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The war of the worlds : H.G. Wells's classic plus blood, guts and zombies

by H G Wells; Eric S Brown

  Print book : Fiction

Martians beget zombies in this retelling of H.G. Wells’ classic novel.   (2013-02-24)


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The possibility of life on other planets has been written about in many genres, especially science fiction. Author Eric S. Brown’s fascination with zombies has led him to modify H.G. Wells classic, “War of the Worlds”. While the Mars invaders in that original novel were limited to Great Britain, here zombies are created worldwide, as particles falling off the Martian spaceships spread throughout earth’s atmosphere.


Brown’s version can be liken to his purchase of a frosted cake from a bakery to which he added a few sprinkles for decoration whereupon he takes credit for creating the entire confection. To say that the addition of zombies to this timeless tale is superficial is an understatement.


Unlike Well’s original, this version needs additional editing. There are some sentences with either a misspelled or missing word. For example on page 87, “It was my unfortunate luck that a dead man already killed the ditch home.” There are also a few minor formatting issues, although they do not affect the flow of the story.


Readers interested in other War of the Worlds adaptations can read George H. Smith’s, “The Second War of the Worlds”; Was and Manly Wade Wellman’s “Sherlock Holmes’ War of the Worlds”; J.M. Dillard’s “War of the World’s: The Resurrection”; Max Allan Collin’s “War of the Worlds Murder”; Tony Wright’s “War of the Worlds: Aftermath”; Douglas Niles’ “War of the Worlds: New Millennium”; Gabriel Mesta’s “The Martian Wars”; or, “War of the Worlds: Global Dispatch” edited by Kevin J. Anderson.


Readers interested in other zombie tales can read any one of Eric E. Brown’s numerous books on zombies or “World War Z” and “The Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks.

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