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The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells Mini Book Review. #BookReview #BookBlogger #BookBloggers #TheWaroftheWorlds

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  • The War of the Worlds.
  • H. G. Wells.
  • 208 pages.
  • Science Fiction.
  • My Rating: It’s OK Book Review.

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Book Blurb.

‘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…’

So begins H. G. Wells’ classic novel in which Martian lifeforms take over planet Earth. As the Martians emerge, they construct giant killing machines – armed with heatrays – that are impervious to attack. Advancing upon London they destroy everything in their path. Everything, except the few humans they collect in metal traps.

Victorian England is a place in which the steam engine is state-of-the-art technology and powered flight is just a dream. Mankind is helpless against the killing machines from Mars, and soon the survivors are left living in a new stone age.


Book Review.

With BBC showing a new adaptation of The War of the Worlds (which I am finding disappointing) I thought that I would read the original book. Released over 120 years ago The War of the Worlds is an alien invasion story where Martians come to Earth. Bar a couple of chapters it is almost entirely told from the perspective of a single unnamed individual. As such, it is an account about one man’s struggle for survival in the face of the Martian invasion and the events that he witnesses as he traverses the ruined London landscape.

The characterisation is lacking, the narrator and most of the various characters that he meets throughout the story are not even given names. But, the thought that mankind might not be the dominant species in the universe is, was and always will be scary. Whilst the characterisation falls by the wayside there is drama and the tension are both present throughout the narrative with Wells doing a decent job of showcasing a terrifying look at how powerless humanity would be if an alien invasion occurred.

Wells writing is descriptive but archaic and can often read as quite stilted and wooden. However, that is an issue found with most if not all classic books, they have aged, they are dry like cracked parchment and it is simply, a sign of the times and how the English language and writing have changed. Regardless, yes,  the writing has dated but the story itself is timeless and The War of the Words is an enjoyable old-fashioned book and a classic of the SFF genre.


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23 thoughts on “The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells Mini Book Review. #BookReview #BookBlogger #BookBloggers #TheWaroftheWorlds

  1. I like your review. THe points you mention are fair. I loved this book precisely because of the ‘human are not all that great’ theme :-p. ALso, I listened to the audiobook which always makes classic books more enjoyable to me somehow. Have you heard of the musical and the radioshow?

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  2. I read this a few years ago. I liked the story, though it is rather grim for my tastes. Every version of this book I have seen or heard is terribly grim. I wrote my own ‘War of the Worlds’ adventure and made it slightly happier.

    Happy trails!.

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  3. I’ve been tempted by the audio book but keep refusing.

    I have read a few classics that aged well. 20,000 leagues is enjoyable and the loose sequel to it ‘The Mysterious Island’ is one of my favourite books.

    Something tells me I’ll keep avoiding War of the Worlds. Not a fan of the lack of characterisation.

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    1. I might have to check them out. I really enjoyed Dracula and The Heart of Darkness but this just felt really dry whilst reading.

      Yeah, no characterisation sucks, unnamed and for a good reason, just a blank slate really to witness the invasion and for the reader to follow.

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  4. Interesting points – all the adaptations of the book have added characters to make the story more compelling from a human perspective, as the book is quite a journalistic style. I think the new BBC series is pretty bad – the 2005 film is a lot better.

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  5. Haven’t read this- but I want to. I agree Wells’s writing (and many other classics) feel dated. Still I try to read a couple a year.

    The BBC series sounds fun! I wish you were liking it better though.

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  6. I was disappointed by the newest tv series as well, and never watched beyond the first episode.
    This is still a powerful story – as you said, humanity’s complacency in the conviction of its own superiority does need a reminder, now and then – even though the language shows its age…
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  7. I read the book back in highschool and at some point watched the tv show. That was trippy! I actually enjoyed the Tom Cruise movie version even while kind of rolling my eyes. I didn’t realize the BBC had done another tv show so I might have to check it out.

    I had to laugh at your reaction to the lack of characterization. It is so interesting how cultural tastes change and what people want and expect in their books changes as well. Today War of the Worlds would be a 5 book series with each book being 500-600 pages long and about 15 different viewpoints 😀

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    1. I enjoyed the Cruise movie and get the eye rolling too. 😂

      If you do check the BBC series out then I hope you enjoy it far more than I did. I was really disappointed with it and it wasn’t just me, most reviews have been unfavorable.

      Lol!😂 That is very true!

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