The War Of The Worlds

The War Of The Worlds

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Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate "reader friendly" type sizes have been chosen for each title--offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords.

This edition of War of the Worlds includes a Introduction, Biographical Note, and Afterword by James Gunn.

They came form outer space--Mars, to be exact.

With deadly heat-rays and giant fighting machine they want to conquer Earth and keep humans as their slaves.

Nothing seems to stop them as they spread terror and death across the planet. It is the start of the most important war in Earth's history.

And Earth will never be the same.

Publisher: New York : TOR, c1986,1987
ISBN: 9780812505153
Branch Call Number: PB Wells
Characteristics: 204 p


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Aug 08, 2019

Reading the classic "War of the Worlds," by H.G. Wells is a must read at least once in your lifetime. But the story is one that is impressive for 1898. The Martians arrive and humans discover quickly how unprepared the humans would be. The mixed emotions experienced by the Narrator are not unbelievable of humans who would experience a phenomena like this. The plot moves along quickly with a hint of surprise of the downfall of the aliens. There can be symbolism if you want to see it. An enjoyable read.

May 19, 2019

H. G. Wells wrote this alien invasion novel back in 1898. It's really amazing to read Wells' perspective on the future and man being seriously harassed by beings from another world.

Apr 20, 2018

To get the real meaning of this work of Wells, read the short "Critics" comment up on this page, a quote from the Guardian. That's the meaning. Otherwise, Wells was working on orders, he was a Gov. propagandist, whose role was to show in "fiction" form the planned future. Wells was given a multi-story house with typists; he walked around and dictated his ideas. He was a squat man with a squeaky voice; he married several times, but had queer habits, and so he had his divorced wives sign contracts of secrecy as to his husband-habits. He came from a poor family, his mother was a servant in a rich house, he saw the working class' hard life and dreaded to fall into the same way of life. He had some talent, though, and was used to convey propaganda into the public's mind in the form of seemingly fictional, but in fact, symbolic messages. In fact, Orwell (Eric Blair) was a Gov. propagandist too, but he jumped out of that role, and showed us the planned future in an also symbolic but different way. "1984" and "Animal Farm" are master works, but they carry a higher meaning.

Apr 19, 2018

Great read! 4/5

Jan 31, 2018

A classic science fiction piece, Wells' tale of a martian invasion of Earth is without a doubt the best known of the author's several outstanding books. Gigantic cylinders housing the martian colonists smash into Victorian England, bringing widespread destruction and death with them. The first part of the book switches between two characters: the narrator himself, who is accompanied by an artilleryman and then a curate, and the narrator's brother, who witnesses the general panic and mayhem as London is attacked by the Martians. At this point, Wells must be congratulated on his ability to realistically recreate the behavior of a mass of panic-stricken people, and the exodus of London is one of the most realistic scenes in the book. While the scene has all of the usual screaming crowds, Wells also portrays the pandemonium and the violence that humans are capable of when they are afraid: "Before [my brother] could get to [the horse], he heard a scream under the wheels, and saw through the dust the rim passing over the poor wretch's back. The driver of the cart slashed his whip at my brother, who ran behind the cart." As the brother escapes to foreign lands, the narrator, in the second part of the book, discovers the cosmic scale of the martians' adeptness at engineering and technology, before the invaders eventually succumb to bacteria not found on Mars. Wells' imagination is what really gives this book life, as it seems unbelievable that all of this could have been thought of by a man living in the 1700s. However, upon finishing the book, a consistent reader of Wells can't help but feel unsatisfied. Compared to other books Wells has written, this one really shouldn't stand out, as while the ideas it presents are strange and fascinating, its characters can't hold a candle to the enchantingly surreal entities he conjures up in stories such as "The Time Machine" and "The Invisible Man". If anything, the story resembles an apocalyptic parody of the Little Prince in that its characters all seem to serve some higher, moralistic function that doesn't contribute to the plot. It's a shame, since while the idea was certainly momentous even by Wells' standards, the writing, for the most part, just doesn't cut it.

Jan 18, 2018

The War of the Worlds by H.G Wells is one of my favorite science fiction classics. Wells was a brilliant author who wrote two of my all-time favorite books (which I highly recommend): The Island of Doctor Moreau and The Invisible Man. However, The War of the Worlds was probably my least favorite of the 4 novels I have read by Wells, as the story was not very climactic and lacked the uniqueness of his other novels. Still, I had no trouble focusing on the plotline despite the overused aliens-coming-to-Earth concept. Something about Wells’ writing keeps me interested even when it’s not a fast-moving chapter, although most of his chapters are.
The story began in the late nineteenth century when massive metal cylinders fell into the English countryside. The Martians eventually came out, and the Narrator described them as “vast spider-like machines, nearly a hundred feet high, capable of the speed of an express train, and able to shoot out a beam of intense heat” (Wells 82). They immediately killed the people around them with their Heat-Rays as the Narrator watched. The British army attempted to destroy them, but the Martians were far too deadly. The Narrator ran from the danger and traveled with an artilleryman along the way. When he was separated from the Artilleryman, he traveled with a curate. The two of them didn’t get along, but they were forced to hide from the Martians together. After running, hiding, and meeting new people and places for months, the Narrator came out of hiding to find the the corpses of the Martians. They had been killed by some bacteria that humans are immune to. He reunited with his wife and was left to think about the result of the invasion.
The predominant message of the story is about fear. Wells wanted his audience to believe that fear causes us to do irrational things that we would otherwise never do. When the townspeople were running from the Martians, they resorted to extreme violence and carelessly trampled each other to escape. If they had remained clear-headed, many of them would have been more considerate for the lives of others. The Curate was also an example of irrationality in the face of fear. He had been “[driven to] the very verge of reason” by the panic and was unable to make proper decisions. This emotional state eventually got him killed, which is why Wells believes that we should control our fear is desperate situations.

Dec 11, 2017

This book is interesting. The plot keep you turning the pages. The part that gets at you is that, if martians did attack, would we be helpless?

Sep 20, 2017

This book was interesting to read because it is one of the first "alien invasion" stories ever. H.G. Wells had a huge influence on science fiction. I find it amazing that Wells was able to understand so much of science, and that he demonstrated it so well in his books, when he was from the 1800s. It paints a very frightening image; humans have always viewed themselves as the top species, so it is interesting to see how quickly civilization could collapse once a technologically superior race comes in.

However, I found the characters bland and the plot mediocre. The message of the story (that only strong, smart people should survive and that it would be good for humanity to become non-diverse, a mono-culture), is, in my opinion, not a very good one. I don't believe the Martians would have been able to progress scientifically and technologically if they were all essentially the same. However, the writing was excellent and this book remains an interesting historical classic.

Jan 16, 2016

A classic of science fiction, The War of the Worlds works on many layers. Most people take it as merely a fantasical fiction of invasion by otherworldly Martians set on subjugating and killing off large swathes of the human race.

However, it was intended as commentary on colonialism and the disruption to the lives of those native to the colonies. Numerous allusions are made, as to how an ant might find a steam engine as incomprehensible as the humans find the machines of the alien invaders. The introduction of the 'red weed' by the aliens, choking out the plantlife to plantations crowding out native flora and traditional crops.

Sep 05, 2013

Decided to read a classic although most people have the movie. If you're not from England or not familiar with the cities and towns you are going to find it hard to follow because the Well's uses street names and towns alot in the book. It is also has alot of narrative - he uses alot of adverbs and adjectives to describe the aliens and the terror they wield. I Could not finish the book because of the that but I definitely tried!

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