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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,040 ratings  ·  74 reviews
A millionaire English lord dreams of founding a Utopian community on a remote Pacific island. Among the forty-odd men and women selected for the project are a pestologist named Camilla and the narrator. Within hours of the group's arrival on the sunny isle their radio has been destroyed. Within days several members of the group are dead. Dream turns to nightmare as they di ...more
Paperback, 58 pages
Published June 14th 2000 by Addison Wesley Publishing Company (first published 1979)
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Brendon Schrodinger
Tanakuatua is a small Pacific island that either holds a curse or has just been screwed over right royally. So what happens when an idealistic group of British try to establish a new utopia on it?

Coincidently linking back to a read last month, Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers, the island, although fictional, is much like those that Winchester talked about. The U.S. and the Bri
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Create a new Utopian society, you say?
On a deadly tropical island you, say?
Hostile natives, you say?
Certain Doom, you say?
Count me in, I say!
Deborah Ideiosepius
A John Wyndham book I had never read! I got so excited when I saw it.

In 'Web' Arnold Delgrange, a man whose wife and daughter were recently killed, tells the first person story of an attempt to establish a Utopian colony based on 'pure reason' rather than the ills that beset modern society (where 'modern' of course is England around the 1960's).

The colony is conceived and funded by a wealthy Englishman and the site they select for the experiment is the fictional island Tanakuatua in the Pacific
Yolanda Sfetsos
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, historical
This slim book was sitting in a basket marked FREE outside a local thrift store, with a bunch of other random titles. It also seems to have lived as a high school library book in its former life, and has now become another book I've read and thoroughly enjoyed.

When a millionaire English lord buys a remote Pacific island with the hopes of forming a new, utopian society, an assorted group of people is chosen to set sail and get things started.

But the island of Tanakuatua might not be as uninhabite
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pubblicato postumo, questo fu l'ultimo romanzo di Wyndham.
I primi due capitoli introduttivi scorrono bene ma senza particolari colpi di scena e senza far presagire nulla di ciò che verrà.
Poi inizia la parte tremenda per un aracnofobo.
Io non lo sono particolarmente, o meglio, non lo ero. Adesso mi è rimasto addosso un senso d'inquietudine notevole.
Ma la parte veramente terribile è nel comportamento severo, duro, spietato, degli isolani, portatori di una cultura decisamente diversa dalla nostra.
Iva Jar
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
K Trifidům to mělo hodně daleko, co se kvalitního počtení týká.
První tři kapitoly, které popisují historii ostrova, považuji za zcela zbytečné, jako by byly z úplně jiné knihy. Těch pár informací, které jsou v nich podstatné, čtenář pochopí i z náznaků v dalších kapitolách.
Jinak - tématicky je to pro mě, jakožto nefalšovaného arachnofobika, opravdu horor. I když to nebylo až tak děsivé, budu mít jistě o to děsivější sny. Každopádně mě teď svědí všude po těle, brr.
Souhlasím ale, že je to nejslab
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok I will admit I was a little disappointed over this one, Day of the Triffids, the Kraken Wakes are two of my favourite books but this one well not so impressed. The book cover spiel states this was Wyndhams last book and was in fact published after his death, and to be honest it shows it. The political and historical settings for this book (which gives rise to much of the reasons for the events) takes up the first 40 pages of a 140 page book. The storyline feels rushed and is over far too quic ...more
Mar 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an adventure story. Mr. Lord bought an island named Tanakuatua from the government. Then a group of people with dreams and hope went to an island in the middle of Pacific Ocean. They planed to build a new society on the island since most of the adventurers were disappoint with the real society once they lived in. As they explored the island, they noticed something was wrong with the island. There were few birds and some brown stones seemed to be weird things... Arnold and Camilla are the ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La quarta di copertina ci avvisa che quella presentataci era solo la prima stesura del romanzo, rimasto incompiuto per la sopraggiunta scomparsa dell'autore. Ed effettivamente la cosa un po' si nota. Molto intrigante l'idea di fondo: cosa potrebbe accadere, se i ragni arrivassero a collaborare tra loro?
Sicuramente Wyndham avrebbe avuto modo di perfezionare ulteriormente il testo, che così com'è risulta un pochino sbilanciato (quantitativamente eccessive le parti dedicate a presentazione e digres
Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, read-in-2012
I happen to love movies that have spiders in them: Arachnaphobia, Kingdom of the Spiders, Eight Legged Freaks, Tarangula, etc. I even enjoy watching documentaries about spiders. I am, however, deathly afraid of spiders, so I don't understand this at all! lol. So, when I found this book, I just had to read it!

This is the story of a group of people, who set out to create the perfect Utopia. A remote, uninhabited island is purchased for the location. But when the people arrive, they soon realize t
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, reviewed
I’m terrified of spiders so I almost decided that wouldn't read this, but I’m glad I did because I was pleasantly surprised! It’s not a creepy, scary, spiders crawling out of nowhere story at all, I should have known not to expect that of a John Wyndham story.

It reminds me a little of H G Wells The Island of Doctor Moreau, but Web is a much more believable tale. I admit I don’t know much about spiders or biology but Wyndham had me convinced of the science side of the story.

A short read at not mu
Huw Collingbourne
Sadly, far below Wyndham's best. Very wordy - the backplot (a tedious 'history' that supposedly sets the scene for the main story) takes up about 70 pages before the main plot even begins. I don't know how much editing was done after Wyndham's death but this does sometimes read like a compilation of his notes rather than a full realised novel. It is really pretty thin stuff. A pale shadow of his great SF novels.
Aug 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Effectively creepy sci-fi novel featuring intelligent spiders. It could be hokey, but Wyndham's characterizations add depth to the story. Wyndham's classic sci-fi and fantasy seem to withstand the test of time.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A far cry from how I remember The Chrysalids to be: moving at times, thoughtful, and human. But then again, I'm a very different person now from the 16 year old I was when I first encountered Wyndham. Now I just find his work a little too preachy and in-your-face for me to appreciate the themes he's raising (the inevitability of change, adaptation, difference in cultures), which also seem a little recycled from The Chrysalids. The idea of seeking a utopia via migration also seems to be repeated ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possibly a new favourite by the author. A subtle jab at British Empire and nuclear weapons, this man v. nature sci-fi almost reads as a horror. People of the internet can rejoice, there was serious discussion to napalming the spiders. If you don't have arachnophobia before reading this, you may well have it afterwards.

Actual footage of events in the novel can be found here:
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-fiction, 2019
I'm giving it 2 stars because it took me forever to finish it. The story is entertaining and mysterious, and the book is not very long, but for some reason, I just couldn't find the time when I felt like continuing with it. The beginning, especially, is a bit boring and you don't really understand what's the relevance of the history that is being told. When they finally arrive to the island it becomes much more interesting and engaging.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story, but made very difficult to read by the publisher using minute font in this 1980 Penguin edition. I've not down-marked the book because of this, but it's something to bear in mind if you've not got 20/20 vision.
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro super cortico y con una historia que al inicio es llamativa, parecía un thriller que me iba a emocionar y asustar. Pero el final es lo más simple y fácil que el autor ideó y eso me hizo quedar plop ya que esperaba un poquito más del final ya que la historia era muy buena.
Tami Bye
Meh! A little slow to get into but an okay read....not how I remember J.W. books to be like.
Carrie Blythe
3.25 stars
Mike Jennings
Not great, which is probably why it wasn't published until after his death, but there are enough glimpses of the Wyndham magic to keep you turning the pages.
Sonia Jackett
Not my favourite Wyndham novel I have to say but still enjoyable. If anyone loved this I highly recommend Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
M.G. Mason
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Web' is a surprisingly pleasing addition to the career of John Wyndham. Published some ten years after his death, it follows similar themes to several of his better known works.

It is another familiar premise. After an episode of PTSD, our protagonist purchases an island in the south Pacific in order to create a utopia and get away from the strains of the western world. This is a very short book (140 pages) and a good 40+ at the beginning is taken up with a short history of the island, the first
Greg Gbur
John Wyndham (1903-1969) is one of those authors who falls into the category of “famous writer that you’ve never heard of.” A number of his novels are undeniable classics that were made, and remade, into movies and television series multiple times. Most people watching those movies, however, are unaware that they are based on books.

I was equally ignorant of Wyndham until a few years ago, when I read several of his most famous works and blogged about them. You have probably heard of The Day of th
The Professor
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
“Hundreds of thousands of them.” Kingsley Amis in his ‘New Maps Of Hell’ praises John Wyndham’s ‘coherence and concision’ and ‘Web’ is a good example of such qualities; Wyndham does here for Spider Island what he did for walking killer plants. Rejected by his publishers and only surfacing posthumously, this slight tale of idealism gone awry is occasionally lecture-tastic and stays primly on the side of verisimilitude rather than wallowing in schlock but there remains something very readable abou ...more
Web, John Wyndham's final novel, is an entertaining novella about a group of idealistic intellectuals who travel to a pacific island only to discover an unexpected evil lurking there. It is little more than a pulp-style novel, more of an action tale than a story with any lasting literary resonance, and it would certainly make for a great movie (much like several of Heinlein's lesser works). Like Wyndham's other books, he creates a narrator with a particular intellectual pedigree to tell a story ...more
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Jayne Charles
I love John Wyndham novels – he comes up with so many excellent scenarios, all seemingly with a pleasing shot of apocalypse. The only problem I tend to have is that they aren’t long enough, and this was no exception.

Apparently unpublished until some time after his death, it almost feels as though it wasn’t intended as a full length novel but as a plan for one. Fleshed out, this would have been properly chilling, whereas in its existing form everything seems to be over before it’s had chance to b
Malcolm Cowen
Not bad, but not vintage Wyndham and not a full length novel.

The premise is fine, (no spoilers), and themes echo Wyndham's other works asking why Man should think he is the end of evolution.

The characters are well-drawn, and the action is well explained, it's by no means a bad book.

But it feels incomplete. There's a whole thread of plot details about how the Colony got started, and the behaviour of the Colony's leader which suggest there is more to follow. I kept expecting something about disput
Abigail Rieley
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Wyndham's last novel, published 10 years after his death, is slight compared to better known works like Day of the Triffids or The Kraken Wakes. It's the tale of an ill-fated utopian commune and spiders, an awful lot of spiders. This is a story told by a master story teller but sadly it's not a classic. Wyndham is at his best with tales of ordinary people dealing with other worldly threats and this follows that tried and tested format. There isn't enough in the story to allow for the slow b ...more
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John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was the son of a barrister. After trying a number of careers, including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, he started writing short stories in 1925. After serving in the civil Service and the Army during the war, he went back to writing. Adopting the name John Wyndham, he started writing a form of science fiction that he called 'logical fantasy'. ...more
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