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The Mysterious Island (A Sci Fi Adventure)

The Mysterious Island (A Sci Fi Adventure)

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by Jules Verne, Stephen W. White, TLC BOOKS Edited

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THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND...ONE OF TLC BOOK'S FAVORITE NOVELS! If you like Sci Fi....this is a great read!!
The book tells the adventures of five Americans on an uncharted island in the South Pacific. The story begins in the American Civil War, during the siege of Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America. As famine and death ravage the city


THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND...ONE OF TLC BOOK'S FAVORITE NOVELS! If you like Sci Fi....this is a great read!!
The book tells the adventures of five Americans on an uncharted island in the South Pacific. The story begins in the American Civil War, during the siege of Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederate States of America. As famine and death ravage the city, five northern prisoners of war decide to escape by the unusual means of hijacking a balloon. The five are Cyrus Smith, a railroad engineer in the Union army (named Cyrus Harding in some English translations); his black manservant Neb (short for Nebuchadnezzar), who Verne repeatedly states is not a slave but an ex-slave who had been freed by Smith; the sailor Bonadventure Pencroff (who is addressed only by his surname, but his "Christian name", Bonadventure, is given to their boat; in other translations, he is also known as Pencroft); his protégé Harbert Brown (called Herbert in some translations), a young boy whom Pencroff raises as his own after the death of his father (Pencroff's former captain); and the journalist Gedéon Spilett (Gideon Spilett in English versions). The company is completed by Cyrus' dog 'Top'.[1]

After flying in stormy weather for several days, the group crash-lands on a cliff-bound, volcanic, unknown (and fictitious) island, described as being located at 34°57′S 150°30′W / 34.95°S 150.5°W / -34.95; -150.5, about 2,500 kilometres (1,600 mi) east of New Zealand. (In reality, the closest island is located at 27°36′S 144°22′W / 27.6°S 144.36°W / -27.6; -144.36.[citation needed] In location and description though, the phantom island Ernest Legouve Reef may correspond to the rock that is left of the mysterious island at the end of the novel. ) They name it "Lincoln Island" in honor of American President Abraham Lincoln. With the knowledge of the brilliant engineer Smith, the five are able to sustain themselves on the island, producing fire, pottery, bricks, nitroglycerin, iron, a simple electric telegraph, a home on a stony cliffside called "Granite House", and even a seaworthy ship. They also manage to figure out their geographical location.

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Widely regarded as the father of modern science fiction, Jules Verne (1828-1905) wrote more than seventy books and created hundreds of memorable characters. His most popular novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, is not only a brilliant piece of scientific prophecy, but also a thrilling story with superb, subtle characterizations.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 8, 1828
Date of Death:
March 24, 1905
Place of Birth:
Nantes, France
Place of Death:
Amiens, France
Nantes lycée and law studies in Paris

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The Mysterious Island 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 136 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book captures your attention from the very beginning never releasing until the final mystery is revealed. This epic classic begins its journey when five Civil War American prisoners are cast onto a far away deserted island in the South Pacific, with nothing but the clothes on their backs and their ingenuity to rely on for survival. With a mystery that eludes even the sharpest of sleuths slowly unraveling throughout every chapter, while Jules' amazing vocabulary places you right in the middle of a story line that is exploding with page turning content. This masterpiece leaves Robinson Cruose, the Swiss Family Robinson, and any other survival stories in the dust. With an intriguing and mind boggling mystery that eludes the reader throughout the entire story. It is truly a wonderful adventure to escape to, that I recommend to every reader waiting for a tale that captures one's mind. Anonymous
Adrian Sanchez Moreno More than 1 year ago
as this was done by scanning, the book has many misspellings, and weird page breaks. but the kicker, is that the last few pages are missing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are too many formatting errors in this version to make it worth reading. Then to top it off, the end of the book is cut off several paragraphs sort of the men...... but I don't want to spoil it. Pay a buck or two for a properly formatted book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well this nook has alot of adventure in it. The story has much to offer in way of adventure, the strugle to survive keeps you going and on the edge of your seat one of vernes better stories in my opinion i would recomens this book as a great adventure for those who like exciting dramatic adventures to keep you occupied this book was alotod fun to read the onlt down part is therevare parys where the writer goes off telling his political views on things but other than that its a great read.
Painterroy More than 1 year ago
A very enjoyable book. Part adventure, part survival guide. You have to understand there is a lot of detail on how to survive on an island, maybe more than some people would like to read about. But there was enough action too, especially involving the pirates. Warning! There are no giant chickens, giant crabs, giant bees, or woman castaways found in the movie. This was a great adventure book.
GeorgeEllington More than 1 year ago
Somehow I approach a Jules Verne novel expecting to journey through great mystery and adventure on land, on sea, perhaps on the moon. And Mysterious Island does indeed have a tale to tell, although the story is quite thin and the conversational styles annoyingly outdated. Verne spends so much time describing how the castaways survive on the island that the novel reads more like a survivalist guide than a work of intriguing fiction. I found myself skimming through yet another overly detailed description of how they farmed, how they made tools, how they extracted metal, so eager was I to get back to the story, which in the end was simply not enough to keep me going.
bookin-it More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. I would say the only thing this book has going against it is its length. It takes commitment to read this book. I could have done without the whole 1st part as nothing exciting happens really (except the crash landing onto the island itself). But then it gradually picked up after Part 1. I am a huge Jules Verne fan, and I do beleive this book could have been as popular as his other famed novels had it not been for its length. The ending is gripping and very suspensful, but when I read the last words, I was utterly satisfied. Thank you Mr. Verne, for sharing your wonderful talents with the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Intelligent, educational--you'll learn more about the natural sciences than you ever wanted to know--and adventurous. The colonists' consistent good fortune--even without Captain Nemo--and Verne's inexplicable confusion of dates are minor distractions. You have to stick with it--some of the novel can be boring--but you'll be a better human being after reading it. So savor the experience--there aren't writers like Verne anymore!!
Anonymous 11 months ago
It did not have an ending or maybe a chapter was missing
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It would be greatly appreciated if Barnes and Noble would indicate the actual  print size. My son was very excited to get this and other books he ordered. The book just came in. The print size is a little over a millimeter for lower case letters. Book goes back right away. Dear publishers, reading such small print has very negative impact on the vision health. It especially affects children . So, please, add a few more pages and make the book readable.
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That they should make a videogame off of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with you. I hate it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an incredible book! It did get a little slow at some points, but on the whole it was a very good book. My favorite part was the orangutan. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is boring! I mean I know it is suppose to be a classic but honestly ilI was falling asleep while I was reading it. The book just goes on and on and on about they make a life for themselves on the island and how wonderful it all is for them. There is a mystery going about who else is on the island with them and you get really excited to know the answer. You keeo thinking that in the next act there going to reveal the answer but then to your dissappointment they dont. Eventually you dont even care what the answer to the mystery is and just want the book to be over. There are a few good things I can say about this book. I do enjoy how the writer was able to create a literary trio an extremely hard ting to do in writing (some writers who have done this are JK Rowling with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and Jules Vernes A Journey to the Center of the Earths three characters). I also enjoy the ending which I found very epic and incredibly beautiful for a book until up to that time had been very boring. The plot twists can also be very good sometimes althoug they dont manage to overcome the hundrum boredom of the story. All and all this is a great dissappointment for Jules Verne whose most books I like and consider to be a very talented writer. In the end this book shoots for adventure but ends up falling short of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A few typos that are usually pretty easy to figure out -especially if you're experienced with these Free Internet copies- and the last few pages are missing, cutting off the explanation of just how everything worked out. An enjoyable read but will have to stop by the library and read the last couple of pages.
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I loved it
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