Saturday, January 03, 2009
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War of the Worlds


H G Wells had War of The Worlds published in 1898. A brilliant imagination gave us an insight to the future.

War of The Worlds by H G Wells is a classic read. It is futuristic and portrays the imagination of the author, brilliantly.

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The story telling of the invasion of aliens on the planet earth, captures the reader from the very first page. The determination of those willing to fight and survive is deeply moving, the descriptive paragraphs create images in the mind, the invasion of London, the author uses one voice to tell the story, it is captivating as you follow the storyline. This passage, taken from the book describes the first time the aliens are seen.

Two large dark-coloured eyes were regarding me steadfastly. The mass that framed them, the head of the thing, was rounded, and had, one might say, a face. the extraordinary intensity of the immense eyes--were at once vital, intense, inhuman, crippled and monstrous. There was something fungoid in the oily brown skin, something in the clumsy deliberation of the tedious movements unspeakably nasty. Even at this first encounter, this first glimpse, I was overcome with disgust and dread.

With modern television we are offered images such as these in sci -fi movies, but the year this book was published the writer had to really work hard at getting the imagery across.

Several variety of films were produced and in 1978, Jeff Wayne released a musical version of the book, the music and light show was a hit. The musicians are alive on the stage, they are having fun, the music is intense and the excitement, tension and pleasure of the audience and performers alike, can be felt with every beat of the music and every flash of light ray.

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