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The Midwich Cuckoos | [John Wyndham]

The Midwich Cuckoos

Set in the present in the village of Midwich, an event happens one afternoon that results in the pregnancy of all the women of child- bearing age. After nine months they all give birth to striking blue-eyed blonde boys, all with similar looks. The result has disastrous consequences for the villagers. This classic science-fiction novel has been filmed twice as Village of the Damned.
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Set in the present in the village of Midwich, an event happens one afternoon that results in the pregnancy of all the women of child- bearing age. After nine months they all give birth to striking blue-eyed blonde boys, all with similar looks. The result has disastrous consequences for the villagers. This classic science-fiction novel has been filmed twice as Village of the Damned.

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    Alicia Czechowski Baltimore Maryland 10-17-09
    Alicia Czechowski Baltimore Maryland 10-17-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Very scary kids"

    What is more frightening than a quiet, pastoral village being invaded by alien children? Wyndham may have been the first to put this modern twist to the old "changeling" story.
    Short as this novel is, it gradually and clearly develops the nature of the children's power and their menace to a seemingly impotent human race.
    The escalating horror of The Midwich Cuckoos is enhanced by the reader's perfect British composure.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    No Suspicion 09-03-13 Member Since 2012

    I could wile away the hours...

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    "Classic, Quaint, Cold War Science fiction"

    This cleverly written science-fiction about alien possession in a rural hamlet is a worthwhile listen if you have a four-hour drive. It has that wonderful British blend of proper diction, understated elegance, subdued horror, good pacing, and just enough biological theory to keep you engaged. The aliens are strange, beautiful, and deadly competitors for an overmatched human race. The conclusion--how we deal with them--will bring to mind contemporary terrorist tactics. Recommended.

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