The War of the Worlds: Classics Challenge #1

Following my post on reading obvious classics (that you honestly haven’t read) I started with H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. If you are on Amazon Prime, head to your Prime Reading and it’s available to download to your Kindle for free.

This little novel is truly mind blowing. Just imagine, H.G. Wells wrote The War of the Worlds in 1897 and has never been out of print. What I found absolutely remarkable is that in the middle of the conservative Victorian era, Mr Wells is able to narrate the landing of these terrible and violent Martians that will cause mayhem in the sleepy outskirts of London. 

The most fascinating thing about reading The War of the Worlds is that it is very easy to forget this was written almost century before the moon landing. Wells has an extraordinary ability to recreate the tension and panic of the English people as they realise the terrible threat they are under. The plot gets darker and darker, and there are very explicit violent scenes as the Martian fighting-machine leaves its path of death and destruction. 

An extraordinary read that includes the unforgettable Martian red weed. Now, that will stick with you. Literally. 

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Obvious classics you’ve never read

Who doesn’t love a reading challenge? You may have chosen the traditional Goodreads one or the incredibly clever Pop Sugar Challenge. I think I have both on my radar but browsing on my Amazon Prime Reading I saw an interesting selection of classics. At first instance I thought why bother if I know these stories. But do I? This gave me the idea to spend the first few months of the year reading the obvious classics I’ve never read. Here is my list so far:

Alice in Wonderland Amazon Classics

The War of the Worlds – H.G Wells

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

The Adventures of Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain

The Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum

Journey to the Centre of the Earth – Julius Verne

The Jungle Book – Rudyard Kipling

The Arabian Nights – Andrew Lang

I will write short reviews of each one of these titles, but if you think I’m missing a really obvious jewel, please get in touch and I’d be happy to add it to the reading list.

Till later!