The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013885721
Publisher:
Doublethumb Press
Publication date:
12/23/2011
Series:
Ultimate Classics , #2
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
420 KB

Meet the Author

H.G. Wells (1866-1946) published his first novel, The Time Machine, to critical and popular acclaim in 1895. Socially progressive and visionary in intellect, he became one of the most prolific writers of his generation. Through books like The Invisible Man and War of the Worlds, he explored a wide variety of social, philosophical, and political ideas through the medium of what we now call science fiction.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 21, 1866
Date of Death:
August 13, 1946
Place of Birth:
Bromley, Kent, England
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
Normal School of Science, London, England

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The War Of The Worlds (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 990 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a work of art. The descriptions of the Martians and the battle for survival of the human created by H.G. Wells is exciting and worth reading. The narrator's journey to reeunite with his wife in the mist of the Martians arrival on Earth is extremely interesting to read. Also, the Martians themselves are new and different than anything that most have heard, or read, of before. The only downside of this wonderful novel is the author of the endnotes. He gives away the ending of the book in the first few endnotes, and I would've rather found out for myself the ending at the end of the book. Other than that, it is a must-read for any sci-fi fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK! THIS IS THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION BOOK EVER. IF YOU LIKE THIS BOOK TRY THE TIME MACHINE IT'S BY THE SAME AUTHOR BY THE WAY.
ryancoward11 More than 1 year ago
i loved this book! it was one of the best books i have ever read in my entire life. its vocabulary was astounding it used big long words i have never heard of before it was a challenge but i love challenges. the descriptive sentences was amazing they painted a mental image in your head.this book was very upbeat it kept you on your toes the whole time. the one bad thing about this book was that it was sometimes to descriptive which made it annoying and boring. i would deffinatley reccomend this book for any sci-fi lovers. or anyone who is in for a good thrill. it was a very thrilling book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was fantastic! It really engaged me and was suspenseful. It takes place in England, where an alien invasion from Mars begins. It is seen through the eyes of a man who is escaping from the invasion's spread. I liked this book a lot and highly recommend it to anyone who likes science fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing! I think everybody should read this at least once in their lifetime!
7th_Trump More than 1 year ago
War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells is a classic. Any book that has been interpreted in different mediums throughout the decades should be read. Being familiar with the story it was intriguing to see what elements of the book have never been dramatized in any of the other medium versions (i.e. the black smoke). It's also interesting to see what elements remain. There were some parts of Speilberg's movie that I didn't understand that were clarified in the book. So from that standpoint it was enjoyable. The problems I had with the book is the geopgraphy and the words. I've never been much of a geography student, but it's good to knwo the English towns and hamlets since our hero travels far and wide to find his wife after the Martians attack. There are so many names thrown out that it was hard for me to follow. Likewise there were lots of words I had to take time to look up. I learned soem new words (some specific to the English culture) but the flipside is that many times the flow of the book was interupted with these new words. No matter I think this is required reading especially if you are a sci-fi fan. Even today the story has relevance and the science in the science fiction isn't dated. Even if you have an idea of the story this is one quick read that you shouldn't ignore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wells did his job; the story captures you and keeps you interested. But the publisher didn't. This edition expressly deleted the footnotes; the British terms are not in the dictionary and there's nothing to help. I highly recommend the book; but I'd look for a different edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably my favorite of h.g. wells' books, the story and underlying message are both very powerful
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a classic alien story that I recommend 2 all readers :)
fried-chicken More than 1 year ago
The classical novel by H. G Wells written in 1898 War of the Worlds is more then just a science fiction story. Besides being a highly creative novel about enormous machines that come from an outside planet to earth, it is an allegory of England's colonization that was taking place at the time. During the 20th century the United Kingdom was spreading widely throughout Europe, Asia, and even Africa, threatening the entire world. The novel War of the Worlds is set in England with the purpose of making the British people feel and imagine how their ravishing island would look if other countries joined forces and did what they were doing to other. The novel is written from the unnamed main characters point of view. This thrilling story begins on what seemed to be an ordinary day for the scientific article writer. He was on his way to meet Ogilvy, a well known astronomer who had invited him to an observatory in Ottershaw, there he witness an explosion in Mars. Ironically, not long after what was believed to be a meteor, landed very near to were he lived. The protagonist was one of the first to find out that this huge 'meteor' was actually an artificial cylinder send from Mars. While enduring the Martians' violence towards Southern English counties, he struggles to meet again with his wife. Wells created his own style of Martian space invaders, ones that had an advanced intelligence power which gave them the ability to create powerful weapons like heat ray guns, tripods and even flying machines which in 1898, when this classical novel was first written, were beyond human technology. Once the first attacks had passed, he was fortuitously reunited with his wife. They both traveled to Leatherhead seeking for safety, their plan didn't last for long however when they discovered that three more cylinders have been send. As they eye-witness the stunning power of this massive machine they become astonished. There cities had been destroyed, millions of people had dead, and their military forces were of no noticeable use. This doesn't stop them however and through spine-chilling adventure they fought for survival. This is a truly fascinating novel I would recommend to anyone interested in sub natural sciences. Even though this novel was written in the last century it still retains some of the wildest ideas ever. The book is filled with edgy and stimulated character beyond the remarkable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this in 8th grade English class. Wonderful science fiction novel. Great description and use of vocabulary. Must read for everyone, especially sci-fi fans.
Maryjberry More than 1 year ago
The descriptions depicted in H.G Wells War of the Worlds are phenominal, and frightening for its time, very far sighted and rich imagination!
Nik B. More than 1 year ago
This is a true sci-fi classic. I read this in English class, and thoroughly loved it. It is about how aliens come to Earth because their planet of Mars is dying, and how the narrator experiences it, being a scientist himself. The main theme is that humanity considers itself the most intellectual creatures in the universe, but it may not be. There is symbolism throughout the book, but it is not nessessary to understand the symbols to enjoy the novel. Read carefully, though, because some parts can become rather confusing if you merely skim over it. It served as an inspiration to many future novels, plays, and movies. There is the originial radio broadcast (which served a lot of panic, you can look it up on wiki), a play, and two movies (one of which has Tom Cruise in it =>)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
War of the Worlds by H.G Wells is a science novel. It was a good novel to me because there was a good amount of action. War of the Worlds was placed on the late 1700s and the late 1800s. this novels major conflict is John Ogilvy saw a ray of light from mars and thinks that the Martians are shooting at them or there is a volcano erupting. But a few days later there was a large metal object lands outside of his town and finds out that it was a war machine. The day started of as a normal day in Britain until a large metal object crashed out side of John's town. The town's people went outside to see the object The ground started to shake and a machine rose up out of the ground, and started to shoot strange rays. After a month of running from the machines John hears of an evacuation plan. The author creates a vivid picture in your head just as if you're there, because he uses first person point of view. The story is told from John's view. I would recommend this book if you like science fiction because there are aliens or horror because there are suspenseful moments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so old but great at the same time just like ender games i loved book and if u want me to lend ill be free to ps this book is awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book isnt like all classic literature it has its own completely diferent storyline for the time ir was written. It starts out slow but stick with it you will love it. If you like science fiction read immediately!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The War of the Worlds is great! I really enjoyed reading this book, and I would definitely recommend it to a friend. If you want to read this book, I highly recommend getting the Barnes & Noble Classics Series edition because it has super helpful footnotes, endnotes, introductions, comments & questions, and tons of other super fun/helpful things! The footnotes are especially helpful, especially for weird 19th century terms like opposition which really means when the Sun, Earth, and Mars all align. So, overall, I definitely recommend reading this book, and, if you are going to read it, make sure you get the Barnes & Noble Classics Series version!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book, I am trying to read alot of the classic writers And I wanted to see how different the book was from the early movie version. I would recommend this book, for any one interested in Science Fiction.
TW35 More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. Interestingly different from the movies made based on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reason the movie is different is because it takes place in the US wereas the book tales place in England
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wells always does such a miraculous job allowing the reader to see into his characters mind and see the work through their eyes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still scary after all these years! A CLASSIC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally read it. One more classic down, thousands more to go. Not enough days in a lifetime!