How High…(First Men in the Moon – A Book Review)

First Men in the Moon
Author: H. G. Wells
Published: 1901

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Rated C for crazy ideas that are illogical and come from the minds of two people that are probably really high.

 

Up, Up, And Away!

Mr. Bedford confronts a man about his very strange habits that occurs right outside his apartment and the adventure begins there. Mr. Cavor enlists his help after inventing a that can hold two travelers, food, and whatever other necessities required. Slingshotting to the moon, they underestimate what they discover on their trip and this journey becomes a harrowing adventure of survival.

 

This was a strange, yet comical book. Yes, I know, this is a classic that came before spacewalking. We’ve been to the moon already and sent probes to many other moons and planets, but I still expected something a little more philosophical then two men creating a strange substance that provided an opportunity to go to the moon. Personally, I think that this substance actually got these two men high and they never really went to the moon. They hallucinated it. But, that’s just me. The mention of From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon by Jules Verne was pretty nifty.

Cavor and Bedford came across like excitable children. I couldn’t take them seriously and I felt the same about the story. It was good, but not realistic, not even for the genre.  It took away from it though. The imagery was pretty vivid, albeit a little scatter-brained like the characters. LOL.

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The setting was wild and a bit stretching. From the moon having oxygen to Selenites (moon inhabitants) that are watery squishies, it’s pretty farfetched. And I can’t forget the mooncalves aka moon cows. My favorite thing. Mom and I laughed so hard about them. However, the gravity on the moon was epic. Being able to make leaping bounds? That’d be pretty cool.

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Overall

This book is pretty entertaining, but it wasn’t as good as The Time Machine. I just couldn’t fully get my head around this one because it was incredibly outrageous, in a fun way of course. I found myself laughing so much. It just came off as silly, which isn’t typical of a classic.

 

Quotables:

“I was like a child in wonderland all that night.” (p. 45)

“It was not like the beginning of a journey; it was like the beginning of a dream.” (p.56)

“Over me, about me, closing in on me, embracing me ever nearer, was the Eternal that which was before the beginning and that which triumphs over the end; that enormous void in which all light and life being I but the thin and vanishing splendor of a falling star, the cold, the stillness, the silence—the infinite and final Night of space.” (p. 197)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Ride Wit Me by Nelly ft. Ludacris.

 

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Challenge Accepted (From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon – A Book Review)

From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon
Author: Jules Verne
Published: 1869

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There is no one amongst you, worthy colleagues, who has not seen the moon, or, at least, heard about her; so you will not be astonished if I speak to you about the orb of the night. It is, perhaps, reserved to us to be the discoverers of a new world.

Jules Verne takes space travel to new and fantastical heights, that today, we would look at as a premonition of sorts. During the industrial age, a gun club of Maryland comes up with a brilliant idea to take flight to the moon, taking science to new places. Go step by step on this great voyage to and around the moon.

Just like Jules Verne’s other works such as Journey to the Centre of the Earth this book is very to the point. I love space and the study of it. The universe is endless and there’s so much to discover. It’s prat of the reason I was so excited to read this book. Had I decided to reach for a career outside of writing I would’ve studied astronomy. I loved studying the stars in high school. And before you ask, yes, aliens totally exist.

From the Earth to the Moon

This book solely focused on the travel to space. Anything in between, like character connections and emotional attachment was lacking. The science of this is so extreme that it felt like nonfiction. There were equations that were included that really confused me. Some bits just went sky high over my head. Nonetheless, the journey was filled with excitement. I was deeply intrigued with the structures created. To launch into space, this gun club created a massive cannon, the shuttle being a massive cannonball. It was both funny and crazy.

One of my favorite things about this book was seeing countries across the world contribute to this journey. It was impressive and was a great show of unity. Everybody wanted to be a apart of this fantastic journey and that may have been my favorite part.

The pictures that go right alongside this novel really do open up your mind, adding to your imagination of what is going on. They appear like sketches that attach to certain scenes. I found them to be beautiful and an addition greatly needed to push along the story, especially since this isn’t the average story.

From the Earth to the Moon

This wasn’t my utmost favorite read. While I love space, I love a great intermix of emotion and storytelling in books, and this felt like reading a textbook. That doesn’t make it terrible. It just makes it difficult. I was honestly hoping for more adventure with the realism of space.

Quotables:

“Who risks nothing gains nothing.” (p. 126)

“The empire of the moon is ours.” (p. 283)

“Let our minds be free from all other preoccupations, we are astronomers, this projectile is a cabinet from the Cambridge Observatory, carried into space. Let us observe.” (p. 314)

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? one foot by WALK THE MOON.

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