31 Days Of Thrills And Chills ~ Day #16 ~ My Monday Minis #69 ~ The War of The Worlds

Posted: October 16, 2017 in Monday's Minis, reviews, Science Fiction
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Welcome to my 31 Days Of Thrills And Chills!

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I’ll be sharing all kinds of books, movies, and other spooky stuff for every day in October. Gots to

get those scares on for the 31st!

And welcome to my Monday Minis Reviews where I share shorter reviews of books I’ve read.

I’m going to take you back in time. To 1898 and H.G. Wells classic story War Of The Worlds.

The War Of The Worlds

by H.G. Wells



Genre: Horror

 My Review

I remember the original movie for this book. It had loads of atmosphere and scared me way more than the more modern one starring Tom Cruise with the techie CG stuff. Mind you, I still enjoyed that one too. And I guess I’m showing my age here when I mention listening to shows on the radio. Not so old that I listened to the original show broadcast in 1938 that caused such a panic. People came into the radio broadcast not having heard it was just a show and actually believed aliens had invaded.  Having read so many books since I first read this and seen so many movies, I figured a reread was in order to see how I felt about it now.

Keeping in mind this was written in 1898, I was surprised by how modern it felt while still feeling like the time it was written in.  I think Wells was a visionary. We hadn’t yet learned to fly and he wrote about Martians in alien space crafts invading our planet.

It’s a thrilling They came, They saw, We conquered story. And I think what made it scarier for me was I kept seeing scenes from the original film while reading it. Towering alien machines that shoot death rays and slithering, ugly aliens. Mr. Wells was one of the great story tellers and I bet he enjoyed scaring the pants off people.

 4  Stars



With H.G. Wells’ other novels, The War of the Worlds was one of the first and greatest works of science fiction ever to be written. Even long before man had learned to fly, H.G. Wells wrote this story of the Martian attack on England. These unearthly creatures arrive in huge cylinders, from which they escape as soon as the metal is cool. The first falls near Woking and is regarded as a curiosity rather than a danger until the Martians climb out of it and kill many of the gaping crowd with a Heat-Ray. These unearthly creatures have heads four feet in diameter and colossal round bodies, and by manipulating two terrifying machines – the Handling Machine and the Fighting Machine – they are as versatile as humans and at the same time insuperable. They cause boundless destruction. The inhabitants of the Earth are powerless against them, and it looks as if the end of the World has come. But there is one factor which the Martians, in spite of their superior intelligence, have not reckoned on. It is this which brings about a miraculous conclusion to this famous work of the imagination.



The War Of The Worlds trailer from 1953.


The War Of The Worlds trailer from 2005.


The War Of The Worlds Radio Broadcast in 1938.


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  1. I quite often listen to my cd of the musical version…love that!

  2. I love the cover on this version, but I’ve never actually read the book. I really enjoyed the original movie and the Tom Cruise remake wasn’t bad, but Dakota Fanning screaming throughout the whole thing really grated my last nerve!

  3. Can’t go wrong with this one.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. I read the book and saw the movie. Perfect fall read and movie!

  5. karen blue says:

    I haven’t read the book, but I saw the Tom Cruise movie. I did listen to part of the broadcast you shared. Without catching the beginning I could totally see how people would think it was real. Hopefully one day I will sit down to read this. Thanks for sharing your thought on it.

  6. I haven’t read a book by H. G. Wells so shame on me for not reading more classics…lol. I listened to the broadcast of this and seen the movies though. :)

  7. I’ve seen both movies and listened to tne radio broadcast a couple of times. I think I have seen the original one three or four times, and yes, it is the best. I read the book a looooooong time ago, so I should re-read it. ?

    • fuonlyknew says:

      I enjoyed the book more the second time around. Maybe I was too young to appreciate the first time. LOL And the original movie was the best.