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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 – Call For The Dead

Call for the DeadCall for the Dead by John le Carré

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

John le Carré is probably best known for his cold war spy novels, particularly Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, but his career started with Call For The Dead. This is the book that introduces us to George Smiley, le Carré’s protagonist for many of his earlier novels, and unlike later novels such as the aforementioned The Spy Who Came In From The Cold this book is less of a spy novel and more of a mystery thriller.

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