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2013-06-17 07:10:00 PM
Not only is there no balloon in <i>Around the World in 80 Days</i>, travelling by balloon is outright rejected by the characters in the book.

/One of my favorite books, despite the ethnic stereotypes.
 
2013-06-17 08:00:44 PM
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea wasn't written FOR anyone, children or otherwise.  The ideas in it were put to good use by others, but good Christ that's some dry, painful prose.  I quit reading it halfway through, when he started in with yet another grouping of several PAGES of scientific names for sea creatures that they had seen. I'd had enough.

I was ~30 years old when I read it, and at the time, it was the only book I'd quit on.
 
2013-06-17 08:58:04 PM
A while back I had a free iOS app that included a truckload of classic public domain fiction. Might be worth looking into something like that for those interested in Jules Verne.
 
2013-06-17 09:00:25 PM
War of the Worlds is an early example of what would become zombie fiction.

Discuss.
 
2013-06-17 09:52:21 PM

PizzaJedi81: War of the Worlds is an early example of what would become zombie fiction.

Discuss.


But... that's H.G. Wells.
 
2013-06-17 09:54:13 PM

ThatBillmanGuy: PizzaJedi81: War of the Worlds is an early example of what would become zombie fiction.

Discuss.

But... that's H.G. Wells.


Verne, Wells..I'm drunk, does it matter?
 
2013-06-18 04:30:37 AM
Good points about the translations. I read Jules' books as a kid in French. Came across the English versions later in life, and thought "WTF am I reading?"
 
2013-06-18 05:30:08 AM

PizzaJedi81: ThatBillmanGuy: PizzaJedi81: War of the Worlds is an early example of what would become zombie fiction.

Discuss.

But... that's H.G. Wells.

Verne, Wells..I'm drunk, does it matter?


lolwhut?
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2013-06-18 06:20:09 AM

AlanSmithee: Good points about the translations. I read Jules' books as a kid in French. Came across the English versions later in life, and thought "WTF am I reading?"


Did you try that with Dumas too? It would be an interesting perpective from someone who read The Three Musketeers in French. It was always one of my favorites.
 
2013-06-18 06:45:43 AM

Crewmannumber6: AlanSmithee: Good points about the translations. I read Jules' books as a kid in French. Came across the English versions later in life, and thought "WTF am I reading?"

Did you try that with Dumas too? It would be an interesting perpective from someone who read The Three Musketeers in French. It was always one of my favorites.


Good point. I should try that with Dumas too.
 
2013-06-18 09:15:11 AM

stonelotus: PizzaJedi81: ThatBillmanGuy: PizzaJedi81: War of the Worlds is an early example of what would become zombie fiction.

Discuss.

But... that's H.G. Wells.

Verne, Wells..I'm drunk, does it matter?

lolwhut?
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Yo, I'm happy for you Wez, and I'mma let you finish, but Magua is the most bad-assed mohawked bad guy of all time.
 
2013-06-18 09:38:57 AM

PizzaJedi81: War of the Worlds is an early example of what would become zombie fiction.

Discuss.


can you explain how an alien invasion novel has anything whatever to do with zombies?  I don't recall anything like a "zombie" in that book.
 
2013-06-18 09:47:06 AM

frepnog: PizzaJedi81: War of the Worlds is an early example of what would become zombie fiction.

Discuss.

can you explain how an alien invasion novel has anything whatever to do with zombies?  I don't recall anything like a "zombie" in that book.


I was going for tonally.
 
2013-06-18 11:21:19 AM

PizzaJedi81: frepnog: PizzaJedi81: War of the Worlds is an early example of what would become zombie fiction.

Discuss.

can you explain how an alien invasion novel has anything whatever to do with zombies?  I don't recall anything like a "zombie" in that book.

I was going for tonally.


No, it still doesn't work.
 
2013-06-18 11:32:56 AM

dittybopper: PizzaJedi81: frepnog: PizzaJedi81: War of the Worlds is an early example of what would become zombie fiction.

Discuss.

can you explain how an alien invasion novel has anything whatever to do with zombies?  I don't recall anything like a "zombie" in that book.

I was going for tonally.

No, it still doesn't work.


Okay, so maybe it was the audiobook I listened to, but it made sense at the time.
 
2013-06-18 12:52:34 PM

AlanSmithee: Crewmannumber6: AlanSmithee: Good points about the translations. I read Jules' books as a kid in French. Came across the English versions later in life, and thought "WTF am I reading?"

Did you try that with Dumas too? It would be an interesting perpective from someone who read The Three Musketeers in French. It was always one of my favorites.

Good point. I should try that with Dumas too.


It'll depend on the translation. There's the original bowlderized translation and a more accurate version that was done later
 
2013-06-18 02:32:10 PM

This Face Left Blank: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea wasn't written FOR anyone, children or otherwise.  The ideas in it were put to good use by others, but good Christ that's some dry, painful prose.  I quit reading it halfway through, when he started in with yet another grouping of several PAGES of scientific names for sea creatures that they had seen. I'd had enough.

I was ~30 years old when I read it, and at the time, it was the only book I'd quit on.


When I first got married my wife and I signed up for one of those "Best books ever written" things.  every other month we got a nice leather bound classic novel.  I was determined to read them, before they went on the bookshelf.  I diligently read Moby Dick, the Sound and the Fury, Ivanhoe, and many others.  I enjoyed more of them than I expected, but I struggled through others.  When "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" came I was excited, because I thought it would be retro cool pulp sci-fi.  what a disappointment.

I ended up reading it to my daughter at bed time.  It was perfect for that.  droning on and on about the scientific names of aquatic flora and fauna will put a toddler to sleep in no time.   it was the only way I could force myself to finish that dumb thing.
 
2013-06-18 03:51:50 PM

severedtoe: This Face Left Blank: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea wasn't written FOR anyone, children or otherwise.  The ideas in it were put to good use by others, but good Christ that's some dry, painful prose.  I quit reading it halfway through, when he started in with yet another grouping of several PAGES of scientific names for sea creatures that they had seen. I'd had enough.

I was ~30 years old when I read it, and at the time, it was the only book I'd quit on.

When I first got married my wife and I signed up for one of those "Best books ever written" things.  every other month we got a nice leather bound classic novel.  I was determined to read them, before they went on the bookshelf.  I diligently read Moby Dick, the Sound and the Fury, Ivanhoe, and many others.  I enjoyed more of them than I expected, but I struggled through others.  When "20,000 Leagues under the Sea" came I was excited, because I thought it would be retro cool pulp sci-fi.  what a disappointment.

I ended up reading it to my daughter at bed time.  It was perfect for that.  droning on and on about the scientific names of aquatic flora and fauna will put a toddler to sleep in no time.   it was the only way I could force myself to finish that dumb thing.


it would make an incredible movie.  sad that the best we have gotten is that horrid disney musical.  a whale of a tale, indeed.
 
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