Invasion of the Body Snatchers
When the local doctor in the sleepy town of Mill Valley in northern California hears a patient's strange complaint that her uncle isn't really her uncle anymore, it's just the start of a descent into a horrific nightmare. As the number of similar stories begins to multiply, Dr Miles Bennell discovers that aliens are silently tak ...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
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 on ...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
I've read this before, but it's been decade ...more
There is some oddball science in here, but come on! It was written in the fifties, and still carr ...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
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
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a classic "B" movie, and this book is a classic "B" novel. I was not blown away by it, but it's a decent page-turner. Also, it gets extra credit for creating many of the tropes that are now old hat in sci-fi.
Set in Mill Valley, California, the protagonist is a psychologist, recently divorced, who sees several patients in suc ...more
The story is simply and tensely told from the point of view of a local doctor in a small town in Northern California. There is a mo ...more
The editor in me notes that the characters could have done things differently in order to alert the general public but thes ...more
What a fast, gripping read! The creepiness and suspense starts right up in the beginning and builds and builds until we can finally exhale at the conclusion. Great sci fi, with an interesting imagining of alien invasion. (Don't fall asleep!)
The social commentary in the book is not overbearing. But this quote really made m ...more
Honestly, I don't know if any of those ...more
I was concerned that the book was going to feel dated, with it being written in 1955. It's not. This guy was well ahead of his time! Reading this felt the same as reading something written now a days.
Really good read. I know Finney hasn't written much more than this but I will be taking a look at his other stuff.
Even though this book was dated in parts, it was still creepy and suspenseful. It made walking the dog a lot more interesting.
The story starts off with the doctor of a stereotypical (by today's standards) ‘small town America’. Doctor Miles Bennell gets a patient called Becky Driscoll, who is a former childhood sweetheart, who proceeds to tell him about her cousin Wilma’s belief that her uncle Ira is not actually uncle Ira; he’s some kind of imposter or something equall ...more
But... It's cheesy. And the science is lame.
When it started out with a doctor main character, I had hopes that he would heroically try to understand the alien infestation. However, he didn't so much as dissect a dead body. The sum total of his examination was to LOOK at one body - without touching it, no less, not even to turn it over! What's the point of him being a doctor then? It's such a wa ...more