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text 2019-06-12 09:38
Booklikes-Opoly! - Roll & Book Selection - Please Vote!
The Voyage Out - Virginia Woolf
The Age of Light - Whitney Scharer
William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner - William Hague
The Lighthouse at the End of the World - Jules Verne

It's another roll day for me.


You rolled 2 dice:

5 6

Timestamp: 2019-06-12 07:47:57 UTC


... which takes me to:


35. We took the Ferry to France, crossing the English Channel.
Read a book set in Europe, or that was written by an author who was born in a Europe, or that involves travel by boat or that has a picture of a ship on the cover.


Oh, what to pick, what to pick???



My shortlist so far has:

1. The Voyage Out which has been sitting on my shelf for a while;

2. The Age of Light, which I picked up last month and which my bookseller loved; or

3. William Wilberforce which is the sort-of-sequel to Hague's biography of Pitt the Younger, which was a surprisingly fabulous book.

4. Or something by Jules Verne.


Tell you what: I'll use my Scottie Dog card for this and ask you all which the next book should be!

Please vote in the comments below!


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review 2019-05-20 09:18
Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (A Choose Your Path Book) by Deb Mercier
Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: A Choose Your Path Book - Deb Mercier

This is a choose your own path novel following the story as told by Jules Verne in 20 000 Leagues Under the Seas.  This novel faithfully follows Verne's story but provides choices for the reader at various intersections.  This novel differes from the other Choose Your Own Adventure stories in that there is only one correct path that results in success.  All other side paths end in disaster.  The novel was entertaining and would make a good book for novice readers, who aren't quite up to the unabridged Jules Verne novel.



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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-05-17 23:06
Another read for Book Club...
The Mysterious Island - Caleb Carr,Jordan Stump,Jules Verne

Parts of this story were really, really great!  Exciting, adventurous, and edge-of-your-seat reading.  And with a main character being an engineer (trying not to do spoilers here) I must admit there were several chapters I just skimmed over because the technical hoo-ha on how to make/build/grow/cook things was just too much for me.  The skimmed chapters were more in the first half of the book, because at about 50% this story really takes off! 

I can't say I loved it, but I did enjoy it for the most part. 

Some questions it left me with...  they never acknowledged holidays... what did they do for clothing (oh wait, maybe that was covered - no pun intended! - in one of those skimmed chapters)... can we assume that Top survived... and I found it very interesting that they never had a spat amongst them the whole time.  Just a few things I will bring up at our book club meeting and see what others have to say...  

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review 2018-11-06 23:05
The Count of Chanteleine
The Count of Chanteleine: A Tale of the French Revolution - Jules Verne

I jumped at the chance of reading this book because I am still on a mission to read more stories by Jules Verne. 


This particular story is set during the French Revolution where the Count of Chanteleine is fighting for the country only to find out that his wife and daughter have been captured by the revolutionaries. The Count sets of to find them and keep them save. His efforts are too late for his wife who's already fallen victim to Madam Guillotine, so when he does manage to save his daughter, he goes to extreme efforts to hide her away and ensure her safety.


This is where the main part of the story sets in and this is also where the story turns into a bad daytime soap opera. 


Not one of Verne's best works.

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review 2018-09-25 07:23
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Around the World in Eighty Days (Oxford World's Classics) - Jules Verne

TITLE:  Around the World in Eighty Days


AUTHOR:  Jules Verne


TRANSLATOR:  William Butcher


DATE PUBLISHED:  2008 (reissue)


PUBLICATION:  Oxford World's Classics


FORMAT:  Paperback


ISBN-13:  9780199552511



"With the words 'Here I am, gentlemen', Phileas Fogg snatches a day from the jaws of time to make one of literature's great entrances.


Fogg - still, repressed, English - assures the members of the exclusive Reform Club that he will circumnavigate the world in eighty days.  Together with an irrepressible Frenchman and an Indian beauty he slices through jungles and climbs over snowbound passes, even across an entire isthmus - only to get back five minutes late.  He confronts despair and suicide, but his Indian companion makes a new man of him, able to face even his club again.


William Butcher's stylish new translation of Around the World in Eighty Days moves as fast and as brilliantly as Fogg's epic journey.  This edition also presents important discoveries about Verne's manuscripts, his sources, and cultural references."



This is a fun, and occasionally nail-biting, romp around the World in 80 days - more or less.  Passepartout is a hilarious character that nicely complements Fogg's rather enigmatic personality.  William Butcher's translation is beautifully done, making it hard to tell that this is a translation from the original French.   All the extra goodies (introduction, notes, chronology, appendices) make this critical edition a treat.

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