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The Midwich Cuckoos Mass Market Paperback – May 12, 1976
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This is a classic tale of an unthinkable form of asymmetric warfare where an alien enemy exploits the baseline human instinct of nurture as the fulcrum upon which they place the lever of their one military advantage: the telepathic collective intelligence of an army of children.
Those who enjoy the horror genre of science fiction will be somewhat disappointed as is reflected by several other reviewers. John Wyndham is not Stephan King so those looking for a skin-crawling, pulse pounding scare will not find it in the pages of Cuckoos. Those who like a more subtle and cerebral read will find this work both disquieting and thought provoking. I would classify this as more of a psychological drama than a sci-fi horror thriller.
"The Midwich Cuckoos" is a metaphorical title for a book about collective intelligence. The alien children born in the village are identical. Golden eyed, unemotional, endowed with mental powers and superior intelligence. Over the years the Children become a bigger problem. They commit a murder and contol the minds of others. They are cold, ruthless and calculating.
This book has been described as disturbing. When it was first published the idea of children committing murderer was probably quite shocking. These days it seems normal. This is an interesting book but I prefer the apocalyptic scenarios in "The Day of the Triffids" and "The Chrysalids".
Wyndham's novel starts very slowly, but that is not a flaw; the low-key, matter-of-fact accumulation of details of life in a small British village makes the story's horror all the more potent when the reader (and the characters) slowly realize what has been happening around them. Everyone in a tiny village is suddenly rendered unconscious; they awake a day later, seemingly none the worse for wear-- until they realize that every woman in the village (including virgins) is pregnant. Wyndham's title, "The Midwich Cuckoos," refers to the way some species of cuckoo birds leave their eggs in other birds' nests; the cuckoo egg hatches first, and the cuckoo chick destroys the other eggs. That the mysterious Midwich babies have a similar fate in mind for the people of earth is not immediately apparent, but becomes so only when it seems too late to prevent it.
This alien invasion is far less dramatic that the tentacled Martians of H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, or the walking plants of Wyndham's own earlier novel, ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Being a fan of the film version I was eager to see what the novel had to offer. As I learned time and time again when one medium is translated into another the results are vastly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SLAPPYWAG1
Frightening little story but it was ruined just a bit for me by the seeming casualness of the main characters to the horror around them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by STEPHEN SCHREUDER
Too many typos. ‘Though, mind you,’ Mr Zellaby continued, ‘it is a trifle détnodé even to perceive the existence of the problem. Read morePublished 4 months ago by astutemuse
I have always wanted to read the book because I love the movie made in 1960 that was based on the book; I'm glad I finally read the book. A winner in my library.Published 8 months ago by Happybeebee
One of my all/time favourites. Beautifully/written, great characterisation, stunningly original plot. Read morePublished 8 months ago by jennytwist
Surprisingly entertaining, I'm so glad I finally decided to get it. I read many samples of Kindle books, and always want to buy more than my budget allows. Read morePublished 9 months ago by P. Harper
Very thought provoking and a little weird. Good science fiction.Published 10 months ago by Barbara Lewis
John Wyndham uses all his considerable skills in this tale of superior beings born as unusual Children in Midwich, and the struggle between them and the local inhabitants. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael Barley
The book very old and yellow.pages. which I. The description this was not said, misleading and brittle.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer