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Genre Fiction
  • Author:
    John Wyndham
  • ISBN:
    0851192238
  • ISBN13:
    978-0851192239
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  • Publisher:
    L P Books (August 1, 1988)
  • Pages:
    376 pages
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    Genre Fiction
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John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a barrister

John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was born in 1903, the son of a barrister. He tried a number of careers including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, and started writing short stories, intended for sale, in 1925. From 1930 to 1939 he wrote stories of various kinds under different names, almost exclusively for American publications, while also writing detective novels.

Though somewhat dated now, The Kraken Wakes was one of the earliest, most realistic and best invasion stories of the outer space theme. Some say that its actually superior to Wyndham's other classic 'Day of the Triffids'. Personally I think its a close second and I adore the Triffids. There's a scifi movie presently at the theatres called Battleship, which is all the rage, about aliens using the oceans for their nefarious deeds, and humankind battling them in some strategic game style manner. Unfortunatly this unabridged version has a whole lot of typos. It's pretty annoying.

John Wyndham THE KRAKEN WAKES. a "Out of The Deeps"). First published in Great Britain in 1953. I suppose a book is still a book, even if no one but the writer and his wife ever reads it," she said. There's a chance that someone else might. I've a feeling it ought to be done.

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The Kraken Wakes is an apocalyptic science fiction novel by John Wyndham, originally published by Michael Joseph in the United Kingdom in 1953, and first published in the United States in the same year by Ballantine Books under the title Out of the . .

The Kraken Wakes is an apocalyptic science fiction novel by John Wyndham, originally published by Michael Joseph in the United Kingdom in 1953, and first published in the United States in the same year by Ballantine Books under the title Out of the Deeps as a mass market paperback. The title is a reference to Alfred Tennyson's sonnet The Kraken.

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It started with fireballs raining down from the sky and crashing into the oceans' deeps. Then ships began sinking mysteriously and later 'sea tanks' emerged from the deeps to claim people.

It started with fireballs raining down from the sky and crashing into the oceans' deeps. For journalists Mike and Phyllis Watson, what at first appears to be a curiosity becomes a global calamity. Helpless, they watch as humanity struggles to survive now that water - one of the compounds upon which life depends - is turned against them. Finally, sea levels begin their inexorable rise.


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Though somewhat dated now, The Kraken Wakes was one of the earliest, most realistic and best invasion stories of the outer space theme. Some say that its actually superior to Wyndham's other classic 'Day of the Triffids'. Personally I think its a close second and I adore the Triffids.

There's a scifi movie presently at the theatres called Battleship, which is all the rage, about aliens using the oceans for their nefarious deeds, and humankind battling them in some strategic game style manner. Frankly, though its supposed to be a good film, I cant see how it has been filmed while Kraken Wakes has waited almost sixty years without any producers even noticing it even in Britain.

This surprises me because if you havent read the book, it was for its time an original concept oft copied by lesser authors and film makers.

The scenario involves an invading race of beings that require a high pressure environment to live (Jupiter or Saturn are alluded to as their home planet) and find such conditions for colonisation in the abysses of Earth's oceans.

What follows is a gradual invasion from below the sea. First shipping lanes are attacked, with vessels disappearing en route. Then tank like vessels invade various coastal human habitats and using fishing line like strings that stick to flesh like super glue, they start harvesting humans. The humans fight back but then realise the creatures are warming the oceans, melting the ice caps and inundating human coastal cities. Their engineering activity below the sea is also assisting them to surround human civilisation. Society begins to collapse and if you've read Triffids, you know Wyndham liked his stories open ended.

Wyndham had a talent for writing, being able to express much information in simple and concise means. The stories were very readable, though I must admit some of his characters needed a little more development. But most of his stories were like those of Wells. They involved everyday people struggling to survive in extraordinary situations, and his ideas were original and the basis of much copying.

As a story, The Kraken Wakes was vastly superior to most SciFis I see today and I suspect much better than Battleship, which has similar themes but lacks the believability of Wyndham's creations. As I say, with a little tweeking to bring it into todays world and a little more character development, this book could have spawned a great classic SciFi film.
Jorad
I see that there a lot of positive reviews for this book. Huge disappointment for me. I wanted to like it. I loved and still love Wyndham's Day of the Triffids. I gave it an honest to God good effort, but alas.

It took about 125 pages before it actually got a little bit interesting, but the excitement was short lived and soon I was back to reading about the mundane doings of husband and wife journalists, Mike and Phyllis. Wyndham's style is not for everyone. He spends a lot of time on the small, often mundane details, which I ordinarily don't mind but in Kraken they were tedious. I found myself skipping entire paragraphs/pages looking for the next bit of dialogue that would push the story forward, but after 145 pages I just dropped it.

Up on PaperbookSwap it goes.
Nanecele
I've read this story before, so I knew what I was getting when I bought it. What's maddening is the sloppy editing. I have yet to find a misspelling, but there are odd breaks in sentences and paragraphs, and it's often pretty obvious where an incorrect word or phrase replaces what was originally intended. For instance, a naval ship was "flying" off San Juan, when she should have been "laying". Even worse are missing words that cause you to stumble as you read a sentence. Once or twice I've even spoken a nonsensical sentence out loud in order to hear it phonetically, which helped me translate the original text.

The problems happen just often enough to interrupt the flow of the story.

As for the story itself, I highly recommend it. Now if we could get an editor or proofreader in to do a better job on the presentation...
Sarin
Many of the other reviews touch on similar themes, but overall, this book is masterfully written, to say that the words flow well, the language is colorful and descriptive and the story is easy to follow. That said, it's a bit dull and can be painfully tedious at times. It's essentially the story of a couple that work for a broadcasting company in England and their view of an apocalyptic event. If you're looking for a typical apocalypse book, this is definitely not it. While the story does focus on the end of the world, that's not really the main content of it, it deals a lot with the relationship between husband and wife and the mundane aspects of the apocalypse such as how the papers and radio stations spin the news, conversations with the military, social lunches with leading scientists, etc.

Hard to rate this book low as he does a fine job of writing it, it's just in a weird niche and I do not think many folks who like apocalyptic novels like "The Road", "Survivors", etc. would get into this. The last part of the book was honestly the best as it gets into a survival aspect of things.

I'd just say, know what you're getting into before you read it. Glad I read it, but took me a lot longer than most books as I kept putting it down and had to force myself to push through it.
Gardagar
This one was way to slow and wordy for me. I like the premise, but the execution was not nearly as good as Triffids.
Eseve
An invasion by aliens but in a different way. Well done. If there were one short comming of the story it is that more detail on the defeat of the aliens would be better.
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The Kraken Wakes is my favorite book from John Wyndham. Unfortunatly this unabridged version has a whole lot of typos. It's pretty annoying.

But the story is still really exciting and very believable. If this happend today I think it would be almost as serious.

If you want a quick, fun read that will still give you something to think about you should give this book a try.
I read this book as a youngster and 40 years later I read it again. I must say that I very much enjoyed the story and is especially interesting in that the "aliens" take control of earth in a very subtle way. Even 40 years later the story holds up pretty well. "Day of the Triffids" and "War of the Worlds" are two of my all time favorite stories so if you like those also I think you will enjoy this book.