Friday, 23 August 2013

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham


"If she had gone down with a twisted ankle, or had simply tripped I should have run on, to her. But this was so sudden and so complete that for a moment I thought, idiotically, that she had been shot."

Small town village life gets a big upset with the strange goings on in the town of Midwich. After an unidentified exclusion zone prevents access to the little hamlet for 24 hours, every woman of child bearing age wakes up pregnant - must have been quite the night! Were randy aliens to blame?
Fast forward to the births of some creepy golden eyed kids and its time to discover exactly what is going on in the strange little town. One of the really great aspects of this rather skinny volume was the reaction to the pregnancies by the women and their husbands (if they had them). There was something very credible and immediate about the way they acted, calling up the title's reference to cuckoo birds that lay their eggs in the nests of other birds.
The sense of fear and impending doom is well realised and I ripped through the pages to see where it would all end. My only quibble was the ending, coming as it did, so abruptly.
 5 out of 5 kids don't always look like their dads.

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