Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne Review

It’s time to return again to our regularly scheduled Jules Verne programming. Voyage au centre de la Terre is the third Verne novel I have read, and so far it is my favorite. There are multiple translations, and the names of the main characters are different depending on which one you read. I read the version where the narrator is called “Harry Lawson” rather than Axel Lidenbrock. According to Project Gutenberg, this 1871 translation I read is the most widely circulated. But it is also not as true to the original text as the 1877 version. Apparently, what I read was somewhat abridged, but was still … Continue reading Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne Review

My Lost Weekend on Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island – Guest Review by Eric Renderking Fisk

“How could you possibly know what retrofuturism means today if you don’t know what futurism of that era was?” (Eric Renderking Fisk, 2018) Heading into the Journal’s celebration of the venerable Verne’s birthday, our dear editor Phoebe Darqueling challenged her friends to review some media associated with works. It could have been a book, a movie based on his work, or the Audible version of one of his novels. I chose The Mysterious Island to enjoy during the weekend while my wife and sons were with my in-laws and I was keeping an eye open for our yet-to-be housebroken puppy. I picked it based on the … Continue reading My Lost Weekend on Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island – Guest Review by Eric Renderking Fisk

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne Review

Even if people aren’t a fan of science fiction, chances are they have seen the 1954 Disney movie, or at least heard of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In my review of Around the World in 80 Days, you probably picked up on the fact I’m only lukewarm on Jules Verne’s writing style. On the other hand, I’ve read a few different Steampunk books that use Captain Nemo as a character, so I wanted to go back to the original source to learn a bit more. About the Book It all begins with the mysterious disappearances of various vessels in 1866. Many believe a giant sea creature is … Continue reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne Review

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (1873) Review

I chose to do an in-depth article on Around the World in 80 Days mostly as an excuse to watch the 1956 movie again. But of course I needed to start with the text itself. I won’t go into a lengthy synopsis here because I do in my “Dive Deeper” post. Let’s skip straight to the review of the book. What I thought of the book Around the World in 80 Days I really expected to adore this book and it had all the makings of greatness. But all and all, I’d say this one isn’t a must-read for a Steampunk, or a Jules Verne fan. The voice … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (1873) Review