The Midwich Cuckoos

The Midwich Cuckoos Who are these children There s something about the way they look at one with those curious eyes Every woman married or unmarried in the sleepy English village of Midwich suddenly finds herself pregn

  • Title: The Midwich Cuckoos
  • Author: John Wyndham Adam Roberts
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Who are these children There s something about the way they look at one with those curious eyes Every woman, married or unmarried, in the sleepy English village of Midwich suddenly finds herself pregnant The children are born blond haired and golden eyed and seem merely unusual, but as they grow, their families begin to notice their sinister powers of telepathy and gr Who are these children There s something about the way they look at one with those curious eyes Every woman, married or unmarried, in the sleepy English village of Midwich suddenly finds herself pregnant The children are born blond haired and golden eyed and seem merely unusual, but as they grow, their families begin to notice their sinister powers of telepathy and group mind sensibility When the children are ostracised they respond by forcing the villagers to act against their will sometimes violently A difficult decision must be made Are these children really human at all, and what sort of threat do they pose Famously filmed as Village of the Damned, this is a classic story of stark moral choices What is permissible if a race, even an entire species, is under attack In his introduction, Roberts examines these questions and points out that when the book was first published in 1957, the horror of the Holocaust was a very recent memory.John Wyndham 1903 1969 created some of the most intriguing and intelligent science fiction of the 20th century His gripping stories show ordinary, sometimes heroic characters reacting to unsettling or disastrous events that call into question the very nature of human society With Wyndham s writing, science fiction becomes an instrument to force us to look at our own world with fresh eyes and to examine our comfortable assumptions, from human superiority to the permanence of civilisation These Folio editions feature superb illustrations by Patrick Leger and each novel is separately introduced by science fiction writer Adam Roberts, who praises Wyndham s narratives as some of the most cunningly wound up, potently memorable fictions of the century From the general description of this particular set

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    1. What a strange story! An easy read, at first glance, with dated language and characters. But there is more to it than meets the eye.I absolutely loved the opening sentence:"One of the luckiest accidents in my wife's life is that she happened to marry a man who was born on the 26th of September."It is such a great homage to chance, which played a major role in the main characters' lives in The Day of the Triffids as well. One of the characters happened to be spared blindness, but only by accident [...]

    2. I can't remember when I first read The Midwich Cuckoos, but it was certainly within 30 years of the end of World War II. Now, almost 40 years later, the postwartime feel is even more present in this short novel, despite the book itself being published in 1957. The way the army moves in immediately, the jeeps on the road, meetings between people who clearly think of themselves as the elders of the village, the consequent emphasis on protecting ordinary people, the "Grange" with its important secr [...]

    3. The dawn of the 27th was an affair of slatternly rags soaking in a dishwater sky, with a gray light weakly filtering through. Nevertheless, in Oppley and in Stouch cocks crowed and other birds welcomed it melodiously. In Midwich, however, no birds sang.In Oppley and Stouch, too, as in other places, hands were soon reaching out to silence alarm clocks, but in Midwich the clocks rattled on till they ran down.In other villages sleepy-eyed men left their cottages and encountered their workmates with [...]

    4. John Wyndham's books are often described, labeled or tagged as cozy catastrophe, I am not sure what that means as the two books* I have read so far of his are rather unsettling. My guess is the Englishness of his prose style and the politeness of his characters. As something of an anglophile I very much appreciate this style of writing, it is very comforting and old school, especially with a nice cuppa tea in my hand. The only serious problem with this book is that the plot is so well known. It [...]

    5. Sci fi, horror, dystopian? A bit of all of them.This is a straightforward and somewhat leisurely story that touches on very deep and difficult themes, mostly indirectly, but explicitly in the last quarter.Midwich is a sleepy English village in the late 1950s. One day, everyone in the village blacks out. They awake, apparently unharmed, only to discover that all the fertile women are pregnant - but the children they give birth to are not like other human children, and turn out to have extraordina [...]

    6. As I read this book, it began to strike me how Wyndham's world view contrasted with that of Tolkien's. Whereas Tolkien harked back to a pre-industrial time of innocence wishing we might get back closer to nature, Wyndham reminds us that we only invented civilisation as a way of distancing ourselves from the harshness and brutality of nature. There is nothing cosy and secure about mother nature.Wyndham also tells us that tolerance of difference is a luxury of those who are secure in themselves. W [...]

    7. This short book on a surreptitious alien invasion continues to resonate in my imagination weeks after reading it. The pleasure of the read for me was in the quiet unfolding of events pieced together by a neutral, largely uninvolved narrator. As with Hitchcock movies, the truly disturbing events are either off-camera or seen in a reflection of someone’s experience. I think its anti-cinematic tone of a radio play may be why the book was considered enough of an innovation in the form of the novel [...]

    8. * 1/2 starsI'm actually shocked by how utterly and completely this book frustrated and bored the hell out of me, how crushingly disappointed I am by the whole affair. I mean, this is John Wyndham for Chrissake -- author of The Chrysalids and The Day of the Triffids (both of which are all levels of awesome).This? This just pisses me off. It's made me want to make my Jules face -- yeah, I got one what of it?I mean, you have GOT to be fucking kidding me. How does such a fantastic idea in the hands [...]

    9. Ah, my other favorite John Wyndham classic and another prime example of the blurred lines between sf and horror in the first half of the 20th century.You all are familiar with the concept even if you don't know where it comes from. Creepy kids are born in an isolated England town to unsuspecting mothers and proceed to terrorize it with their hivemind and telepathic abilities. Classic stuff and pillaged innumerable time in both print and film. How do you defeat enemies who know your every thought [...]

    10. Another enjoyable weird tale by Wyndham, who brought us The Day of the Triffids (which everyone thinks they know how the story goes until they read it and find out about all the blind people). In this book - wait - you can tell from anything ever written about it including the blurb - but, if you managed to avoid and are extremely sensitive to "spoilers" please get off at the next stop, ok?So, only those here who wants to be? Goodie! Anyway, this starts out with an invisible dome over a village. [...]

    11. The sleepiest of all sleepy English country villages is the scene of a most unusual event: on a lovely autumn night, everyone in Midwich passes out, to wake up seemingly unharmed the next morning. But it soon comes to their attention that every fertile woman who was in the village during this strange episode is now pregnant. When those babies are born nine months later, it is obvious that they are not normal, or even human… They all have dark blond hair and golden eyes, grow twice as fast as o [...]

    12. Three and a half stars, I rounded down because I feel like I've been getting a little four-star-happy of late.Gotta give some serious props to Dan for recommending this to me upon my proclamation that I find few things scarier than powerful children en masse. If that's your thing, then this is the book for you. Seriously, just look at some of the covers this book has hadds are creepy!As someone who has been perpetually unclear on the difference between a baby and a parasite (ok, biological imper [...]

    13. Wyndham, after writing in several different genres under a different name in each, decided to write "realistic" science-fiction - and met with success.In this book, one character expounds the view that in all science-fiction, aliens invade Earth by turning up with superior armaments and blasting away - until defeated, having underestimated humanity or overlooked some other factor of crucial importance (e.g. microbes in War of the Worlds). They are essentially doomed by their own hubris. During t [...]

    14. An entire town falls asleep at the same time and are out for hours. Then they wake up and try to act as though it was a weird coincidence. Soon after, however it is discovered that all of the women in the town who are of child-bearing age (including virgins, single women, married women, spinsters etc) are all pregnant at the exact same time. Oh, and there was talks of a spherical object in the sky around the time that everyone passed out hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.Then the children are born with gold eyes. [...]

    15. Oh, dear me! Something strange has happened to the village of Midwich. Some mysterious force has shrouded the town and rendered all therein unconscious for a day and a half. When the force lifts, life returns to normal, except that every woman of child-bearing age soon discovers herself to be with child. But never mind the womenfolk -- they're hardly important to this story. All they have to do is give birth. It's up to the men of Midwich to work out what to do. Of course we should want to preve [...]

    16. Very good little eerie sci-fi novel set in a small village in England in the 1950s. Solid writing, very good storytelling. Picked up at random at a used book shop and enjoyed it thoroughly. PS Don't have alien babies.

    17. I enjoyed The Midwich Cuckoos more than I expected to, I think. I have a difficult relationship with horror stories: I have enjoyed a few, but I'm also quite susceptible to being made anxious and put on edge. The Midwich Cuckoos is one of those books that crosses the line between speculative fiction and horror, but it's more to do with a sense of the uncanny, a sense of deep unease, where the things we take for granted are just ever so subtly different, than with big horrifying things happening. [...]

    18. When I was in high school, we had to read The Chrysalids. After that, I wanted more and devoured all the Wyndham I could lay my hands on. This is one of his best novels. It is tense and horrific, yet not without humour. The idea of smug, Borg-like children who can torture you without blinking a single one of their golden eyes is just plain chilling. At least with zombies you have a fighting chance.

    19. The Fear of Change1 May 2016 I'm going to have to be honest and say that I really didn't like this book all that much, which from glancing over my friends' reviews seems to put me at odds with pretty much all of them (or at least the ones who actually wrote something). Mind you, the one thing that I did like about it (or at least my copy) is the little sticker on it that says £1.50, which brings back memories of the time I was in London and discovered this really cool second-hand bookshop in Le [...]

    20. Despite the age of this sci-fi book it is very forward-thinking for it's time and I really enjoyed it! It is slow paced and there was a lot of time spent philosophising about the children and how to deal with them.There is very little action in the book which may put people off but I didn't mind as it's a short book and the moral debates were as interesting as the physical situation.I love that John Wyndham described his books as 'logical fantasy' - it's very apt.

    21. The Midwich Cuckoos is part sci-fi and part horror story with a greater emphasis on the sci-fi elements. John Wyndham with this tale, in combination with The Day of the Triffids and The Chrysalids, has cemented a place on my list of all time great science fiction authors. His works are both entertaining, well written and enlightening. They are a complement to the reader and no doubt many later writers have been inspired by his contributions to writing whether they realise it or not.The Midwich C [...]

    22. 2.5 stars - Spoilers-Liked some parts, hated others. The most enjoyable aspect was the premise — creepy alien children are always fun to read about. Everything else was kind of dull.-The pacing was all over the place.-It wasn't always clear what was going on — the writing was either too dry or made no sense.-The random changes from first person to third person was annoying.-There was too much philosophy for my liking.-I was rooting for the Children more than the villagers. I was disappointed [...]

    23. Wyndham was another of those authors whom I wanted to read during 2017, and I decided to begin with The Midwich Cuckoos. I was expecting to enjoy the book, but I didn't think that I'd love it as much as I did. I am sceptical when it comes to science fiction, and cannot usually suspend my disbelief that well. It is simply not a genre which I usually enjoy. Saying that, there is something about this novel which feels frighteningly realistic; the England which Wyndham portrays is so real, and his s [...]

    24. This is one of those books that never becomes dated. The village of Midwich is affected by a mysterious phenomenon which causes everyone to fall asleep. They all wake at the same moment one day later and there seems to be no ill effect. This day is referred to by the villagers as the Dayout. After a few weeks however the true consequence of the Dayout is revealed, many of the women in the village are pregnant! The children born after this event are different and as they grow they have an astound [...]

    25. Read for the 2016 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge (although I read it in 2017) prompt 'A Book from the Library'SOME SPOILERS10/2 - Let me start off by saying that I did enjoy this book. It was an interesting take on alien invasions.You couldn't write this book, as it was published, today. All the evidence that refutes Zellaby's belief that the Children may be the 'missing link' scientists have been looking for in human evolution was found (or confirmed as part of our ancestry) after this was written [...]

    26. The Midwich cuckoosInteressante opera quella di Wyndham, capace di veicolare le paturnie di un periodo storico (la guerra fredda) attraverso una componente fantascientifica rivoluzionaria che risulta ancora oggi inquietante.Da uno spunto di partenza così solido si dipanano molte tematiche - la maternità intesa come sacrificio e condanna; l'incontrollata forza dei media sul collettivo; l'incomunicabilità con il diverso - e la stessa storia viaggia sui binari della coerenza, senza mai abbandona [...]

    27. This was unexpectedly awesome, and a really great read. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about my second John Wyndham book, after being a bit underwhelmed by his much loved book The Chrysalids, but clearly I started with the wrong one - The Midwich Cuckoos, with its sci-fi/horror elements, was right up my alley.The story follows the dull English town of Midwich, where nothing interesting happens until the day that everyone in the village in a certain radius falls unconscious for a full day. After they [...]

    28. I read The Day of the Triffids last year and thoroughly enjoyed it - I wouldn't say I enjoyed this one quite as much but it was definitely worth the read.- This novel follows the story of a small rural town called Midwich. Midwich is a pretty unassuming place and very little seems to ever happen there. That is until one day when all of the residents drop down unconscious - there appears to be a border around the entire village and should anyone step through it they loose consciousness. After a f [...]

    29. Damn! I lost my review when I clicked on another windowh!Very good 50s sci-fi. Completely male-oriented even if it's a book about invasion by pregnancy.

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