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The War of the Worlds the War of the Worlds Hardcover – May 23 2010

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  • Hardcover: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing (May 23 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1161480528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1161480528
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 186 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,136,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 the Paperback edition.

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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 the Paperback edition.

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