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Stark Munro, 13 Days, and Master of the World

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The Master of the World Jules Verne 4 out of 5 stars
A sequel to Robur the Conqueror, this 1904 Verne novel is centered on one of his classic themes: a vulnerable public terrorized by unknown and indisputably more powerful technology.  Here, U.S. lawman John Strock is sent to investigate "the Great Eyrie," in what becomes a sort of Americanized version of 20,000 Leagues.  Though it is hardly one of Verne's best, The Master of the World takes you into Verne's world with very little cumbersome prose, and I found it to be a rather fun read (and the Niagara Falls scene was truly exciting!).

The Stark Munro Letters Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 4 out of 5 stars
This interesting, often humorous series of letters can be best read as a fictional Doyle memoir, based on some real events in his early medical career.  For the medical side, read Round the Red Lamp - for the personal side, read this book.  Doyle fans will like it, as will anybody researching late Victorian life.  I wouldn't…

Steampunk/Sci-Fi Reading List

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✓ The Master of the World (Verne)
- On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington #1, Weber)
✓ The First Men in the Moon (Wells)
- The Sea Wolf (London)
- Frankenstein (Shelley)
- Dracula's Guest (Stoker)
- The Jewel of Seven Stars (Stoker)
- The Night Land (Hodgson)
- The Purple Cloud (M. P. Shiel)
- Arthur Mervyn (Ch. Brockden Brown)
- The Doings of Raffles Haw (Doyle)
✓ The Stark Munro Letters (Doyle)
- The Maracot Deep (Doyle)
- The Tragedy of the Korosko (Doyle)
- The Man Who Was Thursday (Chesterton, re-read)