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The War of the Worlds [Unabridged] [Mass Market Paperback]

H. G. Wells
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Dec 1 1993
Tor Classics are affordably-priced editions designed to attract the young reader. Original dynamic cover art enthusiastically represents the excitement of each story. Appropriate "reader friendly" type sizes have been chosen for each title—offering clear, accurate, and readable text. All editions are complete and unabridged, and feature Introductions and Afterwords.

This edition of War of the Worlds includes a Introduction, Biographical Note, and Afterword by James Gunn.

They came form outer space--Mars, to be exact.

With deadly heat-rays and giant fighting machine they want to conquer Earth and keep humans as their slaves.

Nothing seems to stop them as they spread terror and death across the planet. It is the start of the most important war in Earth's history.

And Earth will never be the same.

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This is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories, first published by H.G. Wells in 1898. The novel begins ominously, as the lone voice of a narrator tells readers that "No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's..."

Things then progress from a series of seemingly mundane reports about odd atmospheric disturbances taking place on Mars to the arrival of Martians just outside of London. At first the Martians seem laughable, hardly able to move in Earth's comparatively heavy gravity even enough to raise themselves out of the pit created when their spaceship landed. But soon the Martians reveal their true nature as death machines 100-feet tall rise up from the pit and begin laying waste to the surrounding land. Wells quickly moves the story from the countryside to the evacuation of London itself and the loss of all hope as England's military suffers defeat after defeat. With horror his narrator describes how the Martians suck the blood from living humans for sustenance, and how it's clear that man is not being conquered so much a corralled. --Craig E. Engler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This edition of Wells's much disguised attack on British imperialism includes a scholarly introduction, a biographical preface and chronology of the author's life, maps of the Martian landing sites, and explanatory notes. A lot of extras for the price.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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NO ONE WOULD have believed in last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars War of the worlds Dec 20 2013
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This is one of the classics by H.G. Wells. Intriguing story; however, tends to drag in parts. Reader must allow for the fact that Wells was writing without the benefit of current scientific knowledge. Consequently, story seems implausible in parts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why it's still in print a hundred years later... Oct. 12 2006
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H.G. Wells wrote War of the Worlds as a warning to the complacent, world-dominating British citizens of his era to not take the status quo for granted. The arrogance of some British politicians in particular rubbed Wells entirely the wrong way, particularly their sentiment that the British had an 'obligation' to 'civilize' the world (read: colonize) for its own good. Well's book was a rock thrown at that attitude-on-a-pedestal, and although he didn't knock it down, he made his point- and in spectacular fashion. In one way, the Martians *were* the conquering British, with their superior weapons and baffling ways that must have seemed incomprehensible to the natives of Africa and other areas colonized by force. Wells' dark tale was also a warning that even the British- despite their firm belief in their world destiny- could be squashed like so many bugs by an indifferent cosmos that didn't give one whit about the British (or anyone else's) false boast of superiority. In the end, though, it's a hopeful book- just as the Martians died off because they weren't biologically suited to live in this world, Wells also foretells the end of the British Empire because the British (alien) way was not the native way of life in the colonies, suggesting that the British wouldn't survive there long; the natives would eventually prevail. And they did. On top of all that, it's rousing entertainment that can be read just for its drama and suspense.

And that's why it's still in print a hundred years later.

-Mark Wakely, author of An Audience for Einstein
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book. July 1 2014
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The book doesn't really need another review (especially not one written by me), and there is nothing worse about the Kindle edition when compared to the original.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It has held up very well May 16 2014
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The story is very familiar and over a century later it is still quite engaging. I particularly liked how it serves as a time capsule. Four generations on and people are the same yet our technology has evolved so astoundingly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT HISTORY LESSON! Oct. 9 2013
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Greatly enjoyed this old classic!
Had trouble following all the London landmarks, so it took considerable concentration to visualize the movements of the Martians and the others in the story.
Glad I read it though.
Recommend it to both HISTORY and sci-fi. Buffs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Classic Book Oct. 5 2013
By Cole
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Great classic book; awesome for it to be free. Reccomended read for all!!! The Kindle version is very user friendly and a pleasure to read
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Sept. 29 2013
By Bootsy Bass TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Maybe one of the books that could be credited with starting the sci-fi genre. This is a must read for any sci-fi geeks out there. Very well written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Sept. 11 2013
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Excellent book. I always liked all versions of WotW. Especially a musical version I found in a flea market. It was on 2 CDs and first time I listened to it it was like taking an audio adventure. I was young and it was both scary and interesting at the same time listening to that. This book takes me back to those days
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