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Jules Verne: Five Complete Novels (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, Round the Moon, Around the World in Eighty Days)

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The French novelist Jules Verne is acclaimed as the father of science fiction and as the man who invented the future. Far ahead of their time, his novels and stories were the products of visionary flights of the imagination that soared beyond the limits of nineteenth- century science. Today, although many of Verne's concepts have become reality, and others have been surpas ...more
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Published April 23rd 1995 by Gramercy Books
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Dennis
Frederick Paul Walter (or Rick as I know him) has done a great job providing fresh translations for some timeless Verne classics. In addition to the four of the standard titles that are often found, he has also included "Circling the Moon," which Verne wrote as a sequel to "From the Earth to the Moon" but more often than not, is not usually included with any of those editions. This additional text really helps to complete the story of the Baltimore Gun Club's attempt to reach the moon. It also i ...more
Alex
Here's a comparison of Walter's new translation with an older one I read a couple years back, by Quiet Vision Publishing. It describes early speculation on the nature of the thing that would turn out to be Nemo's Nautilus.

QV: "And in these disastrous times, when the ingenuity of man has multiplied the power of weapons of war, it was possible that, without the knowledge of others, a State might try to work such a formidable engine."

Walter: "In these catastrophic times when men tax their ingenuity
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jackie
i've actually only read 20000 legues so far, but wanted to give credit to walter's translation, which i felt was true and complete. i started out by reading the book in french first. the numerous (sometimes tedious) lists of fish and other underwater life got to be confusing for me, so about halfway through i switched to the walter translation and was extremely happy with it. i loved everything about the book except for the lists. =)
Tony Ross
All stories are excellent!! They are ALL unabridged (which I feel is important in reading an author's complete work). Just good all around Science Fiction of the time, stories. There is a reason why he is considered by many to be the "Father Of Science Fiction". He came up with several ideas that seemed pure fantasy in his day. However, many inventions have been created to make his concepts a reality.
Chris
These stories may be 4.5 or 5 stars when considering in the context of how they have affected the world, but just reading them for enjoyment is a mixed experience. They are all stories of ill-prepared men getting incredibly lucky. They too often stray from didactic adventure to outright lecture - whether it is classifying every creature in the sea (and then murdering it) or recounting the height of every mountain on the moon. Verne also likes to save one last lesson for the end in a rather contr ...more
Dan
I'm entering this instead of the individual books, because it's easier and faster. Now, about the stories... I thought From The Earth To The Moon was the lesser of these works, but still an interesting and fun read. The best, IMO, is Around The World In 80 Days; although a bit dated, both in terms of travel and the view of the rest of the world, it's a rollicking tale of the late 19th century. My favorite is Journey To The Center Of The Earth, but I'm more of a geologist than a tourist. Verne sh ...more
Eustachio
Finisco Verne con sentimenti contrastanti: da una parte ripongo volentieri sullo scaffale questo mattone di 1257 pagine, elemento portante della pila di libri da leggere entro l'anno; dall'altra potrei quasi sentirne la mancanza, se solo con questo libro non avessi soddisfatto la mia fame di romanzi d'avventura-fantastico-istruttivi da qui fino all'eternità.

Recensire un libro contenente cinque romanzi diversi comporta due cose:
1) Se ho chiaro in mente Il Giro del mondo in ottanta giorni, finito
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Aries
Partiamo con una premessa: Jules Verne è, senza tema di smentita, il principale colpevole (assieme a zio Isaac) alla base della mia passione per la lettura. Se quando avevo 8 o 10 anni non mi fossero capitati tra le mani i suoi Viaggio al centro della terra e Ventimila leghe sotto i mari probabilmente non sarei il lettore che sono ora.

Si capirà, quindi, l’emozione che ho provato quando un paio di anni fa ho trovato in libreria una riedizione che pubblicava, in un unico volume, non solo i due rom
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

A couple of years ago, when I did a write-up of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for the "CCLaP 100" essay series, I heard from a number of his fans that part of the reason I found it rather lackluster was because of the free but ancient translation I had read, and that Verne is one of those case
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Liz Vega
Jules Verne was my best friend until the age of10. What an imagination.!!!!
Effy Tiniacos
Read: From the Earth to the Moon.
Rating: 5 stars

Amazing story that will leave you hooked. Verne's black humor and sarcastic remarks are the best.

Funny quote: "Go choke yourselves!" (pg. 167) :')
Favorite chapter: Attack and Counterattack
Matthew
This is a good book. It is good to read if you like adventure stories or about sea life and submarine life.
Marts  (Thinker)
Five great adventure novels from only one of my favourite authors: Jules Vene!!
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Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1864), "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" (1870), and "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1873).

Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of spa
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