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Nov. 7, 2013
The Swiss Family Robinson
I had fond memories of an abridged version of this book as a child, however reading the whole thing now has left me a little disappointed. Its a little too repetitive and slightly straightforward in its plot.<br/><br/>The characters have no shades of gray which may be understandable since this is primarily a Children's classic. However if you're an adult trying to rekindle an old flame read another one, this may not suit your current tastes.
Nov. 7, 2013
From the Earth to the Moon
Jules Verne was a great science fiction writer. However, amidst books like A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days, this book - From the Earth to the Moon - doesn't hold a candle. While it is fun to read both at the beginning and the end, the middle of the story is dragged on for quite a while.<br/><br/>Verne was not at his peak at the time of writing this, in fact it is from the early part of his writing career, and it shows. The gripping twists and plots that we are accustomed to seeing from him are few and far in between. However, the redeeming quality of the book is its fascinating detail to the science and space travel. Also admirable is the characters of the book, which are developed very nicely and are really the kind of people you want to believe in.<br/><br/>All in all, an ok book if you are a big fan of early Sci-Fi.
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