The Massacre of Mankind
It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The Army is prepared.
So when the signs of launches on Mars are...more
I felt trepidation before beginning this because I kept seeing unfavorable reviews, but fortunately, I thought it was pretty awesome after finishing. I might have a bit of an issue with the end, and I think that's where most people are complaining, but it wasn't as bad as all that.
I remembered that the original The War of the Worlds was written as an account, a narrative, and as such, there's generally no good wrap-ups unless forced... and that's true for reality ...more
That said I really enjoyed it. I specifically re-read WotW in preparation for this and was glad I did, as Stephen Baxter has tied this sequel into the original superbly.
My view of the book is that it is a little too long, that said it is not too long in every part of the book. For the first 150 pages it moved along very swiftly , then for the next 100 pages I felt it was a bit too drawn out, before the last 200 ...more
The Massacre of Mankind is a book that wears several hats and for the most part wears them all well, serving as a sequel to H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds while also paying loving tribute to it. Taking place in 1920, approximately 14 years after the events in the original classic, the story continues through the eyes of Julie Elphinstone who now begins her own account of a second invasion. Yep, that’s right, the Martian ...more
It's 1920, thirteen years since the first Martian attack ended in their defeat. Now astronomers have noticed ominous signs on the Red Planet – they're coming back to try again! But this time England has been expecting them, and has made every effort to prepare...
It's been a long time since I read The War of the Worlds, but I remember loving it - the descriptions of the Martian ships, the heat ray, the terror of the people, the rather quirky ending. So when I saw this sequel ...more
Stephen Baxter's sequel plays homage to H.G. Wells's classic returning the reader to early 20th technology ...more
In this, we have my most anticipated book of 2017, an authorized sequel to a foundation work of science fiction and one that I'd been waiting impatiently for since it was first announced. Within minutes of the ebook file being loaded onto my Kindle I was into it with great gusto, but after a few chapters my level of enthusiasm had plummeted dramatically. I will say from the get-go that this book seems ver ...more
Let me start off with what I did like about t ...more
I'm sure others will love it though.
The audiobook brought this to life, and changed it from a tedious slog into an exciting and fast paced yarn (it probably helps that I listen at double speed when consuming audiobooks!)
To prepare myself for this book, I re-read the original story by H.G. Wells. And I would suggest this to anyone reading Baxter's story. It will introduce you to everyone who is a major figure in the sequel.
What sucked me in the most was Baxter's use of alternative History. He made his earth a very Wellesian place.
Try and find this one when it has its mass release.
So wird das Buch auf dem Cover beworben und tatsächlich steht der Menschheit, 14 Jahre nach dem 1. Krieg, eine weitere Invasion der Marsianer bevor. Die Protagonistin Julie ist die Ex-Schwägerin des Ich-Erzählers aus „Krieg der Welten“ und fungiert hier als Chronistin der 2. Invasion, die ganz anders verläuft als gedacht, denn die Marsianer haben aus ihrer Niederlage gelernt und das Ausmaß ihres erneuten Angriffs ist wirklich erschrecken ...more
I’ve previously read a great deal of Stephen Baxter’s work, and while I don’t love everything he writes, I do consider myself a fan of his hard-sf style. He has previously written a sequel to H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine entitled The Time Ships, that was ...more
And yet there are serious flaws that prevent this from being as successful of a work as Baxter's The Time S ...more
Luckily I decided to follow my gut instinct and give it a try and I'm so happy I did.
First of all, we are all aware of what a classic work of literature the war of the worlds is and whether or not it needed a sequel is debatable, I feel a scenario like that is always left open for interpretation and Baxter has lovingly crafted a work of fantastically ...more
This reads exactly like the style of writing from the Wells period. I never actually finished War of the Worlds--I tried reading it in third grade in an inspired attempt at sophistication--and haven't picked it up ...more
I'm a sucker for books that develop themes set up by authors; I loved "The Time Ships" which continued "The Time machine" and I've read almost all the continuations/developments of "War of The Worlds" such as "Global Dispatches" and "Scarlet Traces", so I was really looking forward to "The Massacre of Mankind". Well, it lived upto my expectations. The story is written in a very similar fashion to the original; a narrator (this time female) acting as our focal point, with the occasiona ...more
Представете си, че след първото нашествие на марсианците, познато ни от книгата на Х. Дж. Уелс, последва второ... Дали ще е готово за него човечеството, улисано в своите проблеми и вражди?
Първите 200 страници са доста скучни, почти нищо съществено не се случва, героите са трудно различими, изобщо - поувлякъл се е в графоманията си автора. Не съжа ...more
Around the globe the battles rage, but it is in England where a potential solution arises.
A twist at the end and good characters make for a good read
The good things: written in Wells' style; some very good action pieces.
The bad things: lots of minor characters, too many locations as the main character slogs from one place to another and back, lots of obscure British towns/locations to keep track of (and no map!!), fairly repetitive description of ...more
PERHAPS HE DO.THE FIRIST MEN IN THE MOON OR THE INVISIBLE MAN OR SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME.BUT LEATS HOPE WE DON'T HAVE TO WEIGHT 20YS AGAINl
Today The 5th of February I finished this brilliant sf sequel in back in the Acknowledgedgements he mentions a bo ...more