The War of the Worlds Paperback – 1 April 2015 by H. G. Wells (Author)

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      About the Author

      Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) has been called the father of science fiction. His notable works include the War of the Worlds (1897), the Time Machine (1895), the Invisible Man (1897) and the Island of Doctor Moreau (1896). He also wrote on topics related to history and social commentary. His novels—Kipps and the History of Mr. Polly—which describe lower-middle class life, led to the suggestion that he was a worthy successor to Charles Dickens. He described a range of social strata and even attempted, in Tono-Bungay (1909), a diagnosis of English society as a whole.
      Wells died in London on August 13, 1946, after living through two World Wars. the War of the Worlds has been both popular (having never gone out of print) and influential, spawning half a dozen feature films, radio dramas, a record album, various comic book adaptations, a television series and sequels or parallel stories by other authors. it has even influenced the work of scientists, notably Robert Hutchings Goddard.
      Dimensions 1.27 × 20.32 cm
      ASIN ‏

      ‎ 8175992824

      Publisher ‏

      ‎ Fingerprint! Publishing; Latest edition (1 April 2015); Prakash Books India Pvt Ltd, 113A, Ansari Road, Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002, +9111-23265358

      Language ‏

      ‎ English

      Paperback ‏

      ‎ 216 pages

      ISBN-10 ‏

      ‎ 9788175992825

      ISBN-13 ‏

      ‎ 978-8175992825

      Item Weight ‏

      ‎ 170 g

      Dimensions ‏

      ‎ 12.7 x 1.27 x 20.32 cm

      Country of Origin ‏

      ‎ India

      Net Quantity ‏

      ‎ 1 Count

      Importer ‏

      ‎ Prakash Books India Pvt Ltd

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      ‎ Prakash Books India Pvt Ltd

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      13 reviews for The War of the Worlds Paperback – 1 April 2015 by H. G. Wells (Author)

      1. chotu

         The seminal masterpiece of alien invasion, The War of the Worlds (1898) conjures a terrifying, tentacled race of Martians who devastate the Earth and feed on their human victims while their voracious vegetation, the red weed, spreads over the ruined planet.In closing, the narrator explains that the aliens died because they were vulnerable to the countless microbes that inhabit the Earth, which “God in His wisdom” placed on the planet.

      2. Angeline Beryl

         Book arrived just now. No damage. Good condition. Print & paper quality is good. Can’t wait to read it.

      3. The cool dodge

        An exciting book which was written years ago about science fiction but still catches our interests great man HG Wells

      4. Dikshant Gupta

        One of the best books I ever readThis should be added to the list of 100 books to read before you dieIf it is already on the list, cool

      5. John

        The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells, first serialized in 1897. The War of the Worlds was one of the first and greatest works of science fiction ever to be written. Even long before man had learned to fly, H.G. Wells wrote this story of the Martian attack on England.The plot has been related to invasion literature of the time. The novel has been variously interpreted as a commentary on evolutionary theory, British imperialism, and generally Victorian superstitions, fears, and prejudices

      6. Snehasish Debnath

        Book is really great to read!

      7. Janakiraman DS

        Wouldn’t be wrong to say HG Wells planted the very idea of how outer space creatures look like. Especially for most of the directors. There’s a brother character which abruptly ended. Except that part rest of the book keep you hooked for quite a good hours.

      8. TANUSH.S

        This book is great but only for the hardcore hg wells fans. I didn’t like that there are a lot of old words in this book,which nobody uses and most people don’t know the meaning of.The story is very boring and uninteresting. I only gave it 4 stars because it has a lot of science concepts in it and you can learn a few while reading

      9. ewomack

        Still has the power to freak people out…“The War of the Worlds” must have seriously freaked people out in 1898. Imagine squeamish readers buckling at any unusual celestial event; the skies seemed impenetrable then. A falling star? No! It must be Martians! Augh! Run! The story retains a certain spine-tingling creepiness even today via historical imagination or present day extrapolation. It will evoke, for some, the I’d-better-look-over-my-shoulder-every-few-minutes syndrome. And though its quaint science may inspire derisive snorts today, then little was known about “the Red Planet,” especially whether it supported life. Add to that, the scientific theories of the day posited a Mars that, much like Earth, would cycle through geological and biological phases that culminated in life. So, to the general reader of the time, the notion of “life on Mars” remained not only a distinct possibility, but an almost certain inevitability. Plus, the people of late 19th century England had no early warning system for astronomical events. So when, early in the book, the first Martian “cylinder” plunges into the earth outside of London, only those nearby really know it happened. To top it off, news then traveled at the speed of print and human speech, the equivalent of frustratingly viscous molasses today. So, strange as it seems to our instantaneously informed modern world, news of the Martian invasion doesn’t reach into London for some time. And when it does, many don’t take it seriously as they see no direct threat. That changes fast as Martian death machines and black smoke smother everything in their path. Appreciating the book’s true horror today involves conceiving our immediate solar system as an utter mystery. A sort of historical empathy. Sure, observations were made and scientists had rudimentary knowledge in the late 19th century, but no one really knew anything substantial about our neighboring planets. As such, “The War of The Worlds,” though obviously fiction, and serialized as such, probably didn’t ring hollow for many readers of its time. With this perspective H.G. Wells’ incredible storytelling powers begin to appear. They remain on full display throughout this page turner (or, for those using e-readers, this “button pusher”). The story’s implications and subtexts also seem to provide a model for science fiction up to our strange present where science, morality and self-referential anthropology mingle.The story may or may not seem familiar to today’s readers, depending upon which versions of the story one has come across. Orson Wells’ famous, or infamous, 1938 radio adaptation, set in America, still resonates the power of mass media through rebroadcasts. And various film versions have appeared in the interim (some more memorable than others). But Wells’ original story takes place in England through the perspective and words of a man of letters, or a “philosophical writer.” The Martian invasion begins near his town of Woking. He subsequently witnesses the instant death of the “heat-ray” and the Martian tripod war machines. The indistinctness of his descriptions make these invaders and their weapons radiate with the horror of the unknown. Many passages genuinely read in the manner of a man delineating technology 100 years ahead of his own time. This heightens the helplessness of humanity, who flee all human-like in abject terror and chaos from the ensuing carnage, ignorant of the very nature of the powers they face (told mostly through the narrator’s brother). The Martians proceed with brutality. Their “rays” and poison gas “tubes” reduce entire cities to piles of burnt corpses and edifices. If Wells’ intentions involved reducing humanity to a helpless blabbering mass, he succeeded. Once the Martians have dominated, regardless of a few small human victories, humanity faces the prospect of living in a “lowly animal state.” The character of the artilleryman manifests this idea, though he eventually shows his true colors. The character of the curate, who the narrator finds himself holed up with for days, paints a less than charitable picture of the religious response to the invasion. The man basically goes crazy after witnessing what the Martian’s do with human prisoners. Whether God fails him, or whether he merely perceives that God has failed him, or that humans have ultimately failed God, remains a subject for speculation and discussion. In any case, things seem absolutely hopeless for humanity until the end. And, to keep from giving anything away, the ending implies something about humanity’s relationship with the planet it inhabits. As the invasive, and very destructive, Martian “red weed” smothers the countryside, humans themselves don’t ultimately prevail. But certain “partners,” both friend and enemy, come to the inadvertent rescue. In a sense, nature saves the day. No human weaponry of the time musters the firepower to bring down the invading army. “War of the Worlds” thus paints a picture not of human power, but of human impotency in the face of superior technology. In the end, humans don’t play the role of triumphant heroes.So what does this imply? That technology gets us only so far? That our sometimes arrogant perceptions of our power and might simply dissolve in the face of even more superior might? Maybe. At the very least it gives readers an idea of the potential limits of human power. Maybe horrors we could never prepare for, despite our advances, exist “out there?” Essentially, “War of the Worlds” presents a very humbling view of humanity, not a glorified one. It also presents a great fictional example of Nassim Taleb’s “Black Swan.” A Martian invasion, or any extraterrestrial invasion of superior power, would carry extreme consequences for humanity, but we may never see it coming. In modern terms, what if an alien force infiltrated us underneath our radars despite our perceived technological level? What we don’t know might hurt us. Uncertainty usually wins the day. We may not know the extent of our own vulnerabilities.”War of the Worlds” stands as a justifiably hailed classic of literature and science fiction. Though in the end, despite the supermarket label, it’s simply a great story. Potential interpretations at philosophical, social and technological levels provide enough mind food for weeks of munching. Plus, it provides a stunning read filled with horror, suspense and human drama. And though it’s definitely not 1898 anymore, “War of the Worlds” may still hold enough power to freak people out.

      10. MR R T HARDING

        Grandfather of science fiction.So much more than the films a master piece of writing making it feel very real bearing in mind how long ago this was written a must read for science fiction fans.

      11. frank Lester

        A classic worth the readDespite the fact that this book was written more than a century ago, I found it as enjoyable as any science fiction written today.

      12. Reinold F.

        Legendary London and Martian invaders. So perfect in the AmazonClassics edition.(The following paragraph is my explanation about why the AmazonClassics edition is extraordinary. You can skip to the other paragraph for the review of the proper book)Kindle books are meant to mirror the experience of reading books in paper, on kindle e-readers at least. After seventeen books read in the AmazonClassics series I have to say that Amazon not only matched the experience but they have surpassed it, it would be lovely if other publishers would imitate the format of these Amazon classic editions. Usually kindle books include editorial footnotes, introductions, studies among others that, although useful, tend to spoil the adventure to discover by oneself a classic book, in some cases the editorial footnotes don’t explain some things and in other cases are rather interruptions of known meanings. In AmazonClassics edition all those studies and footnotes are replaced by X-Ray, the built-in dictionary and, in extreme case with a Wikipedia search. The most relieving benefit is that the book is pure. You can check the X-Ray data only when needed. For the War of the Worlds to me, ignorant of urban names in England, was quite important to know the distance in metric system of the mentioned places to the center of London and get a grasp of the urgency of the threats; and getting explanations of the militar devices and transportation of the end of 19th century. Inversely if I were a Londoner I wouldn’t need to consult that data, but as the X-Ray function is hidden text it would not disturbe the reading. It’s perfect.What a story! To talk about The War of the Worlds is to talk about a complex attack of a civilization that feels so alien and, even today, technological and evolutionarily advanced; more than one century later humanity cannot make the amazing Martian machines. The militar and technological characteristics of the British Empire and London, the biggest and most amazing city in the 19th century, are so fantastic too, in a grade whose intensity I have never felt with steampunk fantasies, in great part due to be real technology. I took more days than intended in reading this book because I got to investigate how were, among others, the heliographs, the trucks of the age, the steam-driven vehicles. Wells prepare well the nature of the conflict: beings that (similar to us with internet :S) have relegated the sensations to external devices, their destruction is almost an intellectual task, without kindness but without wanton cruelty too. In the side of humans London is a militar machine that was, in that moment, dominating the world. London fights till the end, the vast city turns into a hell of war. The quality of Wells as a writer is shown not only in the imagination of the science fiction world, but also in the character development. In one part the unnamed protagonist is struggling to go back where his wife, but he feels angry without knowing why. It could be that he is angry to be risking his life in search of her; but actually is maybe angriness against himself, because that risk was due for not paying ear to his wife in the first place. The characters are human and have different strengths and weaknesses. The plot is narrated from the future, as a memory of bad days, but it is not predictable, because if there is a win it seems to be not human. Even in one point this human defeat seems the origin of the dystopia in “The Time Machine.” Maybe you already know the story but I will not spoil it. Is the product of a powerful and cultivated imagination. Reading it has made me appreciate even more the Steven Spielberg version in the cine. I think it is quite respectful of the essence of the book as it represents many aspects and emotions from the book.

      13. Kenya Starflight

        One of the defining works of the sci-fi genre, especially the alien-invasion genre“War of the Worlds” is hailed as one of the first alien-invasion books to be published and gain widespread acclaim, and has inspired an entire genre of tales in its wake. As a science fiction lover myself, I felt I owed it to myself to check out this classic and see if it withstood the test of time. It feels slightly dated by today’s standards, but certain elements have actually held up really well, and it’s fascinating reading as one of the most influential works of its genre.It’s the early 20th century, and our narrator (who goes nameless in the story itself) is one of the first on the scene when a mysterious object that’s said to have come from Mars crashes in Great Britain. At first everyone is excited to get their first look at a being from another planet… until these “men from Mars” are revealed to not only be entirely inhuman, but bent on wiping out humanity and taking our planet as their own. As their war machines and heat rays lay waste to major cities and cause panic in the streets, the narrator flees for his life, and watches helplessly as humanity struggles against these monstrosities. But just when thinks look bleakest, hope rises up from the most unlikely of sources…The writing in this book can come across as a little stilted, but that can simply be due to the general writing style of the time — styles shift with the times, after all. And if many of the tropes and plot turns seem predictable… well, this book DID help found a genre, so it’s only fair to expect it to have been repeated many times before. The final twist at the end does seem to come straight out of nowhere, but again, it makes sense given the subject matter and is actually a bit of cleverness that a lot of more-modern alien-invasion stories neglect to consider.”War of the Worlds” is perhaps best read not just as an influential sci-fi book or the turning point for a genre (invasion books did exist before this book, but normally focused on human invaders from another country), but as an allegory for British colonialism. It’s all too easy to look at how the alien creatures destroy anything they come across, exploit humanity, and bring their own invasive species along with them, and draw parallels to how European countries similarly took over and ransacked other nations. Perhaps Wells intended to make this allegory clear, perhaps he didn’t, but it’s still a fascinating interpretation.The edition of “War of the Worlds” I read also included an excerpt of “Map of the Sky,” a novel by another author that draws inspiration from this one. Your mileage may vary on if this is a good thing or not…”War of the Worlds” is a sci-fi classic, and well worth reading if you’re interested in the early works of the genre. And it’s still worth a look if you’re not so interested in sci-fi but are still interested in a powerful allegory.

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