well read, jules verne, adventure
probably any other jules verne
Tim Curry added a great deal of intelligence, wit and drama to the tale. there are some potentially less interesting parts of the novel, such as the journey to (and around) Iceland, that he managed to maintain very well. Curry also did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life.
I did laugh, both in the description of the professor, as well as in the ongoing reluctance of the main character. There are some parts of the adventure that may have been harrowing for readers of the time, but are mostly amusing now. I remember being more engaged, excited by discovery, and probably even scared in places, as a kid of 8-11. The geological speculation is pretty sketchy, and hard to take seriously - but made up for by the fun of the ride.
While it isn't the best of Verne's novels, go for it. Curry does a great job. It isn't a modern day thrill-ride like Jurassic Park, but I doubt something like Jurassic Park could ever have been written without Verne's influence. I think H.G. Wells is much more imaginative, and probably a better writer - there's nothing like War of the Worlds, Invisible Man, Time Machine, etc.; Verne tried to stick more closely to what he thought could be scientifically possible. But still, these novels are absolutely wonderful, and captured the imagination of the day, as well as my own imagination as a child.
it was a pleasant surprise to hear Michael Connelly, not known for this kind of thing, to spin a pretty good yarn that resonated with me. This feels like an homage of sorts, to some pulp collections I grew up on as a kid, but maybe with a little more heart. Would be pretty devastating around a campfire.
no spoilers - not exactly a moment, but more the unfolding, for the main character, and for the reader, of what the safe is all about, was comfortably thrilling. Yeah, I mean comfortably - I love curling up around a decent ghost story. The title itself has multiple meanings.
no - good solid work, no issues. voices the annoying client almost too well - it was just slightly overdone enough to make the client more of a caricature than a character. toned back just a hair would have made the story that much stronger. the rest was really fine.
I give up. for an audible credit or two, I'll work harder and come up with a good tag line.
very well done short story worthy of sitting in a steven king collection. For such a quickly drawn set of characters, in broad brush strokes, connelly has done a good job of capturing a certain kind of fear - born out of love - that I can't talk about without spoilers galore. recommended - not for a credit - it's too short - but priced just right for members.
went the moth.
no, no, no. well, maybe, if it is truly bad.
hard to imagine how he could have made it worse. I'd give this narrator a pass and see how well he does with better material.
I wouldn't have let this out the door without a complete rewrite, and much more creativity on the part of the author. This thing drones on like a drunken docent at the botanical garden.
If you're expecting Jurassic Park, stay away. If you like the classic films Plan 9 from Outer Space, or Terror at Tiny Town, however, this may be for you.
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