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Summer of Classics: H.G. Wells

For this year's Summer of Classics, I'm reading nothing but H.G. Wells. Since I was eight years old, I've owned a boxed paperback set of seven Wells science fiction novels: The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau, In the Days of the Comet, The Food of the Gods and The First Men in the Moon. (He certainly liked "The..." titles, didn't he?) After all of these years, I've only read the first three, and since I'm woefully under-read in sci-fi in general, I decided to tackle these this year. The books are reasonably short (the longest is 250 pages) so I should be able to finish them all by the end of August.

First up is The War of the Worlds, which I'm enjoying so far. The narration is strange, though - most of it is in first person, though the narrator is physically distant from the Martians, so we mostly see only their destructive aftermath. And the remainder is the narrator relating the experiences of his brother during the Martian attack, in far greater detail than seems plausible. I just finished the first section, and I believe the focus of the second section moves from the invasion and attack, to English life under Martian rule. I'm interested to see the conclusion - having first read the book so long ago, I don't remember the ending, but I do remember the ending of Orson Welles' infamous radio play adaptation. Considering that Welles moved the action ahead fifty years, and from England to New Jersey, I'm wondering how much he tinkered with the conclusion.

June 11, 2017 in Books | Permalink