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Thinking In A Quicksand Of Your Mind

AdvantagesEntertaining, occasionally thought-provoking

DisadvantagesTwo-dimensional characterisation, tapers off

"...known for “The Day of the Triffids”. Although “The Midwich Cuckoos” (filmed as “The Village of the Damned”) and “The Chrysalids” under review here, also attracted considerable interest. Wyndham is an interesting, very British, science fiction writer. He does not deal in fantasy worlds with hosts of unfamiliar creatures battling each other for control of galaxies. Wyndham’s novels may not be ..." Read review

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Does my second head make me a deviant?

AdvantagesThoughtful, intelligent sci-fi...

Disadvantages... some occasionally long-winded speeches

"The Chsysalids by John Wyndham is a post-apolaclyptic vision of a world where people are obsessed with conformity to the norm, or in their words, "the image of God". Anyone who does not conform to this image becomes an outcast, and the women who are categorised as Deviants are sterilised before being sent off. The "image of God" has 2 arms, 2 legs, 2 eyes, 1 nose, 5 digits at the end of eat hand and foot… etc. You get the idea. The narrator of ..." Read review

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Community Level 4SleepyDorm...


Can you tell what I'm thinking

AdvantagesWell written, good characters

Disadvantagesno sequel

"This is my favourite of the books written by John Wyndham. I first read it when I was about 11 and it was my very first adult sci-fi book. I believe that it is the book that started my passion for sci-fi, and that in itself is very high praise. I remember my friend, who had told me about this book, and I sitting on her bed while we tried to think “thought shapes” to each other. I was very disappointed when it didn’t work. The book is set in a future ..." Read review

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Look out for the Mutants

AdvantagesGreat story telling, not over padded, likeable characters...

DisadvantagesCould have gone further at the end?

"...not know, Mr Wyndham is the British author of several Sci-Fi classics such as The Day of the Triffids, The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned), Chocky and the book I am about to discuss… The Chrysalids. He is now dead, but his memory lives on and will do so for many a year. Our hero of the Chrysalids is David. David lives in a world set in the future where everyone has gone back to basics following the ‘Tribulation.’ In this God-fearing ..." Read review

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Community Level 3NeilHudson


For misfits

AdvantagesClassic sf

DisadvantagesA bit tame

""The Chrysalids" was the third novel that John Wyndham wrote under that name; he had previously written numerous, relatively uninteresting science fiction potboilers until shortly after the war he decided to use the forms of sf to produce more thoughtful and intelligent social novels. "The Chrysalids" is probably best read when you are an adolescent, as it deals with a number of young people who are persecuted in their post-apocalyptic society for ..." Read review

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Community Level 2meldee


Better second time around Review with images

AdvantagesThought provoking, engrossing and focussed

DisadvantagesThe ending is probably less powerful in the modern day

"...without people throwing things around the classroom while I was trying to read. I was not disappointed. It was only as an adult with more knowledge of the world that I could fully appreciate the background and atmosphere in the book. The story is basically a child's view of a strange, restrictive world with punishing laws determining the difference between 'Norms' and 'Mutants'. The main character - David - grows up through the course of the book ..." Read review

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Classy Sci-fi

AdvantagesGood, solid sci-fi

DisadvantagesTakes a little getting into

"...territory. In a post-apocalyptic society, the remaining humans fight against a common enemy - deviation from The Norm. In a land ravaged by Tribulation and ruled by religious fervour, mutation is rife and all who are physically different or are perceived to be different are cast out into the barren wastes to fend for themselves. This is an interesting study of bigotry and and intolerance fuelled by religious zealotry. When John, (the son of ..." Read review

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