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review 2017-07-22 01:19
Fast race, turn of the century style
Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne, Brian W. Aldiss,Michael Glencross

That was awesome! I love when this classics turn out to be addictive page-turners. Even though I knew Fogg had to triumph, I admit I had several moments of true anxiety, so double points.

 

Into the podium of Verne's favorites it goes. Now, what do I do with this furious raging of my wanderlust?

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text 2017-07-21 20:53
Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 248 pages.
Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne, Brian W. Aldiss,Michael Glencross

I'm having so much fun! Passepartout is a very resourceful guy, lol. I never thought it could happen, but this one might kick down 20.000 from it's first place as my favorite Verne

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review 2017-07-09 15:19
In the Year 2889
In the Year 2889 - Jules Verne

This is a short story that was originally attributed to Jules Verne but was in all likelihood written by his son Michel.

 

As a story, this is all over the place and serves as a mere collection of headlines of what inventions have been made by the year 2889 to make life easier. There is no plot, no twist, no development.

 

There is a moral, tho: You can event all you like, but death cannot be defeated and the year will still only have 365 days - 366 in a leap year.

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review 2017-07-05 19:48
Von der Erde zum Mond / From the Earth to the Moon
Von der Erde zum Mond - Jules Verne

As for the Yankees, they had no other ambition than to take possession of this new continent of the sky, and to plant upon the summit of its highest elevation the star- spangled banner of the United States of America.

 

Yup, this is still my favourite quote. Simply because I cannot get over Verne daring to imagine that iconic tv image from 1969 in 1865.

 

There were a lot fun points that Verne picked up in this novel and made fun of, but sadly a lot of the satire in this novel is at the expense of the US, who is pretty much represented only by the characters of the Baltimore Gun Club, who out of boredom following the end of the Civil War, attempt to build a cannon that can reach the moon. 

 

I enjoyed the poking fun at gun enthusiasts, I did not enjoy the poking fun at whole nation. There were some other stereotypes, too, French and German, but the majority of Verne's mockery was pointed firmly at the US.

 

Still, apart from the blatant stereotyping, this was a romp and fun, fun, fun diversion into imagining the impossible and then backing it up with science. Of course, we know now that the science was iffy, but it is conceivable that the readers in 1865 did not meet the book with our modern scepticism but with wonder and marvel. And I just love Verne's work for that. I would really love to know if anyone involved in space exploration was inspired by this book because I can totally see this being the case.

 

So, why not 5 stars? The sheer amount of maths and hypothesising about maths and physics, was just too much for me. 

 

Oh, and, the cat ate the squirrel. I'm just not ok with that.

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text 2017-07-03 21:05
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
Von der Erde zum Mond - Jules Verne

(From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne - I'm listening to the audiobook in German.)

 

This is pure satire! I had no idea Verne was into satire! I'm loving it but Verne's observations are hilariously accurate:

There remains but the third class, the superstitious. These worthies were not content merely to rest in ignorance; they must know all about things which had no existence whatever, and as to the moon, they had long known all about her.

And scarily prophetic:

As for the Yankees, they had no other ambition than to take possession of this new continent of the sky, and to plant upon the summit of its highest elevation the star- spangled banner of the United States of America.

 

Not bad bearing in mind that this was written in 1865.

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