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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
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May 14, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: classics, e-book, sci-fi, audiobook, 2010
Read from May 14 to June 07, 2010

I think this is the 19th century version of the Discovery Channel, with a bit of plot thrown in here and there.

This must have been a fantastical book when it was first written. In the infancy of submarines and electricity, all of this must have been incredibly far fetched, and it's amazing to me how much is accurate predictions.

The long lists and descriptions of fish and animals, I assume, was equally incredible to the people of that day, who'd probably never heard of most of these fish, let alone seen drawings of them. But for me, who's seen some of that in person while scuba diving, and seen a lot of photographs and video of underwater life, the lists of common names and scientific nomenclature just doesn't work anymore.

I did like the plot and the characters, but interspersed as it was between all the long lists, and engineering calculations, this book just hasn't aged well at all.

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