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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
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Nov 06, 2010

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Read from June 24 to August 14, 2011 — I own a copy

I'm glad I read this, but was a little disappointed. The story was intriguing and I can see where it would make (and did make) an exciting adventure movie. Unfortunately the book lacks a lot of the suspense that it could have had. It was written more like a journal or diary than a novel, therefore losing a lot of the emotion, tension and mystery that would have made this great.

And I thin my biggest disappointment was the conclusion. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I always feel let down when a story goes from an edge-of-the-seat cliffhanger, to the character passing out, to them waking up with everything resolved. I get that the personal recollection style of the book means that the main character was unconscious during the resolution of the dilemma they were in, but a few pages of him trying to find out what happened and then giving us the solution to his escape would have really made the ending a bit more palatable.

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