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Round the Moon

(Baltimore Gun Club #2)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  3,692 ratings  ·  162 reviews
In this sequel to From the Earth to the Moon, Barbicane, Ardan, and Nicholl have decided to take a trip around the moon. But first they have to get to the moon from Earth. Will their trip succeed as they attempt to dodge asteroids and realize that the scientists on Earth have miscalculated their trajectory towards the moon?
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 1968 by Peter Smith Publisher (first published 1870)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Autour de la Lune = Round the Moon (Extraordinary Voyages, #7), Jules Verne
Around the Moon (French: Autour de la Lune, 1870), Jules Verne's sequel to From the Earth to the Moon, is a science fiction novel which continues the trip to the moon which was only partially described in the previous novel. It was later combined with From the Earth to the Moon to create A Trip to the Moon and Around It. From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon served as the basis for the film A Trip to the Moon.
Luís C.
This story is a direct sequel to From the Earth to the Moon whose narrative was interrupted immediately after the "shooting". We find Barbicane, Nicholl and Ardan running at full speed towards our satellite aboard the shell.
This short novel is an opportunity to take stock of the knowledge of the time about space and the moon. Of course, from our point of view some points seem very naive: presence of selenites, gravity "reversing" on the way between the two stars, astronaut opening the window of
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone

The review from afar – No. 26

Re-revised forward to these overseas reviews:
Since emulating a yo-yo, I continue to rely on the old-style Kindle 3G for any non-technical reading. I tip my hat to the fine folks at Project Gutenberg: virtually every title I have or will be reading in the near future comes from them.

Around the Moon is the sequel to the amazing adventures of Barbicane, Nicholl, and Ardan (not to be confused with Rocky and Bullwinkle), first related in Jules Verne’s From the Earth to th
Joe Wisniewski
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the continuation of the story "from the earth to the moon". It was written in a different era obviously, when the thoughts of travel to the moon and outer space travel were still of a nature of almost romantic fantasy. Unfortunately, we have become caloused to such endeavors as they now occur so frequently.

For some readers, the painstaking detail of the geography of the moon as described by our travelers may seem monotonous, boring and even trivial. Again, this was written for another ti
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Round the Moon" is a novel by Jules Verne published in 1870. It is the sequel to "From the Earth to the Moon", written five years after that novel. There is absolutely nothing else I can think of to say about the novel that will not give away the plot to the first book. Not a single sentence, and because of that I'll make the rest of this a spoiler, if I remember that is, if I don't, then quit reading right now if you ever want to read the first book.

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Noah Goats
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved De la Terre a la Lune. It was imaginative, surprisingly humorous, and fascinating in the way old science fiction can be. Old science fiction has a way of constantly surprising the reader with what it gets wrong and with what it gets right. The sequel, Autour de la Lune, which I began reading soon after finishing the first book, is likable in the same way without being quite as good. In fact, after beginning it and reading about half I was able to set it aside for over a year before comin ...more
Oct 11, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gabriella Gill
This book was okay. It's the second part and conclusion to the preceding book, from the earth to the moon. Honestly, I guess I was mostly let down by the fact that (spoiler) as the title suggests, they never actually got to the moon. They just went around it, and there was a lot of theoretical scientific talk, some minor drama, and then landing back down on earth.
I was glad, in part, that they never actually got to the moon and that there weren't five-winged, long-necked Selenites to greet them
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book by Jules Verne. I thought it would be like Around the World in Eighty Days, yet it was more like 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. It was a little, no scratch that, a lot more scientific than I thought it would be. I liked the sly, quick humor, but in my opinion there wasn't enough of it.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - July 15, 2017

My complete review is here:

This is the sequel to Verne's From the Earth to the Moon (1863 or 1865). I'm not sure whether I read that one or not. If I did I might've read it 50 yrs ago. Round the Moon was written in 1869 or thereabouts. I find it interesting partially b/c as far as Verne's Science Fiction goes it's more SCIENCE than it is an adventure story. It seems evide
Chad Bearden
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Originally posted on The Prescient Lunar Voyages of Jules Verne, part 2: "Round the Moon" - Fort Worth Literature |

In “From the Earth to the Moon”, Jules Verne practically invents modern science fiction by applying actual physics and chemistry to the far-fetched technical challenge of shooting a projectile to the Lunar surface. It was an incredible, seemingly visionary work, not so much because Verne invented some fantastical ima
Rex Libris
The summary in the bibliographic record was misleading. It made it sound like this was an expansion of the lunar description found in From the Earth to the Moon. Alas, it was not, it was only a portion of the book. Rather than read this, just get From the Earth to the Moon and read that.
Tony Zalmanov
This is the second part of Jules Verne’s book: from the earth to the moon. Unlike the first book this edition is from the curious eyes of the people who will inhabit the projectile into its voyage into space. The three companions Barbicane, Michel Arden and, Nicholi are launched from an enormous cannon buried in a desolate part of Florida. Once in space the discover that their calculations where slightly skewed and instead of colliding with the moon the moons gravity will simply cause them to or ...more
Elliot A
I was very disappointed by this sequel to From the Earth to the Moon. It seemed to me that the author followed an advice to change the narration style from narrator-focused to dialogue-driven, which diminishes the fantastic element that made the first part so interesting and adventurous.

Having said that, as a result of focusing more on the dialogue between the three characters present and the nature of the story and narration as a whole, these three men felt absurd in their behaviour and speech.
Steve Mitchell
The problem with this book really is that the science - at least the theory - has moved on so much since it was written thanks to actually sending people to the moon for the Apollo programme. Just as the science is better in 2001: A Space Odyssey than it is in Star Wars, most people would say that Star Wars is the better film because 2001 is dated. Ten years after the film is set there is still no lunar base and manned voyages to the gas giants are still many years in the future, but nobody comm ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jules Verne was born in 1828 in France. His dream was to write a new kind of novel, which combined scientific fact with fiction. Verne eventually wrote 40 novels in his Voyages extraordinaires series. "What one man can imagine, another will someday be able to achieve." Is a quote from an article in the Encyclopedia Britannica that sums up Verne so well. In All Around the Moon three space travelers are conversing about science and mathematics. They decide to alter the course

Lukas Dambrauskas
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't so good as the first part. The first half was very interesting because there was written the travel to the moon very detailed, and it was full of unexpected things. There was even the answer of the question in the first part's start. Many adventures and simple scientific explanations were very good and the whole book whould be rated 5/5 stars if there wasn't the end. The second part was full of scientific explanations that wheren't very easy. I couldn't understand half of the wo ...more
Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Round the Moon is a sequel to Jules Verne’s wonderful story From the Earth to the Moon . As sequels go, it’s quite satisfying. I remember wanting more after reading the original story, and this follow-up provided it. One of the main entertainments of this book is found in comparing what Verne hypothesized versus what we know of space travel and lunar conditions today. As with my review of the original story, I find the implausible sections of Round the Moon as or more fun than what Verne appear ...more
Jan 28, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't get into at all, the writing was so bland and seemingly pointless. Not to mention the fact that i really couldn't take it seriously- know it was written many years ago but some of the aspects of the plot were just ridiculous- the fact that Algebraic expressions are discussed in length with an air of almost the supernatural, like they're beyond normal people, and the basis of most of them was laughable, the fact that the spaceship was pretty much like a house and they sat around the couc ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to From the Earth to the Moon, and something about it reads like the author felt obligated to write it. The previous book ended before the threesome actually went up into space, so this book is an answer to that problem. Again it's filled with science, math and the threesome talking over the various issues they face as they go toward the moon.

Personally I'm glad that they didn't actually land. I think leaving it a mystery on whether or not the Moon was inhabited was a good mov
Jules Verne is great. Somehow his super Scientific writing style comes across as quaint and endearing, rather than like trudging through a swamp. Most of the time :)

This one was fun, because at the time he wrote this book, it seemed absolutely extraordinary to think of man traveling to the moon, but now, obviously, that has happened. It was fun to see how he imagined space and the moon. It made me wish that I could for just a minute forget everything I know about space, and then have the chance
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The logical conclusion of From the Earth to the Moon. In the former novel, three intrepid travelers are launched to the moon; in the sequel, they come back to earth. Sorry for the spoilers, but what else can be reported? Along the way, Verne amazes us with the extent of his researched knowledge of space travel and astronomy and physics and chemistry and the history of moon studies. I figure that by the time I finish reading Verne's collected works this summer, I'll have also visited the bulk of ...more
Just like the previous book, there's a lot of math and science in this one! So, if that's not your bag (like me), you tend to scan over it. But I can certainly see how it would inspire/interest those more scientifically/mathematically-inclined. I think this book suffers from the fact that ... we now actually know what the moon is like! So unlike the mystery of the time it was written, when a fiction writer could fill in gaps, the modern reader knows that there are certain things which are not tr ...more
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Round the Moon does not live up to the standard set by the work before it, From the Earth to the Moon. The characterizations stagnate quickly, and the plot floats along with little creative impetus. Several things occur that seem contrived and lacking in creative intent. I mostly got through and found enjoyment in Round the Moon because parts of it reminded me of From the Earth to the Moon. While I don't regret reading it, I don't feel that I got a lot out of it in retrospect. Maybe people who e ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
See if you recognise this: Three men are launched from Florida on a mission to the moon. During the flight an accident knocks them off course, they will now miss the moon. Inventiveness and mathematics allows them the check the build-up of CO2 in the capsule and allows them to loop around the moon, giving them a glimpse of the dark-side before their conical capsule splashes down in the ocean to be picked up by a US naval vessel.

Apollo 13 in 1970?

Actually Jules Verne in 1870.

Really seriously spo
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff-classics
I still enjoy Verne's books more than I expected; they are fun adventures with a sense of wonder, and a lot of (often incorrect, but getting marvelously close for when it was written and certainly very creative) science. This one also includes a treatment of America and Americans that is simultaneously flattering and scathing satire, which I found fun. It doesn't really bother with deep characters or the like, but I did enjoy the angle of ex-soldiers finding new purpose and getting to use their ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe that Verne didn't always have it in mind to continue this particular story as the first book finished rather abruptly with the blast off and no indication of what happens to the three "astronauts". Thus this continuation answers the some extent. There is a lot of scintific or quasi scientific observation to get through and the three characters seem to be there solely to take up different positions on the various theories highlighted. Thus dialogue remains stilted... ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We catch up with three of the luckiest men in the universe to find their skeletal systems still solid and their artillery shell transport a comfortable abode. What follows fills in the “That’s it?” ending from the previous installment (much like Verne’s sequel to Poe’s Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym), with chapters flip-flopping between conversation and calculations amongst our astronauts and observations of the view beyond the spaceship’s portholes. This novel could be described as a Twenty Tho ...more
Diogo Muller
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, sci-fi
Another fascinating early sci-fi book by Verne, and again, the main selling point of this book for me was the outdated science: while, in hindsight, it's easy to make fun of some assumptions in this book, it's clear that Verne took most of what was known or theorized back then into consideration, when writing this book.

Even if we ignore this, this book is a fun adventure that has an engaging plot with great characters and a progression that keeps the reader wondering what will happen next with o
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