Quick Thoughts: The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter

“It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The Army is prepared.
So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells’ book. He is sure that the Martians have learned, adapted, understood their defeat.

He is right.

Thrust into the chaos of a new invasion, a journalist – sister-in-law to Walter Jenkins – must survive, escape and report on the war.

The Massacre of Mankind has begun”

I just wanted to be able to get some form of post out to you guys. I am still busy, but things should probably go back to normal next week. For now, I wanted to get some quick thoughts on a book I just read, The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter. I have not read War of the Worlds by H.G Wells and viewed it as a standalone book. So this is a perspective from a newcomer to the series. I thought it was a fairly solid sci-fi book with a great world and solid characters. The plot took some time to get going and I found the writing style a bit weird, but I really liked it. From what I have read, Baxter’s style is similar to Wells and overall, does a good job emulating his style (which is pretty cool). But I loved the detail in the world. There is so much depth and just really small touches that put it above other sci-fi novels. It also has a pretty awesome cover which is always nice. Things should go back to normal by next week, expect more posts from me.




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