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E21 War of Worlds

Wells, H.G.

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ISBN 10: 0394904710 / ISBN 13: 9780394904719
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, New York, 1960
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0394904710 12mo - over 6?" - 7?" tall There is a name written on the top inside front cover. There is light wear to the covers and edges. Bookseller Inventory # 006033

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Title: E21 War of Worlds

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers, New York

Publication Date: 1960

Binding: Pictorial Cover

Illustrator: Edward Gorey

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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A suspenseful account of the experiences of a single man during the invasion of Earth by Martians in 1894

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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

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