Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Tuesday Intros and Teaser Tuesdays - 'The War of the Worlds' by H.G. Wells

The War of the WorldsI am reading a couple of books at the moment but the one closest by at the moment is The War of the Worlds  by H.G. Wells, which I am rereading. My review is over here, but I utterly love this book. I'm currently working on a small project where I am trying to turn the book into a film script. Naturally it is not the easiest thing to do but I love interacting with a book in this way. I have to go quite deep and find the real message and themes in order to preserve those in an adaptation!
Man had not yet learned to fly when H.G. Wells conceived this story of a Martian attack on England. Giant cylinders crash to Earth, disgorging huge, unearthly creatures armed with heat-rays and fighting machines. Amid the boundless destruction they cause, it looks as if the end of the world has come.
Tuesday Intros is hosted by Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea and Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading.

Intro:
'No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinized and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinize the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water.' p.7 (first page)
Yup, all of that is just one sentence and doesn't it just blow your mind away? If you like it, definitely hop over to Youtube and listen to how Jeff Wayne adapted the intro for his musical version of the book. Check out the whole thing if you're a fan of synthesizers and electrical guitars like me!

Teaser: (my explanation features a spoiler)
TeaserTuesdays2014e'The Thunder Child fired no gun, but simply drove full speed towards them. It was probably her not firing that enabled her to get so near the enemy as she did. They did not know what to make of her. One shell, and they would have sent her to the bottom forthwith with the Heat-Ray.' p.110
The Thunder Child is an ironclad, a war ship. As the Martian are trying to stop a steamer ship of people from escaping, she rescues them by sacrificing herself. I always loved this part because it's so tragic and beautiful and it's the last high point of humanity before the Martians really take over!

So, what are you introducing and teasing today? Have you read The War of the Worlds or are you new to it?

15 comments:

  1. Hi Juli, I like the intro and meant to read this one years ago. Love the colors in the cover as well.

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  2. I have not read War of the Worlds. I watched the movie, but I know it's not the same. Here is mine
    http://totallyaddictedtoreading.blogspot.com/2015/03/teaser-tuesday-8.html

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  3. I read this a long time ago and remember liking it.

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  4. I loved the original movie and even have the book but haven't read it. I think I'll pull it down off my shelf and do just that now.

    My TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/03/17/teaser-tuesdays-106-confess-by-colleen-hoover/

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  5. I read this ages ago, but you're tempting me to pick it up again!

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  6. I have loved War of the Worlds for so long - book, movie, another movie. It doesn't matter how it's presented I simply love the story

    My Tease

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  7. I have loved War of the Worlds for so long - book, movie, another movie. It doesn't matter how it's presented I simply love the story

    My Tease

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  8. One of the best openings ever. Thanks for sharing it.

    My Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/03/first-chapter-first-paragraph-98.html

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  9. I haven't yet read War of the Worlds, but I want to. I saw the Tom Cruise movie years ago.

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  10. I'm rather embarrassed to say that I haven't read War of the Worlds... yet.That teaser was a lovely reminder though; the prose is beautiful. The way that Wells makes The Thunder Child sound human is wonderful.

    I’d love if you’d pop by Dewey Girl and give my TT a read: http://deweygirl.co.uk/2015/03/teaser-tuesday-stardust/

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  11. I've yet to read the book, but I am obsessed with the film! Great teaser :)

    My Teaser

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  12. I have this book in a classics compilation, but have yet to read it. My teaser this week comes from a different classic: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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  13. I have this book as well but have never read it. The intro makes me want to get started!

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  14. I have not read it, but like the rest of the world, have seen the movies.

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  15. I'm not a big fan of reading sci-fi, though I do like sci-fi movies. Girl Who Reads

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