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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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 And we Recommend...: The Midwich Cuckoos1 unread / 1zjakkelien, August 2011

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All the women are pregnant, they are delivered of healthy babies, and thegeneration are quite uniform in manners, and appearance. It is obviously a mass event, by extra-terrestrials. how do the parents, and society deal with this phenomemon. Read for a good time, in a restrained, British kind of way. I read an earlier edition, of course. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Feb 26, 2024 |
4.5/5 ( )
  EllieBhurrut | Jan 24, 2024 |
Story: 7 / 10
Characters: 6
Setting: 7
Prose: 7

The original "missing night" book, a very interesting concept. However there didn't seem to be a main character. Why bother introducing a narrator at all if they aren't going to play a big part. It caused a few minor troubles for the story. Nevertheless, certainly worth a read. ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
The premise is terrifically unsettling. But there's no other way of saying it: this book is far too English to be effective. Everyone keeps their cool throughout the whole ordeal and very rarely do they act ungentlemanly or lose their composure over the alien children. It's as though the plot of the book were just an inconvenience on the way to tea time.
It's funny how even within the book they mention that had this happened in America there would have been mass hysteria. As a proud American I have to say that mass hysteria would have been more interesting. And could we please get more of what the mothers feel about all this? God forbid we should get the perspective of the Children.
Instead it's chapter after chapter of a pompous protagonist hemming and hawing over how they really ought to blow up the Children with dynamite sometime, and could you please pass the cucumber sandwiches? ( )
  ethorwitz | Jan 3, 2024 |
Like a really good Twilight Zone episode but with a rather abrupt and somewhat unsatisfying ending. Like a time capsule of stiff upper lip britishness no matter how queer the situation. Elevated by Fry's narration. ( )
  A.Godhelm | Oct 20, 2023 |
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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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One of the luckiest accidents in my wife's life is that she happened to marry a man who was born on the 26th of September.
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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.

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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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