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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (Dec 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451609752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451609752
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #757,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Like the undead, Eric S. Brown is an unstoppable force in the genre. His fiction consistently delivers jolts to the heart and mind." - David Dunwoody, author of Empire and Dark Entities

About the Author

H.G. Wells is considered by many to be the father of science fiction. He was the author of numerous classics such as The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The War of the Worlds, and many more. 

Eric S. Brown is the author of World War of the Dead, Season of Rot, and Barren Earth. Some of his past works include Cobble, Madmen’s Dreams, and Unabridged Unabashed and Undead: The Best of Eric S. Brown, among others. His short fiction has been published hundreds of times and he was featured as an expert on the walking dead in the book, Zombie CSU. Eric lives in NC with his loving wife, Shanna, and his son, Merrick.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Martians beget zombies in this retelling of H.G. Wells' classic novel. Aug. 3 2011
By Jill Bemis - Published on
Format: Paperback
Invaders from the Red Planet come to earth, causing zombies to swarm the planet, thus threatening all of mankind instead of just Great Britain.

The possibility of life on other planets has been written about in many genres, especially science fiction. Author Eric S. Brown's fascination with zombies has led him to modify H.G. Wells classic, "War of the Worlds". While the Mars invaders in that original novel were limited to Great Britain, here zombies are created worldwide, as particles falling off the Martian spaceships spread throughout earth's atmosphere.

Brown's version can be liken to his purchase of a frosted cake from a bakery to which he added a few sprinkles for decoration whereupon he takes credit for creating the entire confection. To say that the addition of zombies to this timeless tale is superficial is an understatement.

Unlike Well's original, this version needs additional editing. There are some sentences with either a misspelled or missing word. For example on page 87, "It was my unfortunate luck that a dead man already killed the ditch home." There are also a few minor formatting issues, although they do not affect the flow of the story.

Readers interested in other War of the Worlds adaptations can read George H. Smith's, "The Second War of the Worlds"; Was and Manly Wade Wellman's "Sherlock Holmes' War of the Worlds"; J.M. Dillard's "War of the World's: The Resurrection"; Max Allan Collin's "War of the Worlds Murder"; Tony Wright's "War of the Worlds: Aftermath"; Douglas Niles' "War of the Worlds: New Millennium"; Gabriel Mesta's "The Martian Wars"; or, "War of the Worlds: Global Dispatch" edited by Kevin J. Anderson.

Readers interested in other zombie tales can read any one of Eric E. Brown's numerous books on zombies or "World War Z" and "The Zombie Survival Guide" by Max Brooks.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very well done! March 11 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
It's difficult to tell where H.G. Wells ends and Eric S. Brown begins in this book, seamless writing and the addition of Eric's wonderful style make this book a fantastic read! I highly reccomend it to any fan of either genre!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
loved it Nov. 2 2011
By Nathaniel D. - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love sci-fi, and enjoy things with zombies on occasion. This was a really good read, and I am glad that you seen a lot of the writing of H.G. Wells stay intact with the interaction of the zombies. If your a fan of War of the Worlds either in movies or the original, this is a must read. More because it adds another suspenseful turn to an already suspenseful book.
Avid Fan July 15 2011
By ConnieB - Published on
Format: Paperback
The War of the Worlds Plus Blood, Guts and Zombies is truly horrifying. From the Martians with their Heat-Ray, the artillerymen, the common people and the undead, there is no lack of suspense. I, for one, will never again take for granted that my planet, Earth, is safe from the unknown. After reading this book, I have lots to think about. That is what I like in a book.

Eric Brown has, yet again, written a remarkably entertaining book. He is truly a talented author of the unknown, undead, and unthinkable!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
smooth lighthearted fun Dec 18 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Paperback
Mars is dying, but the inhabitants see earth as their next home. Knowing they are a thousand rimes smarter and even more advanced than humans, they expect no problems conquering the third planet.

He sees an odd green light pass near his residence. He goes to look and finds a spacecraft. The inhabitants are mostly brains with tentacles using mechanical bodies for locomotion. More space ships follow as the invasion of earth has begun.

When the Martians kill a human, the latter do not stay dead; instead they return as mindless carnivores seeking live human meat. The Martians did not expect this second order effect and their scientists struggle to find a way to kill the rising reanimated dead. The observer watches much of the invasion and the zombie counter insurgency. Just when it seems the angry red planet expatriates conquered earth, bacteria attacks the Martians.

Eric S. Brown adds a relatively smooth major "Blood, Guts and Zombies" subplot to the original War of the Worlds. Though purists will ask why the Z treatment to this classic, the story line is lighthearted fun; unless you happen to be trapped between zombie and Martian fevers. The blending works for an enjoyable science fiction horror thriller though with Austen, Twain, and Lincoln fighting zombies in a sub-genre losing its freshness, who is next, Darth Vader?

Harriet Klausner

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