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- File Size: 14386 KB
- Print Length: 4657 pages
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- Publisher: Halcyon Press Ltd.; Revised edition (9 July 2009)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002GYVWAK
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #360,124 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Collected Works of Jules Verne: 36 Novels and Short Stories (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics) Kindle Edition
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Then I found out I can read these books on my PC too and it auto-syncs with my iPod. I really love this Kindle app, so much that I'm thinking about getting a Kindle.
Simply fantastic if you like classic science-ficton as I do.
P.S. I recommend having Google Earth running as you read 20,000 leagues under the sea - it's really cool to type the coordinates in and see where the author is taking you. You enter coordinates in the form dd mm'ss" N/S, dd mm'ss" E/W. Remember that Jules Verne is using a Paris meridian which is 2 degrees 21' East of Greenwich.
For me, Jules Verne, is one of the greatest authors of all time. His stories are timeless, they are as fresh today as they were the day they were written. They can be catalogued as science fiction, adventure or plain fiction, it doesn't matter, the stories can be read by anyone, of any age, with interest.
If you want to find stories for your children which are both interesting and educational, this is one of the authors to choose. If, on the other hand, you want a story for yourself, which is imaginative, fast tracking, this is also an author for you.
I hope that they will complete the collection!
Note: this collection does have a "Table of Contents", you just have to access it through the cover page.
I have two quibbles. FIRST is that the few times a graphic should appear, the words "graphic appears here" shows up instead. SECOND is that italics are often represented by an underline before and after the emphasized word(s), __like this___, a confusing annoyance when many such words appear alongside each other on any given page. These are not deal-breakers but something you may wish to consider (and because of them I have subtracted one star from an othrwise 5-star collection). The formatting is otherwise okay.
As to containing 36 works, the count is inflated a tad by counting the two parts of "Captain Hatteras" as separate entities and unnecessarily including (and counting) a duplicate portion of "Mysterious Island." You really get 34 distinct tales (not 36) -- but that is still a lot of Verne, though it is by no means complete. That honor goes to Delphi.
Delphi has a truly complete set, though a dozen works (not yet cheaply available in public domain translations) appear in French for the sake of completeness. Since I am not fluent in that language, I do not fully appreciate their inclusion. I do, however, greatly appreciate the presence of about 20 (!) more titles -- in English -- than this Halcyon (or any other) set contains. That makes the Delphi edition the largest available and the most appealing to me (even though, sadly, the aforementioned modern translation by F.P. Walter is not used in it).
I would encourage you to search, sample, and compare because new Verne collections keep popping up all the time in the Kindle Store. Check to see which titles are included, if the main TOC is active and takes you to additional active TOCs (one for each book), and that the text is formatted to your liking. See if graphics and illustrations are included. The set you ultimately select will depend upon the level of your interest in, and the degree of your enthusiasm for, the writings of Jules Verne. If you want a substantial collection which includes the well-known, great Verne classics, this Halcyon set should be quite fine. But if you want even MORE (as in EVERYTHING), the very BEST is that all-inclusive Delphi set.
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