The Midwich Cuckoos

by JOHN WYNDHAM | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0140014403 Global Overview for this book
Registered by daffodil-2 of Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on 1/3/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by daffodil-2 from Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom on Saturday, January 03, 2015
This book was bought from a secondhand bookstall. It is a paperback showing signs of age but still well readable. The cover illustration on this copy differs from the one illustrated on this page.
From the cover:- "Cuckoos lay eggs in other birds' nests. The clutch that was fathered on the quiet little village of Midwich, one night in September, proved to possess a monstrous will of its own. It promised to make the human race look as dated as the dinosaur."

REVIEW:- I first read this book as a 15 year old schoolgirl, many years ago. It was very interesting to re-read it decades later in light of the advances in medical science and knowhow. At times I was disappointed with the story and found Professor Zellaby's ramblings rather annoying too. However in general I enjoyed it again with its challenges to Darwin's theory of evolution and the comparison of the "cuckoos" with a wild species of animals that could threaten the future of the human race.
I was disappointed that the children had so little dialogue within the story and the plot was rather far-fetched with regard to possible publicity and other matters but it certainly gave me much food for thought with regard to UFO's and the like.


Journal Entry 2 by daffodil-2 at North Walsham, Norfolk United Kingdom on Sunday, January 04, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (1/5/2015 UTC) at North Walsham, Norfolk United Kingdom

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This book will be sent by Royal Mail to Teuffi in Great Bookham (a great place for a bookcrosser to live by the sound of it!). This will be a surprise RABCK from her wishlist in response to a wishlist book she is sending me. I hope she really enjoys it.

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Journal Entry 3 by teuffi at Great Bookham, Surrey United Kingdom on Thursday, January 08, 2015
Thank you so much daffodil-2! Didn't expect to receive your RABCK so quickly!!! What a lovely surprise, thanks again so much! Thank you very much for the ex-libris too! :-) A lovely belated Christmas present!

And I suppose Bookham is indeed a good place to live for a bookcrosser (never thought of it!) :-)

Looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 4 by teuffi at Great Bookham, Surrey United Kingdom on Saturday, March 26, 2016
Finally got round to reading this book and enjoyed it very much! Although I found the writing style simpler than I would have liked, I enjoyed the plot despite the predictable end.

I particularly enjoyed a paragraph about the way American fiction deals with creatures from another world compared to how Brits do. It made me check when the book was written as this observation still very much describes current sci-fi American fiction!

I will look for another reader for this book as it is in my opinion very worth reading!

Thank you very much daffodil-2 for sharing this book!

Released 4 yrs ago (3/29/2016 UTC) at -- Controlled Release, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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On its way to the next reader - hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 6 by redfox5 at Sandhurst, Berkshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Thank you for this wishlist book. I recently read 'The Day Of Triffids' by this author and really enjoyed it.

Journal Entry 7 by redfox5 at Camberley, Surrey United Kingdom on Saturday, October 24, 2020
I loved this book! At first I wasn't so sure as it didn't seem like to much was happening and I suppose I was expecting more of a horror element but towards the end it really started to blow me away.

I've been on Twitter alot recently, I go there to enter competitions but always end up reading comments, which I wish I could ignore because most people on there, talk absolute nonsense. There is a certain kind of person on Twitter who believes you have to subscribe to all the same options otherwise you are the 'wrong' kind of person and you should be completely chucked under the bus. I actually saw a Tweet the other day, where a vegan told another vegan they they couldn't hold that political option because they were a vegan. It's madness!

The reason I bring that up as towards the end, one of the children gives a speech about our political system which could hold true today, even though it was written in the fifties. How our political parties are more interested in scoring points against each other, than comping together and actually looking for a solution to our problems, which in this book happened to be aliens.

Also this quote has a 2020 feeling to it "As a securely dominant species you could afford to lose touch with reality, and amuse yourselves with abstractions".

Anyways it's an awesome book!

Journal Entry 8 by redfox5 at Halloween Exchange, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, October 24, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (10/25/2020 UTC) at Halloween Exchange, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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Halloween Book & Treat Exchange!

Enjoy the book! Happy Halloween!

Journal Entry 9 by dolph1n at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Saturday, October 31, 2020
Thank you for this book, I haven't heard of it but I loved Day of the Triffids. Thank you for all the Halloween themed gifts too.

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