Having read an abridged version of this years ago, I will say that it was hard for me to get through this book. Not because it isn't a good story---it...moreHaving read an abridged version of this years ago, I will say that it was hard for me to get through this book. Not because it isn't a good story---it is. But about 100 pages are repetitive---the same questions, the same feelings, the same thoughts and struggles. Now I think I understand why the author does this. It is to make the reader aware of the monotony of being alone and trapped. But for my likes, I want the story to advance.
When the story did change, when there were new plot twists or new actions, it was very good and kept my interest. I just wish there were more of these.(less)
I first read this in 8th grade. Just a fantastic story that builds and builds. Gripping and plausible. You can feel the emotions of the narrator as th...moreI first read this in 8th grade. Just a fantastic story that builds and builds. Gripping and plausible. You can feel the emotions of the narrator as the story unfolds. And then, nature takes over and the story comes to an abrupt halt and a fitting ending. Wonderful.
I think the first time I read this book was in Mrs. Fisk’s 8th grade reading class. I did not remember much of the story, but found great fun in readi...moreI think the first time I read this book was in Mrs. Fisk’s 8th grade reading class. I did not remember much of the story, but found great fun in reading it again. I thoroughly enjoy all the science so carefully put into the story adding a tremendous sense of realism to the fantastic. It is obvious that Verne knew his “stuff.” I prefer stories where there is a believable basis for the fantastic, or a magic system that is understandable. And even though at the time of this writing the science was incomplete, my best bet it that it still is today. And damn, I just love dinosaurs and fossils.
Kingsley Amis (who?) said of Verne, “With Verne we reach the first great progenitor of modern science fiction. In its literary aspect his work is, of course, of poor quality, a feature certainly reproduced with great fidelity by most of his successors.” I wonder why Verne continues to be read, and re-read, by fathers and sons and mothers and daughters. I wonder why the fantasy and science fiction section is only outsized by the children’s section in B&N and BOM. I have never heard of Amis, but can tell he is nothing more than a pompous ass who could not see the future beyond the pages of his tattered copy of “Goodbye, Mr. Chips.” (Don’t even attempt it-unless your sominex is not getting the job done.)
“centuries pass by like days! I move back through the series of terrestrial transformations. Plants disappear; granite rocks lose their purity; solids give way to liquids under the impact of increasing heat; water covers the surface of the globe; it boils, evaporates; steam envelopes the earth, which gradually dissolves into a gaseous mass, white-hot, as large and radiant as the sun!”
“In the midst of this nebula, fourteen hundred thousand times more voluminous than this globe that it would one day become, I am carried into planetary spaces! My body subtilizes, sublimates itself in its turn and, like an imponderable atom, mingles with these immense vapors that follow their flaming orbits through infinite space.”
Otto Lidenbrock, a mineralogist, finds a piece of parchment inside of an old book, and with the help of his nephew, Axel, decodes it, and thus begins the Journey to the Center of the Earth. Along with their trusty guide Hans they descend into the earth finding all sorts of treasures in the rock, plant life, creatures, and an ocean. Considering our modern day scientists just recently found a body of water volumetrically three times that of all the water of the surface of the planet, is an underground ocean that hard to believe?
Learn from the science, but most of all, enjoy the tale! (less)
Fantastic...this should be required reading for every high school kid. Amazing man, amazing, incredible and uplifting story.
Louis Silvie "Louie" Zampe...moreFantastic...this should be required reading for every high school kid. Amazing man, amazing, incredible and uplifting story.
Louis Silvie "Louie" Zamperini was an American World War II prisoner of war survivor and Olympic distance runner. It is so sad that this amazing man, who "discovered" skateboarding in his 80's, recently passed away, July 2nd.
We are losing the Greatest Generation too quickly...I WISH we were not losing their stories.(less)
I'm giving the book 4 stars based upon the photos and art work-5 stars, but I was a bit disappointed by the text-3 stars. The concept and layout were...moreI'm giving the book 4 stars based upon the photos and art work-5 stars, but I was a bit disappointed by the text-3 stars. The concept and layout were great, and the idea to have different actors, designers, artists, and computer effects wizards give their takes on the creative aspects of the movie was fine. The problem I had was that many of them ended up saying the same thing: "We used some CGI here, we used all digital here, etc, etc."
I did enjoy the book, and will also buy Chronicles I, and probably any further editions. I did learn some new things. Perhaps I was a bit jaded in that I watched all of the movie's behind the scenes footage and listened to every Commentary-multiple times. Yeah, I'm that geek. So, I guess it was the repetition that got to me a bit.
The book is a beautiful book. I would have wanted more of the voices of the characters. I really enjoyed those parts where they described their journey in developing the characters.(less)
Interesting and wonderful book. To me there are three story lines: Straka's, FX Caldeira's footnotes, and Eric/Jen's. At first I struggled reading the...moreInteresting and wonderful book. To me there are three story lines: Straka's, FX Caldeira's footnotes, and Eric/Jen's. At first I struggled reading the book having never encounted a books such as this. I started reading one page of Straka/FXC, follwed immediately by Eric/Jen. But this bounced me around too much and I found myself losing both stories. What worked for me was reading an entire chapter of Straka/FXC and then going back to the beginning and reading Eric/Jen. This gave me the proper separation of the storylines and made it easier to follow (at least for me).
Straka's story is filled with unanswered questions as it weaves and twists, and our main charcter never quite figures out who he is. I kept asking myself throughout, "What is his motivation? Why is he following the people he is following?" They never answer his questions directly. If it was me, I would have said enough is enough and checked myself into the local hospital complaining of a bad headache and amnesia. But he continues on with them, getting battered, and deeper into his lack of understanding. This I know is part of the storytelling, but it seemed there should have been more, aha! moments.
FXC to me became my Doloris Umbridge. He is more than slightly arrogant and his intense hatred for MacInnes rubbed me the wrong way. I kept hoping that a footnote would appear saying, "I had to take time off at this point in the manuscript to recover from the broken leg I obtained while skiing." FXC seemed to me to be the spoiled little kid that takes his toys and goes home when he doesn't get his way. And it also seems he takes himself as being over important. He is the guy that has a friend who knows the sister of the guy's cousin that actually knows THE guy, while belittling those the actually know THE guy.
I really enjoyed Eric and Jen's story and their ending was excellent. While parts of their story went unanswered, it did not take away from their main plot line. Through their conversation in the margins, you can see the trust building, the friendship building, and you had the feeling that more would evolve. Both are equally clever. Both make mistakes. But yet they find a way to hold it together. One has the feeling that shortly after their last comments in the book, Moody's book bombs, and he and Ilsa slowly disappear, while Eric and Jen's book becomes a huge success, they become the experts at large on Straka, and they live happily ever after.
The inserts in the book are well done and just add so much to the story lines. It will be well worth a reread.(less)
Fantastic. Loved the movie, saw it twice, so I had to get the book. A wonderful read with heroes found among everyday people and soldiers that were al...moreFantastic. Loved the movie, saw it twice, so I had to get the book. A wonderful read with heroes found among everyday people and soldiers that were almost to old to enlist. This is probably a little known story, but it should be one that is taught to future generations...their work continues today.(less)
Excellent...little know piece of history. It does seem that a screen play is in the making. This would make a fantastic movie.
Imagine elderly French...moreExcellent...little know piece of history. It does seem that a screen play is in the making. This would make a fantastic movie.
Imagine elderly French prisoners, German soldiers, German SS (yikes), Austrian freedom fighters, and American soldiers (one Tank unit plus four soldiers) joining forces to hold out at a small castle in the Alps...holding out against 150 hardcore German vets.
Most excellent!! Wonderful storytelling, fantastic characters. A very different sort of storyline for me...the story moves along slowly, but yet, at n...moreMost excellent!! Wonderful storytelling, fantastic characters. A very different sort of storyline for me...the story moves along slowly, but yet, at no point do you lose interest. Bravo!(less)
This book was slightly predictable...moreso then the others I have read thus far, but still a good story and a good read. I do like a darn good tradit...moreThis book was slightly predictable...moreso then the others I have read thus far, but still a good story and a good read. I do like a darn good traditional happy ending every once in a while...(less)