The War of the Worlds

Paperback, 192 pages

English language

Published March 12, 2002 by Modern Library.

ISBN:
978-0-375-75923-9
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4 stars (159 reviews)

When an army of invading Martians lands in England, panic and terror seize the population. As the aliens traverse the country in huge three-legged machines, incinerating all in their path with a heat ray and spreading noxious toxic gases, the people of the Earth must come to terms with the prospect of the end of human civilization and the beginning of Martian rule.

Inspiring films, radio dramas, comic-book adaptations, television series and sequels,The War of the Worlds is a prototypical work of science fiction which has influenced every alien story that has come since, and is unsurpassed in its ability to thrill, well over a century since it was first published.

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reviewed La guerra de los mundos by H. G. Wells

Egia esan nahiko epel utzi nau

4 stars

Gustatu zait erakusten duen irudimenagatik, pentsa 1898an idatzita dagoela, eta bereziki gustatu zait protagonistaren sakontasuna edo anaiaren pertsonaia Londresen gertatutakoa garatzeko. Baina heldu da momentu bat, non bukatu nahi nuen. Espekulazio biologikoaren inguruko zatiak nahiko astunak egin zaizkit (dagoeneko aipatuta eta azalduta zeuden gauzak behin eta berriz ekarriz). Bukaera ere ez da nire gustukoa izan, beste gauza bat espero nuen...

Review of 'The War Of The Worlds' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

J’avais essayé de lire ce classique de H.G. Wells il y a quelques années et je n’avais pas réussi à aller au bout. Je viens de terminer ma seconde tentative, avec succès cette fois. Si je comprends ce qui a pu me rebuter à l’époque, j’ai plus de mal à comprendre comment j’avais pu passer à côté des grandes qualités de ce roman. Certes, le rythme est un peu lent, mais le récit est tout de même captivant et offre une réflexion sur la question de l’impérialisme, qu’il soit strictement britannique ou plus généralement occidental.

Pour mémoire et comparaison, je laisse ci-dessous ma critique lors de ma première lecture inachevée :

Je n'aime pas ne pas terminer un livre que j'ai commencé. C'est comme un double échec, échouer dans le choix du livre et échouer dans la tentative de le lire malgré un début difficile. "La Guerre des mondes" est …

Review of 'The War of the Worlds' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This is generally considered the very first work of science fiction. It was written before the Wright Brothers ever flew an airplane - at the time of writing, hot air balloons were the only way to get airborne. Yet, the author not only writes about life on Mars travelling to Earth on rocket ships, but also that the Martians had the ability to build giant mechanical robots and aircraft. It's an absolutely amazing work of future prediction when you think about when it was written - and still an entertaining read today.

Although the famous Orson Welles radio production relocated the story to the United States, the original story takes place just outside London, England. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the origins of science fiction and speculative literature.

Review of 'The War of the Worlds' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

As a fan of modern science fiction and fantasy, I wouldn't choose to read The War of the Worlds for pleasure. 19th century British prose is long-winded, and the narration is very introverted. Most of the story is just the character detailing the events that happened to him and his reactions to them. Very little of the action was in scene, and the conversational manner made the story feel almost latent. But, this story's effect on Science fiction cannot be ignored, and though the telling is a but dry, the actual story is good.

Review of 'La guerre des mondes' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Écrit en 1898, le livre raconte l’arrivée incongrue de martiens près de Londres, la panique de la population, et tout ce que cela implique : angoisse, inconnu, menace, mort…
Impressionnant de se dire que bien avant que la science commence à évoquer la vie ailleurs, que la littérature commence à imaginer la possibilité de voir des martiens, un auteur a raconté une invasion !
Absolument innovant si on pense au contexte et à l’époque, et le livre est d’autant plus angoissant que les moyens de communication et les connaissances d’alors sont bien maigres par rapport à aujourd’hui.

En plus, ça ressemble tellement à certains de mes vieux rêves récurrents que c’est un bonheur ! lol

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