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Journey to the Center of the Earth Paperback – November 24, 2017
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The reason Verne is still read by millions today is simply that he was one of the best storytellers who ever lived." Arthur C. Clarke</DIV> --aaaa
<DIV></DIV><DIV>"Verne has left us an extraordinary book. . . . It has brought delight to generations of readers, and will for many more. There is nothing so rare as the chance to take an impossible journey, and to believe it so powerfully that we wonder if we will make it out alive. That's magic. And that's Verne's gift." Michael Crichton</DIV> --aaa
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<DIV><DIV><DIV>Jules Verne (18281905) helped pioneer the science fiction genre. His most famous works include Around the World in Eighty Days and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.</DIV></DIV></DIV>
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I am not going to review any of the 33 novels and a few short stories that make up this collection but it may be worth discussing what the reader is getting for his or her money. These may not be Jules Verne's 'complete works' but, simply scanning through the table of contents, I was able to find all the Verne's books I knew of and even one or two I didn't. They all appear to be some early 20th Century English translations which I find quite charming. These are good quality translations and I detected exactly one typo so far, after some 100 pages worth of reading - in other words, the text is clean.
Each novel/story can be accessed directly from the main table of contents and each novel has its own chapters breakdown. The publishers even included the original editor's notes that prefaced the books at the time of publication.
For any Jules Verne fan who owns a Kindle getting this collection for a couple of dollars should be a no-brainer. I am aware that this is not the only Jules Verne bundle available for purchase and it's quite possible that some individual Jules Verne works could probably be obtained for free but 33 works presented as well formatted for Kindle clean text should be worth a couple of dollars for the sheer convenience. The only feature I'm missing is the original French editions illustrations.
Having said that, there are times when the action slows but the character development and plot lines more than make up for that. Doma's editors did a fine job with the editing, although there are the occasional format and typing errors commonly found in almost everything written or edited on computers. All in all I highly recommend this collection, I have found it both illuminating and very enjoyable