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Group Reads/Readalongs > September 2019 Group Read --The War of the Worlds

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Werner | 601 comments Mod
Here's the folder for discussing our reactions, comments, questions, background information, reviews, etc., as we read H. G. Wells War of the Worlds this month. (Of course, as usual, the thread will stay open indefinitely for further comments, as people read it in the future, or think of additional insights.

I've read the book already; I won't be rereading it this month, but I'll join in the discussion! If anyone's interested, my review is here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... .


Rosemarie | 125 comments Mod
I'll be rereading this one, since I last read it in 2005. I saw the movie version with Tom Cruse, just after I finished the book and I know what you mean about the importance of 1899. The movie was decent, but it certainly wasn't Wells War of the Worlds anymore.
There were some really creepy scenes, though.


Werner | 601 comments Mod
Over in the Reading for Pleasure group (where our own co-mod Amber is the founding moderator), they're also doing a common read of War of the Worlds this month! their discussion thread is here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... . it might be worthwhile to check it out at times; there are a couple of interesting links posted there (though they involve spoilers).


Werner | 601 comments Mod
Where movie adaptations of this novel are concerned, the best and most faithful one that I've seen is the 2005 one starring Anthony Piana (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425638/ ). It keeps the original 1899 setting, which I think is an essential part of the author's vision; I'm not a big fan of 'updating" classics into a modern setting and then trying to palm the result off as an actual "adaptation" of the original. (Taking an idea from an older work and modernizing it is okay, as long as you're clear that you're producing a different work that's just influenced by an earlier one.)


Rosemarie | 125 comments Mod
I have just started my rereading of the book. The first chapter is fantastic, and really set the stage for the rest of the book.


Rosemarie | 125 comments Mod
Now that I have finished my reread of the book, I am even more impressed than the first time. I have read a number of his books but I consider this his best one due to his ideas, writing and exciting plot.


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Werner | 601 comments Mod
Rosemarie wrote: "Now that I have finished my reread of the book, I am even more impressed than the first time. I have read a number of his books but I consider this his best one due to his ideas, writing and exciti..."

All in all, I'd say this is my favorite of Wells' novels, too (and I've read all five of his major ones).


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