cat63 (cat63) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 53 for 2009

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Not the first time I'd read this science fiction classic, or even the first time I'd read it aloud, but it's an iconic book and it bears rereading very well indeed.

The prose lends itself very well to reading aloud and this time we noted rather more of the structure of it and how the tension and terror are built slowly and gradually through the first part, and the cunning device by which the author places his narrator in a position to observe the Martians unseen while being unaware of events elsewhere, thus allowing the dramatic revelation at the end.

We're now looking for copies of The Invisible Man and The Island of Doctor Moreau to add to our library.

Tags: classic, sci-fi

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