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The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds by 1stworld Library,H. G. Wells

ISBN10: 1595400303
ISBN13: 978-1595400307
Author: 1stworld Library,H. G. Wells
Book title: The War of the Worlds
Publisher: 1st World Library - Literary Society (September 1, 2004)
Language: English
Category: History & Criticism
Size PDF: 1577 kb
Size ePub: 1836 kb
Size Fb2: 1959 kb
Rating: 4.2/5
Votes: 402
Pages: 240 pages

The War of the Worlds by 1stworld Library,H. G. Wells

Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. 1st World Library-Literary Society is a non-profit educational organization. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - 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 and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the older worlds of space as sources of human danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of life upon them as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most terrestrial men fancied there might be other men upon Mars, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twentieth century came the great disillusionment.


The book was supposed to be published by The Folio Society and it was instead an inexpensive printing that was part of a series. Very disappointed and it has made me lose confidence in the accuracy of the descriptions on Amazon.

What a great book and it’s a lot different than what you see in the movies that have been based on it. The style of writing is a lot easier to read than many of Wells’s contemporaries so you can really get into the story without stumbling over a lot of archaic prose. The story itself is super imaginative considering the time period it was written in, but so were the rest of Wells’s writings. He was probably a fascinating person to talk to. I’m not going to give a synopsis of of the book because I’m sure everybody else has and there’s one in the book description anyway, but I really recommend this book to any age group over 10. Enjoy it!

I re-read this old classic from H.G. Wells and used Oxford World's Classics print - it was a wonderful read with the additional notes on a bunch of references that Wells has used, ranging from Darwin to the Genesis texts...

The dystopian future of mankind's evolution/devolution into the Elois and the Morlocks is a fascinating tale indeed... The underlying message about the need for solving for the growing chasm between the wealthy aristocratic class and the laborers who toiled endlessly from the Britain of late 1800s (the time when this novel was written). Wells, at times, comes across as a proponent of Communism, advocating a more socialistic approach to society e.g., the Elois had collective housing facilities for sleeping, eating etc.

Regardless of these overtones, "The Time Machine" novella is a superb novella and was way ahead of its time... Introducing the concept of time travel and using the dystopian future of mankind as a mean to drive home the message for a need to change is very well done. This classic has truly survived the test of time... it is as fascinating a read in this day and age as it must have been in the late 1800s...

A classic scifi story, WOTW gets better everytime I read it. I've started reading every 2 years or so at Mars' opposition. That's the best time to view Mars through a telescope. Fortunately, I've never seen any evidence of cannon blasts ???? I gave the recording four stars because the story is timeless, but this particular recording is not a favorite. The narrator seems to mumble and does not have a lot of expression in the reading. I've not shared this recording with anyone else because I am afraid of boring them with the reading. I guess maybe it's supposed to sound like a stuffy 19th century upper class Englishman. It does but sounds more like someone reading a newspaper out loud rather than someone telling a story. It's ok, but I hope a more lively performance is done someday....

This was my first reading of this classic. It'd been on my reading list for years. Mark Twain's quote about classics being "books one always means to read but never gets around to" came to mind as I was reading. I'm so glad I got around to it. Once I started it, I could not put it down. This story is astounding in that it was written in the late 1900s. I've enjoyed time travel stories for years, and now know that Mr. Wells is the father of this subgenre. I recommend this for all ages, particularly young readers.

This is the first Amazon Classic I have read. The formatting and editing were excellent, which made it an easy, pleasurable read. This has often not been the case with other classics I have read.

As usual, the original is always better. This could make a great movie, as is. For the generally informed mind, this and other HGW books are informative as to that time period of science and flight. He always referrs to the science and technology of that day, (1890s), and this is where ones own knowledge is broadened. Although, I'll grant you that the average person is ignorant of past technology. So sad , and like the people of this story. This really would make a great movie, as is.

First time I have read this book. I remember watching this movie with my Mom as a child and not liking it very much. The old adage rings true here: 'the book is better then the movie!'. It's great to see how those before us figured the future would play out. Usually a 'future' novel, at least in my experience, is placed in the 'near future' up to maybe a few thousand years ahead. Well's takes that equation and does away with it going millions of years ahead. It's a good study (or at least perspective) of where man might be by then. Good read and I encourage anyone who has seen the movie, to read the book! Haha

Hard to believe elements of the story were conceived in the 19th century - just a few years after invention of the light bulb. Wells imagines robots, lasers, chemical weapons, indiscriminate warfare, panic human exodus, and wide spread human crisis.