A Journey to the Center of the Earth (Extraordinary Voyages #3)
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Me: I wish to register a complaint about this novel, which I purchased not 45 years ago in this very boutique.
John Cleese: Oh yeah? What's wrong wiv it?
Me: The title is A Journey to the Center of t...more
And I was right. Curry wa...more
Perhaps a little too much time is spent getting to the subte...more
One of the criticisms I came across was that of this novel "being too descriptive, and long-winded", and comments of that nature.
Now, after having just finished the book, I feel at liberty to respond to these statements as being misguided or unwarranted. By...more
With that being said, though, I was more than a little disappointed. I thought I would be reading a fantastical story about a mystical journey and what I got was a lesson on geology, geography, history, science, and more. Verne's narrator is not sympathetic at all. His persistent whining m...more
In picking this book up from the library I had fantastic preconceived images burned into my mind of what I might expect to read (prehestoric animals, humanoids, battles, escapes, etc.). I was more than a little disappointed to find it lacking most of those mentioned. I have read books like "Snowcrash" that blow my preconceived notions away with more than expected surprises, but "...more
I admit that it took my mind a while to re-acclimate to the writing style of the time, not that it was difficult to read, it was just far too easy to skim. So, bringing my mind to a scree...more
I know, I am odd, I like all of the old Jules Verne stories with all of the old and sometimes wrong scientific stuff and stuffy English translations. I really wish I could read it in French. It would be so cool!
For me, it is the story and all about getting there. If the characters are even remotely likable, I am a happy camper. It is no...more
P.S. My version was published in 1954 and translated by Willis T. Bradley.
A: Unfortunately, all the boring parts in between that fun stuff. For every dinosaur fight witnessed, there's a lot of stumbling around in the dark and whining about being hungry and thirsty and I wanna be back home with my fiancé, et cetera.
Still, it's a pretty fun time.
More importantly though: did you know that there...more
In Journey, as in 20,000, the protagonist is part of a team of three adventurers: the scientist, the junior scientist, and the muscle. But here all three characters ring quite hollow:
And what do you suppose lies a hundred or so miles beneath the earth's surface, but a massive, seemingly endless ocean with its own diffuse light source, its own clouds, weather, sea monsters, etc. Our questing heroes even find mastodons and a primitive man, bu...more
The story was drier than I expected. I grew up watching the Pat Boone, James Mason movie of the book which is pre...more
I was surprised at all of the legit (though outdated) science in it. I thought this was going to be more like The Time Machine, and that they were going to discover an entire civilization under the earth or something. I'd've been interested in an annotated version that talked about all the science presented, in terms of a) what was thought to be true at the time it was written a...more
The last third of the book was a lot more exciting and I liked the way it ends, although it's completely out of the realm of scientific possibility.
Things that really bothered me: Verne was sexist, or just not all that interested in women. He also w...more
Acrophobia, Achluophobia, Cleithrophobia, Claustrophobia, Antlophobia, Astraphobia, Thalassophobia ...this adventure story has them all! I know, I know, after looking up the word for "Fear of Darkness", I went overboard on the phobias. (view spoiler)[List of phobias (hide spoiler)]
I can't object to the scientific possibilities of this work. After all it is Science Fiction. I actually think Verne was showi...more
Harry: Awww, Uncle! Can't I stay home and wait until it comes on the Discovery Channel? I'm allergic to danger!
Professor H: Shush, you ninny. Are you a man, or are you a woman in men's clothing? To the volcano!
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Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of spa...more