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Night Of The Big Heat

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  9 reviews
And so the nightmare began...
...the nightmare that started with the dreadful, mind-draining heat and continued with one death, and another...each almost too horrible to contemplate.
Paperback, 143 pages
Published 1969 by Macfadden (first published 1959)
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Joe Santoro
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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Apparently this was made into a movie... I can totally see it.(or perhaps it's a novellization?) Wikipedia says it was a book written with intent to make a TV show/movie, for what that's worth.

The main story is that it's really hot, and people are grumpy, confused, and not themselves. It turns out that the spiders and old drunk saw one night were not actually pink elephants, but the prelude to an alien invasion.

The aliens were using radio waves as transporters, and the heat was a by-product (pe
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Rich Meyer
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
I've been wanting to read this book for about twenty-five years now, since the first time I saw Island of the Burning Doomed on the Sci-Fi Channel and it became one of my favorite British science fiction flicks. Unfortunately, this paperback was either unavailable or outrageously priced, until a week ago when I noticed one for 99-cents on Amazon.

John Lymington's story is very similar to the movie, and in many ways more logical (at least at the climax). His main characters aren't the usual cardb
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Kevin
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
After seeing the film with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, I wanted to read the book. It is a very fun read. The characterizations are fairly light, aside from the 3 lead characters, but engaging. The overall plotline is fairly standard 50s British sci fi fare. Alien creatures described as large spiders or crabs are sent to a British island via radio waves. It is surmised an intelligent race of aliens sent the enormous insects to prepare for an invasion. The spiders warm the mien temperature ...more
James Hold
Jan 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Lethargic pace and too many characters to keep track of. The movie was better.
Michael
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
"Everything looks normal," he said. "But the trouble is it doesnt feel normal."

In einem kleinen Dorf auf einer englischen Insel angesiedelt betreibt der Schriftsteller Richard Cullum mit seiner Frau Frankie einen Pub. Bald stoßen eine junge attraktive Sekretärin, ein geheimnisvoller Gast und ein spekulationsfreudiger SF-Autor dazu und es kann losgehen.
Offenbar weltweit, besonders aber auf dieser Insel steigt die Temperatur immer weiter an, bald ist buchstäblich der Siedepunkt erreicht. Eine gesc
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Steve Banes
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyably tense, fast paced Lymington sci-fi horror book, this time about an alien invasion preceded by a broiling heat wave which is actually a travel beam directed at earth (specifically upon a tiny island community) and within the beam are flesh searing/eating alien spider creatures sent first by a higher intelligence to rid our planet of humans. Lymington creates such an uncomfortably sweaty atmosphere with this one, I actually had to open the windows a few times and gasp for some ai ...more
Beauregard Shagnasty
Well done thriller about aliens mucking with the weather on an isolated island outside of Great Britain. I remember seeing the film adaptation starring Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing as a young man and that is what prompted me to pick up this neat little paperback. An enjoyable science fiction story.
Philip Benge
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A really good science fiction story where you can not guess the ending.
Stina
Jan 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Book #22 for 2010. It only took me, what, four years to read this short little book? It's not the worst thing I've ever read, but yeah, it was a tough slog.
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John Lymington (1911-1983) was born John Newton Chance in London. He was a prolific writer of short stories, children's literature, mystery and science fiction novels. An obituary in Ansible Link credits Lymington with writing over 150 novels, 'including 20+ SF potboilers', adding that he 'made a steady income by delivering thrillers to Robert Hale (the publisher) at a chapter a week'.

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