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The Kraken WakesEls Which perhaps helped me to recognise what makes him stand out in the field of sci fi He s a brilliant combiner of lements of both horror and sci fi to create a chillingly realistic novels with intelligent thoughts and ideas behind them While he may take inspiration from Verne and Wells he refers to them within his actual novels in clever metalinguistic intertextual devices he writes works which are original in their Extending Symfony 2 Web Application Framework entirety and fascinating That said The Kraken Wakes is probably not the best place to begin reading any of Wyndham s novels I d start with The Chrysalids The Midwich Cuckoos or The Day of the TriffidsPerhaps the most surprising thing about this book for me is that there was no actual Kraken in it At least the version I read I read the blurb about fireballs falling into the oceans ships disappearing and a world wide catastrophe John Wyndham loves those he d no doubt be writing a story about 2012 if he were still writing now and thought okay soxtraterrestrial threat and a Kraken rising up and destroying civilisation yes Well actually the Kraken in the title was a metaphor for other things rising up out of the ocean However despite this disappointment it was still a brilliant read that reminded me of a mix between Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and curiously The White MountainsEither way I highly recommend that anyone interested in classic sci fi read this novel It has creatures rising up out of the ocean to battle land dwellers It uestions the control of government and its influence in the media and how it covers and conceals from its people Is a government there for the people instead of the people there for the government I strongly Angels Whiskey encourage this as an addition to the John Wyndham bookshelf shelf you sci fi fans will now have to be building It was Brian Aldiss that accused John Wyndham of writing cosy catastrophes but there is nothing cosy about the catastrophe depicted hereSome form of alien beings arrive from space and settle in our deepest oceans andven though they cannot Ritual Alliances of the Putian Plain: Volume Two: A Survey of Village Temples and Ritual Activities exist in the low pressurenvironment of the surface and we can t xist in their high pressure nvironment at the bottom of the oceans it soon becomes clear that the two cannot cohabit the Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes—from Punk to Indie and Everything in Between earth and that one of us must goI say it becomes clear but as far as humanity is concerned it takes impossibly long for the penny to drop for all but a few fringe scare mongerers In this story the public seem to bextraordinarily resistant to coming to terms with the true nature of the threat the full xtent of their predicament and the need for urgent action Not that there seems to be anything that can be done humanity is on the back foot forced to be strictly reactive to a threat who s precise nature remained a mystery throughout the book The tone of the book is depressingly doom laden The governments helpless in the face of this unknown threat seem capable of doing no than *Soothing The Worries Of Their Public And *the worries of their public and a brave face on things as the humanity s domain is ncroached upon 5 Nights: Sinful Delights Boxed Set ever furtherWe follow the story through theyes of husband and wife journalist team as they observe The Seventh Witch events usually from a distance but sometimes at the forefront as they unfold and civilization is gradually brought to its knees and begins to unravel Themphasis for much of this book is on the media reaction the way public perception shifts accordinglyPersonally I thought the narrative style was somewhat distancing for large parts of the book and it may have benefited from multiple points of view to keep the reader close to the And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake events that were taking place but some of the scenes were veryvocative depicting uite horrific moments when the protagonists happened to be close to the actionNot my favourite Wyndham novel but certainly has a lot going for it nonetheless I will probably always nod to Wyndham s Day of the Triffids as a crowning piece of SF but The Kraken Wakes takes on a very similar tone albeit very different ProblemsThe Two Both Have A two both have a focus on science and rationality in the face of unfathomable problems Triffids had mass blindness turning most of humanity into meat for ambulatory plants while Kraken shows us just how lame we are against deep ocean dwelling aliens despite nukes Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America especially when the icebergs melt Ispecially loved the full logical The Pocket Wife exploration of options possibilities and solutions but humanity and governments being what they are the most rational options are usually thrown out the window for the sake of sovereignty and dominanceWhat We don t like the idea of giving up our naval superiority Oh well Let thescalations begin And they go far beyond mere scalations Some of the novel has the tone of War of the Worlds while other parts feel like any number of global warming disaster novels or moviesDon t be fooled into thinking this is a Captain Nemo novel The whole world is affected and the death count is truly awesome In that respect it s very much in tune with Triffids John Wyndham s science fiction novel adapted by Val McDermid Performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in a terrifying modern retelling of alien invasion and global flooding Starring Tamsin Greig Paul Higgins and Richard HarringtonThe floods have recently devastated parts of Britain But what if the flood waters never subsided What if an apparent meteor shower was actually the invasion fleet of an alien race incubating in the ocean deeps until they were ready to begin their war of attrition against the human race What if we were trapped on a drowning planetVal McDermid is a long time fan of Wyndham s work and retells this dramatic novel in light of contemporary fears of climate changeRecorded with a live orchestral accompaniment from the BBC Philharmonic Composer Alan Edward Williams worked with Val to create a brand new 50 s B movie inspired orchestral score that takes on the role of the unseen Kraken during the performanceEpisode. 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There s a law of nature still waiting to be discovered which states that the probability of a tune or a bit of bad poetry getting stuck in your head is in inverse proportion to the uality of the piece in uestion I read this book almost 40 years ago and very now and then the following piece of doggerel resurfaces and annoys my conscious mind Oh I m burning my brains in the back roomAlmost setting my cortex alightTo find a new thing to go crack boomAnd blow up a xenobathite Isn t it just horrible You d hope that the person who made it up would be grabbed by a slimy marine monster s tentacles dragged screaming to the water and slowly drowned But who says there s no justice That s xactly what happens I don t care I don t mind working hard when there s hope It was having no hope that was too much for me This may come as a spoiler to people but I have to get this off my chest because I absolutely detest books whose title promises something that the book does not deliverThe is no bloody kraken in this bookThe kraken only appears as a reference to a poem by Tennyson in which the ills of the world are unleashed And while this describes the story of the book perfectly it does little for the unassuming reader who has come here for a kraken adventureWith this out of the way there were some marvellous aspects of human behaviour laid out in this book mostly I fear human behaviour at its worst One was the way that fear mongering and distress will cause people to divide into an us v them mentality Another was that despite a likelihood of survival being better in a group veryone is seen as a victim first then as an asset to accomplish a common goal As this book was written during the Cold War the utterly stupid assumption that dropping atom bombs on a problem would solve it made an appearance too And this assumption was flaunted uite readily as a solution Of course it was of absolutely no help whatsoeverAnd so it took the near destruction of the world for some nation who at the time of writing had been written off to find a solution There really is much truth in Wyndham s observations of humans and politics Obsession even tho his description of technology was datedven at the time of writing This book is sci fi but it really is not about fancy technology at all If anything it is about the destruction of civilisation by an unknown force who ultimately causes a type of disaster that is very real to the present reader the melting of the ice capsI really admire Wyndham s foresight on this point along with his observations about humans Unfortunately Wyndham s style of writing was not for me In particular our main character s narrative was abysmally boring It was really only when conversing with his wife or some other characters that the story really came to life This made the reading Cabaret: A Roman Riddle experience anxercise in drudgery and the book deserves so much better This is the fourth of Wyndham s books that I have read and I think it s not uite as likeable as some of the others but I still njoyed it This book deals with the unknown deeps things that crawl up from the depths and ven climate change to some degree There s a lot to like in this story but I didn t feel uite as drawn into it as I had for some of the previous ones possibly because I didn t find the characters uite as compellingThis story starts with Mike and Phyllis Watson a husband and wife away on their holidays at sea The see all sorts of crazy fireballs falling from the sky and landing in the sea and they being journalists write a piece for their radio station about this uickly it becomes vident that the fireballs are not an isolated incident and they are falling all over the world It seems like there may be a pattern to their flight if only they can figure it outLater we follow the Watsons as they become leaders in the broadcasting about the fireballs and later still invaders from the deep They get in contact with some scientists and they are right at the front of finding out what is going on or trying to What I liked about this story is the way that it feels very current with the climate change aspect Although of course there are different reasons for *the changes in the book I think Wyndham was uite possibly commenting on the changes in our *changes in the book I think Wyndham was uite possibly commenting on the changes in our climate and also in the way that we understand our worldor rather don t fully know the depths of it ven now I didn t care as much about the Watsons as I did about some of Wyndham s other characters they re a little too poncy for me constantly uoting poetry at one another but they serve as A Good Enough Tool For good All Roads Lead Home enough tool for what s happening I found that I got slightly irked by how Phyllis was treated but Inded up giving "it 3s in the nd Every time I review a John Wyndham I can not resist defending him "3s in the nd Every time I review a John Wyndham I can not resist defending him the Cosy Catastrophe label foisted upon him by Brian Aldiss The allegation is that Wyndham tends to write books where the middle class white protagonist is not much inconvenienced by the catastrophe affecting the general populace He just holes up somewhere nice smoking his cigars until it is all over I have always felt this is unfair as his central characters get into plenty of scrapes in the books I readHaving said that the first half of The Kraken Wakes really does seem to justify this denunciation It starts off very cosy and shuffles along amiably until all hell breaks loose in the novel s second half The basic storyline is that some mysterious fireballs from outer space fall into deep oceans and soon ships start disappearing in the middle of their voyage The word alien is not used in this book but yeah bloody aliens are at it again On the whole The Kraken Wakes reminds me a little bit of Wells The War of the Worlds in that some aliens show up start decimating mankind with their weird death machines then view spoilerbugger off hide spoiler The Kraken Wakes is probably the most different of John Wyndham s still read nov. 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1 Radio reporters Mike and Phyllis Watson are drawn into the story when a Northern Lights cruise spots five fireballs landing deep in the ocean With other global sightings social media is agog for a while But governments don t lose interest when Twitter does And when naval xpeditions link up with scientists to investigate the deeps there are shocks in store Scientists are baffled though theories abound then a series of disasters makes it indisputable There is something down there and humans are under attackEpisode 2 The floods have recently devastated parts of Britain But what if the flood waters never subsided What if an apparent meteor shower was actually the invasion fleet of an alien race incubating in the ocean deeps until they were ready to begin their war of attrition against the human race What if we were trapped on a drowning planet Three star goodness however this is Wyndham and I am old school so 4 is the score on the doorPerformed as live with the BBC Philharmonic OrchestraComposer Prof Alan E WilliamsConductor Clark RundellDirector and Producer Justine PotterA Savvy production for BBC Radio 4 Once again a lesson in down beat sci fi writing Something lands on Earth from space crashing into the depths of the oceans and doing something we can t see but can only imagineWe d Another John Wyndham invasion story28 February 2013 Have you ver read a couple of books by an author that are simply so brilliant that whenever you see a book written by that author you grab it The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis expecting that it will be brilliant as well and then when you read it it just gets nowhere near yourxpectations That happened to me with this book It is not that it is a bad book by no means but after reading Day of the Triffids and The Chrysalids I had such a high xpectation with John Wyndham s other books that they could not possibly achieve those xpectations I should have learnt my lesson from movies that I really want to see and have such a high xpectation that when I see the movie it simply fails to meet that xpectation though when I watch it later I discover that it actually is a good movie Last Kiss Goodnight and Pulp Fiction fall into those categories The Kraken Awakes is about an alien invasion of Earth though you never actually get to meet the aliens The way that Wyndham sets up the invasion is what you would typically Just Cause expect from him The aliens arrive as balls of fire that crash into the deepest parts of the sea and while some of them are shot out of the sky they always remain as mysterious visitors Remember at the time that this book was written the ability toxplore the deepest parts of the sea were not as advanced as they are now and ven now it is not significantly advanced that we would be able to succeed where humanity in this book failed Whenever they attempt to get at the aliens in their home nvironment they seem to always fail They send bathyscopes and cameras down into the sea which are ultimately always destroyed In fact the aliens manage to maneuver themselves as to deny humanity access to the oceans They begin by destroying warships but uickly begin to target any *ships that cross their domain However being told from uickly begin to target any *ships that cross their domain However being told from point of view *that cross their domain However being told from the point of view a human meaning that we only ver know what this particular human knows despite him telling the story from a future point in time the mystery is still as mysterious as ver looking back there is a lot we don t know and don t ver know This book was also written during one of the high points of the cold war which means that there is a large section of Earth namely the Communist bloc that we don t know what is going on there as well While the writer does accept that the invaders are of otherworldly origin namely because he is writing from the future we still don t know what is going on in the Soviet Union or how the Soviet Union is responding to the threat Obviously and believably the superpowers are blaming ach other for these mysterious incursions and it is interesting how this is played out Because verything was so secretive back in those days and the idea of a cloak and dagger Cold War was dominating the world anything thing that happened that was mysterious and strange would be the actions of the nemy though I suspect that happens any time there is a cold or ven a hot war The book is divided into three sections which correspond to the three phases of the invasion The first is the arrival of the aliens the second is where the aliens stablish themselves and the third is where they make their move However I don t want to go into too much details about what they do because the how aspect of the book is based pretty much around what you do not know In fact the lack of knowledge is that main thing that drives this book and it is not that as if things are revealed as the book progresses they aren t The other aspect that comes out is how powerlessness we are despite all of our knowledge and technology against certain threats Take for instance the volcanoes that rupted in recent years that pretty much brought air travel to a halt In years past if that were to happen nobody would care but now we are so reliant upon air travel if a volcano rupts we are stuffed and don t you see a hint on Rousseau in that Look this is a good book there is no denying that While I would not put it in the category of horror though some have suggested that it should go there there are still horrific lements too it As mentioned there is the horror of the lack of knowledge and the inability to find out what is going on and there is also the horror of powerlessness Even though our technology has advanced substantially since Wyndham wrote this book there is still a lot that we do not know and what he is showing here is that despite all of our technology there are still limits to what we know and what we can do and if something assaults us from beyond those limits then we are powerless to respon. Ut to show itself something terrible and alien a force capable of causing global catastroph. .