The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth
Their tests produced a baby chick ...more
The tale is fairly straightforward. Two scientists, Mr Bensington and Professor Redwood, create a miracle chemical that they call (rather unpronounceably) Herakleophorbia IV. This chemical element accelerates physical growth and creates animals that are much bigger than normal.
Thinking that they are Advancing S ...more
First third is dominated by development of hypertrophying foods, their dissemination among animals, and the destruction of those animals. Lots of this early section is a creature thriller wherein people hunt down gargantuan rats that have terrorized the countryside, but I could be wrong, as I yawned my way through it.
--Wells’ novels are for teenage boys.
--They are hopelessly antiquated.
--Every title I know has come from a movie adaptation and I have actually never read any of his books.
--I was having difficulty reading a new novel (‘2030, The Real Story of What Happens in America’) and searched my Kindle for some free titles for a diversion. There, I found all the H.G. Wells novels in public domain. What the hell… no price is the right price.
--This book is good! No ...more
The introduction to the book actually apologizes for Wells' more "casual" tone to the story, and the lack of the "lyrical" style he brought to the War of the Worlds or the Time Machine. With those two things in mind, I dove it, with my nose held.
This book was #$%@ing fantastic. Couched in the realm of science fiction, Wells produced one of ...more
تحكي الرواية عن اكتشاف مادة جديدة مذهلة يمكنها تعديل نمو الكائن وجعله يتضخم ليصبح في حجم العمالقة,يتدخل الجشع فى موقف وسوء التصرف والإهمال في مواقف أخرى لنجد أن (طعام العمالقة) ذاك - عذراً فهذا أقرب تعريب للعنوان - قد تسرب إلى عدة حيوانات بجانب الحيوانات الأصلية التى تمت عليها التجربة,جرذان ودبابير ودجاج,لتتحول تلكم الحيوانات إلى كائنات هائلة الحجم تعيث فساداً وتثير الرعب في البلدة بأكملها,بل ووصل ...more
Storyline: Somewhere in England, Professor Redwood and Mr Bensington were two hard core scientists, who always believed in creating something new and useful to the mankind. After thorough research, they discover a formula, that created a substance, which when fed to animals or p ...more
Then there's the fact that there's no ending, which I hate... I can clearly see why this is one of his lesser known stories (thought it did get a movie in the mid 70s, so wiki says.)
I found the prose to be rather antiquated and I had to read some sentences carefully. As the foreword mentioned, it's unfortunate that the prose didn't age well.
The voices the reader used for the characters were especially obnoxious.
As far as the actual story, it was fairly enjoyable when the focus was on giant rats and wasps, but once it shifted to the giant children I found myself bored. There just wasn't much of an arc to the story. You'd think rising tensions and a possible war between giants and little people would be more interesting, but ...more
Unfortunately, "Food of the Gods" is a case of "even Homer nods". This rather silly plot, about a substance that makes anything that consumes it grow, might have worked as a short story, but massive vegetables and farm animals are not real ...more
Six out of ten.
Two scientists, Professor Redwood and Mr. Bensington, stuble upon an amazing discovery, that which they have dubbed Herakleophorbia, or the food of the gods. This substance has the properties to cause any living thing to grow continuously, but will this cause more harm than good?
But in the 2nd half, Wells shifts gears and emphasizes the conflict between the downtrodden / out-numbered human giants and the rest of humanity.
TFotG would have worked better if he had figured ou ...more
* the prose is excellent. It's crisp and humorous and generally elegant, even beautiful in places. It's a real pleasure to read.
* for me, the story was incomplete-feeling, more like an exegesis of thoughts/ramifications of the core concept than an arced story driven by the core concept. That said, I didn't mind at all. I really enjoyed the curling narratives it unrolled then kind of discarded.
* Wells invests time in his characters, and that made ...more
The book's a hundred years old and thus the plot is super foresightful (e.g. reminiscent of the current proliferation of GMOs) - unfortunately, though, I just don't like H. ...more
It is about a scientist who manages to separate a growth promoting organic substance and prepare in large quantities. From the date of first trial on chickens things get out of hand for him eventually leading to the creation of a new species of human beings - the giants. Then it is between the pygmies and the ...more
The plot is also sloppily constructed. There are some entertaining character sketches, but the story does not flow well a ...more