Invasion of the Body Snatchers
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The Body Snatchers - What a extraordinary reading experience. Much of the fascination in turning the pages derives from the reader knowing this is a novel of science fiction - watching as the men and women eventually discover the body snatchers are aliens from outer space, hardly a giveaway as even the movie and more recent publications of the book carry the title Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
The eerie atmosphere is established within the very first pages when the narrator, Dr. Miles Bennell, ...more
I expected pure pulp. I figured this was a toss-off, dime-store sci-fi novel that benefited from the success of two film versions. I haven't actually sat down and watched either the 1956 or '78 movies (though I have seen The World's End, the Wright/Pegg loose take on it), so the plot hadn't been fully spoiled and reading the book would provide some surprises and a bit of entertainment. I got that and more!
If Invas ...more
The reader is instantly thrust into the story as Becky Driscoll explains to Doctor Miles Bennell that her cousin Wilma’s uncle Ira has been acting strangely.
He appears to be himself, but it’s he’s characteristic traits are different...
Human emotions is very central to the story.
I love that the invasion had ...more
It’s just that.........WAIT.........back up, I have mispoken as the above is not exactly true. There was one point in the story where DoctorDanny Kauffman, amateur physicist and apparent moron, tells our narrator that the sunlight...SUNLIGHT...shining ...more
Ah, 1950s science fiction mixed with a touch of horror... you know what that means don't you? Cold war paranoia of course! For a genre that is now established as fairly progressive, 1950s science fiction was practically a source of propaganda for the cinemas. The "keep watching the stars" and the "observe your neighbors because they might be pod people" mentality... because of course the stars were Russia and the pod people were those commies. Every proper American knew it... right? Hell, the o ...more
I think everyone pretty much knows this story, and oh what a blast it was reading this sci-fi novel from the past. This super fast-paced work was so much better than I thought it would be and had a far different ending from the movie version I remember. If I was not already familiar wi...more
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Anyway this book was mildly entertaining but had a really awful boring female character (read: love interest) who almost never did anything except to cling to Our Hero's elbow and, like, make him ...more
Again, I really liked this. Finney painted the mood & feelings wonderfully without ever bogging down which is difficult to do. I was a little disappointed by the explanation of the lack of life on other planets. It not only dated it, but also didn't make much sense. The ending was great, better than the first few movies. It was wonderfully narrated & made me think a lot about conformity. Highly recom ...more
*Shivers* Just the thing for Halloween! For my month of spooky reading, it is nice to be able to include a sci-fi horror title among the supernatura ...more
There is some oddball science in here, but come on! It was written in the fifties, and still carr ...more
Well, this was an unexpected gem of a sci-fi horror novel that actually aged pretty damn well! How come nobody ever talks about this one? Creepy, thought-provoking, and well-paced, not to mention realistic and compelling characters (I particularly loved Becky). Clearly, I need to look further into this "SF Masterworks" series because it's been working out for me.
I have seen the original version of the movie and the 1977 version of the movie and let me tell you the book is actually scarier. This is a book about fear and apathy. The kind of fear where you are paralyzed with indecision, where you recognize your own insignificance in the world and where you recognize danger of some sort but are powerless to stop it.
Apathy is in the actions of the main character. He is among the first to hear that people ...more
― Jack Finney, Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Invasion of the Body Snatchers was one of the first "scary" films I can remember seeing in my youth. It's always been one of my favorites, from concept to story arc to not knowing 'who's good' or 'who's bad,' there's so much to enjoy here. As such, I'm surprised it's taken me this long to read the actual novel.
First off, the writing i ...more
The protagonist, Dr. Miles Bennell has his practice in Mill Valley, California. One evening, a person he knows well as quite rational, comes to him to tell that her uncle, who raised her up is not himself. Her belief in that is the only proof, for even she admits that he is perfectly th ...more
Sounds like our protagonist, who is also the first-person narrator in this story, is quite an exceptional person in his readiness to face reality at all costs, even if this means s ...more
4 Stars - Strongly Recommended for the campy fun of it
Released: originally published in 1955
The other night, I was standing in front of my bookshelves looking for a quick read to curl up with. Something seasonally appropriate that wouldn't mush my brain or try my patience too much. And that's when I saw the yellow and white spine of Invasion of the Body Snatchers staring out at me. To be honest, I'd forgotten that I even had this book. But suddenly, it ...more
This book tells of a kind of insidious horror that would leave us helpless, paranoid about our closest friends and family and questioning our own sanity. If someone you know looks the same, talks the same, remembers every ...more
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