Date: 2017-09-24 02:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] the_rck
I read the third book in this series first. I can't remember if I went back to read the others, but I know I read some of Christopher's other books. I remember The Lotus Pool by title (and a bit by plot) but not the others. I rather suspect that libraries now would not shelve these in the section with the books for third graders (how old I was at the time).

I remember reading a lot of series out of order because of not realizing they were parts of series or because the library only owned one book by that author. I suspect that this has had an impact on my attitude toward spoilers which is 'Why would I care as long as the story's still good?' It also made me more likely to catch backstory and world building details from offhand references.

I'd still rather have read the books in order, though. It's just that, in those pre-internet days, there wasn't an easy way for a kid to find out what an author had written previously. Books In Print gave some clues and was much more helpful before the US tax code changed in the mid-80s to consider not-yet-sold books in storage to be a taxable asset because publishers weren't so motivated to remainder books. But getting to Books In Print required finding a library big enough to own a current copy.

Date: 2017-09-24 03:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kgbooklog
I rather suspect that libraries now would not shelve these in the section with the books for third graders

The library I work for still shelves them as Juvenile Fiction (all four volumes of the trilogy).

Date: 2017-09-25 03:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] asakiyume
I remember The Lotus Caves--it somehow really stuck in my imagination: the pocket world created by the alien creature to attend completely to the needs of the boys and what it takes to leave.

Date: 2017-09-24 03:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tree_and_leaf
I loved these as a kid!

Date: 2017-09-24 04:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bunsen_h
So did I. I bought the trilogy not long after I first read the books from the school library so I could read them whenever I wanted. I seem to recall that I found the third book first, read a few pages and found it confusing, then checked the inside-the-cover list and learned that it was part of a trilogy. Stopped reading and waited to get hold of the first book. This would have been when I was in grade 6 or (possibly) grade 7.

(Most of my allowance was going to book purchases, a practise that my parents encouraged. Most of the rest was going towards buying electronics kits.)

I bought the prequel novel as soon as it came out, but found it disappointing. I wonder how I would have felt about it if I'd read it at the same age as when I read the original trilogy.
Edited Date: 2017-09-24 04:27 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-09-24 05:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bunsen_h
I'd been wondering about that.
Edited Date: 2017-09-24 05:24 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-09-26 12:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leecetheartist
I thought it was an interesting read.

Date: 2017-09-25 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I bought my son (age 12) a box set of the original trilogy + prequel last year. He liked the prequel just fine, and the entire series has become one of his favorite re-reads. He brought "The White Mountains" to church to read during the sermon yesterday.

Date: 2017-09-24 03:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
I loved these as a child, and was very disappointed when the TV series stopped after the second novel.

I assumed the Tripods were a nod to HG Wells, although clearly not as capable as the machines in The War Of The Worlds.

Date: 2017-09-24 07:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] conuly
Wow, those old school covers are trippy.

Date: 2017-09-24 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
They are the covers I remember (I read them in the order 2, 1, 3 (having not realized that there was a 1 before I read 2).

The conclusion of the third book was surprisingly dark for a kid's book - the aliens are defeated, but the cracks in pan-European unity turn up immediately.

Date: 2017-09-24 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I read the first and third, then the second. The third makes very little sense without the second. Though the third, to me, also feels like a rush job. A lot of loose ends are left dangling. Perhaps this was deliberate.

Where *are* the women? You'd think there'd be a few female resistance fighters, at least cooking and cleaning in the background.

Teka Lynn

Date: 2017-09-25 07:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] roseembolism
It was the 1960s. Women hadn't been invented yet.

Actually, all of Christopher's books seem pretty woman free. There's the Princess in the Tripods, the mother in The Guardians, and the princess in Sword of the Spirits trilogy. So um, not many.

Incidentally, pretty much all of Christopher's work is pretty damn grim. Not just in setting, but in the refusal t give a positive ending.

Date: 2017-09-25 03:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] asakiyume
Yeah, the Sword of the Spirits trilogy was super-grim.

Date: 2017-09-28 10:23 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ejmam
Yeah, I remember the idea that a kids series could avoid a happy ending was mind blowing. I felt greatly respected by the author, except that I was a girl.

Date: 2017-09-28 10:33 pm (UTC)
asakiyume: (black crow on a red ground)
From: [personal profile] asakiyume
LOL, you win some, you lose some. I wasn't old enough to feel respected, just felt hugely uneasy. It was one of the few times when something in the print medium made me feel frightened/anxious even after I stopped reading. (I was probably too young at the time.)

Date: 2017-09-24 08:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyphomandra
I am still very fond of these books (and the sadly unfinished TV series) despite the bit where aliens are much more common and believable than human women. I think Will's great as a character and realistically flawed.

I sought out a number of John Christopher's other books on the strength of these but they tended to be for an older audience (I was 9 or so) and/or depressing. I tried to read his post apocalyptic Arthurian Sword of the Spirits trilogy again recently, but gave up in favour of anything more light hearted.

Date: 2017-09-24 09:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sartorias
Oh, a blast from the past. I read them when they came out, finding them horrifically grim, and I kept waiting for a female character. I bought the hardcovers, but after thirty years went by and I never reread them, I donated them. I hope they found a reader.

Date: 2017-09-25 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
I don't recall Will being particularly hot-tempered and impulsive once he got into the alien city. I recall him as more sessile and barnacle-like, but that may just have been in contrast to the other kid, who was apparently some kind of goddamn ninja.

Date: 2017-09-25 03:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] asakiyume
I liked the second book best--the tension and excitement of working in the Tripods' own environment. Also, the crushing gravity made a big impression on me. I couldn't make it through the third book; I can't recall why, but I suspect it was for the elements you mention in the review: the battles and the factionalism.

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