The Shabby Sunday meme was created by Mischenko over at Read Rant Rock & Roll blog, which I love! I first noticed the Shabby Sunday posts a few weeks ago, and I fell in love with the idea of vintage/childhood features. So, naturally I had to join in. This is my second Shabby Sunday post, and I’m sure over time there will be more! 🙂
The book I’m choosing today is The War of The Worlds, but not JUST for the reasons you’re probably thinking. Yes, it’s a classic. Yes, its a great book. Yes, it was made into a movie where Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning acted upon direction of Steven Speilberg!
I mean, as if all of those reasons aren’t enough. There’s more!
I’m actually choosing this book because the paperback I came across in my collection gave me a laugh! That’s right friends. Check it out. The sticker on the front of this possibly original version is actually NOT a sticker! LOL That two for a dollar Walmart special emblem is in fact printed right into the cover of this book!
For those of you who have never heard of this book (which is maybe no one) this is what it’s about:
The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells. It first appeared in serialized form in 1897, published simultaneously in Pearson’s Magazine in the UK and Cosmopolitan magazine in the US. The first appearance in book form was published by William Heinemann of London in 1898. It is the first-person narrative of an unnamed protagonist in Surrey and that of his younger brother in London as Earth is invaded by Martians. Written between 1895 and 1897, it is one of the earliest stories that detail a conflict between mankind and an extraterrestrial race. The novel is one of the most commented-on works in the science fiction canon. The War of the Worlds has two parts, Book One: The Coming of the Martians and Book Two: The Earth under the Martians. The narrator, a philosophically inclined author, struggles to return to his wife while seeing the Martians lay waste to the southern country outside London. Book One also imparts the experience of his brother, also unnamed, who describes events as they deteriorate in the capital, forcing him to escape the Martian onslaught by boarding a paddle steamer near Tillingham, on the Essex coast.