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The Log Of The Flying Fish

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most ...more
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Robin
Oct 31, 2011 Robin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Angela
Jun 20, 2010 Angela rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who thought the good ol' days ended with the 14th amendment
A somewhat antisocial scientist-engineer invents a miracle metal, both lighter and stronger than anything that has preceded it. With his small circle of wealthy investor and brave adventurer friends, he builds some new-fangled transportation infrastructure while ranting extensively against unionized labor. And no, it's not Ayn Rand.

This late 19th century novel is hailed as one of the first examples of the fantasy genre, and it is reminiscent of later adventure-exploration novels like The Lost Wo
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Erica Castellanos
May 20, 2012 Erica Castellanos rated it liked it
I have to say I enjoyed it, up until the very end. It ends so abruptly! But it is a good example of its time & genre, I enjoyed seeing the author's vision of things imaginary to him which are, in my day and age, commonplace and well-known--for example, going 150 mph, or what the peak of Everest is like. One should know what they're in for when opening this book; if you are one of those people, then have at it.
Edward Lengel
Nov 03, 2011 Edward Lengel rated it it was ok
Shelves: other-fiction
I enjoy old-fashioned adventure tales, but it's difficult to read this one without anxiously hoping for the slaughter of the four "adventurers" who shoot every animal in sight as they hack and slash their way through the world of the 1880s. Racism, sexism, arrogant imperialism--you name it, it's all here; but if you can put it aside, there are moments of genuine excitement, especially toward the end during the perilous descent from Mount Everest.
Brian Oberle
Jul 08, 2013 Brian Oberle rated it it was amazing
The previous reviewers do an acceptable job describing this book but fail in one important aspect. The book is a creature of the time it was written and they judge it by our standards of today.

It is an excellent adventure story and I would suggest, a precursor to Steampunk. For that alone its worth a read.

There is one other volume in this series, With Airship and Submarine.

Plenty of daring-do and maidens rescued.
Beverly Warembourg
Aug 02, 2011 Beverly Warembourg rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Not my cup of tea. I guess I was expecting something else. It's basically a tale of 4-5 guys travelling in a far-fetched device for both sea and air. I thought it was going to have more of a sci-fi or fantasy feel to it, but it wasn't. Probably would be an okay movie, but didn't enjoy it as a book.
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