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It's by no means my favorite, either. I enjoyed it for its straight-forward Bradbury style (as GNTLGNT said) but I like better the stories where King elicits that childlike marveling in me, stories like "The Monkey", "Uncle Otto's Truck", and "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut", to name a few from a different collection. He could write about a gumball machine and I'd be hooked. He's fearless; he asks himself the 'what if' question and, like Thad Beaumont sitting before his scratch pad at the sound of sparrows, he embarks on the mission to answer it, or die trying.It just never has been a favorite of mine.
For sure. I think that thread is intentionally present until the very end of the story. Without that ambiguity, I think the story would come off as shallow and cheap, but instead, I think there's effective tension throughout, and then the satisfaction at the end when you find out the truth.On occasion, I've read it and considered the teacher (Mrs. Sidley?) schizophrenic or mentally ill which is a more tragic interpretation, I think.
Just found this post when searching John Wyndham — The Midwich Cuckoos is one of my favorite SF novels. Although Wyndham was reportedly pleased (or was it satisfied?) with Village of the Damned, I’m not so happy with it. I love George Sanders, but I want to burn Hollywood down for that horrible title. Maybe Wyndham should’ve written something in the book about the (non-)parenting habits of cuckoos; maybe then the original title would have made sense to the powers-that-be. I have hope that one day it will be filmed properly.Village of the Damned was adapted from the novel The Midwich Cuckoos (1957) by John Wyndham. Wyndham is one of my favorite authors
It's possible. He spoke highly of the book in Danse Macabre.