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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085768342X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857683427
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 3.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,181,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

rolific bestseller Anderson (Hopscotch; the original Star Wars anthologies) pays dashing homage here to Jules Verne (1828-1905), one of the genre's founding fathers and creator of the brooding captain of the Nautilus, hero of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In this fictionalized biography of Verne, Anderson postulates a "real" Andre Nemo, Verne's boyhood friend who lived the life and then some that Verne wanted but didn't dare to follow. After young Nemo's father dies in a shipbuilding accident in Nantes, Verne runs off to sea with Nemo, only to be jerked back by his dry-as-dust father to the caning of his life, then law school. Both Nemo and Verne love the luscious Caroline Arronax, but her heart belongs to Nemo alone. She patiently waits through his exotic adventures, which Verne eventually shapes into his Voyages Extraordinaires (Five Weeks in a Balloon, etc.), wildly popular whales-of-tales that made the French author wealthy and famous. Anderson's rollicking whopper of a novel glides along smoothly in a style deliberately modeled on Verne's own, yet unvexed by the scientific detail that often bogged down Verne's prose and muddied his narrative waters. Anderson's Nemo, whose stories alternate here with Verne's, is a sympathetically drawn Byronic hero, playing off the pedestrian Verne, a multitude of flamboyant pirates, Turkish caliphs, raging sea monsters and the incomparable Caroline, a proto-feminist shipping executive and composer. No one would miss the boat by signing on this fantastic journey. (Jan. 2)Forecast: This title could get a boost from the publication of Verne's last novel, Invasion of the Sea, in its first English edition (reviewed above), plus the reissue of two new editions of The Mysterious Island (one of which is noted below).

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

As young men, Jules Verne and Andre Nemo pledged to experience a world of adventures together but fate set them on two different paths. Nemo becomes an adventurer, traveling to fantastic places and encountering hidden civilizations and mythical creatures, while Verne builds a reputation chronicling his friend's exploits. The author of Dune: House Corrino (with Brian Herbert) pays tribute to one of the genre's founding fathers in a fast-paced sf fantasy reminiscent of the early pulp stories. Romance, adventure, and a new look at Verne's classic novels make this a strong addition to most sf collections.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson has written 50 national bestsellers and has over 23 million books in print worldwide in thirty languages. He has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Readers' Choice Award; in 2012 at San Diego Comic Con he received the Faust Grand Master Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has written numerous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels in the Dune universe with Brian Herbert, as well as Star Wars and X-Files novels. In his original work, he is best known for his Saga of Seven Suns series, the Terra Incognita trilogy, the Dan Shamble Zombie PI series, and Clockwork Angels: The Novel with Neil Peart. Find out more about Kevin J. Anderson at www.wordfire.com.

Customer Reviews

Fans of classic science fiction will enjoy this homage to Jules Verne.
SciFiChick
Andre Nemo becomes a great adventurer, travelling the globe (and beyond), a man's man whose incredible experiences are recorded by his stay-at-home friend Verne.
Hearts On Fire
All other characters are rather one-sided and used and then tossed aside with very little emotional attachment from the characters.
J. Parent

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on March 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Captain Nemo is a novel in the tradition of Farmer's The Other Log of Phileas Fogg and other tributes to science fiction pioneers. Andre Nemo is the son of a carpenter in the shipyards of Nantes. His friend Jules Verne is the son of a local lawyer. Together they dream of exploration and experiment with diving suits.
When Andre's father is killed in a ship fire, he becomes a cabin boy on the Coralie and sails on an exploratory mission. Jules tries to join Andre but is intercepted by his father and taken back to Nantes. After a long voyage, the Coralie is attacked by pirates and Andre is stranded on a mysterious island. He escapes underground, finds dinosaurs, and travels through the center of the earth. Later, he travels across Africa in a huge balloon and is involved in the building of a great undersea vessel by Robur, a Turkish general.
Meanwhile, Jules completes his training as a lawyer and dabbles in writing plays, with little success. As he receives news of Andre's exploits, Jules incorporates them into fictious adventures which become wildly successful. Eventually, Jules is reunited briefly with Andre aboard the Nautilus and gets an underwater tour.
Caroline Aronnax, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is the friend and sweetheart of both boys, but is more attracted to Andre. After Andre goes to sea, Caroline is married to Captain Hatteras, who sails away to the Arctic Sea, never to return. In his absence, Caroline manages the Hatteras household and finances and, when her father dies, the family business as well. Although still loving Andre, she is determined to be true to her husband until he has been legally presumed dead. Andre can't stand the wait and goes off to the Crimean War.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not going to mince words, this book is horrible...
It's a pastiche of Verne's life, intercut with the adventures of "Andre Nemo" who wanders around the world, involving himself with incident after incident drawn from the pages of Verne's novels, and minor character, after minor character named after Verne's characters
My biggest gripe however is the vision of Nemo presented, this is not the mysterious stranger of the 20,000 leagues under the sea, or the technocratic Indian Prince, driven from his home after a failed rebellion against colonial masters as presented in Mysterious Island. Having all the works of Verne to draw from, and KJ Anderson, instead chose to draw his Nemo from the wide screen, he has drawn his "Dark Genius" from the vision of Walt Disney, and Harper Goff
The result is what you expect, a poor adaptation of an adaptation, true neither to the original, or the film.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jon G. Hargrove on March 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
What a fun book! Enjoyed it thoroughly, and admire the author's meticulous research. His love for Verne and his characters is evident. Anderson pulls off perhaps the advenure novel of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcel S. on November 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
When books are successful,like Jules Vernes books were, some of us think we can use the character or name of that character that made the book successful and become equally succesful. That is true in this case. Maybe just a clever sales gimmick. Not as interesting as one would expect when hearing the name Nemo. Nemo was an Indian Prince and will remain an Indian Prince. His achievements were better known by Verne himself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on January 3, 2012
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I flew through this book. Being a fan of Jules Verne novels, this brought back the pulpy adventure feel. It presented an enjoyable, if fictional, perspective on the old novels. If you enjoy Kevin J Anderson's writing, I wouldn't compare this to his seven sun series. It is more one dimensional than the sagas he has previously created. So don't take the book too seriously and you may enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on December 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
In Captain Nemo, Kevin J. Anderson conveys a fictional biography of one of the founding fathers of science fiction. The story follows Jules Verne and his two friends Andre Nemo and Caroline Arronax. Jules and Andre both love adventure, but Jules would rather dream about far off places while Andre experiences them. As Jules pursues his love of writing, he chooses to write about his friend's numerous, adventurous exploits. And Nemo's hard life begins to change his heart, turning him into one of the most feared sea captains in the Atlantic.

Jules Verne has a heart for the arts, in spite of his father's pressures to follow him into law. While somewhat rebellious, he doesn't share the same courage that Andre does. Both young men love Caroline, causing an awkward love triangle - as Caroline only has feelings for Andre.

While Andre Nemo's adventures delve into the realms of fantasy and science fiction (at least for the time period), the emotional drama is realistic. Nemo's travels are of course the driving force of the story and the inspiration for Jules Verne - from a mysterious island with dinosaurs that takes him deep within the earth, to an amazing hot air balloon ride, and finally to the legendary Nautilus. Full of drama, adventure, war, and heartbreak - Captain Nemo is a satisfying read. Fans of classic science fiction will enjoy this homage to Jules Verne.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James P. Lea on October 3, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Okay- of all the books I have reviewed on Amazon this one seems to have generated one of the widest spectrum of reactions that I have seen yet. I believe the explanation for this really has to do with the readers expectations. If you read this book with the expectation of encountering a scientifically and historically accurate novel, then yes you would be likely to discount this as a piece of drivel. If, however, you were looking for a swashbuckling adventure story that captures the style and essence of Jules Verne than, like myself, you probably had a ball with this book.

Based upon the concept that Captain Nemo was a real person and the inspiration for many of Jules Verne's novels, this story is nothing more than a swashbuckling, rollicking adventure tale with a strong heroine included that is very reminiscent of the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The closest comparison I can think of for these novels is the Wold Newton Universe created by Philip Jose Farmer. Like those books this story incorporates as much as possible from the time period and world of Jules Verne. Elements of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island, From the Earth to the Moon, and Around the World in 80 Days (among others)are interwoven into the plot line of this book. By adding real-life characters such as Alexander Dumas and elements of the Crimean War Kevin Anderson gives this book a fine sense of the time period in which the novel takes place.

In conclusion if you are looking for an in-depth, scientifically accurate portrayal of Jules Verne or Captain Nemo than you probably should not read this book. If you are looking for a tremendous adventure story in the tradition of and featuring many of the scenarios portrayed in Jules Verne's novels than I think you will enjoy Nemo as much as I did.
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