Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers On a quiet fall evening in the small peaceful town of Mill Valley California Dr Miles Bennell discovered an insidious horrifying plot Silently subtly almost imperceptibly alien life forms were

On a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr Miles Bennell discovered an insidious, horrifying plot Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life forms were taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loved the world as he knew it First published in 1955, this classic thriller ofOn a quiet fall evening in the small, peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr Miles Bennell discovered an insidious, horrifying plot Silently, subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life forms were taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, his friends, his family, the woman he loved the world as he knew it First published in 1955, this classic thriller of the ultimate alien invasion and the triumph of the human spirit over an invisible enemy inspired three major motion pictures.

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  1. Mr Finney specialized in thrillers and works of science fiction Two of his novels, The Body Snatchers and Good Neighbor Sam became the basis of popular films, but it was Time and Again 1970 that won him a devoted following The novel, about an advertising artist who travels back to the New York of the 1880 s, quickly became a cult favorite, beloved especially by New Yorkers for its rich, painstakingly researched descriptions of life in the city than a century ago.Mr Finney, whose original name was Walter Braden Finney, was born in Milwaukee and attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois After moving to New York and working in the advertising industry, he began writing stories for popular magazines like Collier s, The Saturday Evening Post and McCall s.His first novel, Five Against the House 1954 , told the story of five college students who plot to rob a casino in Reno A year later he published The Body Snatchers later reissued as Invasion of the Body Snatchers , a chilling tale of aliens who emerge from pods in the guise of humans whom they have taken over Many critics interpreted the insidious infiltration by aliens as a cold war allegory that dramatized America s fear of a takeover by Communists Mr Finney maintained that the novel was nothing than popular entertainment The 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers was remade twice.Mr Finney first showed an interest in time travel in the short story collection The Third Level, which included stories about a commuter who discovers a train that runs between New York and the year 1894, and a man who rebuilds an old car and finds himself transported back to the 1920 s.He returned to the thriller genre in Assault on a Queen 1959 and tried his hand at comedy in Good Neighbor Sam 1963 , a novel based on his experiences as an adman, played by Jack Lemmon in the film version.In The Woodrow Wilson Dime 1968 Mr Finney once again explored the possibilities of time travel The dime of the title allows the novel s hero to enter a parallel world in which he achieves fame by composing the musicals of Oscar Hammerstein and inventing the zipper.With Time and Again, Mr Finney won the kind of critical praise and attention not normally accorded to genre fiction Thomas Lask, reviewing the novel in The New York Times, described it, suggestively, as a blend of science fiction, nostalgia, mystery and acid commentary on super government and its helots Its hero, Si Morley, is a frustrated advertising artist who jumps at the chance to take part in a secret project that promises to change his life So it does He travels back to New York in 1882, moves into the Dakota apartment building on Central Park West and experiences the fabulous ordinariness of a bygone age its trolleys, horse drawn carriages, elevated lines, and gaslights This year Mr Finney published a sequel to the novel, From Time to Time Mr Finney also wrote Marion s Wall 1973 , about a silent film actress who, in an attempt to revive her film career, enters the body of a shy woman, and The Night People 1977 His other fictional works include The House of Numbers 1957 and the short story collection I Love Galesburg in the Springtime 1963 He also wrote Forgotten News The Crime of the Century and Other Lost Stories 1983 about sensational events of the 19th century.

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  1. Wow, this was waaay better than I expected it to be Hurray for pleasant surprises I expected pure pulp I figured this was a toss off, dime store sci fi novel that benefited from the success of two film versions I haven t actually sat down and watched either the 1956 or 78 movies though I have seen The World s End, the Wright Pegg loose take on it , so the plot hadn t been fully spoiled and reading the book would provide some surprises and a bit of entertainment I got that and If Invasion of the [...]

  2. 2.5 stars Now before you think I am about to go all RANTBO on this SF classic, let me say almost mostly partially unequivocally, that I did not DISLIKE this book I mean I don t recall ever having a meltdown moment like this while reading it It s just thatWAIT up, I have mispoken as the above is not exactly true There was one point in the story where DoctorDanny Kauffman, amateur physicist and apparent moron, tells our narrator that the sunlightSUNLIGHTining on an acre of farm land WEIGHS.ralTONS [...]

  3. When my son called last night and asked what I was doing, I told him I had just finished reading Invasion of the Body Snatchers and was thinking of going down the basement to look for seed pods he cracked up I think everyone pretty much knows this story, and oh what a blast it was reading this sci fi novel from the past This super fast paced work was so much better than I thought it would be and had a far different ending from the movie version I remember If I was not already familiar with the s [...]

  4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers landed in the bi weekly fiction magazine Collier s, which published Jack Finney s story as a three part serial over consecutive issues beginning in November 1954 Finney had already seen thirty of his short stories run in Good Housekeeping or Collier s, but the response to what was at that time titled The Body Snatchers was huge At no point since has the pod person not been a part of our vernacular, with four feature films and countless spoofs and homages to remind [...]

  5. Grey haired Miss Wyandotte, who twenty years ago had loaned me the first copy of Huckleberry Finn I ever read, looked at me, her face going wooden and blank, with an utterly cold and pitiless alienness There was nothing there now, in that gaze, nothing in common with me a fish in the sea had kinship with me than this staring thing before me Shivers Just the thing for Halloween For my month of spooky reading, it is nice to be able to include a sci fi horror title among the supernatural shenaniga [...]

  6. This is a real blast from the past held up very well over the years Sure, there are a few real liberties taken with science, but the doctor making house calls was jarring to me That was pretty much gone by the 1970 s when this futuristic story was to take place, but otherwise it wasn t too dated There were a few science elements that really strained my suspension of belief, but I found it easy enough to roll with them for the story s sake.I ve read this before, but it s been decades most of my [...]

  7. A terrifying story about alien life that takes over human beings but with always a little sprankle of hope and perseverance that humankind can be saved Suspenseful read.

  8. A pretty sinister book, this, containing some really creepy moments It also happens to be written quite well, so, it goes without saying that I enjoyed it Another forerunner of modern horror, The Body Snatchers, along with I Am Legend, pretty much set the stage for modern paranormal horror a la King, Koontz and co Both of these books happen to be in the Science Fiction Masterworks series, as well.There is some oddball science in here, but come on It was written in the fifties, and still carries [...]

  9. We have met the enemy and he is us Pogo Walt Kelly I have seen the original version of the movie and the 1977 version of the movie and let me tell you the book is actually scarier This is a book about fear and apathy The kind of fear where you are paralyzed with indecision, where you recognize your own insignificance in the world and where you recognize danger of some sort but are powerless to stop it Apathy is in the actions of the main character He is among the first to hear that people are ch [...]

  10. Great sci fi story If you re looking for that 1950s pulp fiction Dell publishing kind of story, you ve got it I wish I could write a story like this The feel of it, the characters, the small town nostalgia Excellent novel Awesome read.

  11. I love this story In neither film nor book version is it perfect, but there s the kernel of something here that seems to me a modern archetype something like Camus s The Plague but with the added intrigue that the plague in question is or almost is invisible Add to this the nostalgic 50s Northern Californian small town setting and the sense of a vanishing culture and you have something truly haunting As to the book itself, it s workmanlike, well crafted, warm hearted and, though it employs the s [...]

  12. If we believe that we are just animals, without immortal souls, we are already but one step removed from pod people Jack Finney, Invasion of the Body SnatchersInvasion of the Body Snatchers was one of the first scary films I can remember seeing in my youth It s always been one of my favorites, from concept to story arc to not knowing who s good or who s bad, there s so much to enjoy here As such, I m surprised it s taken me this long to read the actual novel.First off, the writing in this novel [...]

  13. Read 10 23 144 Stars Strongly Recommended for the campy fun of itPages 216Publisher TouchstoneReleased originally published in 1955The other night, I was standing in front of my bookshelves looking for a quick read to curl up with Something seasonally appropriate that wouldn t mush my brain or try my patience too much And that s when I saw the yellow and white spine of Invasion of the Body Snatchers staring out at me To be honest, I d forgotten that I even had this book But suddenly, it was the [...]

  14. Having not seen the film version though still having a vague idea what it was about, I was pleasantly surprised by this story Thoroughly engaging and exciting right from the start, it is one of those books that draws you in, pulls you inexorably on and spits you out at the end.This book tells of a kind of insidious horror that would leave us helpless, paranoid about our closest friends and family and questioning our own sanity If someone you know looks the same, talks the same, remembers everyth [...]

  15. Another one of those classic novels that inspired multiple cult classic films, but have rarely been read by the people who saw the movie s.Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a classic B movie, and this book is a classic B novel I was not blown away by it, but it s a decent page turner Also, it gets extra credit for creating many of the tropes that are now old hat in sci fi.Set in Mill Valley, California, the protagonist is a psychologist, recently divorced, who sees several patients in succession [...]

  16. Considering that this book has been filmed no less than four times since its publication in 1955, it is surprising that the original isn t better known Certainly most people will be aware of the gist of the story alien space plants come down to Earth and start replicating people with a view to taking over the planet but many people will be vague on the details The story is simply and tensely told from the point of view of a local doctor in a small town in Northern California There is a mounting [...]

  17. I listen to this as an audible book which was delightfully and excellently read It is the story from the 1950s that is far as I can remember I have never experienced Probably because there is maybe no moral to the story other than man is able to solve any problems that he faces Or maybe that you should never give up I loved listening to it.

  18. Although Don Siegel s 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers has long been a favorite of this viewer it is, most assuredly, one of the genuine sci fi champs of the 1950s it was only very recently that I finally got around to reading Jack Finney s source novel The occasion was Simon Schuster s 2015 release of the book s 60th anniversary edition, with a most interesting foreword by author Dean Koontz Actually, Finney s novel had originally appeared serially in 1954 in Collier s, a slick magazine [...]

  19. I recently got into some squabbles on the Internet Movie Database about the original, 1956 film adaptation of this novel which was first known as simply The Body Snatchers , and decided I was way overdue to read the source As a defender of the film I m an increasingly lonely voice, especially since my contention is that most viewers interpret it as an anti communist allegory simply because they ve been told that s what it is by revisionist movie critics, who like to see such allegories in all 50 [...]

  20. The book is set in 1976, 20 years into Jack Finney s future and it s remarkably unchanged The story of space seeds infesting the Earth and, in order to survive, merge with human hosts, is a chilling concept especially as it is learned that humans are robbed of their imagination and heightened emotions Narrated by a California doctor, its a gripping, slowly unfolding story.The editor in me notes that the characters could have done things differently in order to alert the general public but these [...]

  21. Over the years I think that I have seen every film version of this sci fi story and they range from the superb 1956 1978 to the good 1993 to the poor 2007 Finally I ve read Jack Finney s original story I am amazed at how great it turned out to be The tension he creates is incredible the dialogue between the characters pulls the reader into the story makes an unbelievable situation seem very credible What a classic.

  22. When I saw this as an October Audible deal of the day, I remembered that one of my friends had recently given it a great review So I snatched it up Thank you, Carol What a fast, gripping read The creepiness and suspense starts right up in the beginning and builds and builds until we can finally exhale at the conclusion Great sci fi, with an interesting imagining of alien invasion Don t fall asleep The social commentary in the book is not overbearing But this quote really made me smile on several [...]

  23. The original 1956 movie follows this book originally serialized in Colliers Magazine in 1954 rather closely, the main difference being the ending Having grown up with the movie, and the 1978 remake with Leonard Nimoy , I m don t really have a preference There is a distinct difference in tone between the books and movies I found myself laughing at the jokes and sarcasm in the book.

  24. Fun, but a quick pulp novel on a Sunday afternoon Reads like a Jim Thompson novel, with great flashes of horror The idea here is what really persists, and very few great science fiction ideas are really ever perpetuated.

  25. Pi conosciuto col titolo L invasione degli ultracorpi , la storia ben nota per i vari film che ne sono stati tratti Magari qualcuno ci potr leggere chiss quali significati nascosti, a me sembra semplicemente un buon libro di fantascienza classica, piacevole da leggere ma non certo un capolavoro Ottima la gestione della tensione nella prima met del libro, poi peggiora forse perch spiega troppo chiudendo con un finale secondo me piuttosto debole La lettura talmente veloce che vale comunque la pena [...]

  26. Originally printed in Collier s in 1954 as The Body Snatchers and rewritten in 1978 as Invasion of the Body Snatchers , Jack Finney s novel is famous for its 3 movie versions 1954, directed by Don Siegel, 1978, starring Donald Sutherland, 2007, as Invasion , and in those versions, famous for the ease with which people read into it it s about the horrors of Communism it s about the conformity of the suburbs it s about the terrors of McCarthyism Honestly, I don t know if any of those are really e [...]

  27. I don t know how many people still live in the towns they were born in, these days But I did, and it s inexpressibly sad to see that place die Chapter 12 of The Body Snatchers seems to hold the key to one of its primary underlying concerns, containing a description of a town full of deserted streets and failing businesses Local doctor Miles Bennell mourns the passing of a familiar and uniquely American way of life But it s not only about the economy Sometimes I think we re refining all humanity [...]

  28. That was a great read I ve seen lots of the movie adaptations so I had an idea of what was going to happen anyway, but that didn t take anything away from the story.I was concerned that the book was going to feel dated, with it being written in 1955 It s not This guy was well ahead of his time Reading this felt the same as reading something written now a days.Really good read I know Finney hasn t written much than this but I will be taking a look at his other stuff.

  29. A fun fact I learned at the end of this audiobook is that the narrator s father was the director of the original film in 1956 There s an interview with the narrator at the end of the audiobook, discussing his father s experience.Even though this book was dated in parts, it was still creepy and suspenseful It made walking the dog a lot interesting.

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