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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 196 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1898)
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Mackie H.G Wells is trying to make a point about British Imperialism through his book. His goal is to show people how England's colonies might feel by…more H.G Wells is trying to make a point about British Imperialism through his book. His goal is to show people how England's colonies might feel by having the peaceful English countryside razed and innocent people slaughtered and the peoples inability to fight back against an immense foreign power. The normality the Narrator feels with all of the violence holds a parallel to the violence used in colonies to keep the people under control, and how it became a common occurrence. (less)
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Joeji
Jun 26, 2007 Joeji rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: artillerymen
I acknowledge that I am one of the few people who actually enjoyed the recent "War of the Worlds" movie. The reason for this has to do more with the original book than Tom Cruise or Steven Speilburg's tendency to wittle everything, including alien attacks, down to simple family problems. In a lot of ways, "War of the Worlds" (2006) was a close to dead-on adaptation of the original Victorian novel.

Just a few words on why you should like, or if you don't like, respect "War of the Worlds" as a mov
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Denisse
Aug 12, 2015 Denisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Denisse by: My brain, tired of Young Adult Bullshit XD
Shelves: best-adult-books
Read for the 2015 Reading Challenge: #41 A book by an author you've never read before stupidly haven't read before I should say And for my 2015 Reading Resolutions: 5 classics (5/5) :’D completed!!

Excellent. Not just very interesting for all the technology and science it has, but outstanding in describing human behavior and criticizing Victorian society. Very thrilling at parts, philosophically emotional at others and well written. Highly recommended for any sci-fi fan. The ending might be a
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Apatt


“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 and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.”

A beautiful opening to the book but I must say the Martians did a very poor
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Becky
Oct 02, 2008 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
As I was reading this, two thoughts struck me.

The first was that this book was less about Martians than it was about how humanity views itself as the "Kings of the Earth". Mankind has always had this annoying tendency to think that whatever serves us is good and right, despite whatever injury is done to the Earth and any other living creature on it in obtaining whatever it is that we want. The Martian invasion served only to open our eyes to this blindness and willful ignorance.

I appreciated s
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Jean
Was H.G. Wells schizophrenic? I'm just wondering because his novels fall into 2 distinct groups. There are the gently humorous novels such as "Kipps" or "The History of Mr Polly" - and then there are his SF novels, of which The War of the Worlds is surely the most famous.

His prescience is startling. Not only was he writing in the pre-atomic age, but it is as well to remember that this book was written over a century ago (1898) which is even before powered flight (though only just!) I now want to
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Phrynne
Nov 24, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was amazed that I had never read this before! Of course it is exceedingly dated; that's what happens when you are over 100 years old! But the man had some amazing ideas about the future and this is epitomised by the way this book ends. For today's reader it is an obvious resolution but back in Wells' day, not so much! The story is short but wordy with story advancement delayed by the main character philosophising frequently and at length. However I enjoyed it greatly and can understand why it ...more
Benjamin Duffy
I somewhat lazily and arbitrarily clicked this book onto my "science fiction" Goodreads shelf, but it isn't, not really. Sure, the monsters happened to come from Mars, but that isn't essential to the plot. They could just as easily have come from deep under the ground, from the bottom of the ocean, or from Mordor. All the story requires is that they be from Somewhere Else, and Mars fills that bill perfectly well.

So, leaving aside the creatures' extraterrestrial origins, War of the Worlds succeed
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Joe Valdez
The next stop in my end-of-the-world reading marathon was The War of the Worlds, the classic of alien invasion and interplanetary paranoia by H.G. Wells. Published in serial format by Pearson's Magazine from April 1897 to December of that year, the story originated after the author's relocation to the town of Woking in Surrey County. It was here that Wells also wrote his comic novel The Wheels of Chance, as well as The Invisible Man, which has now been replaced as my favorite Wells invention wit ...more
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds...

Wells wrote this in 1898, at the turn of the century. My Grandfather was less than a year old. The world found it'self i the middle of the industrial revolution where steam power had taken over the world, and mankind suffered from an Ego that had led them to believe that they were invincible. It was a dangerous illusion. Within the next twenty years, Nature will wallop man in ways that man had never believed possible. In 1906 an earthquake will flatten Charleston
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Owlseyes
Jun 14, 2016 Owlseyes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, paranoid



A few days ago I have read this juicy article on a Portuguese magazine (Visão): 5th September...still missing 3290 days for a visit to Mars.

The article speaks about NASA's visit by 2030. Yet, a Dutch company* is preparing to anticipate NASA in a decade. A no-return voyage,vegetarians by force...and a water factory are some of the ideas approached.

To my knowledge, though thousands worldwide had already applied, there are 8 Portuguese people ready to embark; but only 4 of them disclosed their
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Connie
"The War of the Worlds" is an exciting first-person narration of a man who witnessed the Martians invading the Earth. Cylinders containing the Martians were shot from Mars and landed in England. The British army was defenseless against the Martian Tripods, three-legged fighting machines fitted out with a Heat-Ray and chemical "Black Smoke". The book was written in 1898, prior to World War I, but the Martian weapons were similar to lasers and chemical warfare. Wells uses the ideas of Darwin to de ...more
Ron
Dec 22, 2015 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the Classics & Sci-Fi.
More and more I have become interested in reading the predecessor classic novels like The War of the Worlds. Shamefully, this was actually my first H.G. Wells books, and although I have seen the movies, there is nothing like reading the book itself. After researching, I realized that Wells book is not the first science fiction novel, but I’ve noticed hints of its influence within the pages of other novels I’d read (from Kim Stanley Robinson to Stephen King).

It is also relevant to horror and fear
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Eva
Oct 28, 2015 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read this magnificent book which was first published in 1898 (!) I cannot but feel sadness for the fact that we no longer have people whose imagination stretches that far. Who have we produced in mankind in the last couple of decades with such an advanced scientific as well as philosophical mind I wonder. H. G. Wells was ahead of his time yes, but not only in terms of technology but also in terms of human behavior. All these blockbuster movies that come out every year containing the destr ...more
Cris
May 05, 2016 Cris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este libro se ha ganado el merecido reconocimiento de ser uno de los clásicos de la literatura de ciencia ficción. Sin duda, lo más sorprendente es el ejercicio visionario de Wells en numerosos aspectos. El más destacable es la tecnología y armamento marcianos de los que nos habla, cuyas características principales se vieron reflejadas en avances muy posteriores. Es muy fácil perder de vista durante la lectura que este libro vio la luz en 1898.

La compresión paulatina por parte del narrador y de
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Kennis
Jan 24, 2009 Kennis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
First of all, I wish I never saw any of the movies before reading it because I couldn't get the imagery from them out of my head as I read. It was super annoying. Fucking Tom Cruise. In any case, I gotta say that I really didn't care for it. The radio show was probably much more captivating than the book. The way it was told, in third person and everything having taken place in the past, was just not working for me. The story was intriguing enough to keep me going, but boy did I feel like not fi ...more
Ben Babcock
It's easy to be a jaded reader of science fiction, especially if you grew up with the conveniences of Star Trek, Star Wars, and the reality of spaceflight. So it's important to remember that writers like H.G. Wells never got to see the famous Blue Marble photograph of Earth; they never got to see what our planet looks like from space—something most of us take for granted in this era. This awareness, our conception of the Earth as a big blue marble, has become so pervasive as to make descriptions ...more
Maria
Mar 27, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been on a sci-fi kick lately, and this classic had to make the list. I couldn't put this book down. I was engrossed from beginning until the final page; I read this in less than 24 hours! From my understanding, this is the one of the first books written related to an invasion on Earth by aliens. I found myself in awe that this was written in the late 1890's. The ideas were very advanced and unique.

Perhaps what I thought was the book's strongest aspect was how it mixed philosophy and psycho
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Willa
Nov 02, 2007 Willa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is brilliant! To think that Wells wrote it before anyone else had imagined visitors from other planets coming to Earth is simply incredible... The influence on the genre continues to this day... Well-deservedly, I might add...

But not only is this book a great example of science fiction, it's also a commentary on social practices... Wells points every so often to the feelings of the humans and compares them to the feelings of 'lower' animals who must contend every day with the effects h
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David
Oct 27, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: John Carter, Podkayne, Orson Welles, Tom Cruise
It's pretty much impossible not to know the plot of this hundred-year-old sci-fi classic, the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories, the inspiration for all Mars fiction ever since, even stories without Martians. The ravaging of London, the iconic tripods, the inhuman, ululating Martians, probably everyone is familiar with Wells' story even if only a fraction have actually read the book.

I'm guilty of not reading the original until now, though I've read and watched countless adaptations and tr
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DramaQueen
I am actually not quite sure what to think of this book. I don't really know what I expected, but I think I expected something different than what I got. Can I be anymore vague? Probably not. So let's just get into the details.

"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 and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised a
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Stephen
3.0 stars. A must read for Science Fiction fans. Didn't love it as much as I thought I would as I found it a bit dated. Stil, this was well written and was certainly ground-breaking in its time. Definitely worth a read.
Paul
Jan 22, 2016 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Martians are coming!

THE MARTIANS ARE COMING!!!

A-hem... Second on my list of all-time favourite classics to re-read this year is H.G. Wells' phenomenal 'The War Of The Worlds'. Contrary to popular belief, this book is not the first book about an alien invasion, but it is the first book about alien invasion that anybody but the most knowledgeable science fiction geeks will have heard of.

The plot is simple: Mars attacks Earth, us inferior humans can't do anything about it and (view spoiler)
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Raoofa Ibrahim
Apr 06, 2016 Raoofa Ibrahim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fic, dead-authors
actual rating:4.5*
I love sci-fic a lot..but I saw people mentioning H.G.Wells as the godfather for it so as a fan of this category I decided to read his novels.
OKAY! have you asked your self about life on other planets? have you ever imagined the citizens of it as clever as us or more?
the story will begin with a falling star:
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but is it a falling star?! the answer is definitely NO
those are the Martians coming to earth, to live in it. They'll find some difficulties because of the different gravito
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Mimi
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Linda
The novel was first published in book form in 1898, and is one of the first books containing a meeting with extra terrestrials. Wells was before his time with his reasoning science tone throughout the book. He has thought of everything, nothing is ignored. His knowledge about science is fascinating.

A shooting star turns out to be something totally different and the beginning of a war the human race could never have imagined, let alone anticipated. When a cylinder crasch into the earth, it doesn'
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Jan-Maat
While it may seen inhumane to all the stockbrokers and their dependants, there is some vicarious pleasure to be had in the destruction of Surrey commuter towns by the Martians. The fear, confusion and rapid break down of late Victorian life following on from the initial attack is striking.

The War of the Worlds is one of those science-fiction books that are full of contemporary fears - it is a pre World War One invasion fantasy like The Riddle of the Sands but with the German army transformed in
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Jonathan
It has arisen to my attention that this interesting work of fiction demands from me its own review. In fact I don't believe I have attended to many of Mr Wells' works as of this stage of my existence. This shall have to be amended once I have taken over the world holidays...

I appreciate H.G.Wells' work immensely but for some odd reason I like this less than I like The Invisible Man. Perhaps it is the psychological horror prevalent in his other noted novel - the idea of a man being alienated and
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Shaun
Jan 27, 2013 Shaun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
As a piece of literary history, The War of the Worlds is a five star book. As a contemporary read, it is less impressive.

I also recently finished reading The Invisible Man and in each book, the writing, while sensual and descriptive, lacked something. In both cases, I felt minimally invested in the main character. Some of this is perhaps stylistic and the result of when these books were written.

That said, Wells' imagination is amazing. His vision of the Martians as a possible evolution of the hu
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Stuart
The War of the Worlds: Martians come to England and they’re not here for tea
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
This classic alien invasion story from 1897 hardly needs any introduction. We all know the image of Martians descending from space, moving on giant metal tripods and using deadly heat rays to ruthlessly destroy everything in their wake. Most infamous was the 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast that had average Americans convinced they were being invaded by Martians. Then George Pal ha
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Sarah Samir
Apr 03, 2016 Sarah Samir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
من روائع هـ. ج. ويلز
مختلفه عن الفيلم كتير تفاصيل كتير جدااااااااااا احداث في منتهي الروعه

عبقريييييييه الروايه دي وكعادة الكاتب ديما يبهرني بطريقة تفكيره التقدميه واللي سابقه الفتره الزمنيه اللى كان فيها بمسافات طويله
عنده دايما خلفيه علميه عن كل موضوع بيكتب عنه زي رواية آلة الزمن اللى قرأتها ليه من فتره طويله وكانت اول كتاب اقرأه لويلز

وصف دقيق لشكل الآلات الخاصه بالمريخيين لدرجة اني بقيت مش قادره اتخيل المنظر دا والتفاصيل دي كلها في الفتره اللى هو فيها سنة 1898
الروايه مكونه من كتابين او جزئين
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In 1866, (Herbert George) H.G. Wells was born to a working class family in Kent, England. Young Wells received a spotty education, interrupted by several illnesses and family difficulties, and became a draper's apprentice as a teenager. The headmaster of Midhurst Grammar School, where he had spent a year, arranged for him to return as an "usher," or student teacher. Wells earned a government schol ...more
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“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 and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.” 110 likes
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