Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Good Story 188: The War of the Worlds


Julie and Scott hear some hubbub about alien invasion in the rural areas, but they don't believe a word of it. Episode 188: The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells!

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9 comments:

  1. Wow, Scott, I love that book cover!

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    1. Found on the internets - I love it too!

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  2. Hi, another fine episode. But, what happened in a small town in TEXAS, when the Martians came??
    Try this: Howard Waldrop, Night Of The Cooters.

    http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/waldrop_05_14_reprint/ (Alos on Audio, my dears!)

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    1. Oh my goodness! I am excited about this story! Thanks!

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  3. Hi, the cover is drawn by Edward Gorey, a famous illustrator and author. I guess it's from 1960, and there seems to be a reprint edition from 2005, but I do not know whether it's complete.

    https://www.amazon.de/Worlds-York-Review-Books-Classics/dp/1590171586/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1534690211&sr=8-2&keywords=gorey+wells

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    1. I was really happy when I saw it was Edward Gorey. He's a great favorite of mine.

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  4. Hi Julie & Scott, long-time reader, first-time poster.
    I would never have read some of these books were it not for you two- Dracula, Caine Mutiny come to mind. So thanks for providing me with a ready-made list of good reads.

    One thing I saw a little differently in The War of the Worlds is the narrator's odd hunt for his wife. Being ignorant of the area in which all these events occurred (to the south and west of London) I got out a map and traced his travels. One thing that becomes apparent is that after his escape from Woking with the soldier, he didn't make any real effort to get back to Leatherhead, despite his vigorous proclamations of that intent, and despite the fact there really wasn't any obstacle to doing so. In fact, he was deliberately heading north toward London, along with the aliens, when it would have been safer to head south and find his wife. Perhaps Wells is rather subtly (and negatively) commenting on the dispassionate scientific character of the narrator- his curiosity both distances him from his wife and leads him toward peril. It also lends him a touch of hypocrisy.

    At any rate, it added to my feeling that (despite the fact that I am a scientist myself) I'd much rather have been lost with his brother than with him!
    -Danielle

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    1. Danielle, I am SO IMPRESSED that you got out a map and traced his path. That never would have occurred to me and it does leave us with an interesting set of facts versus his story. I wonder if he was a lot more confused that he lets on since he does mention several times when he seemed to be out of his head. AND I agree that I'd much rather have been with his brother who seems a superior sort of fellow in an emergency.

      Thank you so much for letting us know you've been inspired to read along. It is always wonderful to know that someone else now has experienced some of your favorite books ... which may, in time, become their favorites too! :-)

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  5. Danielle, this is fascinating! Thank you for posting that.

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