Invasion of the Body Snatchers: A Novel

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: A Novel


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Celebrate one of the earliest science fiction novels by rediscovering Jack Finney’s internationally acclaimed Invasion of the Body Snatchers—which Stephen King calls a story “to be read and savored for its own satisfactions,” now repackaged with a foreword by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Dean Koontz.

On a quiet fall evening in the peaceful town of Mill Valley, California, Dr. Miles Bennell discovers an insidious, horrifying plot. Subtly, almost imperceptibly, alien life-forms are taking over the bodies and minds of his neighbors, friends, family, the woman he loves, and the entire world as he knows it.

First published in 1955, this classic science fiction thriller about the ultimate alien invasion and the triumph of the human spirit over an invisible enemy has inspired multiple film adaptations and entertained readers for decades. This repackaged edition features a new cover by Hugo award–winning illustrator, John Picacio and a foreword by New York Times bestselling author, Dean Koontz.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501117824
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 225,348
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jack Finney (1911–1995) was the author of the much-loved and critically acclaimed novel Time and Again, as well as its sequel, From Time to Time. Best known for his thrillers and science fiction, a number of his books—including Invasion of the Body Snatchers—have been made into movies.

Dean R. Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives with his wife, Gerda, and their dog, Trixie, in southern California.

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The Invasion of the Body Snatchers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
This version of the sci-fi classic that was written in the 1950's has been slightly updated to reflect the 1970's. Still the same basic sci-fi masterpiece. A must read. Well edited.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a big fan of the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I enjoyed reading the 1955 novel on which it was based. Finney's book inspired Steven King in fact he wrote the introduction to my copy. The story is simple patients begin fearfully complaining to Doctor Miles Bennell that their loved ones have been replaced by identical duplicates. Bennell, dubious at first, begins to believe the assertions when he is confronted with more concrete evidence. The novel works by slowly building an eerie sense of foreboding. This isn't a typical horror book in fact I would qualify it more as science fiction. Finney errs by explaining a bit too much in the last third of the story, and the ending seems contrived -- the original film corrected this to a degree but still had a tacked-on happy ending at the studio's insistence. I enjoyed it, but it does feel somewhat dated and the plot doesn't really hold together well down the stretch. NOTE: Finney re-wrote portions of the book in the mid-1970s, moving the story from the fictional Santa Mira to the real-life town of Mill Valley, California, and some plot details were changed as well. I read the revised version.
pratchettfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An eerie tale of a small town where people start behaving slightly different then they used to. At first this is attributed to a mass delusion, but soon the real threat to humanity reveals itself...A fascinating story written in 1955 about an alien invasion of a special kind. The plot is mostly dense and fast paced making it a thrilling read.
DanaJean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've seen the movies and the remakes and decided I needed to read the story. All the adaptations I have seen were pretty faithful to the book and I could see in my mind, Kevin McCarthy running through the streets trying to convince people that aliens had landed. I listened to this as an audio book and there was a nice little interview with the son of the director of the 1956 movie version. I enjoyed the story. Simple but effective.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I saw the 1978 version of this film when I was in my formative teen years. It scared the bejebus out of me. I have since seen both other versions of it (the original was too sedate and the remake had characters that were too bimbo-y).This is the first time I've read the original story and I have to say that I think I like it better than even my favorite film version. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that it was a little bit moralizing - i.e. the "moral" of the story, hidden in alien effigies, was the withering-away of small town U.S.A. complete with people losing their humanity in the face of progress, etc... and it was none too subtle. I loved it as an alien-invasion end of the world type book, I didn't like it as a commentary on modernization.
ken1952 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Those darned pod people. They certainly know how to ruin a perfectly good human being. This is one of my favorite sci fi/horror novels. Excellent chills. If you're a fan of any of the film versions then you need to read it. And to think we have Mr. Finney to also thank for one of the best time travel novels Time and Again.
Gwendydd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Don't expect anything more from this book than you would expect from a b-movie: it's kindof campy, but it's a suspenseful page-turner. The thought of the people around you suddenly being replaced by identical duplicates is scary, in an insidious nightmare way, and the main characters handle themselves very much like a lot of real people would.There are some weaknesses. The main characters keep changing their minds about whether anything bad is happening or not, and while this is a realistic detail, Finney doesn't handle it very well. The middle of the book gets a little rambly while the characters are trying to decide what to do, and there are some scenes that just seem unnecessary. Becky, the main female character, is very poorly developed: she's just your typical pretty face, object of the narrator's desire, compliant and almost completely passive, except for one scene where she suddenly saves the day out of the blue. Entire scenes go by where she is in the room but doesn't say anything and lets the narrator make all her decisions for her.But all in all, fun, suspenseful, and creepy. Classic b-movie material.I listened to the audiobook, which was quite enjoyable (probably more enjoyable than reading the actual book would have been). It is read by the son of the movie director, which gives it a nice historical twist.
CBJames on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You all know the story. Small town doctor finds his patients begin making unbelievable claims: My husband is not my husband, doctor. He still looks like him, he still talks like him, he still knows everything he always knew, but it's not him. I can tell. He's become someone else.Jack Finney's Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a science fiction classic, both as a novel and as a film. The story has become a part of the cultural background of America. I doubt an election cycle has passed since the book's publication without one party or the other being labelled "pod people" by some. The idea that those around us are not human is the pervue of science fiction, but it's also a common sensation, felt by just about everyone who was ever 16, in America anyway. Somewhere in the back of a closet, I have the high school journal entries to prove it.Mr. Finney gives this feeling life. What if those around you really were not human? Invasion of the Body Snatchers turns out to be a well-crafted, entertaining novel, even for readers who have seen the movie many times. While I'm not going to make a case for it as great art, it is nice to have a professional quality diversion, an expertly written airplane book if you will. There are even a few moments in Invasion of the Body Snatchers that genuinely gave me the creeps, just the way the original movie did the first time I got the chance to see it on the big screen at a revival house back in college. And if you went to the same high school I did, or one like it, then you know there really are pod-people out there. In fact they're all around us. You could be next.
john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A marvellously haunting and really chilling story, this will be familiar to most through one or other of the film adaptations. The original book and film came out in the 1950s; the book is actually set in 1976, although the feel of the story does hark back to the decade in which was written. There is more background explanation of the pods' origins and the process of transmutation here. The only slight disappointment is the ending, which is abrupt and much more upbeat than the frightening end of the 1956 film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
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Scarier than the movie versions and they were both great
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall, the story was pretty good. The first 50 pages started out kinda slow. It had it's few suspenseful moments, but all-in-all it was an enjoyable read. It was no edge-of-your-seat thriller, but it was pretty good. I liked the idea of the pods and the importance of the pods and what happens to the people later. I keep in consideration that this story was written in the 1950's so maybe that has something to do with it's mild-intensity. If this story was written today, it may have been more intense with blood or gore. Who knows, but overall I was pleased. I never for one moment wanted to stop reading it because of boredom. It kept my interest peaked. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. With Barnes & Noble standards that means it's ok but not great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dont you want to know how it feels like to think that your loved ones are not actually what you think they appear to be? They are aliens who tooken over their bodies. And had planned to take over the world? Wouldnt you like to know how that'll feel like? Well this book is amazing for that, it builds up alotta suspense in this story, alotta freaky things happen in this book. The major theme for the dominant way of looking at life in this book is that life is short, some pretty freaky unexpected things can happen. The significant characters of the story is Dr. Miles Bennell, a local doctor, sotic health inspector, who finds a rash of patients accusing their loved ones of being impostors and discovers that the people of his home city are being replaced by simulations grown from plantlike pods, perfect physical duplicates that kill and dispose of their human victims. Another significant character is Becky, the one who tells Dr. Miles about Wilma and her not thinking that her loved ones, which is her uncle and aunt, are acting like themselves lately. And how this case ever gotten opened up with. She is like Dr. Miles assistant or sidekick in this investigation. Another character is Dr. Dan Kaufman, the town's only psychiatrist, indifferent doctor, who also has had a number of troubling referrals in the past few weeks, and who dismisses the cases of delusional paranoia as in 'epidemic mass hysteria'. Another character Jack Belicec, an intellectual friend of Dr. Miles, who asks Dr. Miles and Becky to come over. He shows them both a strange, corpse-like cadaver lying on his pool table-with an unfinished, half-formed, mannequin-like humanoid face and no fingerprints. The setting of this story is significant to the story because it shows that the setting which is California, LA. Is a normal, peaceful, quiet place and that anything could unexpectedly happen to a kind of place like that. It has some relative importance to the story. A different setting for this story wouldn't make it possible to work. This story can work with any setting whatsoever. The major conflict or controversy in this story is between the people who knows what has been going on and are trying to find out how in an investigation and the aliens or whatever they're called whom replaced the bodies of the characters' loved one. The writer, Jack Finney, likes to use dark elements of evil, and he uses suspense alot, because he wants to make his readers want to know what happens next. He uses some flashbacks in the story. Suspense he uses of how the ending is going to turn out like. The author uses this time of element to give readers, and get them hooked on this book and interested. The significance to the character and the overall story/point of the author is that Dr. Miles Bennell plays a good part in trying to find out what's wrong with the investigation and the people who say that their loved ones have been replaced by aliens and at the same time he's trying to rekindle his romantic/love life with Becky. This book is a 1st point of view, you can only see through Dr. Miles mind. The narrator is full reliable, the point of view cannot be changed. The author did everything well, I really liked this book and I recommend to book to anyone who likes suspense and crime investigation kinds of book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dr. Miles Bennell is a small town practitioner in a small town in the middle of no where in California with one road in and out, either way. He is confronted by his nurse and several people in town with a sudden epidemic. Everyone is not the same anymore. Becky Driscoll (Miles' highschool girlfriend) has an uncle, Uncle Ira, who came down with this 'disease' only his middle aged neice, Wilma, can notice. With this in mind, everyone else comes down with this sickness that only close friends notice. Soon enough, Becky and Miles are on the run in a Sci-fi horror classic. A must read for science fiction junkies. Drink and enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is this not available as a nook book???
Guest More than 1 year ago
So far I am on page 50 and some interesting stuff is starting to happen. This is my first 'sci-fi' and right now it's not too bad. It started out a little slow, but then some interesting events have started happening so now my interest is peaked. Not an edge of the seat thriller so far, but pretty good nonetheless. I will rate again once I am finished.