Review: Round the Moon

Round the Moon
Round the Moon by Jules Verne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, it’s really kinda hard (and presumptuous) to review a classic author like Jules Verne. Round the Moon is a charming story, and definitely a product of its time. Verne was definitely a visionary, and this book is a bit of a physics lesson for the reader – at least as how physics and space were understood back then. Reading this today requires a considerable suspension of disbelief, especially after years of Star Trek, Arthur C. Clarke, and more hard science fiction tales.

This book is a sequel to Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon, and follows the travails of the three men shot towards the Moon in the Projectile created by members of the Baltimore Gun Club. Unlike the movie adaptation, there isn’t any youthful love story between stowaways (since they would’ve been squashed flat during the launch), and you won’t find anyone barreling down anything trying to hit a thermal exhaust port. This is still a tale that most every science fiction fan should read – it’s good to understand the beginnings of a genre you enjoy.

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