What if the Martian invasion was not entirely the product of H.G. Wells's vivid imagination? What if Wells witnessed something that spurred him to write The War of the Worlds as a warning? From drafty London flats to the steamy Sahara, to the surface of the moon and beyond, The Martian War takes the reader on an exhilarating journey with Wells and his companions.
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I was intrigued by the concept that H. G. Wells might have based his novel "War of the Worlds" on real events. I expected a sort of re-telling of the story from a different viewpoint but remaining faithful to the original novel. The author surprised me, though, as he borrows from all of Wells' novels to build an entirely new story that actually has little to do with the novel (other than the characteristics of the Martians and their technology). Borrowing characters from "Island of Dr. Moreau," "Invisible Man," "First Men in the Moon," and other Wells stories, this novel, although not what I expected, was well-written and quite engaging. Also, Graeme Malcolm's narration was absolutely fabulous. Highly recommended for all fans of H. G. Wells.
I wasn't sure what to make of this book at first. The characters were well developed and the pace of the story was ok. I have read other Kevin J. Anderson book and sometimes he really hits the mark and other times he misses it. This book fall in between a hit and a miss. I did like the Victorian style of thinking about science. The images put forth in the book harkened back to the silent films of the turn of the century. I though the narration was good.
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