Wow, it took me a long time to get through this! Probably because I recently learned I could watch divx video on my PPC, but also because part of it were SO detailed to the point of boredom. You would think, as an engineer, I would appreciate all the numbers and calculations required to send a projectile to the moon... but as it's all made up, theoretical, and from mid-19th century (not to mention translated from French), the endless discussions of dimensions and velocities and quantities made my eyes crossed, especially on the PPC screen.
Still, past all the details was a story that lived up to the description that got me interested in the book in the first place: a humorous science fantasy novel. Certainly the idea of a bunch of gun-enthusiasts sitting around grumbling about the state of peace in the world not giving them an outlet for their creative energies and eventually coming around to this idea to create a cannon large enough to send a projectile to the moon is a bit funny. Though many of the situations and events seemed just more preposterous and inconceivable than humorous (obviously because of the way light refracts around the moon, there must be a small atmosphere, and volcanoes prove there must be water on the moon). Then again, I guess I have the gift of hindsight.
I loaded this onto my PPC with its sequel: Around the Moon. Perhaps there will be less time spent on theoretical particulars and more spent on the actual adventure. I had sworn to not read the sequel, but the last few chapters of this book were more entertaining than the rest.