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Jules Verne

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message 1: by Lisa, the usurper (new)

Lisa (lmmmml) | 1858 comments Mod
We were going to have one of Verne's books for the February children's read. There is a poll at the bottom of the page that has three selections, if you are interested please vote on it! Thanks!


message 2: by Zuzana (last edited Feb 02, 2012 03:50AM) (new)

Zuzana | 120 comments I'm currently reading Off On A Comet for the challenge. I chose this one because as a child I loved Karel Zeman's movie based on this book.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQe5_z...

So far I'm rather dissapointed. First half of the book is quite interesting but the second half is filled with boring astronomical lectures about planets and comets. I was also unpleasantly surprised that the characters are often reduced to mere stereotypes to a point of caricature, e.g.the English soldiers or the Jew. Sadly, I cannot recommend this book.


message 3: by Kerri, the sane one (new)

Kerri | 328 comments Mod
Zuzana wrote: "I'm currently reading Off On A Comet for the challenge. I chose this one because as a child I loved Karel Zeman's movie based on this book.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQe5_z......"


So sad to hear that. Have you read any other Jules Verne books? Around the World will be the first one I've read.


message 4: by Zuzana (last edited Feb 04, 2012 12:18AM) (new)

Zuzana | 120 comments Kerri wrote: "Zuzana wrote: "I'm currently reading Off On A Comet for the challenge. I chose this one because as a child I loved Karel Zeman's movie based on this book.
http://www.youtube.com/wat..."


I remember reading In Search of the Castaways; or the Children of Captain Grant and Facing the Flag when I was about ten years old. I have only vague recollections of the plot, but I remember liking them quite a lot.
Well,Off On A Comet didn't put me off all Verne's books. I'll read Around the World in Eighty Days with the group and I fully expect it to be better than the other one. It is supposed to be his most famous novel so expectations are high. ;-)


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