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The War of the Worlds

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  • Sales Rank:585,116
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Pages:214
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.7
  • Dimensions (in):0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9
  • Publication Date:November 22, 2011
  • ISBN:1619490277
  • EAN:9781619490277
  • ASIN:1619490277
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Synopsis
H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds is one of science fiction literature’s most enduring classics. As one of the earliest examples of an alien invasion narrative, this 19th century tale of London’s violent takeover by an alien race has significantly influenced science fiction literature as well as television and cinema for generations. Wells is extremely adept at exposing the virtues and vices of humanity against a backdrop of crisis, and this talent lends substance to this dramatic adventure story.
Amazon.com Review
This is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories, first published by H.G. Wells in 1898. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator tells readers that "No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's..."

Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100-feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England's military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror his narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance, and how it's clear that man is not being conquered so much a corralled. --Craig E. Engler


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