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The Kraken Wakes

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Book Eighteen.

I haven’t met a Wyndham book i didn’t love, and this one was no exception. His narrative style is wonderful for me, constantly interesting and engaging while being easy to read. And read, and read.

Really, this book isn’t about the ‘kraken’; it’s about the humans. About human curiosity and inquisitiveness, as well as human denial and inertia, not forgetting human rashness and self-preservation.

This book explores, over many years, the human reaction and development when faced with a previously unknown and increasingly hostile intelligent life form. It’s not sensationalised; it’s plausible. It's thoughtful and thorough. What we see in a realistic—and, 60 years later, still relevant—representation of the press, public and government during the time of a slowly developing crisis.

I have read several of Wyndham’s books, but the alien apocalyptic adventures told in The Day of the Triffids and The Kraken Wakes is definitely Wyndham at his best.

(Longer spoiler-filled review at:
27th Jul 2013, 19:13   | tags:,,,

Jane Doe says:

Delighted you enjoyed it. I've never met a bad Wyndham book either

27th Jul 2013, 19:52

Wendle says:

I wanted to read another one right away, but i resisted.

28th Jul 2013, 15:10