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Book Title: When the Tripods Came|
Date of issue: November 30th 1990
ISBN 13: 9780020425755
The author of the book: John Christopher
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 432 KB
Edition: Simon Pulse
Read full description of the books When the Tripods Came:Now, I have made little secret how The Tripods trilogy is my favourite reading material from when I was but a child. I still love it. This is the prequel, written a while after the original trilogy.
I am always dubious when encountering something, added to something great, at a much later date. However, true to form the author doesn't disappoint. The story of how the Tripods came to Earth is told through the eyes of a young teen, Laurie and his friend, Andy. Once again the characters are well written and believable rather than being heroes. Laurie is reminiscent of Will in some ways and Andy has some similarities to Henry but that is where the links end really. There is no tedious links to teh original trilogy which would make the story unbelievable. The story of how The Tripods conquer Earth is well told and logical. I was originally feared that this book could spoil the experience of the story. It doesn't, it enhances it.
It leaves you at just the right point. You know where they are and what will come but it's not all tied up in a patronising fashion.
Whenever I re-read the books I always read the prequel last. It feels much better that way. I suppose I should try reading it first and see what that does to the reading experience...
Read information about the authorSam Youd was born in Lancashire in April 1922, during an unseasonable snowstorm.
As a boy, he was devoted to the newly emergent genre of science-fiction: ‘In the early thirties,’ he later wrote, ‘we knew just enough about the solar system for its possibilities to be a magnet to the imagination.’
Over the following decades, his imagination flowed from science-fiction into general novels, cricket novels, medical novels, gothic romances, detective thrillers, light comedies … In all he published fifty-six novels and a myriad of short stories, under his own name as well as eight different pen-names.
He is perhaps best known as John Christopher, author of the seminal work of speculative fiction, The Death of Grass (today available as a Penguin Classic), and a stream of novels in the genre he pioneered, young adult dystopian fiction, beginning with The Tripods Trilogy.
‘I read somewhere,’ Sam once said, ‘that I have been cited as the greatest serial killer in fictional history, having destroyed civilisation in so many different ways – through famine, freezing, earthquakes, feral youth combined with religious fanaticism, and progeria.’
In an interview towards the end of his life, conversation turned to a recent spate of novels set on Mars and a possible setting for a John Christopher story: strand a group of people in a remote Martian enclave and see what happens.
The Mars aspect, he felt, was irrelevant. ‘What happens between the people,’ he said, ‘that’s the thing I’m interested in.’
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