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The Midwich Cuckoos
The Midwich Cuckoos | John Wyndham
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In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant. The resultant children of Midwich do not belong to their parents: all are blonde, all are golden eyed. They grow up too fast and their minds exhibit frightening abilities that give them control over others and brings them into conflict with the villagers just as a chilling realisation dawns on the world outside . . . The Midwich Cuckoos is the classic tale of aliens in our midst, exploring how we respond when confronted by those who are innately superior to us in every conceivable way.
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kwmg40
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In this story about a village whose female inhabitants all get impregnated at the same time is creepy and disturbing. Wyndham also explores ethical and philosophical issues that this scenario raises.

I also watched Village of the Damned, the 1960 adaptation of this book. There were some differences from the book, but overall, it captured the ideas and suspense quite well.

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious

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Minervasbutler
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Very much of its time and place (Britain, late 1950s) and none of the characters bar one are developed to any degree, but the central conceit remains fascinating.
Wyndham pokes gentle fun at the varying reactions of the villagers to the sudden spate of pregnancies, before exploring issues of ethics and species-survival. Dated, perhaps, but an enjoyable read.

Ruthiella The podcast Backlisted just did a show on this book. I‘d read it but decades ago. 4mo
Minervasbutler @Ruthiella yep, I haven't listened to it yet, but it was Backlisted sent me there. 4mo
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vivastory
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This newly designed set of 4 Wyndham novels published by Modern Library is stunning! The only one I own is Day of the Triffids. A good excuse to round out my collection.

Megabooks Stunning for sure! 10mo
Michael_Gee Ummmm I am going to buy the Triffids vers I think… 10mo
Flaneurette Love those covers! 10mo
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LostInSpace
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Such a strange and disturbing story.

In the town of Midwich, a ‘dayout‘ happens where everyone falls unconscious, when they wake, all the women of childbearing age are pregnant.

The Children are strange, they all appear alike, they can communicate telepathically and they appear as one rather than separate entities.

Where did they come from and what do they want?

Creepy, atmospheric, and well written. Another good one from Wyndham.

braddsibbersen Great book. Not a fan of that cover though. My pocket paperback edition has a much pulpier, 1980s horror thing going on which I much prefer 10mo
Caz1 Yep I loved it too 8mo
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Samary
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I liked this more than I thought I would. Check out the covers from around the world, they are creepy!

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Powered_By_Plants
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The common cuckoo is a brood parasite relying on others to raise their young.
After finishing this I was intrigued to know more about the cuckoo bird,after watching a clip it‘s quite shocking!The mother infiltrates a little song birds nest, lays an egg amongst the others. Unbeknown to the cute little songbird she starts to raise the cuckoo as her own.Usually the cuckoo hatches first & will kick the biological eggs out!

Must watch the film now!

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Croissonter
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I‘ll have a book hangover for a while after this!

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rwmg
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The village of Midwich mysteriously falls asleep for a day and a night - every living thing. A couple of months later all the women of childbearing age in the village find they are pregnant even if they are still virgins. But what are they going to give birth to?

Not quite as scary as when I read it as a young teenager, but still very atmospheric.

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rwmg
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The options in 1957

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rwmg
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RedbagReadbooks
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RedbagReadbooks
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3.5/5💋. It was good and interesting at times. A small sleepy village is put to sleep where upon waking all the child bearing women are found to be mysteriously pregnant. Like the cuckoo these children continue their parasitic activity on this small sleepy town. This 1957 novel inspired the 1960 film and the remake in 1995 🥰

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Oryx
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I'm quite obsessed with this cover. It's kind of ugly beautiful.

readordierachel Ooh, it is! 4y
JennyM I feel conflicted just looking at it 4y
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyApril18: Totally #Random transforms a quote into greatness. 😂

MayJasper I like 😊 5y
kathedron How I feel about Ulysses, in a nutshell! 5y
GatheringBooks @River_Voice hahaha! 😱😂 5y
GatheringBooks @MayJasper thank you!! 🤗 5y
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BestDogDad
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The Midwich Cuckoos follows much the same script as other Wyndham books I've read: weird things happening to ordinary people. In this one, an entire small English town falls unconscious for a day and wakes up to find all the women of child-bearing age to be pregnant. A total of sixty-one children are born and they are not your typical children. The good folks of Midwich have to decide how to handle their predicament.

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BestDogDad
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The Day of the Triffids and The Chrysalids are two of my favorite books so I thought it was time to check out some more John Wyndham.

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BarbaraBB
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Unphilosophize
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This was the first book for the #endoftheworldbookclub this month and it was so good! I loved the narration style and the idea behind the story. There were a couple of plot things that I wasn't in love with but it was a lot of fun!
(Fun in a dystopic scary sort of alien way)

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Unphilosophize
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Our leading rebel for some time was Tilly... Oh, you must have seen Tilly Foresham - jodhpurs, roll-neck, hacking jacket, dragged hither and thither by the whim of fate in the form of three golden retrievers... She protested indignantly for some time that she would not mind much if she happened to like babies; but as she much preferred puppies, the whole thing was particularly hard on her.

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Unphilosophize
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Things are starting to get weird..

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Unphilosophize
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Look at what else came today! A great day for book mail!
#endoftheworldbookclub

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Oftencantdecide
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Sometimes you really notice how an author's gender impacts a book. I can't help but think that a female author would handle a situation like the one here differently.

Still, I'm enjoying this- even though I have a ton of questions and wish there was some more focus on the characters' emotions.

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BarbaraBB
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'Midwich, as we used to say, is the place where nothing happens.' My favourite Alien book! #aliensexist #90sinjuly #1001books

Cinfhen Love this creepy photo 👽💞 5y
Robothugs I'm not scared of this photo or anything. 😬 5y
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batsy
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Part 1 of #latestbookhaul. Stopped at my favourite discount bookstore a few days ago and these strangely beautiful covers were calling to me. I can't take my eyes off the cover for Triffids especially. I've always wanted to check out Wyndham and these were the two available. Only just learned that Village of the Damned is based on The Midwich Cuckoos. #JuneBookBugs @RealLifeReading

Leftcoastzen Really nice! 5y
diovival These covers 😍 5y
LeahBergen Love these covers. 5y
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readordierachel Gorgeous. 5y
JenP Hope you like them! I loved Triffids and liked the other one too 5y
RealLifeReading Oh I loved these books. I think we studied Triffids in secondary school. And then of course I had to go find his other books 5y
Dragon The Midwich Cuckoos and Chocky are my favourites. Triffids was too scary although I did like the British tv miniseries 📚🐉 5y
batsy @JenP I am looking forward to them and hope to get to them sooner rather than later :) 5y
batsy @RealLifeReading Oh that's so cool that you studied him in school! 5y
batsy @Dragon Thanks for letting me know there was a series, will look for it after I read the book! 5y
AvidReader25 I've been wanting to read Triffids for forever too! 5y
saresmoore These covers are excellent! How crazy is it that I'd never even heard of these books? Thank you for sharing! 5y
batsy @saresmoore They're lovely, aren't they. No problem, always pleased to be an enabler 🤗 5y
chapter_fifty2017 Day of the triffids , one of his best books i think , but he is a great writer, its really worth revisiting plus those covers are gorgeous xx 5y
batsy @chapter_fifty2017 That's good to know, I'm so happy I snagged these! Now to actually read the books... 5y
Nute I love the covers that Penguin did for all of his books. 5y
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TheNextBook
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Yep this is happening right now... almost midnight! When I was kid I freaking loved this movie! Completely forgot it was based on a book until now! And just like that I need to find this book!

#villageofthedamned
#notmykid

vivastory I have several Wyndham books in my TBR, including this one. 6y
BookHermit My eldest son's middle name is Wyndham 🤓 6y
TheNextBook @vivastory I feel like I need to read this story now! I'm going to have to find it. 6y
TheNextBook @BookHermit Nice! 😆 6y
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JenP
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I really like Wyndham. This was no exception. And with that book 2 is done with lots of snack breaks. On to Underground Railroad.
#readathon

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DreesReads
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I suspect Douglas Adams may have gotten some of his ideas from Wyndham. But whereas Adams is funny, Wyndham is serious, in a creepy science fiction way. If you know what is unique about cuckoos (the birds) you know where this story is headed--but not where it actually goes. How's that for cryptic?

ScrappyMags Omg that creepy cover rivals the one I posted a week or so ago! 😬😬 6y
DreesReads @ScrappyMags it's the giant golden-eyed baby in the sky! 6y
Caz1 I love that cover 8mo
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DreesReads
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Second sporting event of the day and it's not even 10am. My kid has a bad toe and us on the bench, is it wrong to be reading?

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DreesReads
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So I was thinking I really didn't have any ugly covers. And then I sat down with an espresso and my latest library book. Creepy baby! #uglycovers #uglycover #somethingforsept #septphotochallenge

LibrarianRyan I actually kind of like this cover. It's a little weird. It would be one we hung in the back room at my library. 6y
britt_brooke 😱 6y
Chessa Is this the evil twin of the sun baby from TeleTubbies?!? 6y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Creepy ghost baby 6y
RealLifeReading Love John Wyndham though! 6y
Loreen Floating, creepy baby head! 6y
BookishFeminist 😂😂 this is ridiculous!! 6y
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