Friday, January 25, 2019

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

I enjoy reading early science fiction to see how authors from the past visualized
 one supposed future. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells was published way back in 1898, before flight, before we knew what was on Mars, before travel to the stars, and yet Wells does a good job on incorporating the science of the time into a quite frightening story.

I listened to the audio version of the story that is narrated by one of my favorites, Christopher Hurt.

The story begins with a large cylinder falling to earth and the townspeople try to figure out what it is. British colonization is seen as a theme of the story, but now something new has come to colonize earth.

More and more cylinders fall to earth, and the Martians kill and feed on the humans. Blurb from the back of the book: Thirty-five million miles into space, a species of Martians sets eyes on the planet Earth. With their own planet doomed for destruction, the Martians prepare to invade. Their weapons are ready and their aim is ruthless. The war of the world is about to begin.

Read to a child today even if that child is you.

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

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