The Midwich Cuckoos is a 1950 sci-fi novel with an interesting premise: In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears anThe Midwich Cuckoos is a 1950 sci-fi novel with an interesting premise: In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone wakens unharmed—except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant.
The novel is a study of human behaviour when confronted to an extraterrestrial force that is superior in every conceivable way
That being said, the story will revolve around more on the human side than the Alien’s side
Although there are many novel ideas presented in the book that are much more advanced than its time, the story still feels inevitably old and torpid
Probably because it is British in style and kind of remind you to Dickens
It is also more humorous than serious. British kind of humour
Which makes it feels like a dated version of Mars Attack
Based on the premise the story can go deliciously surreal, only it isn’t. We are dealing with realist here
Although the whole story seems only like the tip of an iceberg, it is cut short by an inadequate ending
The novel is adapted into a movie Village of the Damned (I have not watched it)...more
I got this book from a garbage dump kind of sale in a mall for less than half a dollar. Judging from the cover, the price, and where I have found it II got this book from a garbage dump kind of sale in a mall for less than half a dollar. Judging from the cover, the price, and where I have found it I made no serious fuss about this book. I don’t even know why I picked it in the first place! Never mind that because the book exceeded every expectation and turned out to be an exciting journey.
To be clear from the very first: this book is no literary masterpiece. Rather, this is a YA book. YA books don’t have to be bad. Some of them can indeed be good! (think of The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket); compared to that series however, this book is lacking of illustration of any sort.
The premise bears striking resemblance to Sherlock Holmes stories. Only this book features Zenta and Matsuzo instead of Sherlock and Watson. There are other books available in the series (called ‘A Zenta and Matsuzo Mystery’ series) which are hard to find. In this story, Zenta, a masterless ronin, with his companion and protege, Matsuzo, made a journey to the White Serpent Castle to look for a job. Inside the castle they are confronted with dozens of hostile samurais and they find out that the Lord of the Castle is dead and the situation is in chaos. And there is another thing: the castle is haunted by the White Serpent Ghost—a monstrous white creature said to emerge whenever a crisis threaten the castle. On top of that there are also sword fights, murder, and swarms of mini twists.
You might like this book if you take this book easily. No need to be over-analytic about this. A pleasant entertainment is all. The setting is great: the whole thing happened in a majestic Japanese castle, and because of the nature of the story, I can imagine they make this into a decent movie with proper martial arts choreography and luxurious background settings… because if there is anything lacking from this book, it would be the poor verb usage on fighting scenes. Not bad for a trash sale! ...more
Lost is a tragedy novel. It tells a story about a family suffering from the loss of their firstborn son, Arnold, due to the World War II. The tragic fLost is a tragedy novel. It tells a story about a family suffering from the loss of their firstborn son, Arnold, due to the World War II. The tragic fact veers to entirely comic when the family was told that their son might be still alive after all—with a twist. Before seeing him they must endure endless ridiculous and horrific tests to find proof that he is truly part of the family.
Told in the first person narrative of the lost son’s little brother we are forced to acknowledge his immature and tender feelings regarding the whole situations. Viewed in this light, the matter almost feels very trivial, since the little brother doesn’t know (or care) anything about Arnold because he was born much later after the incident. All he cared about is, if the lost boy is indeed Arnold, would he have to share his bed, his food, his toys? It is of course the complete opposite from the extreme anguish that his parents have to endure every day.
Interestingly, the book contains no paragraph or space break—every page is literally filled with sentences. Back to back. It doesn’t allow the reader to glance away or take toilet break. Obviously it is meant to be read in a single sitting.
I have to say that 80% of things that happened in the book are just completely ridiculous (although possible). Depending on the imagination of the readers the whole fiasco can look like complete comedy. Also, although written in the setting of post-war Germany, this book makes no mention of NAZI or any of its impact on the world around its characters. This book solely intends to narrate the sufferings endured by ordinary Germans because of the war. In my opinion, the writer wrote the tragedy as comic because the tragedy of losing a child (who ended up still alive after all) pales in comparison to the Auschwitz tragedy. In this book a German tried to “joke” about the nation’s predicament, although in effect the joke might have earned some sympathy from the readers, because in the end not everyone in Germany is NAZI and a tragedy no matter how comic is still a tragedy....more