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The Midwich Cuckoos

By John Wyndham & Kelly Link
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham & Kelly Link digital book - Fable

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A genre-defining tale of first contact by one of the twentieth century’s most brilliant—and neglected—science fiction and horror writers, whom Stephen King called “the best writer of science fiction that England has ever produced.”

“In my opinion, [John] Wyndham’s chef d’oeuvre . . . a graphic metaphor for the fear of unwanted pregnancies . . . I myself had a dream about a highly intelligent nonhuman baby after reading this book.”—Margaret Atwood, Slate


What if the women of a sleepy English village all became simultaneously pregnant, and the children, once born, possessed supernatural—and possibly alien—powers? 

A mysterious silver object appears in quiet, picture-perfect Midwich. A day later, the object is gone—and all the women in the village, they will come to learn, are now pregnant. 

The resultant children of Midwich are shockingly, frighteningly other. Faced with these unfathomable and potentially unstoppable children, the question arises: What will humanity do when faced with the threat of the unknown?

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3.5
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I had really high hopes for this one! After reading Web, Wyndham's last novel, which I adored, I was excited to start his perhaps most celebrated work. And there is a lot I do like. I find Zellaby an interesting character, and Wyndham does an excellent job at balancing the comical/absurd elements with the darker aspects. However, I found it hard to push through. What took away from it, in my opinion, is the narration, which was jagged, with sudden lapses in time and plot for seemingly no reason. This approach really took away from the overall impact of the story, and I would have much preferred a narrator who was either more active in the story or just a good old omnipresent narrator. Still enjoyed it!”
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“The story was quite good, but how could it not be? Everyone in a small town collapses into a deep sleep, some kind of invisible force field prevents anyone outside of the town from entering, and then when the force field lifts, every woman in town is pregnant. Yeah, that’s gonna be good. But it was made even better by the audiobook, which was actually made for radio. Instead of just a normal narration, there was an actor for every character, there were sound effects, there was music. It was very cool.”

About John Wyndham

John Wyndham (1903-1969) is considered a pioneer of science fiction and horror, though he preferred to think of himself as a “logical fantasist.” He began writing science fiction and detective stories in the 1920s, but shifted to science fiction post-WWII, focusing on themes of disaster, invasion, and first contact. His best known works include The Day of the Triffids (1951) and The Midwich Cuckoos (1957). A pacifist and socialist, Wyndham—unlike a lot of mid-century genre fiction authors—was alive to the impact of sexism, classism, and prejudice and his novels reflect his liberal politics.

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