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The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
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Dec 21, 2010

really liked it

This is a clever and surprisingly well-written little book- the source material for Village of the Damned, which is a terrible movie, and thus the surprise that the book is so good. More sci-fi than horror, the book benefits from some interesting characters but it's the portrait of post-war English provincial society itself that is so very effective, as Wyndham's ultimate plot twist hinges on "the right sort of people" being just that- but in this instance, confronted with a situation beyond their immediate comprehension and ultimately requiring them to act out of character in a way that is horrific for them and the reader alike- and yet totally justified. Though the lack of overt chills and violence might bore some, if you're an anglophile or a brainy sci-fi fan this is a really good summer read, entertaining and stimulating, blackly comical and wickedly subversive beneath its placid prose.

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