BooksOfTheMoon

Around the World in Eighty Days (Extraordinary Voyages, #11)

By Jules Verne

Rating: 4 stars

I really enjoyed this tale of Phileas Fogg and his wager to travel around the world in 80 days. I found the pacing good, the action enjoyable and the characters engaging, although I can’t help wondering if Mr Fogg has a form of autism that led to his complete exactitude and lack of deviance from schedules.

There’s a good mix of good and bad fortune that Fogg and crew encounter and the scheming Inspector Fix of the Yard keeps changing his colours, always trying to apprehend Fogg, who he suspects of a bank robbery. A highly enjoyable read.

Book details

ISBN: 9780140449068
Publisher: Penguin Books
Year of publication: 1872

Round the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages, #7)

By Jules Verne

Rating: 2 stars

The sequel to From the Earth to the Moon focuses on the projectile carrying our three brave Selenauts and resolves the cliffhanger left at the end of its predecessor. This one, unfortunately, fell somewhat flat. It didn’t have the humour nor even the action of FtEttM. It felt quite flat, and lecture-like at times, and although a lunaphile may be delighted with its descriptions, I found myself skipping over them in an attempt to get to a good bit that never materialised. It’s worth reading to complete the story and since it’s quite short, but it didn’t grab me at all.

Book details

ISBN: 9781598183047
Publisher: Aegypan
Year of publication: 1870

From the Earth to the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages, #4)

By Jules Verne

Rating: 4 stars

This short little novel concerns the construction of a giant cannon to send a group of three brave men to the Moon. It’s humorous, has some surprisingly accurate science and its Victorian heroes are the Men’s Men that you would expect from that era. Verne writes tongue in cheek about the glorious Americans and takes some sly digs at the British while he’s at it. A fun book.

Book details

ISBN: 9781598184549
Publisher: Aegypan
Year of publication: 1865

Journey to the Center of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages, #3)

By Jules Verne

Rating: 3 stars

This was a fairly rip-roaring yarn of underground explorers finding vast lakes, giant apes and sea-dwelling dinosaurs all with a very Victorian flourish. The science has dated badly, but the sense of adventure is fresh. Although some of the characters can be annoying at times, it’s a book of ideas and adventure, not a character study.

Book details

ISBN: 9780553213973
Publisher: Bantam
Year of publication: 1864

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