Friday, January 28, 2011

The Day of the Triffids [Book - 1951]

Being a new John Wyndham fan, since very recently having  read "The Midwich Cuckoos" and "The Kraken Awakes", I will attack this book with gusto before remembering that those previously-read works all ended rather terribly. (For the characters, not the reader.)

So, I'll try and adjust my mindset - to be ready for the worst. In the back of my mind, I will be saying "this won't end well", but will still have an even deeper hope that I am wrong. (I won't be.)

Also taking place in my brain will be the effort to reconcile the events in the book with the filmed version from 1962 - even though I saw that version over 20 years ago and don't remember a single thing from it. "Do I remember this character?" "Do I remember the plants (for I DO remember the villains are plants!) looking as described?" "DO I remember the locations? Names? Action? No and No and then No No No will be the answers, but I'll continue to try and remember. This distraction might possibly be a disservice to the book, but I won't be able to help myself.

Even now, I have a fuzzy mental image of a washed-out, too-blue too-green frame of film of someONE running from someTHING. Therefore, I will read this book in the faded colors of a 60's sci-fi B-movie. So that's pretty cool.

FINAL PREVIEW SCORE (A to F): A-




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