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The description of this story is really, really bad, which is such a pity, since the story is pretty enjoyable. It's War of the Worlds, as told by Jack London, the Alaskan wilderness writer. While the Martians died off from more moderate climates, in the frozen North, they found not only temperatures more in line with their own planet, but also a lower incidence of pathogenic spread, due to the cold. With humanity spread so thin, the Martians become a major threat in the North, leading to the is ...more
Interesting tale of what Alaska circa HG Wells' 'War of the Worlds' would be like through the eyes of Jack London. I think Mr. Farland did an excellent job of capturing the feel of Jack London. Although, there were aspects in this vision that I didn't remember from the original novel. (I thought they only did the blood drinking thing in that horrible Tom Cruise version of the movie... I'll have to go back and re-read Wells' story to be sure.) Still, a pretty good and fairly quick read.
Farland does a great job not only capturing the feel of the era of The War of the Worlds but writes from the perspective of author Jack London who is trapped in the wastes of Alaska as the Martians take over. It was an engrossing story and I may read it again sometime because he does such a good job at painting his scenes.
Good mix of War of the Worlds with a classic writer in that same period. Sadly, although the story was very well written and interesting, I don't care for some of Jack London's stories, and this one includes a reason why...prominently, as the main part / focus of the story.
David Farland is the author of the bestselling Runelords series, including Chaosbound, The Wyrmling Horde and Worldbinder. He also writes science-fiction as David Wolverton. He won the 1987 Writers of the Future contest, and has been nominated for a Nebula Award and a Hugo Award. Farland also works as a video game designer, and has taught writing seminars around the U.S. and Canada. He lives in Sa ...moreMore about David Farland...