The Midwich Cuckoos

The Midwich Cuckoos

Book - 2008
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The children of Midwich are all blond, golden-eyed, grow up too fast, and were all conceived on a night when a silver object appeared and the Midwich inhabitants fell unconscious. Now the children are exhibiting frightening abilities that bring them into conflict with the other villagers.
Publisher: London : Viking, 2008
ISBN: 9780141033013
0141033010
Branch Call Number: SF WYNDHAM 2008
Characteristics: 219 p. ; 20 cm

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Oh, every woman in Midwich is pregnant. How very nice.

The children of Midwich are all blond, golden-eyed, grow up too fast, and were all conceived on a night when a silver object appeared and the Midwich inhabitants fell unconscious. Like Finney's The Body Snatchers, speaks to the fear of the other in our midst.


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lukasevansherman
Dec 11, 2015

English sci-fi author John Wyndham (he also wrote "Day of the Triffids") took fantastic situations and wrote about them in a realistic way, much like his predecessor H.G. Wells. I'm not sure why he's not better known, as his books are unusually intelligent, provocative and well-written. This was the basis for the film "Village of the Damned," in which a bunch of alien children take over a town. The book is less a thriller and more a speculative novel about how people would actually react to such a scenario. And "Midwich Cuckoos" is an awesome title.

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CanIGetAHoya
Aug 11, 2015

This is a great science fiction book based in the Cold War time, and it has a really deep and witty sense about the dialogue and text - something I loved very much. I would not recommend this book for people who are not accustomed to the 20th century British customs and language, but it was a great story filled with loyalty, humanity, the will to survive at all costs, and doing what is right even though it seems wrong. Midwich Cuckoos raises the question - What would happen if a species smarter than humans invaded earth and posed a threat to our species? I give this book five stars - IT DESERVES IT

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1aa
Jul 21, 2015

A book composed almost entirely of dialogue; gets off to a slow start and ends far too abruptly.

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sydneymore
Jul 07, 2013

A well built story from beginning to end. Classic science fiction.

laustcawz Oct 23, 2012

This book is the basis for the film "Village Of The Damned".

Eerie, but a little show moving.

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macierules
Mar 23, 2010

Intriguing, relevant; written in an enjoyable style. On the 1001 Books Must Read Before You Die list.

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