go back and read certain parts again to fully understand what the author is trying to get at. However, some could read this book without a pause and find it entertaining enough without digesting the underlying questions but then it would be just another King or Koonz book. People looking for a book with some depth and a creepy plot line will really like this book. If I have anything to add after finishing the book... I'll come back to add more. Ok, finished and my review still stands. ( )
  yougotamber | Aug 22, 2014 |
It's easy to forget how good this novel is, but a quick re-read makes clear the amount of terror at the idea of this sort of slow "invasion" that was present in the Cold War West. There are some instances of sexism that are glaringly obvious to a contemporary reader, but Wyndham's use of language and slow-building terror make this a still-compelling example of the genre. ( )
  KelMunger | May 28, 2014 |
Spends too long getting there, but then finally there's Wyndham's political and sociological allegory, the real meat of this. He gets more nuanced and interesting in Day of the Triffids; this one has the harsher edge of sheer Cold War paranoia. ( )
  CSRodgers | May 5, 2014 |
John Wyndham's second most famous story is perhaps the eeriest. A small village in England unexplainably fall unconscious for a whole day and when they wake up all the women are pregnant. The children when born all look the same and start to exhibit dangerous and strange behaviour.
Possibly one of the scariest alien invasion stories ever written the Midwich Cuckoos creeps up on us as we like the inhabitants of Midwich don't take the threat seriously until it is too late. Here is a story in which humanity is all but powerless in the face of an unknown threat. All you can do is hope it all ends well. ( )
  ecumenicalcouncil | Jan 5, 2014 |
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Ellis, DeanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
F. Nagy, PiroskaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fruttero, CarloForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Leger, PatrickCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lempiäinen, VesaCover 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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140014403, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:59:04 -0400)

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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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