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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The year begins with something from the late 50s!

This year I begin my adventures in the world of SF with John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos. I've only read one Wyndham book previously, The Day of the Triffids which believe me is nothing like the film, but I got this book from Bookmooch (click to see my books listed there) and thought I'd give it a go.
It was written in 1957, the year Sputnik was launched,but it reads rather like how I would imagine a H.G.Wells story would. Its seems to be like what I might call 'quiet SF' -it doesnt shout its story from the rooftops but is just good writing in an easy style.
It concerns itself with a quiet country village that suddenly becomes changed by something out of the ordinary happening-in some ways it resembles the novella by Brian Aldiss, the Saliva Tree, which is a homage to H G Wells.
Well, I finally finished it!(I'm a slow reader, I rarely get the time to myself, not that I'm complaining!)
It was an OK read, not exactly thrillling, kind of quiet SF, which I believe is typical of the author-understated. It got a bit of a chore in parts, being written in the 50s the language was a bit long winded compared to modern standards but it was reasonably entertaining.
This book formed the basis of the horror movie 'Village of the Damned'
Not bad!