Pretty sure I read this as a kid, and then saw a million adaptations (including Alan Moore’s terrific League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), but something propelled me to go back and take another look at Captain Nemo. Turns out that he stays fairly mysterious throughout the amazing underwater adventures of Professor Aronnax, Ned Land, and the good Conseil. The lost continent of Atlantis, the South Pole, and of course giant kraken are part of the neverending series of wonders. Apparently Nemo is more fleshed out in The Mysterious Island, which I also have here with me. Verne’s imagination is still fantastic even though most of his inventions are now common-place.