Sunday, January 19, 2020

212. The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds
H.G. Wells
1898
Around 250 pages









I didn't have much to say about the last Wells novel on the List. Obviously the premises are ridiculous, but they are a lot of fun so who cares. It will be awhile before we get another Wells novel on the List and I will miss these somewhat silly interruptions.

Earth is being invaded by Martians. For a full summary, see the published works of Mr. Tom Cruise and Ms. Dakota Fanning.

So once again a fun premise, with somewhat clumsy execution. I never feel like Wells does romance very well.  The women are always just inaccessible things in the background written to give the main male character some sort of purpose. I think Wells even forgot about the female character halfway through this one, that's how insignificant she was.

For the most part, he is a sound storyteller and is good at tapping into the little boy in all of us, if I can say that without being creepy.

RATING: ***-

Interesting Facts:

Adapted in a 1938 radio broadcast by Orson Welles, although the accounts of people panicking and taking it seriously were greatly exaggerated.

Part of the invasion genre, which was popular at the time. I wonder why...

UP NEXT: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Actually enjoyed this Henry James, which is a refreshing change of pace.


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