The Kraken Wakes


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John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a barrister. He tried a number of careers including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, and started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925. From 1930 to 1939 he wrote short stories of various kinds under different names, almost exclusively for American publications, while also writing detective novels. During the war he was in the Civil Service and then the Army. In 1946 he went back to writing stories for publication in the USA and decided to try a modified form of science fiction, a form he called 'logical fantasy'. John Wyndham died in March 1969.


Ingenious, horrifying

Previously published in England as Out of the Deep, noted British sf author Wyndham's story unfolds through English journalist Mike Watson's account of events witnessed by himself and his new wife. Starting on their honeymoon with what he describes as fireballs falling from the sky, the story evolves to attacks by "sea tanks" and unusually fast-melting icebergs. Not your typical sf story, the aliens are no longer confined to coming from outer space to conquer the planet. The action is delivered in three phases, which move the plot along wonderfully. However, there's little character development along the way. British narrator Alex Jennings shows animation, playing multiple people very well, including English, Russian, and French characters. VERDICT Fans of H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds will enjoy this audiobook.-Jessi Brown, Huntington City Twp. P.L., IN (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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