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Race across the world and explore the depths of the caverns below in this pair of adventure stories: Around the World in 80 Days and Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne. Jules Verne was an early pioneer in the science fiction genre and wrote novels that send readers and listeners exploring the most outer reaches of the world. His books are known for their sense of adventure and action, as well as their adoption of scientific processes and discoveries as the basis for any fantasy technologies within. Around the World in 80 Days – Phileas Fogg has money beyond what he needs, and lives a humble, lonely life. When a railway opens up that claims it is possible to travel around the world in 80 days, Phileas decides to use his money to take a bet that he can, in fact, make that journey. His trip is full of action as he races against the clock to make it around the world and back, meeting many wonderful friends along the way. Journey to the Centre of the Earth – After finding a secret coded message in an ancient manuscript, Otto Lidenbrock discovers a pathway to the center of the earth through a crater in Iceland. He leaves for Iceland immediately with his nephew to explore the crater, which is located in a volcano. The two journey along with their guide into the subterranean cave, where they encounter a world preserved by time, with ancient fossils and natural wonders. The voyage is full of wonder and adventure, danger and excitement.Show more
After discovering a strange parchment in Iceland, Professor Harry and his guide, Hans, embark on a treacherous journey complete with a cave man and prehistoric monsters. Jules Verne was born on February 8, 1828 in Nantes, France. In Paris, Verne studied law but chose to pursue literature. In 1850 his play, Les Pailles rompues ('The Broken Straws'), was successfully produced at Alexandre Dumas's Theatre Historique. He served as secretary at the Theatre Lyrique (1852-54) and later turned stockbroker, but continued writing comedies, librettos, and stories. He died on March 24, 1905, in Amiens, France, leaving behind a legacy of science fiction works, including Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.Show more