My entry point to science fiction, back when I was an extremely tiny Prudence, and what a place to start! I love this 1965 Penguin edition, which does give the volcano, Snæfellsjökull, something of the look of Mount Doom. .
It's also a great piece of sf for those who don't usually enjoy the genre capitalising, as it does, on the excitement and potential for adventure when exploring the new and rarely-known. Further even than that, it's one of the rare cases in which the earliest film version (1959! James Mason!) actually offers something useful in the form of a genuinely worthwhile, marvellously-crafted central female character, where there are none (present) in the book (not a problem for me here, but I do really like Arlene Dahl a lot (Wikipedia tells me she's still alive, which is a pleasant discovery for this early on a Thursday!). .
Anyway, if you want a relatively easy adventure with great thrills and just a little thought-provoking wonder, I will always recommend this to you. Top breakfast reading. But now, I must go and lift some weights! Wishing you all the finest Wednesday ~P
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