View Full Version : John Wyndham
July 25th, 2013, 05:23 PM
I am a big Stephen King fan who many years ago read a lot of work by John Wyndham. I think that one of the reasons I am drawn to the works of both writers is the subject of human collective action in the face of great danger. That never ending battle of good vs evil that keeps so many of us up at night unable to put the book down. A few years back I found an old copy of 'The Day Of The Triffids' and read it again after many years and found it really enjoyable. Tales of humanity regrouping and working together in the face of the utterly sinister arising from or causing total societal breakdown for some reason really stirs something in me. I suppose it's because I know that society and civilization are thin veneers. Puncture the surface and our vulnerability is revealed and then what do we do? This is why I loved The Stand so much. It is my favourite SK work by far. I also loved reading The Dark Tower series and Insomnia for the same sort of thrill. For those who have never read John Wyndham's stuff, I would highly recommend 'The Day of The Triffids' and also 'Chocky'.
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July 26th, 2013, 07:32 AM
I'm also a Wyndham fan. Neesy mentioned him on the So who is the second best author after SK? thread in the Bred Any Good Books Lately forum. It's been many years since I've read anything by Wyndham and her post made me want to reread his novels. I have The Chrysalids (Re-Birth) and The Kraken Wakes (Out of the Deeps) here somewhere but I couldn't find them :( After reading your post, I've become even more determined to find them lol.
I like post apocalyptic fiction. I'm not sure if The Stand actually falls into that category but I could not put it down either. Long after I'd read it, I started dreaming about the characters in The Stand. I thought I was dreaming about real people and trying to figure out who they were drove me nuts. I finally realized I was dreaming about fictional characters and sanity was restored... somewhat lol. Insomnia is actually my favorite SK novel. I read somewhere that Insomnia was the only novel Sk wrote an outline for before he wrote it.
July 26th, 2013, 10:31 AM
sK turned me into Wyndham somewhere, maybe Danse Macabre. I'd seen the movies of The Midwich Cuckoos (Village of the Damned) and The Day of the Triffids ages before but had read non of Wyndham's books. I've read a number of them now, and I consider him one of my favorite authors.
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