The War of the Worlds, Paperback
4 out of 5 (13 ratings)


The night after a shooting star is seen streaking through the sky from Mars, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Common in London.

At first, naive locals approach the cylinder armed just with a white flag only to be quickly killed by an all-destroying heat-ray, as terrifying tentacled invaders emerge.

Soon the whole of human civilisation is under threat, as powerful Martians build gigantic killing machines, destroy all in their path with black gas and burning rays, and feast on the warm blood of trapped, still-living human prey.

The forces of the Earth, however, may prove harder to beat than they at first appear.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780141441030



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Skip the movie read the book. Set in London (not NY) at the turn of the century (not modern day), it's a story of one man's quest to survive and find his wife after aliens invade and start wiping out the human race. It's a quick read that makes you think a little about the "what about aliens" question.

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A very scary book for me and i've been de-sensitised by a childhood full of freddie kruger so how people felt at the turn of the century reading this i can't imagine. Well written apart from the fast ending, a must read before watching that travesty of a film.

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Not America, as in the films, but Aldershot and Woking - these are the places the aliens come to land and to rule humanity. Wells' work is breathlessly exciting, but it is worth considering Lindqvist's suggestions in "Exterminate all the Brutes" - is it possible that the war is a metaphor for empire in Africa? Would that then make us the alien horde, spreading death and destruction with every step taken?

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One of the great classic science fiction novels it's still a great read although to modern eyes it is often unintentionally humourous, partly because of the bucolic setting and partly because every so often you tread a phrase that is quoted word for word in Jeff Waynes' musical and it throws you a bit. But the science fiction hasn't dated at all and this remains a classic story of an alien invasion and the description of the post-apocalyptic world is still chilling.

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One of the greatest science fiction novels of all time.

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