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Master of the World - Special Edition Paperback – 1 Apr 2007

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Breakneck Books; Special edition (1 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978655192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978655198
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,251,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jules Verne was born in Nantes in 1828, the eldest of five children
of a prosperous family claiming French, Breton, and Scottish
ancestry. His early years were happy apart from an unfulfilled
passion for his cousin Caroline. Literature always attracted him
and while taking a law degree in Paris he wrote a number of plays.
His first book, about a journey to Scotland, was not published
during his lifetime. However, in 1862, Five Weeks in a Balloon was
accepted by the publisher Hetzel, becoming an immediate success.
It was followed by Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Twenty
Thousand Leagues under the Seas, Around the World in Eighty Days,
and sixty other novels, covering the whole world (and below
and beyond). Verne himself travelled over three continents, before
suddenly selling his yacht in 1886. Eight of the books appeared after
his death in 1905--although they were in fact written partly by his
son, Michel.

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A master of science fiction writing, Jules Verne (1828–1905) brought the genre to life with his epic accounts of travel and adventure, with many of the technologies he described yet to be invented. His numerous notable works chart his fascination with any and every form of travel on, around, even under the Earth, displaying an almost child-like awe and appreciation of the unknown. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Warren Stalley on 27 Feb. 2013
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Master of the World is one of the lesser known books by Jules Verne but I found it to be a captivating read with echoes of 20,000 Leagues under the sea. A Washington detective investigates mysterious noises from a remote mountain, while other events then occur regarding a suspicious super machine that can travel on land and sea. Are any of these instances connected? Who is the Master of the World? Gradually detective John Strock tracks down the enigmatic genius and his fantastic machine. Despite the abrupt ending this novel is a short, surprisingly easy read which I would recommend to anyone. The sheer imagination of Jules Verne is once again astonishing to behold. For a book that is over a hundred years old his creativity and insight is amazing. Enjoy.
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By M. Jones on 4 Dec. 2014
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Starts interestingly but gets less so as it goes on and then just ends, like he suddenly realises he is only allowed so many more words to wrap the whole thing up.

John Strock should not be allowed out on his own. A detective? He misses the most obvious clues, ignores evidence and takes for ever to reach conclusions staring him in the face. I am afraid this undermined my enjoyment. As a character he is more far fetched than 'the Terror'. I won't give examples so as not to spoil the story for potential readers, but I suspect they will twig what they are as they go along.

Worth a look, but as a curiosity only.
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By Chris on 17 Mar. 2015
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While remembered for 20,000 Leagues under the sea, Verne wrote many astounding works, including this one.
Verne paints a bleak and cynical landscape that combines adventure with scientific prediction and political relevance. Heartily recommended.
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By steve on 18 July 2014
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Felt like I was reading some of Clive Cussler's latest books. It rambled on without drawing you in. Not as exciting as his more popular novels...Can't place any film of this book.
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Jules Verne has written a masterpiece of a book showing great knowledge of America and of technology not yet created when he wrote the book.
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By P. Barley on 31 Dec. 2012
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A classic book, love Jules Verne. Quite different from his usual style i.e. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea but as entertaining.
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