Just a quick book snap post, I am participating in the Wyndham read along on insta hence this week’s post is of that classic, cosy but creepy invasion tale The Midwich Cuckoos. Cuckoos feels a bit like Doctor Who meets Midsomer Murders, all the more sinister for the cosy, quaint, domestic setting. Wyndham was my introduction to sci-fi. I loved his books when I first read them and I still love them today, only about half way through at the moment so won’t say much. I was surprised at how quickly the narrative drew me in, even though I remember the story from the past, really enjoying the step back into Midwich.
The story premise is that something strange occurs in Midwich; the whole village appears to suddenly go to sleep, all life, humans as well as animals and a day later they all awake with apparently no ill effects. Shortly after every woman in the village finds herself pregnant. The resultant children are strange on a number of different levels but long before the children arrive you have all the issues of a community in the grips of a disturbing occurrence. Wyndham writes these great homely sci-fi dramas with a philosophical element that is designed to make the reader think about moral choices. A relatively short read only just over two hundred pages but it packs a lot in over that short space.
Does anyone remember the old movie Village of the Dammed? It was based on Wyndham’s book.
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