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The Midwich Cuckoos
The Midwich Cuckoos
by John Wyndham
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written with an original storyline., 22 Feb. 2000
John Wyndham is a brilliant Science Fiction writer that is not recognised nearly highly enough. This is mainly because as someone who usually hates Science Fiction, I can never put his books down - they would be enjoyed by almost anyone. The Midwich Cuckoos looks at two subjects that are not unusual in a very different and original way, alien invasion and scary children. It has everything you would want from a good book, interesting characters, a well organised plot, and although you can start to second guess the ending about three-quarters through, you won't be able to put it down. The Midwich Cuckoos is not one of Wyndham's best, but it is definitely worth a read.

by Marya Hornbacher
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, incisive and ultimately terrifying, 22 Feb. 2000
This review is from: Wasted (Paperback)
You can read many accounts of Eating Disorders, but this one has to be one of the most disturbing, well written and incisive. Marya writes clearly and without self-pity, about the start of her disease, when she is young and bulimic, until the climax of anorexia when she enters into a disturbing account of severe mental illness. She never explains why she got the disease, probably because she can't explain it to herself, but her description of her state of mind and the people around her's reaction to her disease is brilliant. She says she wants to write this book to stop other people going down the same route. I have no doubt she will succeed, because this book is horrific and terrifying. She adds information from supposed experts into the book, and quite often mocks therapists who have no idea about her illness, so together with her honest self-analysis it makes for an educational read. Don't expect any answers or miracle cures however. The quality of her writing is high, and I'm sure any book by her is well worth the read.

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