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.
I've lived in Austin, Texas, for over 10 years, not Houston. World War II is my lifelong interest since my father was a combat veteran in the 8th Air Force. I grew up with pilots, bombardiers, and navigators. They told me many stories of their experiences and I cannot get enough of books and documentaries.
No, it was only somewhat interesting. War of the Worlds fans will enjoy this.
If you are a real fan of "War of the Worlds," this is a fun book. Otherwise, it does not stand on its own.
"Don't give up on this story too soon. It gets better"
An unusual take on background inspiring HGWells stories, such as War of the Worlds, first men on the moon, and The island of Doctor Moreau.
At first I though this would be an uninteresting autobiographical account of H.G., as much was factual. However, it became very exciting and interesting, incorporating many of his stories, such as The Time Machine and The Invisible Man.
Well worth persevering with.
"Good to average"
I really enjoyed the start of this book, but later it got bogged down in excessive detail. The references to Wells's and others' writings made me smile and were interesting but then the author started to spend too long on descriptions and not enough time on driving the story forwards. The narrator evidently didn't always check ahead as to which character was speaking and would sometimes use the wrong voices. Overall I'd rate the story as a 3.5/5, and do feel inspired to read more H G Wells and investigate the writings of T H Huxley.
Really enjoyed this book. A good twist with familiar characters. I've read most of H G Wells books and loved this new recipe of real and fictional people. More of the same please.
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