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Michael Strogoff

Michael Strogoff

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Michael Strogoff or The Courier of the Czar (French: Michel Strogoff) is a novel written by Jules Verne in 1876. This edition includes original illustrations by Jules-Descartes Férat.Critics, including Leonard S. Davidow, writing from Reading, Pennsylvania, in his 1937 introduction to The Spencer Press reprint as a volume in its "Classic Romances of Literature" series consider it one of Verne"s best books.Davidow wrote, "Jules Verne has written no better book than this, in fact it is deservedly ranked as one of the most thrilling tales ever written." Unlike some of Verne"s other famous novels, it is not science fiction, but a scientific phenomenon is a plot device. The book was later adapted to a play, by Verne himself and Adolphe D"Ennery. Incidental music to the play was written by Alexandre Artus in 1880. The book has been adapted several times for films, television and cartoon series.Michael Strogoff, a 30-year-old native of Omsk, is a courier for Tsar Alexander II of Russia. The Tartar Khan (prince), Feofar Khan, incites a rebellion and separates the Russian Far East from the mainland, severing telegraph lines. Rebels encircle Irkutsk, where the local governor, a brother of the Tsar, is making a last stand. Strogoff is sent to Irkutsk to warn the governor about the traitor Ivan Ogareff, a former colonel, who was once demoted and exiled and now seeks revenge against the imperial family. He intends to destroy Irkutsk by setting fire to the huge oil storage tanks on the banks of the Angara River.

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The Mysterious Island

The Mysterious Island

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The Mysterious Island: Illustrated by Jules Verne. - In Three Parts: I. Dropped from the Clouds, II. Abandoned, III. The Secret of the Island. Fully Illustrated with 154 Illustrations from the Original edition by Jules-Descartes Férat, engraving Charles Barbant, Published by Hetzel, in Paris, 1875.The novel is a crossover sequel to Verne"s famous Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and In Search of the Castaways, though thematically it is vastly different from those books.The Mysterious Island" has by common consent been pronounced the most successful and the most absorbing of Jules Verne"s works. In recognition of its wide popularity, the publishers herewith offer to the youth of the World in a single volume the complete work which originally appeared in three volumes. The work has been pronounced "A new Robinson Crusoe with all the modern improvements."You will find amusement and instruction. One of three books that inspired Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

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Adrift In the Pacific, or Two Years Vacation

Adrift In the Pacific, or Two Years Vacation

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Adrift In the Pacific, or Two Years Vacation is an adventure novel by Jules Verne, published in 1888. Know also has The Strange Adventures of a Schoolboy Crew; Long Vacation; Second Year Ashore.The two original volumes in one single book. Includes 91 original Illustrations by Léon Benett. On the evening of February, 15, 1860, sixteen school boys, ages 8 to 14, were asleep on board a schooner moored at a harbor in Aukland waiting to circumnavigate New Zealand on a six weeks’ vacation. The crew was on shore celebrating on the night before the departure.Accidentally or purposely, the moorings got cast off without anyone on board being the wiser and the schooner drifted out to sea with only the boys on board. Twenty two days later they are cast on the shore of an unknown island. And so begins another Verne robinsonade with boys always fighting among themselves. They are finally rescued two years later by some good people pursued by pirates who are subdued with the aid of the boys.

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Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days

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Around the World in Eighty Days: Illustrated with original illustrations by Alphonse-Marie de Neuville and Léon Benett, translated by George M. Towle, published in 1873.Around the World in Eighty Days (French: Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) is a classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager (equal to £1,324,289 today) set by his friends at the Reform Club. It is one of Verne"s most acclaimed works.A wager by the eccentric and mysterious Englishman Phileas Fogg that he can circle the globe in just eighty days initiates this marvelous travelogue and exciting suspense story.

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Five Weeks in a Balloon

Five Weeks in a Balloon

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Five Weeks in a Balloon: Illustrated with 78 original illustrations from Riou and Montaut (1867), from the english edition of 1869.Five Weeks in a Balloon, or, Journeys and Discoveries in Africa by Three Englishmen (French: Cinq semaines en ballon) is an adventure novel by Jules Verne. It is the first Verne novel in which he perfected the "ingredients" of his later work, skillfully mixing a plot full of adventure and twists that hold the reader"s interest with passages of technical, geographic, and historic description.The book gives readers a glimpse of the exploration of Africa, which was still not completely known to Europeans of the time, with explorers traveling all over the continent in search of its secrets. Public interest in fanciful tales of African exploration was at its height, and the book was an instant hit; it made Verne financially independent and got him a contract with Jules Hetzel"s publishing house, which put out several dozen more works of his for over forty years afterward.

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The Underground City

The Underground City

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The Underground City by Jules Verne; includes 45 illustrations by Jules-Descartes Férat. Also published as The Child of the Cavern; or Strange Doings Underground, Black Diamonds, Black Indies, Child of the Cavern, or Strange Doings Underground.The fortunes of the mining community of Aberfoyle near Stirling, Scotland. Receiving a letter from an old colleague, mining engineer James Starr sets off for the old Aberfoyle mine, thought to have been mined out ten years earlier.Starr finds mine overman Simon Ford and his family living in a cottage deep inside the mine. Mysterious and unexplained happenings start to occur around the main characters, attributed initially to goblins and fire-maidens. Suspicious, Harry continues his explorations of the cavern system, where down a deep shaft, he discovers a young orphan girl named Nell.Over the course of the next few years Nell is adopted by Simon and Madge but reveals nothing of where she came from, only that she had never been out of the mine.

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From the Earth to the Moon

From the Earth to the Moon

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“From the Earth to the Moon” is a novel written by Jules Verne in 1865. The novel is the story of an inventor named Barbicane, and some other obsessive American Civil War veterans, members of the Baltimore Gun Club, who conceive the idea of creating an enormous cannon in order to shoot a “space-bullet” to the Moon from a site in Florida.Many difficulties arrest the creation of the canon, as it’s gargantuan size requires an astronomical amount of money and time to build. Eventually, however, the canon is completed. Shortly before it’s completion, a French adventurer named Ardan arrives to say that he wishes to travel inside of the bullet to the moon. A hollow capsule is made in which the Frenchman can travel and Barbicane and his long time rival, Captain Nicholl decide to go with him on the journey in order to settle their rivalry.Unfortunately, the Barbicane’s astronomic calculations are slightly off and the capsule ends up orbiting the moon instead of landing on it. In the end, the three would-be astronauts are left orbiting the moon with no sign if they will ever manage to land."From the Earth to the Moon" is one of Verne’s most well known works and is notable specifically for it’s early calculations for the requirements to the canon and their surprising realism, despite limited research on the moon at the time.This novel is the first part of Jules Verne"s Classic science fiction duology describing man"s space voyage that was followed by masterpiece "All Around the Moon".

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The Underground City

The Underground City

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"The Underground City" (also known as "The Child of the Cavern") is a novel by the French writer Jules Verne published in 1877.Covering a time span of over ten years, "The Underground City" follows the fortunes of the mining community of Aberfoyle near Stirling, Scotland. Receiving a letter from an old colleague, mining engineer James Starr sets off for the old Aberfoyle mine, thought to have been mined out ten years earlier. Starr finds mine overman Simon Ford and his family living in a cottage deep inside the mine; he is astonished to find that Ford has made a discovery of the presence of a large vein of coal. Accompanying Simon Ford are his wife, Madge, and adult son, Harry.

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Jules Verne – The Complete Collection

Jules Verne – The Complete Collection

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40 Complete Works of Jules Verne20,000 Leagues Under the Sea20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (2nd Version)A Journey to the Centre of the EarthA Journey to the Interior of the EarthA Voyage in a BalloonA Winter Amid the IceAbandonedAll Around the MoonAn Antarctic MysteryAround the World in 80 DaysCelebrated Travels and Travellers Part I. The Exploration of the WorldCelebrated Travels and Travellers Part II. The Great Navigators of the Eighteenth CenturyCelebrated Travels and Travellers Part III. The Great Explorers of the Nineteenth CenturyDick SandEight Hundred Leagues on the AmazonFacing the FlagFive Weeks in a BalloonFrom the Earth to the MoonGodfrey MorganIn Search of the CastawaysIn the Year 2889Michael StrogoffOff on a CometRobur the ConquerorRound the World in Eighty DaysThe Adventures of a Special CorrespondentThe Blockade RunnersThe English at the North PoleThe Field of IceThe Fur CountryThe Master of the WorldThe Moon-VoyageThe Mysterious IslandThe Pearl of LimaThe Secret of the IslandThe Survivors of the ChancellorThe Underground CityThe Waif of the "Cynthia"Ticket No. 9672Topsy Turvy

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All Around the Moon

All Around the Moon

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All Around the Moon, Jules Verne"s sequel to From the Earth to the Moon, is a science fiction novel which continues the trip to the moon which was only partially described in the previous novel. It was later combined with From the Earth to the Moon to create A Trip to the Moon and Around It. Having been fired out of the giant Columbiad space gun, the Baltimore Gun Club"s bullet-shaped projectile, along with its three passengers, Barbicane, Nicholl and Michel Ardan, begins the five-day trip to the moon. A few minutes into the journey, a small, bright asteroid passes within a few hundred yards of them, but does not collide with the projectile. The asteroid had been captured by the Earth"s gravity and had become a second moon.

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