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The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
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The Mysterious Island (original 1874; edition 2004)

by Jules Verne, Bruce Sterling (Introduction), Isaac Asimov (Afterword)

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Title:The Mysterious Island
Authors:Jules Verne
Other authors:Bruce Sterling (Introduction), Isaac Asimov (Afterword)
Info:Signet Classics (2004), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 624 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
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The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne (1874)

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    The Martian by Andy Weir (rakerman)
    rakerman: In The Mysterious Island, a small group lands on an island with no technology other than a watch and proceed to rebuild Victorian industrial civilization. The scientific details of creating each new device and system are carefully described. In The Martian, similar care is taken to describe the modified systems and devices needed to sustain the astronaut on Mars.… (more)
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    Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World by Joan Druett (Stbalbach)
    Stbalbach: The Mysterious Island was inspired by the real-life shipwreck told in Island of the Lost
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    CGlanovsky: An island with mysterious properties.
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Mildly entertaining, but there was much wrong with the book.... wrong science (but tis ok as it was the science of the time), but mostly the writing style. It seems that Verne has certain phrases he will use ad nauseum until the reader wants to throw the book at his grave. That really was the issue with me. Bad chronology as well that could have been easily fixed by eliminating certain dates. Enjoyable, but ponderous. ( )
  untraveller | Mar 19, 2018 |
Originally published in 1875, this novel is noticeably dated, but it's still a good read. ( )
  DLMorrese | Oct 14, 2016 |
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  MarijaSabljic | Jun 28, 2016 |
I listened to the audio version of this book on a road trip. And while interesting and entertaining. it was just so dang long. Not as good as Jules Vern's Journey to the Center of the Earth. I know long and wordy was the style back 150 years ago when this was originally written as there were few other choices for entertainment, and I have to say some of the vocabulary was quite interesting and educational. How these colonists managed all this time on this Mysterious Island while never once having an argument is the true mystery of the story to me. ( )
  she_climber | Jun 12, 2016 |
This a book I'd recommend to just about anyone!
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  Garrison0550 | May 10, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Verne, Julesprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Asimov, IsaacAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butcher, WilliamIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Evans, Arthur B.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Férat, JulesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Férat, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gunnarsson, JacobTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kingston, W. H. G.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kravitz, SidneyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pitz, Henry C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stolpe, SvenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stump, JordanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Edward A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wyeth, N.C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive as they uncover the island’s secret.


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Five Union prisoners of war escape from a Confederate prison camp in a hot-air balloon, only to crash land on an unknown island where they must learn to survive on their own.

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