Book Review: Mysterious Island

March 16, 2009 § Leave a comment

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On Saturday night I finished Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, a novel which is the sequel to Verne’s more famous 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The story is set during the time of the Civil War, and begins in fact with the Seige of Richmond. Five men – Union prisoners of war held in Virginia – escape the seige in a hot air balloon but crash on a deserted island somewhere in the Pacific. With nothing but their fine character and the items in their pockets, they work to build a life on the island and encounter many difficulties and adventures along their way. I don’t want to give away too much about the story, but if you have read 20,000 Leagues or are a fan of Jules Verne, do yourself a favor and read this book too! It is well worth the time, and I think is Verne’s finest work (at least that I have have the pleasure to read).

Onto another book, this one recommended by a Polish coworker who saw me reading Verne. My new book is called Solaris, and was written by science fiction author Stanislaw Lem. I think it will prove interesting, if my coworker is correct in thinking it a good match for my science/philosophy background.

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