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Jules Verne's Moon Book - From Earth to the Moon & Round the Moon - Two Complete Books

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Two complete books by Jules Verne: From Earth to the Moon & Round the Moon. Please visit for more great sci-fi at great prices.
Paperback, 232 pages
Published June 13th 2008 by Phoenix Pick (first published 1869)
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Mike Franklin
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
There are SPOILERS in this review; mostly minor, therefore I've not hidden it.

4 stars

Another very good pair of books from Jules Verne. I would treat them as a single book; I don’t know how Verne’s readers put up with 7 years between the two with the first having such a non-ending!

As expected the science in this book does not hold up, but what do you expect; the first book was written 150 years ago. In fact what is amazing is how close to being right so much of it was and how ambitious a topic th
Adam Smith
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Frustrated with peacetime decommissioning, the member of the American Gun Club search for a means that will allow them to fulfil their passion in developing cannons. It is then that president Barbicane proposes a new goal. A goal that will test the mettle and abilities of every member of the Gun Club and will carve their names in history. They’re going to shoot the moon.

What if the NRA was in charge of the space program? This book has been on my list for a while, but I kept putting off on the as
Todd Martin
Jun 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
 A Trip to the Moon

There’s a reason From the Earth to the Moon isn’t listed among Jules Verne’s most popular works. It’s terrible. It’s not that the science and technical aspects are laughable (that’s not unexpected given the book was written a century before the NASA program put a man on the moon), but that the story itself is dumb.

Basically, the plot involves shooting a 9 foot hollow aluminum bullet from a cannon so that it escapes the Earth’s gravitational pull and ultimately collides with the moon. The bullet
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
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Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, ebooks
Jules Verne was probably my first "favourite author" and I remember well, when I was still a child, those Sunday mornings I've spent reading and dreaming about all the adventures and the fantastic voyages that his books allowed me to take. That was the moment I realised the power of a book and thanks to Verne (along with Salgari, Haggard, Burroughs and so many others great authors... nothing beats the Classics!) I've traveled in my imagination around the world, under the sea and to other planets ...more
To successfully complete his journey to the moon this traveler (reader) had to:

1. Suspend most of his disbelief.
2. Arm himself with a good deal of nostalgic affection for Verne's novels he had read as a child.
3. Resign himself to flat and stereotyped characters, long and repetitious technical explanations (most of them wrong) and dramatic events very pale in comparison to present day science fiction.

What he had experienced on the way:

1. Admiration for this work of extensive research and spec
Tony Talbot
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is pure fun from start to finish, and doesn't take itself too seriously at any point. A gun club in the USA, disheartened by peace breaking out and not having anyone to shoot at, decides to build an enormous cannon to fire at the moon.

Amazingly, despite this being written in 1865, the science is pretty spot on; Verne describes the harshness of space and the mechanics of travelling to the moon pretty accurately, even down to things alongside the capsule travelling on the same orbit.

In places
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mark Howard
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic for sure. Turns out I had only a vague notion what this story was about. Very rigorous, scientific treatment of a fanciful (at the time) subject (space travel). Some coincidences were clearly contrived and some of the science was wrong, but a fun read nevertheless. Very glad to have finally read it. I was inspired to read it from having just read "The First Men in the Moon" by H.G. Wells. A trusted friend gave me an old paperback copy encouraging me to read it. Having been written late ...more
Jose Moa
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another well known anticipation novel by Verne.Relatively scientifically rigurous,over all in open space;in this case the ship is a big ojival bullet launched by a very big cannon, buried in the earth;the gunpowder is cotton gunpowder
Linda C
After the War of Rebellion the Gun Club of America was upset with no war to build guns for or to invent new guns for use. Someone came up with the idea to use a gun to send a projectile to the moon. Lots of astronomical and physical and mathematical calculations later they are ready, when a Frenchman arrives saying to change the shape from a ball to a cylinder so he can go. Lots of arguing later they change the projectile and the Gun Club President and his rival decide to accompany the Frenchman ...more
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had fun with Verne's subtle humor. He always seems to insert amusing observations at unexpected moments. Just about the only thing that put me off this book was all the arithmetic mumbo jumbonthst fills up a couple of pages before w.go back to the main storyline. I got impatient with his "scientific" explanations. I applaud his attempt, but I wouldn't have noticed if he cut those to the barest minimim. I sometimes read through them without remembering one word and realized you could still unde ...more
Jules Vern was most definitely a man ahead of his time.
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

When I was an 8 year old, my father took me to see the movie version of From the Earth to the Moon. Like most young boys, I was fascinated by science and technology. Back in the time that Verne wrote these books (1860's) the whole Western world, but particularly Americans, were bonkers about all the new things science was revealing.

In the 20th century, Issac Asimov wrote for the same appetite. Unlike today, where all the gadgets that science makes possible are appreciated for themselves alone, i
Mar 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I wanted to read a classic, I dragged myself through roughly 1/4 of the book before deeming it too dry/tedious for my liking.
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Very much of its time, this book (originally published as two books, in fact) was nonetheless still jolly good fun! It serves as a solid satire of the capitalist jingoistic war-mongering American (we'll sell to the selenites or start a war with them!), and in that sense feels surprisingly relevant. If you can swallow the wildly implausible conceit of the main story line, the plot is well developed and very enjoyable, and definitely worth a read. A couple of moments struck me as being the product ...more
Tamira Rae
What a difference a translator makes. The previous Verne novel I read, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, translated by William Butcher, was alive with action, excitement, and suspense. This edition of From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon, translated by T.K. Linklater, was dull, drab, and flat. Under the hands of different translators, Verne’s novels take on different authors.

T.K. Linklater exterminates the energy in Verne’s ideas. Linklater’s translation is literal and technical.
Alec Glazier
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this was a phenomenal book. I thought that the concept was spectacular because Verne takes a very unknown setting: the moon, and creates a journey that will open up new things the world. The plot line was a bit distorted because there was a late climax in Part I when the Columbiad is launched. There is an extremely graduate fall of the falling action, as there is a unexpected "spike," as it would look like on the plot line at the end of Part II, when the Columbiad lands. Although ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
The science behind the project is absolutely ludicrous at times, but considering that From the Earth to the Moon was published in 1865, over a century before a moon landing was even remotely successful, then you can forgive it somewhat. If you can overlook the massive holes in logic and physics, then you have a book that documents a group of people trying to do what no-one has attempted before, and the concept of their failing is never even considered. There's something about that positivity tha ...more
Czarny Pies
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seulement pour les amateurs acquis de Verne
Shelves: french-lit
Dans ce duo on trouve Verne au sommet de son art. Il a meme réussit à placer le lieu du lancement du vaisseau spatiale en Floride à seulement 220 km du Cape Canaveral. Ceci dit, il ne faut pas donner ce livre à jeune lecteur, surtout s'il n'est pas déjà un amateur de Verne.
L'intrigue est peut-etre le plus platte de tous les romans de Dumas. On quitte la terre, on fait le tour du monde et on y revient. Étant donné que Verne respectait la science trop pour y mettre des extra-terrestres, il n'y a p
I read "From the Earth to the Moon and A Trip Around It", published by the J.B. Lippincott Company, possibly in 1967, at least that's when it was added to my library's collection. I bought the book at a library sale.

I rate the first part, From the Earth to the Moon, at 3.5 stars. It's an adventure story, taking place during a period of a great interest in the moon and the possibility of travel to it and to other planets. The scientific theories discussed here were popular at the time. we now kn
Lu Dongyi
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four stars, since it's not as engaging as Verne's better known works, my favorite of which is Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. The introduction got many things right; the science is horrible and many details are too simplistic, not realistic. Way more has to be considered when designing the projectile to carry passengers, and way more calculations has to be made. Yet when I forgot that this is science fiction and pretended to be reading fairy tale, I appreciated the emotions aroused by Ver ...more
May 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was actually quite surprised how Jules Verne approached a trip to the moon in a rather scientific way (as much as science could be accurate in the 1860s) that turned out to be somewhat true in certain respects. The book is actually two: FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON details the plans to send a cannon-shot manned projectile to the moon, and AROUND THE MOON is the sequel of what happened to the passengers on the rocket bound for the moon, written 5 years later.

I've read a couple of other novels by
Samuel Pomerantz
I will be completely honest: this is my favorite book of all time. Verne is my favorite author, and I am a huge fan of space travel fiction.
After the end of the Civil War, the Baltimore Gun Club is bored with inactivity. They miss the days when they were able to construct and test new cannons. So, their president proposes an audacious task- they will build the largest gun in the world and will use it to fire a projectile to the moon! The world is astounded at the project, which happens to catch
Benjamin Elliott
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Jules Verne's books are always full of exposition. There are a all sorts of situations invented that allow some expert character to expound upon a subject of expertise to their companions to summarize what is current scientific knowledge at the time. This works in part, but these two books--particularly Round the Moon--seem to be all exposition with very little action. The first half is all him explaining the best materials, shape, location, etc. for such an experiment; while the second half is ...more
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it but it was a slog in places. If I knew more of the science of Verne's time I might be able to better judge whether he was being fanciful or making reasonable extrapolations.

Someone has said that without coincidence fiction would be impossible but knowing the amount of computation involved in figuring out mid-course corrections for the Apollo program, I find firing a cannon, being perturbed by a mid-flight encounter, and circling the moon so smoothly just too big a leap for me. Mayb
Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy scifi that is filled with science information
Shelves: 2009
So bearing in mind when this book was written and it being one of the earliest science fiction novels it was still just ok. The adventure of course is completely unrealistic, building a giant gun and shooting a cannonball with people inside of it to the moon, mmmhmm. The part that really kept it low in rating for me though was the amount of detailed information about the moon, and what was known to be facts/theories in the current scientific literature. It was as if Verne was trying to convince ...more
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Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. He is best known for his novels Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).

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