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Captain Nemo Paperback – September 6, 2011
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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.
- Matt Bille, author, The Dolmen (Wolfsinger, 2014)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Captain Nemo is a swashbuckling tale about Jules Verne and his most delightful and adventurous character, André Nemo. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shafiya Naher
I just loved this book, what a creative and fun novel. I got it to do research on my own Steampunk narrative. Great book.Published 16 months ago by Michelle Young
A long time fan of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and all things Jules Verne, this is a good Vernian read and inspirational adventure. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Doc Hamm
I recently read "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "The Mysterious Island" for the first time. Of course, I became infatuated with Nemo. Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by D. MARSHALL
This book was difficult to find for a very long time but I downloaded the Kindle version as soon as it became available.
Kevin J. Read more
a very neat premise that is so mundane, it barely warranted 3 stars. Could have been great, but is so-so at best.Published on July 18, 2013 by Scott W of Federal Way
Great book. Very enjoyable. I will be reading the original Verne very soon. Nice transition for me. Well done concept on the bookPublished on June 16, 2013 by Lewis C. Rogers
I liked the adventures and the overall concept of imagining how the two become who they are. However, every main character was an extreme it seemed. Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by Amazon Customer