Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Rereading a sci-fi classic

This month is when the book club is having a month-long sci-fi read-along. I love this genre, and I think that more people should read sci-fi novels. Personally, whenever I read about sci-fi being not a 'serious, literary genre', I can't help but think that the writer of that article is a complete dumbass. These people don't know what they're missing.

We're starting with Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea. I remember reading it when I was 13, and I can't wait to go aboard the Nautilus again. Verne was a visionary, for he have foreseen how the submarine can become a vital military resource.

At heart, Verne's novel is a story about adventure. I guess I was a very gullible teenager, as I recall being amazed and wide eyed at Verne's description of the places the crew visited. I was truly fascinated. I wonder if I will have the same level of enjoyment now that I'm reading it in my late 30s. I will soon find out!


Jeane said...

I read it a long time ago as a teen, and was duly impressed as well. I wonder if reading it again as an adult it would stand up to that sense of wonder?

Is that the actual cover of your book, pictured? It's the most awesome one I've ever seen. I wish I had books clothed like that!

Peter S. said...

Hi, Jeane! Yes, it's my actual book. I still have the paperback that I read before, but it's already crumbling!

Jack said...

Approach with reverence, o impetuous youth, for you deign to pass judgment on the founder and master of my order!

Peter S. said...

I love your quote, Jack! Anyway, of course I will! I revere Verne!