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Book Review: The War Of The Worlds

The War of the WorldsThe War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First published in 1898, H. G. Wells’ The War Of The Worlds is undoubtedly one of the first great sci-fi novels. Following the template of invasion literature that was common in the later third of the nineteenth century it presents us with a hypothetical war waged by an intelligent Martian invader, and in doing so foreshadows much of the horror of the two world wars that were to follow it’s publication during the next fifty years.

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Book Review: Dracula

Dracula (Penguin English Library)Dracula by Bram Stoker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first read this book back in college as part of my English Literature course, and in particular as part of an exploration of how the vampire was represented in literature. Of the half-dozen or so early examples of the genre (vampire lit) I read, this and Sheridan le Fanu’s Carmilla were the two that stuck in my mind the most. I’ve since read both a number of times, and probably will again going forward.

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