The War of the Worlds
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.
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.