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The War of the Worlds

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Book Thirty.

I was so disappointed with this book, i don’t now how to begin. I read and loved Wells’ The Time Machine, and expected to love The War of the Worlds just as much.

The characters lacked any character. The unnamed narrator of the book comes across as simply an anonymous (and stereotypical) Englishman; he has no real personality. Even the aliens are described only in appearance and movement, with physical facts; there is so little on how they make the narrator feel.

I loved the world created and the apocalyptic/alien invasion setting, but the book as a whole is so lacking. For the time it was written the concepts in the book are incredible, but ideas aren’t enough. There is no real story, at least not one i felt in the least invested in.

After The Time Machine i expected much better. I am now decidedly ambivalent about reading more of Wells’ work.

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16th Oct 2013, 18:34   | tags:,,,

Dhamaka says:

much better dramatised, for all those reasons :)

20th Oct 2013, 19:27