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The Underground City & Other Stories and Poems By Jules Verne
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The main story in this volume is the tale of the fortunes of a Scottish mining community called Aberfoyle which is located near Stirling, Scotland. Miner James Starr, after receiving a letter from an... More > old friend, leaves for the Aberfoyle mine. Although believed to be mined out a decade earlier, James finds a mine over manager, Simon Ford, along with his family living deep inside the mine. Ford has found a large vein of coal in the mine but the characters must deal with mysterious and unexplainable happenings in and around the mine. This story is joined by one of Verne's light pieces about the tribulations of a man who is talked into being a reluctant hunter for ten hours one day. The book also features an interview of the author and a tour of his home, plus six of Verne's poems, appearing possibly for the first time in English. As usual, where available, illustrations from original or early printings have been restored and added back to the stories.< Less
The Green Ray By Jules Verne
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When the local paper writes about the legendary Green Ray's elevating effects on mind and soul, young Helena Campbell vows to experience it for herself at whatever cost. She postpones the wedding... More > being forced upon her against her will, which does not bother her at all. Together with her uncles, Sam and Sib Melville, she sets off on what becomes a near-epic quest. Joining them in the search are two would-be suitors for Helena, one an artist, the other an amateur scientist. Together, they will voyage to a distant shore--and beyond--braving hurricanes, testing their patience and resolve, and ultimately finding their own true selves. Their numerous attempts are always unsuccessful, thwarted by clouds or boats blocking the sun, until finally the phenomenon is visible, but they are no longer watching the horizon. Some of Verne's original text has been restored to this work as have more than 45 of the original illustrations. Also contains 3 interviews of Jules Verne held at various points in his life.< Less
The Short Stories of Jules Verne - 3 By Jules Verne
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This third collection of some of Jules Verne's shorter stories contains several gems. They range from a dramatic tale taking place in old Mexico, a story about an armament manufacturer and his... More > fortune, some monkey business, a visit to a utopian city and a previously unpublished story attributed to J. Verne. The book contains: • The Begum's Fortune • A Drama in Mexico • Gil Braltar • An ideal City • The Claims Against The Female Driver Most of these have restored illustrations from either their original publications, or subsequent re-printings. These have been carefully cleaned and balanced so they may be enjoyed. A couple do not seem to have been previously translated, or when they were, entire chapters were omitted. Who knows why, but we have restored them where we could find more complete French versions.< Less
Claudius Bombarnac By Jules Verne
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In this novel, Claudius Bombarnac is a reporter is assigned by his employer, the Twentieth Century, to cover the travels of the Grand TransAsiatic Railway running from Uzun Ada, Turkestan, across... More > Asia to Peking, China. Accompanying him on his journey is an interesting collection of characters, including someone who is trying to beat the round the world record and another who is a stowaway. Claudius hopes one of them will become the hero of his piece—he craves some sort of incident to bring a little excitement to his life—so his story won't be just another boring travelogue. He is not disappointed when a special car guarded by troops is added to the train, said to be carrying the remains of a great Mandarin. The great Mandarin actually turns out to be a large consignment being returned to China from Persia. Unfortunately the train must travel through a large part of China that is controlled by unscrupulous robber-chiefs. This edition contains 56 illustrations from the original printing.< Less
Michael Stogoff By Jules Verne
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This double book is one of Jules Verne's more dramatic—and rated as one of his better works—the main character is sent on a courier run by the Czar across Russia. Along the way Strogoff... More > meets Nadia Fedor—daughter of an exiled political prisoner, who has been granted permission to join her father in Irkutsk—an English war correspondent Harry Blount of the Daily Telegraph and Alcide Jolivet, a Frenchman reporting for his 'cousin Madeleine'. Blount and Jolivet tend to follow the same route as Michael, separating and meeting again all the way through Siberia. He is supposed to travel under a false identity, but he is discovered by the Tartars when he meets his mother in their home city of Omsk. Michael, his mother and Nadia are eventually taken prisoner by the Tartar forces. Ivan Ogareff alleges that Michael is a spy. After opening the Koran at random, Feofar decides that Michael will be blinded as punishment in the Tartar fashion, with a hot blade. Eventually, Michael and Nadia… well, read the story!< Less
Ticket No. 9672 By Jules Verne
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Hulda Hansen anxiously awaits the return of Ole Kemp, a cousin and her betrothed, and the best friend of her brother Joel. He has embarked on the fishing vessel Viking and promised her great fortune... More > on his return. The Viking is expected to return soon, but when it doesn't, it is feared to have been lost. While this is going on, Hulda and her brother Joel also worry about their mother Dame Hansen, who hasn't been acting like herself ever since a visit from a man known as Sandgoist. A guest staying with the family is Sylvius Hogg, who is taken with Hulda's story and uses his position within the government to help out. One trace of the ship is found—a bottle that contains a note addressed to Hulda along with a single lottery ticket, numbered 9672. News of the tragedy and the hope of the possible riches of the lottery ticket spread around the countryside. Especially interested is the man Sandgoist. What fortunes await the Hansen family when the day of the lottery drawing arrives?< Less
Survivors Of The Chancellor By Jules Verne
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In what is one of Verne's more serious and more deadly novels, a small group of passengers set forth from the United States on a sailing trip to England when the worst thing happens. A fire breaks... More > out deep inside the cargo that cannot be quenched. In spite of everything that they try, the ship eventually must be partially dismantled while time allows and a large raft built. It can hold them all but cannot hold all of the food or water they will require. This is the story taken from the notes of one of the passengers. It tells, in gruesome details, the struggles the crew and passengers undergo as they fight to survive both their situation and each other. Be warned that the story includes a bloody mutiny, hatchet attacks, starvation, disease, suicide, death by shark, and other horrible things. And yet, it is a tale of hope and of triumph over the worst nature can dish out. This edition contains all 46 of the original illustrations, restored for best viewing, by the artist, Éduoard Riou.< Less
The Tribulations of a Chinaman in China By Jules Verne
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This delightful story is one of Verne's foreign tales. In all likelihood he never set foot anywhere near the places he writes about, but his background research seems impeccable. Unlike some others,... More > this is not a travel piece as much as it is the story of a moderately rich Chinese man, in China, arranging his own death so that he can give the love of his life as well as a philosopher some money. His hope it will make them happy. Along the way he sets out of some travels where he inevitably finds that there might just be a good reason to live after all. And then he and his companions find themselves floating in the middle of the sea, with a hungry shark coming at them. There is little hope for them… Please note that Verne tries to not be insensitive about another culture, but somewhere in the translations a bit of that shows through. Also, spellings of far-away places back in the 1800s was a little odd. Sound some of them out and you will have no troubles.< Less
A Floating City & The Blockade Runners By Jules Verne
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This volume contains two Verne stories that share only one thing in common: they both feature water. They have been published together before but never with the added bonus short story. A Floating... More > City is the story of a trans-Atlantic trip on a monstrous passenger vessel—larger than ever build in Verne's time—and features rekindled friendships, old enemies, a passenger who is certain the ship is doomed, storms, deaths at sea, a mysterious insane woman, Niagara Falls and a duel. The Blockade Runners is the tale of a small ship and her crew used to run the blockades meant to halt resupplying of cities and military forts during the U.S. Civil War. It tells of the perils they face and of their fate. Finally, a small treat in Verne's The Mutineers Of The Bounty. Based on the true story that reached France it recounts the tale of the mutineers and their Captain.< Less
Five Weeks In a Balloon By Jules Verne
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This is Jules Verne's novel both acting as a travelogue of a fantastic balloon trip across Africa, but also it is a skewering of other such books of the day that glamorized such dangerous travel.... More > Often, wealthy and somewhat naive travelers lost their lives when faced with the realities of "a simple little trip through Africa." Verne's voyagers set out in a balloon powered by water that is somehow turned into hydrogen to fill the gas bag. It also allows them to turn it into a hot air balloon at one point to make an escape. The voyagers face both blasé as well as dangerous natives, needlessly kill animals and see many incredible sights. If read as the satire Verne supposedly meant it to be, this is an amusing look at what little brains and loads of money can do for you. If looked at as being a serious work, it is an intriguing study of crossing the "belt" region of the entire African continent.< Less

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LOOKING FOR A MIRACLE...LOOK WITHIN YOUR LIFE LOOKING FOR A... By May Lewis
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