20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea alternates between positively boring and absolutely fascinating. At the story’s opening, the seas are (maybe) being terrorized by (maybe) a giant monster. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a French marine biologist and narrator of the story, and his servant Conseil join an expedition leaving from New York to …

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

Around the World in 80 Days was pretty much what I expected. Phileas Fogg makes a bet with his friends that he can travel around the world in 80 days and sets off with his newly-hired servant, Passepartout. Fogg is a calm, organized, rich man, and nothing throws him. It’s basically …