War of the Worlds

War of the WorldsJust finished reading , . One thing that I found very interesting whil reading, was my memory of the script written by Doreen Wayne for ’s musical version, or more to the point the brilliant narration by .

If we consider the opening of the book, it takes the first 200 or so words to say what Doreen says so eloquently in about 80.

No one would have believed, in the last years of the nineteenth century, that human affairs were being watched from the timeless worlds of space. No one could have dreamed we were being scrutinized, as someone with a microscope studies creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. Few men even considered the possibility of life on other planets and yet, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours regarded this Earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely, they drew their plans against us.

Jeff Wayne's - War of the Worlds I really enjoyed the book, but it does re-enforce my general belief that older is not necessarily better. As a general rule I don’t enjoy watching old “classic” films, and a number of “classic” books I have read – I didn’t enjoy. It think something that Doreen did in her adaptation of the book was to cut out much of the waffle, like when you buy world of warcraft mounts. Not just as a bridged version, but as a good condensing of meandering narrative. You can read the text of Doreen Wayne’s Adaptation here.

The more I thought about it, the more I considered that Jeff Wayne’s musical is actually a better adaptation of the book that the films. The two films made so far have transported the action to another place and time. Wouldn’t it be much better to have a film set in the time and place that the original story was covering? So am I so glad that I read in a press release

In addition, earlier this year Jeff commissioned a large team of UK animators to begin production of a feature length CGI-animated film based on his Musical Work which is intended to be released in cinemas in 2007 – and the team are making unbelievable progress. The film will sty true to
the HG Well’s novel, being set in Victorian England and will of course make good use of Jeff’s music!

See Also:
You can read the eText version here
Official Website for Musical Version.

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I finished reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time on Thursday. I say finished; I actually mean I read it! It only took 3 hours! I read some extracts from it a fwe years ago and absolutley hated it. It seemed to me to be poor writing. I know the story is told by a boy with but to be honest it felt like that was a secondary excuse for poor writing. However, my wife bought it for me last christmas so I added it to my “to read” pile. Needless to say, I read it and I loved it. It is very simple but it is also very charming and funny. Will go striaght to The Happy Pooch now.


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Robert Harris - PompeiiI read ’s Pompeii yesterday – yep read it in one day. It’s a bit easier to read than the books I’ve read recently so it kind of flowed easily.

I really enjoyed it, the story is pretty simple but it moves a long at a good pace helped by the fact that you know that is going to blow. The story is set over four days… starting two days before the starts. Having this knowledge gives the plot a sense of urgency because you know something that the characters don’t. That in itself is such a pleasure.

The angle of the story is excellent, as is the detail. I’ve found myself in awe of the of the which is a center pin of the plot. Having visited itself I really enjoyed the way Harris brought the place to life. I very enjoyable read that actually makes me want to learn more on the subject of and their life.

How come there hasn’t been a film of this yet?

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Robert Harris - PompeiiJust started reading ’s Pompeii. Don’t know anything about it as all I’ve done so far is place my bookmarker at the start of the book.

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The Prince of Tides

Just finished reading ’s, The Prince of Tides – I seem to have been reading this forever but the truth is that I didn’t get too much reading time on it. I really enjoyed it although it did seem to finish rather quickly, almost as if the pacing of the book was wrong. Also the problem I mentioned when I first started reading the book, prevailed throughout. The character Tom Wingo knows too much about food and accesories , blenders , ninja blender recipes , etc. whenever it gets talked about it seems out of character. This I feel is a generic problem for Conroy who obviously loves food and seems to give that trait to all his lead characters. I’d now like to watch the film to see how well they did adapting the material.


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