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Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

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Overall Rating: (3.75/5) View all reviews (total 65 reviews)

Forget the Michael Crichton book (and Spielberg movie) that copied the title. This is the original: the terror-adventure tale ofThe Lost World. Writing not long after dinosaurs first invaded the popular imagination, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle spins a yarn about an expedition of two scientists, a big-game hunter, and a journalist (the narrator) to a volcanic plateau high over the vast Amazon rain forest. The bickering of the professors (a type Doyle knew well from his medical training) serves as witty contrast to the wonders of flora and fauna they encounter, building toward a dramatic moonlit chase scene with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. And the character of Professor George E. Challenger is second only to Sherlock Holmes in the outrageous force of his personality: he's a big man with an even bigger ego, and if you can grit your teeth through his racist behavior toward Native Americans, he's a lot of fun.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Bravo, Sir Arthur! Brilliant!

by Ada

No idea why I decided to read this book. But I'm glad I did! Most people have seen at least one of the film versions (I do not refer to the Jurassic Park films), and while I always enjoyed [some of] them, they do not even come close to the excitement of the book. Marvelous. Extremely well-written. And after reading so much pompous erudite Victorian and Edwardian prose, I was surpised by the easy language of Lost World. It could've been written last year.Of course, there are lots of annoying Victorian attitudes about "locals." But otherwise, it's perfect.Do not let its age (100 years old next year) prevent you from reading this book!

3 1/2 Stars: Disappointing

by Adam Dukovich "colts_19"

I am not just talking about the book. I am talking about Crichton, this is the first book of his that was not a fresh idea. This book is essentially Jurassic Park, but with a couple of slight changes. I really disliked the fact that Crichton resurrected Ian Malcolm. He could have easily built the story around Grant, or Muldoon, or he could have introduced somebody new. The characters aren't well developed at all, the plot of the two is identical. It just can't measure up. All in all, this book is the weakest yet by Crichton, but still not too bad compared to everything else out there.

Just Another Overblown Chase

by Andres R. Guevara

This book is proof that Crichton can sneeze on paper, sell it, and make millions. Lost World is nothing more than another long series of chases, each set up to be another great movie scene. Many of the reviews below mention the many plot flaws in this book (i.e. Ian Malcolm's rendition of Lazarus) So instead I'll focus on Crichton's writing and character development, which are respectively, bad and nonexistent. Crichton's characters all speak like encyclopedias, each one of them spouting technical information in long endless streams. And more annoyingly, they seem to speak in long drawn out sentences of technical gibberish without regard for the fact that they are being attacked by a T-Rex or being surrounded by Raptors. Man, I wish I could stay that cool under pressure! Ian Malcolm, fresh off his return from the dead, spends one incredibly laughable scene making several page long proclamations about how scientists are bad because they research and research without regard for the outcome and long term effect of their work while, obviously not as importantly to Malcolm, he has taken up residence in a vehicle being attacked by dinosaurs.Every character has the same "voice" and are cardboard cut-outs. Whenever Crichton wants to spew out some information, he'll have one of the characters inform the reader. This technique doesn't always work, as Crichton doesn't really seem to take much care in determining which character, for example, is the "dinosaur expert" and which one is the "mathemitician." So, Malcolm in LW is suddenly knowledgable about dinosaurs and another character will spout out some random and esoteric information when the "plot" calls for one of the characters to inform the reader. Crichton has always had trouble creating real characters, but he really loses it in Lost World.Yeah, there are action scenese, but they seem like randomly occuring chase scenes without any attempt to tie them into a cohesive plot. The plot of LW is excrutiatingly simply: Good guys (including Malcolm, his girlfriend, and two annoying brats) are on the island trying to get off while bad guys (sent by the big bad corporation that is still trying to market these dinosaurs) are also on the island. Both good guys and bad guys are being chased by dinosaurs, who this time aren't fenced it. The good guys are trying to get to the place on the island where they can get picked up by a boat that will take them to safety. That, my friends, is the plot. Along the way, dinosaurs attack and chase them. When the action slows, Crichton throws in a scene where the bad guys purposely seek out a TRex and and character who the dinosaur version of a PETA activist who wants to free the dinosaurs. It sounds, and reads, like a video game, but with less depth.My suggestion: if you must read this book, do what I did: borrow it from a library, borrow it from a friend, just don't waste your money.

While it may be a general rehashing of its predecessor it still makes for a thrilling read, let's not forget that...

by Andrew Ellington

Michael Crichton has a strong gift for painting the most expansive and delicate pictures for the mind, and it's a really good thing because with his sequel to the brilliantly crafted `Jurassic Park' Crichton fails to bring enough uniqueness and or originality to make it stand apart on it's own. The apparent star of this novel becomes the lush backdrop, the constant claustrophobic terror and the bountiful dinosaurs and if the reader focuses on that clear point then `The Lost Word' will be a very satisfying read. Sadly, as many have mentioned, Crichton rehashes the same cast of characters just giving them different names (thus the lack of originality) and as far as the plot is concerned, well it doesn't stray far enough away from its predecessor to make the reader truly appreciate it on its own.Crichton truly redeems the faults though with his brilliant pacing, writing style and attention to detail, detail that once again places the reader in the hot seat with the entire cast and gives the reader a first person view without reading as a first person novel. We are everywhere, with everyone and feeling every fear. So, because of that, it doesn't matter so much that we're hearing nothing new, or at least not much that's new.`The Lost World' is still littered with scientific debates and facts of extinction and bio-genetics and any fan of Crichton will welcome them even if they cut into the action of the meat of this novel. Like I've mentioned before (in my review for `Jurassic Park'), Michael Crichton talks big, but his words are so elegantly chosen that it never really appears to be too big, if that makes any sense. Plus, when he's not riddling off on some theory the reader will never understand he's giving us some of the most impressive sequences of dinosaur action ever penned. For example, the trailer scene alone is one of the most memorable action scenes in modern literature, precise and utterly perfect with every sentence.So, while the overall story and character development may feel like `Jurassic Park; rehash, and for all sincerity it kind of is, `The Lost World' is far from a lost cause. It's still filled with the things we loved about the first novel, the action, the detail, the suspense, and it still grabs the reader from the opening and keeps him or her glued till the close. So there are some detractors, as there are with just about anything penned, filmed or recorded. Entertainment value is open for heated debate, but I will safely say that `The Lost World' is entertaining and worth the adventure. Sure, `Jurassic Park' was better, but a novel doesn't have to be `better' to be good.

A grand romp back to the Age of Exploration

by Andrew W. Johns "ResQgeek"

What if dinosaurs had somehow survived, living in isolation in some remote, unexplored corner of the world? This classic adventure story starts with just that premise, and builds it into a lively tale of exploration and discovery. Mostly told in a first person narrative, the reader is taken into the very heart of the story as a team heads off to South America to verify a discovery that is impossible for a skeptical world to believe. Written almost a century ago, Doyle's novel takes us back to the age of Empire and Exploration, when anything seemed possible, and the there were still places on the Earth that had not yet been fully explored. This story grabs the reader and doesn't let go until the very last page.

Lots of potential...but ultimately a bit disappointing.

by Audiobook Bandit

This may be the original "Jurassic Park" story. It's about a group of people from Britain who discover an isolated plateau in South America that contains prehistoric life. It's a fun read, but its got its shortcomings.First among its shortcomings is that Doyle sets up a potentially wonderful set of encounters with dinosaurs...and then makes very little of the idea. Having introduced these fabulous creatures from the Jurassic era, it's almost as though Doyle is immediately bored with them. He therefore introduces some hominids around whom most of the action revolves. That's just disappointing, and Doyle's racist attitudes towards non-Europeans, (while undoubtedly a product of the time-period in which he was writing) make it all the more unappealing.Another thing I didn't like about the book is that one of the main characters, Dr. Challenger, is a horrible human being. While this is pretty-much acknowledged in the book, it is nonetheless evident that one is meant to respect this arrogant, egotistical, self-centered, misogynistic, racist man. Doyle, while acknowledging in his writing that Dr. Challenger is insufferable, still seems to tacitly imply that his disgusting behavior is acceptable, and is to be forgiven - perhaps even commended - because he is a "devil-may-care" kinda guy who gets things done. It's the equivalent of saying "Oh, boys will be boys" with a nod and a wink. I find it really irritating.Finally, the book suffers from what I believe is a gaping plot flaw: the protagonists all get stuck on an isolated plateau, and can't get down. This seems hard to believe, because they have ropes, saws, axes, and guns and the plateau has all manner of vegetation (including trees, bushes, vines) etc, with which they might have fashioned means of escape. Doyle has to keep coming up with more and more contrivances to explain why none of these options works for them.All these complaints aside, however, it's still worth a read. Why? Because the writing is good. One interesting thing to note is that the book starts off very slowly. At least one quarter of the book is devoted exclusively to character development. During that time, the protagonists don't even leave England, let alone see a dinosaur. And it's really enjoyable! It was interesting, well-written prose that built the tension. These days, everybody wants to cut to the chase. As an aspiring author, I prowl around websites that offer advice to same. Often, I read comments from writers, agents, and editors who admonish writers to "start your book", "cut the fluff," and so on. One comment I read recently stated very matter-of-factly that any fantasy novel in which magic didn't feature in the first chapter was a "waste of time". How ridiculous! We live in a very impatient age.

Movie Script Mistakenly Presented as a Book

by Avid Reader

I started not to bother offering my opinion but I couldn't let such claptrap go unanswered. It literally exudes "cinema" on every page. The story is flimsy (a farce really) and the action is so predictable that I guessed the end of each chapter midway through. One can detect the scenes written with the (new) movie in mind. Compared to the first book, it lacks credible science, mystery, believable characters, and a plot. Once again, the author is at his worst with character development - you just can't feel close to any of these cartoon action figures. Here's hoping for a better job next time.

Michael Crichton is an artist with words and worlds

by bernie "xyzzy"

This could have been a formula book and maybe the skeleton is formula. Toss in people with different personalities and backgrounds. Isolate them and let them act and react to real and imagined dangers.That is where the parallel ends. The book comes up with excellent theories and speculation. The characters vary differently than you would guess under stress. And there is a cliffhanger about every five pages with does not give you much time to get your breath. The descriptions of the environment give you enough details to get a good mental picture of what is going on. He does not over describe things to the point that you fall asleep listing to irrelevant details.This story is full of thrills; great questions and holds your attention to the end.Strange beasts are turning up on the shores of South America. Meanwhile other people independently realize that there must have been another location where dinosaurs were raised called "Site B".Does "Site B" really exist and if so what will they find there?Worse still what there will find them?

Regarding The Lost World

by BGP

The Lost World is a lackluster, forced sequel to Jurassic Park, a childhood favorite of mine. The fact that I could identify it as such at the age of twelve, when the book was first published, should not bode well for the prospective reader.

Super Reader

by Blue Tyson "- Research Finished"

Professor George Challenger is a man that does not like reporters. It is surprising, therefore, that he invites one of them, along with some other companions, on a trip to the Amazon, and Venezuela.A lost plateau, full of dinosaurs and primitive men awaits our intrepid adventurers and heroes.

Lost World... easier to pronounce

by BookGirl

I read this enthusiastically as soon as it came out. I rushed to the bookstore and asked my mother to purchase it for me. I was very excited about reading and science partly because of interesting books that combine scientific technology with imaginative plots and action pacted themes. The possibility for disaster loomed eminent but chaos was conquered with the hero that always prevails, predictably.

Pleased That I Read This

by B. S. Diederich "trashartist"

I hate to say that I was not a fan of Sherlock Holmes growing up, but I am really glad I lay awake at night with my Kindle edition of The Lost World. I love the writing; it rekindled my wishes to go back and read a lot of old lit that I'd missed as a child. I did find the exploration fascinating and it had enough detail to hold my interest. I won't write a spoiler about the "annihilation" that occurs here--just remember when this book was written!Yes, I do want to go back and read many of these older books! Sorta reminded me of the Swiss Family Robinson book (but that one had so many glaring errors...)--but still entertaining.

What a mess up!

by Chad Jackson

I loved this book for the most part.There is a mess up the editors didn't see at all.If you read the first book at the end you find the Ian dies and then the second book comes along and he is alive agian.That totally messed up a five star book.The plot was good.The characters were alright.But that Ian thing just messed it up for me.I still recomend this book though because it is a good read.

Smart and Engaging Adventure

by Chris "Okie"

As a teenager, I had a lot of fun when Jurassic Park came to the theaters in the '90s. After enjoying the movie, I sought out and read the book which I also found very enjoyable. Spurred by its success, a sequel was created, The Lost World. Like many sequels, it wasn't as good as the original. It still had its fun elements but for me at least, it lost a good deal of the charm and fun from the first book.I think in part it was the Jurassic Park sequel that kept me from seeking out and reading the far earlier book The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle. Not only was I not terribly impressed by the 1990s book/movie of the same name, but I was a little unsure of the transition Conan Doyle would make going from Sherlock Holmes to a world of dinosaurs. Fortunately, I finally gave it a try.Not surprisingly, the Conan Doyle book is considerably slower paced than the Michael Chrichton adventures. The book was serialized in 1912 is set in the late 19th or early 20th century. The story is told through a series of newspaper articles and letters written by Malone, a newspaper reporter eager to impress his girlfriend and make a name for himself in the news world. Malone's editor McArdle gives Malone the assignment of interviewing Professor Challenger. Challenger is a scientist making outrageous claims and evoking his violent temper against anybody who questions them. Before long, Malone finds himself on a journey deep into the jungles of South America in search of a world which Challengers claims is inhabited by prehistoric creatures.As you might expect from the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, this book is filled with lengthy and very detailed descriptions of settings, characterizations, behaviors and motivations. Malone has a reporter's eye for detail taken to the extreme. He painstakingly describes the minute details of Professor Challenger as well as the various traveling companions with whom Malone sets off in search of the Lost World. The early parts of the book are set in London and involve weighty scenes of research and discussion to decide what's what and what's to be done about it all. When we finally do start winding through the jungles, we are still given intense descriptions of the surroundings and the actions.For those looking for adventure, you'll finally find it about midway through the book once the characters have finally found passage into the elusive Lost World. Though even once they finally reach their destination, there are still many pages of suspenseful investigation before any major confrontation with prehistoric adventure. Their investigation and exploration is careful and methodical. As they are confronted with challenges, they quietly and calmly attempt deduce solutions as efficiently as possible even amidst deadly time constraints.Looking back over my thoughts, it may sound that this is a dry travel narrative rather than a rousing adventure. While it does have elements of a 19th century travelogue, the book also does a good job of amazing the reader with new ideas and concepts as well as taking us on an exciting adventure with unexpected twists and turns. I admit that it was sometimes hard to imagine that these adventurers would be so calm and level headed among all the troubles and adventures they encounter, but part of that is just the style of the era. The other part comes from the distinct characterization of these individuals. Each of the travelers possesses a personality prone more to smart, strategic level-headedness than rash and frantic running around.The first portion of the book was an interesting read and well crafted. I enjoyed the style and pacing overall but often found myself wanting to skip ahead to "where the real action was." Once we got into the adventure portion of this adventure novel, the style of writing remained precise and well defined while still providing us with surprising new elements and mysteries. I think that if you were to start reading the book at the midpoint, without first becoming accustomed to Conan Doyle's narrative style, the adventure would have felt more strained. You gain a greater sense of the style after plodding along with Malone and the others as they dealt with the minutia of getting the journey underway and slowly reaching their destination.I suspect that Conan Doyle's "Lost World" was for its time what Jurassic Park was for ours...a fun and exciting tale of fantastic adventure set along the edge of speculative science and imagination. I really enjoyed this story. After finishing this book, I learned that Conan Doyle wrote a number of other stories featuring Professor Challenger. I'm looking forward to reading those and some of his other non-Sherlockian works.*****4 out of 5 stars

Its really good

by College Reading

Its a relly good book a real page turner. This sequel will glue u to the edge of your seat and it is actually really good. The way he puts the dinosaurs adventures in there , it makes it blend as a trademark of his previous book. The scheme is a lil bit similar to that first one, but here you got to find the stuff you didn't in the first one. ALL in all a great book by Michael Crichton.

A Very Good "been there and done that" Novel

by Coren Alan Grill "Coren"

I love the Jurassic Park novels. I've read them over and over throughout the years. After rereading Lost World recently I wonder if Crighton really had his heart in this one. It was almost like I could feel a bit of hatred at possibly being forced to write a sequel. First of all we're introduced to the most arrogant character he's ever created: Richard Levine. "Levine" as they call him, is completely full of himself, pushing everyone around, telling everyone what he wants, and supposedly has the "money to do it too". Remind you anyone in particular? Anyway, Dodgson is back from the first book and the real main villian. He curses. The first book had some language, the movie had some, but Dodgson's character takes the cake. Jurassic Park (his first novel) wasn't really written for kids. Well, then the movie came out. It was an INSTANT hit. It's 2013 now, but I wonder way back then, when Lost World, the book was released, how many kids asked their parents to buy the novel for them? Plenty of F bombs here. That's for sure. Not to mention Ian Malcom is back (despite they held on to his dead body without burying him in Costa Rica, at the end of JP's novel). And Ian is basically the SAME character. He has 'evolved' somewhat, having almost another ex Mrs Malcom, while having a more serious, yet failed, relationship to Sarah Harding... hopefully no relation to the Harding from the first book (that we know of). Thing is, Malcom is also back to having morphine induced preachings on evolution and extictions without anyone... ANYONE backing the opposite of evolution. When Malcom talks about evolution versus creationism, not one character argues with him at ALL. Only at the VERY end of the book do we hear ANY character(s) say anything to the contrary, while leaving on the boat, even then that character was being more of a realist than scientific or God fearing). All the villians get what's coming to them, of course. One of the heroes makes sure the villian IS eaten by a T Rex. Plus to get under the nails of readers, Crighton has Sarah Harding singing "Gonna wash that man right outta my hair" and Malcom sings "Dixie". (Didn't bother ME personally at all, I found it funny in both instances, but I'm sure the jab at 'bad humor' others didn't like). Everything we learned about the dinosaurs from the FIRST book is all completely out the window... as Ian (in his now more superior way) tells us how a magazine article was misinformation... yet it was what we learned from the first novel, how many of the dinosaurs supposedly acted avian with optical motion sensory. And then we have two kids again, except they are Levine's students on Spring Break (or a vacation week from school) and stow away to go the island. And the youngest is a nerdy intelligent black boy. Arby is one of my favorite characters from the novel, and hated he wasn't in the movie. Though I bet that was Michael's intent, to try and write the (comissioned?) sequel and see just how much of his book would make it in the movie... because smart young African American boys that aren't playing sports... is a big no-no to Hollywood's eye. So we had an acrobatic young black girl that was adopted by Malcom and Sarah instead, nope Michael... they didn't use your character. Not the one you may have written to be as pushy and arrogant as a (cough) movie director (Levine), nor Dodgson, nor the young smart back boy, someone singing Dixie under the effects of morphine, nor explain how it was a rescue of an idiot. While you wrote a whole paragraph about Dodgson having a stupid pipedream with an island where people could hunt dinosaurs... THAT's what 'they' took to use as the premise of the 2nd movie, from your book. The novel just happens to be much better. Still a great continuation from the original material overall, will still read over and over.

First was better, but not bad

by Crichton Rand "CR"

Loved the first jurassic park. read it in one day. second one is not bad, but there's some obvious flaws and the action isn't as good as the first. you can kinda tell his heart wasn't in this one as much. overall though, not a bad book.

A high-adventure, scientific thriller

by Daniel Jolley "darkgenius"

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was really a very talented writer, and he had many tales to tell that did not involve the famous Sherlock Holmes. The Lost World is perhaps the best known of his noncanonical stories. He describes a lush, mysterious plateau in the remote Amazonian regions of South America in which creatures thought to have died out eons ago still stalk the earth. Professor Challenger, while possessing some of the confidence and intellect of a Holmes, could not be more different in his passions and boisterous, conceited behavior; it is his contention that a "lost world" does exist. Recruiting a disbelieving zoologist, a famed adventurer, and a fresh, young newspaper man to go with him, the group sets out for the inaccessible reaches of the jungle and manages, after some great effort, to reach the isolated plateau. By an act of treachery by an Indian bearing a grudge against the famed Lord Roxton, their portal of entry is destroyed, leaving them trapped in the mysterious new land they dub Maple White Land after an American who earlier discovered the place but died soon thereafter (but not before encountering Professor Challenger in the Amazon and revealing to him its existence and location). They build a camp and begin investigating the area, quickly discovering unknown forms of plant life and animal life, including dinosaurs and pterodactyls. As if the monstrous reptilian beasts aren't hazard enough for them, they soon find themselves besieged by a vicious race of ape-men, whom they eventually take on in alliance with a separate race of Indians. The newspaperman narrates events in a series of postings he manages to get sent back to London, describing the creatures and their habits. Each man is called upon to distinguish himself through deeds of heroism in order to escape this newly discovered world and return to civilization with the scientific coup of all time.Conan Doyle's characterizations and descriptions of both man and beast are rich and vibrant. Ironically, the lost world seems much more real than the world of London. The scientific meetings held in front of a number of disbelieving scholars result in great commotions, tempests of defamations and praises, fainting women, and combatant men. When Challenger reveals his proof of the exploits that have been related, untold chaos and zeal follow quickly on the heels of one another. As for the reporter, he made the astounding journey because of a woman--while this part of the story is somewhat silly, it is nevertheless fitting. The woman he loves declares that she can only love a man who has taken great risks and won fame for himself, and this sets our protagonist on as daring an adventure as could be found at any time. It may well be that such compulsions of the heart have led to many great acts and discoveries in history; it is even more probable that such exploits have been rewarded in the predictable way our protagonist's was, the details of which I will endeavor not to disclose here.All in all, it's a wonderful tale of adventure, cunning, heroics, and scientific achievement. Somewhat surprisingly, there are not that many dinosaurs described in the story. We have a fleeting glimpse of a stegiosaur, but we mostly read of medium-sized dinosaurs such as the "iguanadon." There is no brontosaurus or T-Rex here, which is somewhat disappointing. The jungle action actually centers around the ape-men and Indians, as once again, even amid the prehistoric realm of Jurassic life, we find that humanoids, even of the most primitive type, are the most dangerous, ruthless animals on the earth.

Showing Its Age, But Still A Classic

by Dave_42 "Dave_42"

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" is a classic adventure story first published in 1912. It is the story of a scientific expedition that is sent to determine if the reported findings of prehistoric life still existing in a remote area of South America are true. Professor Challenger is the one defending his findings, Professor Summerlee is the skeptic, and there are two unbiased observers: the guide, Lord John Roxton, and a reporter Ned Malone, who also servers as the Narrator of the story. This story has the feel of a Jules Verne's adventure.This book is certainly showing some of its age. The opening of the book, in which we learn of Ned Malone's motivation, certainly comes across as dated and sexist. In it the woman of his dreams tells him "There are heroisms all round us waiting to be done. It's for men to do them, and for women to reserve their love as a reward for such men... That's what I should like - to be envied for my man." Much later in the book, we have the scientific expedition deciding to try to wipe out a race of previously unknown ape-men, hardly something a scientist would contemplate in this day and age, and I doubt it would have been even when this book was first published. Yet despite these and other flaws, I did enjoy reading this book. The characters were eccentric and entertaining, and I was compelled to keep reading to find out what would happen to them.This book was tied for 9th on August Derleth's Arkham Survey of `Basic SF Titles', but it really is more of an Adventure novel than a Science Fiction novel.

Dinos Dinos Everywhere!

by David Roy

I don't know if the dinosaurs bring out the best in Crichton or what. I've read a few of his books and haven't really cared for them, but I loved Jurassic Park and I really enjoyed this one too. It's a rollicking adventure story that doesn't stop very often. When it does, though, with some long scientific asides, it stops dead.Crichton sure is capable of writing an exciting tale. I wish he'd do it more often. Lost World has many exciting sequences as various dinosaurs (mostly Tyrannosaurus and Raptors) chase the humans all around the island. The action is breathtaking as, just when you think the humans have solved their problem (or at least are on the road to solving it), things take a turn for the worse. I am not one for hyperbole, but throughout the middle of the book, I couldn't put it down. I stayed up much later than I should, and only turned out the light because it was getting too late and I still had too far to go.This really isn't much more than an action yarn with some scientific ideas attached to it, though, so don't get the idea that it's really deep. In fact, the scientific ideas are one of the problems with the book. I'm not saying they're not accurate, as I don't know enough about them to make that judgment. However, there are times where Crichton just stops the action dead to go on for a page or two about chaos theory, evolution, or something. These are interesting, but they completely destroy the mood of the book. It's almost like mixing chocolate and shrimp: sure, some people may like it, but for the rest of us who like both but hate them together, it makes the finished product just a little less palatable. Thankfully, the asides don't come at you too much at one time, so once each one stops the ball starts rolling again.Being an action thriller, the characters aren't that complex. They seem like it at times (such as when they're spouting scientific theories), but they aren't really. Malcolm is scarred by the events in the first book, and there's an interesting sequence where this comes into play. Thankfully for himself and for the others, he snaps out of it fairly quickly. I liked his character, though, because he's a combination of a realist and a cynic. However, he uses his scientific knowledge and his intelligence to get them out of more than one scrape. He's probably the most broadly defined of the bunch. The other members of the expedition have their character hooks too, but they aren't that deeply explored. Crichton spends a lot of time detailing their background, but when events start happening, they're more fodder for these events than anything else. They are distinctive, they just aren't complex.The villains of the piece, though, are pretty dull and stereotypical. Dodgson is your typical greedy and lazy villain. His specialty is stealing other people's research after it's been tested, because that's easier and more lucrative than doing your own research and possibly going down numerous blind alleys. His allies are the typical nervous bunch, with one person worried that they're doing the wrong thing and the other one worried that they're doing the right thing but that it will go horribly wrong (which it inevitably does). Thankfully, once they get events rolling to their inevitable conclusion, they're pretty much sidelined and we don't hear much about them again until the end.The plot is kind of a runaround, but I really enjoyed it despite that. There are definitely predictable events in it, such as when a character does something and you know immediately what the consequences of that action are going to be, long before any of the characters do. That does mar things a little bit. But it's easy to look past them because Crichton writes the action so effectively. When characters aren't spouting scientific stuff, I almost held my breath as events happened. Especially effective is the trailer scene, where Malcolm and Sarah have to figure out how to get safely out of a trailer that's being pushed, prodded and smashed by two enraged Tyrannosaurs. It's hard to tell what's going to happen there, or who will survive this sequence. Nobody (with the possible exception of Malcolm) is safe in this book, so there is a lot of tension. I will say that not everybody dies, but there certainly is doubt when certain people are in danger.I wish Crichton would write more like these. To me, he seems at his best when he's writing scientific action thrillers. I wish there were a way that he could limit the scientific asides, though, as they really slow things down. I don't mind the asides themselves, but I think they could be included better. Still, this is one book that you won't be able to put down. And it has dinosaurs eating people. What could be wrong with that?

"The Lost World" My two cents.

by D. Bass

I must admit that some parts of this book were very good, especially in the suspense department. But, aside from the obvious tension that grows as the story progresses, the book is pretty much void of any lasting literary quality, like most Michael Chirchton novels. Some parts have you on the edge of your seat, while other parts have you falling asleep. I think that "Jurassic Park" was somewhat better, since it had more of a plot and better characters. Why Chirchton decided to bring back Malcolm instead of Grant (or some other character who was more interesting in the original book) is beyond my comprehension.If you like a quick, easy read that's filled with action, but, as I said before, little or no literary quality, then this book is for you.

A Memorable Early "Pulp" Adventure

by Gary F. Taylor "GFT"

Whatever else it may be, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's THE LOST WORLD has certainly been influential. The 1925 silent film version was one of the great special effects landmarks of its day, and the novel has been filmed on at least two other occasions, once in 1960 and once more (for television) in 2002. And one scarcely need mention such LOST WORLD-influenced efforts as THE LAND UNKNOWN or the book-to-film JURASSIC PARK and its various sequels. There seems no end in sight.Doyle's original is remarkably straightforward and devoid of the subplots and love-interest introduced in the various film versions. The story is told from the point of view of a London reporter, Edward Malone, whose beloved spurs him into action when she declares that she could never marry a man who has no taste for high adventure or bold risk. Malone accordingly begins to cover a scientific scandal: Professor Challenger has returned from South America with outrageous claims of prehistoric life that survives on a plateau in the Amazon. When Challenger suggests a party be formed to verify his claims, Malone jumps at the chance.It is interesting to read Doyle's LOST WORLD in comparison with Wells' WAR OF THE WORLDS, for the two novels counterpoint each other terms of mindset; where Wells' famous novel is a covert satire of the brutality of English imperialism, Doyle accepts English imperialism with a manly embrace and sends his explorers off into the uncivilized wilds, where they repeatedly encounter undesirables in great need of a blast from an English-made rifle. Indeed, they often seem more interested in eradicating newly discovered life forms than in observing them!But we would do a disservice to both Doyle and his novel by taking it too seriously. It was written to be a blood and thunder adventure, pitting "modern" men against nature's bloody claw--and while Doyle's style here will likely seem a bit stilted to modern readers, the book still works extremely well. According to lore, Doyle preferred Dr. Challenger to his more celebrated Sherlock Holmes, and indeed Doyle wrote several novels that featured the gruff, blustery, and violent-tempered scientist. While it seems unlikely that Challenger will ever depose Holmes in the public favor, fans of the Holmes stories will likely enjoy THE LOST WORLD as an example of Doyle's non-mystery work--and certainly fans of early pulp adventure will have a field day. Recommended for the pure fun of it!GFT, Amazon reviewer

Arthur Conan Doyle's favourite character

by Geetha Krishnan

Professor Challenger is his creator's favourite character, hot tempered, irascible but full of life and vitality. The book is easier to read than the Sherlock Holmes novels and the story is extremely interesting. Definitely worth reading.

A Victorian "Jurassic Park"

by George R Dekle "Bob Dekle"

Professor Challenger, a protagonist as unique and eccentric as Sherlock Holmes, "challenges" the London Zoological Society to send a team of impartial judges to verify his claims that dinosaurs live on a plateau in the Brazilian rain forest. Professor Summerlee, a staunch foe of Challenger, accepts the challenge. Lord John Roxton, a soldier and big game hunter, agrees to go along, and Edward Malone, a star rugby player and journalist, goes as their scribe.The world they find is every bit as captivating as Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, and the danger is every bit as exhilarating. The characters are more engaging, and the story contains a good deal of humor as the four strong personalities clash a number of times on a number of levels.There are no velociraptors to menace the adventurers, who have become hopelessly marooned, but a tribe of ape men serves quite well to provide the danger. It is a pleasure to have the English language used so well in describing the adventures of the four."The Lost World" is obviously the inspiration for Crichton's "Jurassic Park." Crichton may have modernized the story, but he certainly didn't improve it. Unfortunately, "The Lost World" reflects the ethnic insensitivity and "classism" of the Victorian Era, but if you can overlook that flaw, you will thoroughly enjoy the story.

Scientific community is still the same!?

by Guang Wu

In this book, we read how the scientific community was difficult to accept the new findings, which might make us think that those scientists were old-styled, and our time would be better.The fact is that the scientific community is still the same as the time Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is still hard, even harder to accept the news ideas and findings. Much worse, the finding is easily buried now than before.

Perhaps they're still out there

by Guillermo Maynez

Changing tone from the Sherlock Holmes tales, Doyle presents us the eccentric and irascible Dr. Challenger, a scientist that has travelled in the Amazon basin. One day (or so he says) he finds, in a remote village, the drawings and testimonies of a deceased American explorer, which allow him to think of the preservation of plants and animals from the Jurassic Era, in a secluded selvatic spot surrounded by a natural basaltic wall. But it happens that, in the European scientific circles, the affirmations of the egotist doctor have been recieved with laughter and despise. Nevertheless, a young and foolish journalist, compelled by his demanding girlfriend to look for adventures and glory, decides to believe in him. After a stormy session at the Zoological Institute, a commission is formed to try and find the spot. Besides the reporter Malone, the commission includes the skeptic Prof. Summerlee and the adventurer Sir John Roxton. After many adventures, the four explorers find the spot. It is a true trip to the remotest past. Isolated by its geographic and climatic conditions, the Jurassic Era has survived. It is a world of dinosaurs and the strangest survivors of millions of years ago. There are some gigantic but thankfully vegetarian dinosaurs, as well as the hideous creatures who eat them. There are pterodactiluses, sea-snakes, etc. But the greatest surprise I will leave for you to read by yourself.This is a delightful entertainment by the gifted Doyle. The fascinating world of European Edwardian science is merrily portrayed, the adventure is a lot of fun and the characters are memorable. Much recommended.

Entertaining and Surprisingly Timeless

by Ian Fowler

When London reporter Edward Malone is spurned by his beloved Gladys for not being "manly", he seeks to prove his valor by signing onto an expedition with the eccentric Professor George Edward Challenger. Challenger, a zoologist, is notorious among British naturalists as an evil-tempered, arrogant nut. For it is Challenger's contention that on a plateau in South America, animals long thought extinct, including dinosaurs, still thrive.Most people know Arthur Conan Doyle as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. However, thanks to Michael Crichton's homage, many people are familiar with Doyle's first Professor Challenger novel, "The Lost World." In this novel, Doyle was clearly seeking to distance himself from his most famous character, creating a more fantastic world, as well as creating a protagonist built on volatile emotion as he is on reason."The Lost World" is in many ways typical of turn-of-the-century English science-fiction. The team of explorers is generally archetypal, including the Challenger's crotchety opponent Professor Summerlee, the sportsman Lord John Roxton, the bull-headed Challenger, and the self-conscious Malone. The plot runs on a serious of thrills and contrivances, as the heroes discover the plateau, but are stranded their by vindictive natives. While in this lost world, they encounter various dinosaurs (from the Jurassic period), primitive ape-men, and modern Indians. Each adventure is harrowing and stirring, as they are attacked by pterodactyls, allosaurs, and the ape-men.Naturally, there are aspects of the book that will seem dated. Our knowledge of dinosaurs has expanded in the century since this book was published. Further, certain condescending attitudes are expressed about race and gender. Finally, while Doyle had a better ear for dialog than some of his contemporaries, much of his dialog is still fairly stilted.That having been said, the book is thoroughly enjoyable beyond its status as an artifact. While Challenger never overshadowed Holmes as Doyle had intended, the character has found his own niche in science-fiction. "The Lost World" is an important work in speculative fiction, entertaining and surprisingly timeless.

Jurasscic Park, 19th Century Style

by James Gallen

Arthur Conan Doyle has done it again, and this time, without Sherlock Holmes. In "Lost World", the egotistical, eccentric professor, the desperate lover, the cynical skeptic, fantastic life forms, danger, and conflict all play their roles in the weaving of this tale.George Edward Challenger, the eccentric professor, shocks and challenges London's scientific community with incredible tales of prehistoric animals living in South America. Challenged to prove his position, he leads an expedition in search of this 19th century Jurassic Park, an expedition which will prove him a giant or a charlatan. I won't ruin it for you, but trust me, join the expedition. This truly is a book which you will not want to put down.

Some random thoughts about "Lost World":

by James Yanni

1.) This is an okay book, neither as good as it's fans claim, nor as bad as its detractors say.2.)It is, however, a lousy sequel to "Jurassic Park"; for one thing, it does not follow the obvious plotline Crichton set out at the end of "Jurassic Park" (the dinosaurs escaping to the jungle) for the planned sequel. For another, contrary to what Crichton claims at the beginning of this book, which claim is defended by his obsequious fans among the reviewers, Ian Malcolm was quite thoroughly dead at the end of "Jurassic Park", sufficiently much so that it rated a comment which I quote: "They (the Costa Rican government) did not even permit the burial of Hammond or Ian Malcolm." If the story had been told in the first person, and this comment had come from the mouth of a fallible character, Crichton's claim in "Lost World" that rumors of Malcolm's death had been erroneous would have been plausible. But the story was told in the third person, omniscient narrator style; that quote came from the mouth of the author, and can not, therefore, be set aside so easily. Yet here in "The Lost World", that is exactly what Crichton tries to do: he claims that rumors of Malcolm's death were greatly exaggerated.3.) Why does he do this? It's pretty obvious, actually, and I'm astounded that none of the other 400+ reviewers here seem to have figured it out. It has nothing to do with needing to bring him back to make the book match the movie sequel; nothing else in the book matched the movie, so what makes anyone think that Crichton or the producers would care if that detail was different? No, it has to do with the fact that if Malcolm isn't available, Crichton doesn't have anyone handy to spout chaos theory, and he neither wants to leave out his pet psuedoscience, nor create a brand-new chaotician character to act as his mouthpiece. Understandable, but not really forgivable; if he needed to keep Malcolm alive for the sequel, he shouldn't have killed him off in the first place. Very careless.4.) One of the weakest points in the plot is the fact that I find it extremely implausible that Malcolm would even CONSIDER going anywhere near the island once the suggestion was made that there might, again, be dinosaurs on it. After what he'd been through in "Jurassic Park", and given what we know of his character, it seems highly out of character for him to so readily join the expedition. There should at least have been serious soul-searching, or a more pressing reason for him to go. As it was, he seemed almost eager: 'Oh, the dinosaurs may not all be dead after all? Well, in that case count me in!' Just not at all in character, but then again, see comment #3; Crichton needed him to be there, so he was there. Never mind what the character would really do.5.) There is almost NOTHING in common between the novel, "Lost World", and the movie, "The Lost World". There are two characters in common, plus one character in the movie who is sort of a pastiche of two of the characters in the book (Thorne and Eddie are sort of combined into one), and I think there was one scene that was similar; I don't remember the movie well enough to be certain. But seriously, that's IT. I've never seen a movie have less in common with the book it's named after (I won't even say 'based on', 'cause it really WASN'T!).All in all, a tolerably good action-adventure novel, but don't expect it to follow logically from "Jurassic Park", or to bear any resemblance to the movie version.

Let's go play with the dinosaurs again

by Jeanne Tassotto

This is a followup to the highly popular JURASSIC PARK. Crichton knew a winning formula when he saw one and didn't deviate from the basic plot line. The story opens with a brief 'where are they now' update on the JP survivors, and resurrects Ian Malcolm, supposedly killed in the first novel. It is revealed that there was a site B, another island populated with dinosaur breeding stock. As in the first novel, there is a beautiful, brilliant woman scientist, a rugged great hunter, an obnoxious geek, a couple of cute kids, and assorted lesser characters and bad guys who fulfill their bits and then feed the dinosaurs.Even though this is a JURASSIC PARK lite, it's a fun read, a good book to take on a trip or to the beach - easy to follow, short, action filled chapters with subtle humor slipped in as well. And since this is by Crichton the reader just might discover that there is a little food for thought in there as well.

Not a bad sequel at ALL

by Jeff Edwards "RadioJeff"

Let me start off by saying that 'Jurassic Park' was a true original...and were it not for the 1st book, I'd say that this one was even better...however since all of the originality of the 1st book was snatched away from you, this one falls short... however I STILL LOVED IT!! I for one am glad that Chrichton held his integrity high and wrote a sequel to his book rather than the movie. I disagree that this book is slow until three-quarters through. I found it compelling from beginning to end. The chase scenes, or should I say the scenes where people are BEING chased are first rate. As far as the characters being a little thin, all I know is I enjoyed the book. Some folks fall into the same trap after time and end up OVER-Analyzing books and movies that were written primarily to entertain us, and that's all. Chrichton has written a fantastic story here, and although the movie was pure drivel by comparison, and I mean that the movie really stunk compared to the novel. This book answers some questions left hanging in the original book, and raises a few more as well. It also gives us a plausible explanation for a 2nd island full of dinosaurs. As always, Ian Malcom was fantastic! His pointedly 'realistic' views on life and the effect of extinct species on modern life is always facinating. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Maybe I'm the only one, but aside from the fact that the first book stole all of the 'original' ideas of dinosaurs away, this is STILL a GREAT read. Chrichton is good (except for 'Airframe') and this is one of his best books. Read it, enjoy it and thank me later.

Reading with Tequila

by Jennifer Sicurella

While I liked this book, I wasn't in awe of it like I was with Jurassic Park. The original dinosaur concepts presented in the first book were continued and expanded upon. I felt as though this book was unnecessary, especially since half of the book explained many key points of the original in a effort to make this book capable of being a book that could stand on its own. It was longer than it needed to be considering the amount of wholly new material.

Dinosaur Horror

by Jesse B Ellyson

Deep in the jungles of South America there can be found a most unusual plateau. Atop this plateau, history has frozen. Protected from all outside influence, life here has remained unchanged for 65 million years. Dinosaurs still move across the landscape. This is their world. But the dinosaurs' lost world has been found.Professor Challenger is leading a small band of adventurers into the Amazon to seek a way onto this land of monsters. With him is the doubting zoologist Dr. Summerlee, the adventurer Lord John Roxton and, recording each step of the journey, the young reporter Edward Malone.It is an exciting adventure which lies ahead of these intrepid explorers. It is a grand and engaging tale for those of us who get to read along with their exploits. This is a masterful work of fiction from the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

Hunting dinosaurs and ape-men

by J. Green

Mr. E. D. Malone is a journalist in love. Gladys, however, wants someone who has done something heroic. So Malone asks his editor to send him to cover some dangerous story, and so he meets the wild and volatile Professor Challenger who claims to have found evidence of prehistoric creatures still living in South America. Of course, the whole scientific community (as well as society in general) thinks he's crazy, and one of his detractors proposes that they send a small impartial expedition to verify his claims. So it happens that Malone and a few others are sent to the Amazon River basin to search out this lost world of Professor Challenger's and verify if the creatures he claims exist are real or not.Kind of a nice old-fashioned adventure tale, but a bit slow-moving and light on the adventure. Maybe the story is just too well known, but the action is very understated. While the characters are interesting enough, none are especially well-developed, not even Mr. Malone, who tells the story.

Pretty good book, I would recommend this book to a friend.

by J.H.

I enjoy most of Crichton's books, they are usually unique and intriguing . I was surprised that he was able to still have more story left after Jurassic Park, but this book was equally entertaining.

A so-so sequel that should have been better

by JLind555

Michael Crichton came up a winner with "Jurassic Park". Who doesn't love dinosaurs? So when you hit a winning ticket, you exploit it for all you're worth, right? Well, yes and no. Crichton had a good idea for a sequel but he doesn't do it the justice it deserved. There was no reason to bring Malcolm back; his turning up alive after being pronounced dead was just plain lame. I suspect Crichton was tired of Grant/Sattler and wanted to go with a new team. But the idea of a secret island where the real work of Jurassic Park was carried out is pretty good; after Jurassic Park was abandoned, what became of all those leftover critters? Malcolm's new team proposes to go in and find out. As usual, the dinosaurs save the book; the plot is contrived in spots; the characterizations, except for the two youngsters, Arby and Kelly, are flat and uninteresting for the most part, but the dinosaurs fascinate us by just being dinosaurs. Especially compelling is Crichton's description of the raptor pack which has grown to young adulthood without adult modeling; bred from a test tube, they had no parents to provide an example for social existence, and the result, as Crichton shows us, is a pack of unsocialized predators living in a world in which only the strongest and most vicious survived and all the others died. In such a world, nothing is going to survive very long; once they've eaten all their prey, they'll turn around and eat each other. The writing in general has a somewhat hurried quality, as if Crichton just wanted to bang this sequel out and get it over with before moving on to something else. But even with its flaws, Crichton still knows how to engage the reader's attention. "The Lost World" doesn't measure up to its predecessor by a long shot, but it's still a pretty good read.

Just Read It

by J. L. White

The movie and this book are very different. You must read this to see what Crichton had in mind for his world of dinosaurs in the first place. This book is much more interesting and compelling then the movie anyday. I think only the original movie was any good compared to its book.

Fun Book

by John G. Hilliard

The book was better then the movie even without the visuals you get on the big screen. In my opinion this is really this authors best area, action packed fiction. You always get a good book from this author and he delivered with this one. I know the book is the next in line and written just to get a new movie out, but the book is an old fashion page-turner. If you are looking for fiction to keep your mind of heavy topics then this book is a good one to start with. It is light, easy to read and moves fast. The story is developed and fun. This guy does not write heavy, Noble Prize worthy work, just fast passed fun.

The Lost Turn-of-the Century Adventure

by John M. Ford "johnDC"

Arthur Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes who thinks his way through mysteries with tightly-reasoned deductions. This book is the first in a less-known series that focuses on Professor Edward Challenger, an impulsive, boisterous adventurer who must repeatedly prove his assertions to the stuffy and skeptical British scientists of the Royal Academy. The contrast between Holmes and Challenger shows the author's range in style and imagination.This book chronicles an expedition's attempt to document Challenger's claims that dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures survive on a remote Brazilian plateau. Accompanying Challenger are Professor Summerlee, a fussily-skeptic fellow scientist; Lord John Roxton, a fearless and famous explorer; and Edward Malone, a nave young reporter. A supporting cast of non-Caucasian extras is given equal inattention by the author and other explorers. Once reaching Challenger's "lost world," the adventurers quickly establish the existence in abundance of dinosaurs, prehistoric vegetation and primitive humans and near-humans. Their concern becomes whether they can escape from this dangerous plateau and return to civilization. Their discoveries, challenges, and inventive and harrowing escapes make good reading.This book is strongly recommended for fans of good old fashioned adventure stories likeRaiders of the Lost Ark. Readers who enjoy this first Professor Challenger book way wish to continue withThe Poison Belt,The Land of Mist, When the World Screamed, andThe Disintegration Machine. Engaging stories all, from a less civilized age.

Fast paced novel

by Joseph M

The Lost World by Michael Crichton is a very fast paced novel. The story is suspensful and very differant from the movie (which I really didn't like).The story revolves around Ian Malcom (mathamatican), Dr. Levine (dinosaur expert), and Sarah Harding (researcher in preditory behavior) traveling to a privatly owned island off the coast of Coasta Rica 6 years after Jurassic Park closes. This island was the island that made the dinosaurs for the park. The dinosaurs were released from the factory after they recieved a puzzleing disease. The dinosaurs took over the island. After Dr. Levine gets stuck on the island. The other people in the story must find him and, the most difficult part, make it out alive.The only shortcoming of this book are the characters. They are just a little too unbelieveable.Overall it is a really good book for a sequel to Jurassic Park.

As Usual.....

by K. Fontenot "Prairie Cajun Regenerated!"

"The Lost World" was much better on paper than it was on film. The film took a great deal of liberties with the story, going as far as adding entirely new characters and plotlines as well as borrowing from "Jurassic Park" to move the story along. This review, however, is of Michael Crichton's wonderful book and not the film loosely based on it.I'm one of those people who usually sees a film before I read the book it is based on. With the "Jurassic Park" flicks, I really enjoyed the first one and hated the second one. With this in mind I was hesitant to pick up either of Crichton's dino books. After reading "Jurassic Park" though, I found that not only was the story different, it was much better. That made me wonder if "The Lost World" would do the same. As expected, "The Lost World" did not let me down. It was almost entirely different from the film. The primary plot of this story is that one Richard Levine is curious to find out if a "lost world" actually exists. He has been researching odd animal findings in and around Costa Rica and believes that somehow a few dinosaurs actually survived extinction. Not knowing about John Hammond's business venture in building a dinosaur park where dinos actually exist, he picks the brain of Dr. Ian Malcolm in hopes to convince him to help him seek out this "lost world." Of course, Malcolm is the wonderfully cynical mathematician from "Jurassic Park." He was thought to be dead but through the wonders of the written word, Crichton revives him. As Levine presses Malcolm for help, he eventually decides to go it alone and ends up trapped on Isla Sorna, also known as Site B. At this point the story drops (for the most part) all arguments over evolution and extinction and becomes a rescue mission. Malcolm, along with the likeable Dr. Thorne, the headstrong Dr. Harding, field technician Eddie Carr and two very intelligent stowaways, sets out to save Levine's life and hopefully protect the secrets of Site B.Of course, no Crichton novel is worth a dime without a decent villain. In this case, we revisit BioSyn's Lewis Dodgson, the catalyst for most of the chaos in the first book. He, along with two counterparts, sets out to collect a few eggs from Site B for his own gain. Dodgson is sinister, calculating and very sure of himself. I'll let you find out for yourself just how much of a problem he becomes in the "lost world."As in "Jurassic Park," Crichton often goes off on long scientific tangents explaining the habits of lions and jackals in Africa. He also gives drawn out explanations on why or why not the dinosaurs were wiped out by asteroids. But just like in his first dino book, Crichton pours out this information in a way that, to me, doesn't bring the action to a screeching halt. I enjoy reading these little tidbits of scientific information, but I can see where others might find them to be a bit too much info to take in while your being attacked by velociraptors.Many reviewers find this book to be subpar. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that it is a sequel. Sure, Malcolm shouldn't be back in action, but he's such a fun character that I'm willing to let Crichton slide here. I'll also concede that doctors Harding and Thorne closely resemble Grant and Sattler from the first book. I'll also admit that the two kids are nothing more than a rehash of Hammond's grandchildren. However, Crichton puts a very good spin on an old tale with "The Lost World." In my opinion it moves at a much faster pace than its predecessor. Although the characters aren't very well developed, we are given enough information to care about or hate most of them. Also, there are quite a few differences between the actions and even the biological makeup of many of the dinos in this book and "Jurassic Park," but these differences do help to move the book along."The Lost World" isn't a perfect book. It revisits old territory but still manages to give the reader a lesson or two about extinction and chaos theory. I give it five stars because it works wonderfully as an action yarn and it's nice to catch up with one of my favorite characters, Ian Malcolm.Highly recommended.

Grand adventure in 1910s

by Kurt A. Johnson

Edward Malone, reporter for the Daily Gazette, finds himself caught up in the claims of the eccentric Professor G. E. Challenger to have found a South American plateau where dinosaurs still live. Malone volunteers for a fact-finding mission, along with the dubious Professor Summerlee and the fearless big game hunter Lord John Roxton. The band voyages to South America, journeys to the plateau, and finds it filled with plants and animals for many different epochs. Finding themselves marooned on the plateau, the team faces many dangers and adventures.While somewhat dated, this book is well written and exciting to read. As a matter of fact, part of the book's charm is its pre-Great War feel. If you like adventure stories, Arthur Conan Doyle, or big game hunters, then this book is for you!

Great Fiction adventure book!

by Leyla Atke "Charm: An Amazing Story of a Litt...

The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a great Fiction adventure book. The lost world with dinosaurs attracts like a magnet. You cannot stop reading the book until you will not read it to the end.

Fun, predictable

by Librum "6nomad9"

4 stars for a standard Michael Crichton yarn. Well-researched, well-paced, characters typically unidimensional but reasonably well-drawn. "Read" this on CDs on the daily commute. (On a side note, should you decide to listen to the recorded version of this book, beware: the reader does an able job with the narrative portions, and manages, more or less, to convey a modest range of adult voices. His kids voices, however, are excruciating. One wonders at the high praise he has (reputedly) garnered in the course of a long career in theater. Struck me as a run-of-the-mill/mediocre reader. In fairness, of course, Crichton didn't give him much in the way of compelling, realistic, or nuanced dialogue). LW is a fun romp. A book for the plane or the daily commute. Sit back and enjoy.

Jurassic Park Part II

by M. A. Ramos

There are many fine reviews already listed so I will be succinct. This book is a sequel to Jurassic Park. We join the cast of characters six years after the dinosaur island park disaster in which humans fought off genetically engineered replicas of prehistoric animals. One survivor of that attack is now a member of a group who returns to the area, another island called Site B, and meet up with the remaining dinosaurs. The book does have strong language and violence. Even though it fills like you are reading 'Jurassic Park' again, it is worth reading.

Don't waste a moment of your life reading this book

by Mark Klobas

I've always had mixed feelings about Crichton--his works have great plots but lousy, one-dimensional characters. Then I read this book and the dilemma was solved; now he just sucks. I couldn't believe that I was reading a book by the same man who wroteThe Andromeda Strain-- one of the most interesting, suspenseful novels that it has been my pleasure to read. This book, on the other hand, was a by-the-numbers advance to a predictable end, almost as if he wanted to save the scriptwriters the effort of dumbing down the plot when they made it into a movie. Every iota of imagination and unpredictability was drained from the work. I felt like Karnak the Magnificent, able to put the next page to my forehead and predict exactly what was going to happen next. Not only has the book made me swear never to read another one of Crichton's novels ever again, but I plan on writing to Crichton and demand back the hours I wasted reading this moronic mess.

Guess who will die.

by Mark Wilsonwood

A good Crichton story. Not his best, but okay.I have a complaint, however, about predictability.In the first part of the book, we meet the cast of characters. I found myself wondering if I could predict which would be killed by dinosaurs and which would not:-The two children-The young, attractive, strong, and incredibly feisty and spunky young female scientist-The male scientist who likes and respects the two children-Ian Malcolm, surprisingly resurrected from "Jurassic Park"-The scientist who is arrogant and somewhat cowardly -- but who is only interested in researching the dinosaurs, he has no ulterior motives of profit or power-The other returning character from "Jurassic Park", Lewis Dodgson, who is interested in stealing Ingen dinosaur technology -- at any cost-His sycophantic assistant-The Costa Rican guide who takes the arrogant scientist to the island-The jack-of-all-trades assistant to the scientist who likes the kids.I scored very nearly 100% on my predictions. There are characters who you can be completely certain will meet a grisly end, and others you can be equally certain will survive the experience (would it really be a spoiler if I told you the two kids are not eaten by dinos?). It seems to me that weakens the story considerably. Just too predictable.


by Mary E. Sibley

Life on earth has been marked by a steady amount of extinction. Ian Malcolm, mathematician gave a talk entitled "Life at the Edge of Chaos." Two self-organizing behaviors are of significance to evolution, adaptation and the location of complex systems at the edge of chaos. A person in the audience proposed that dinosaurs had not become extinct and that somewhere there was a lost world. Richard Levine, the curious millionaire paleontologist, sees an aberrant form in Costa Rica. It is not a lizard. Aberrant forms are always destroyed. They seem to be attracted by the soy bean fields. Rain forest is a good environment for concealment. Costa Rica has one of the richest ecologies in the world.Ian Malcolm and Richard Levine engage in a an arm chair search of the string of islands off of the Costa Rica coast. The wildly fluctuating Levine is seized with one of his enthusiasms and sets off on an adventure dragging other characters in the book in his wake as events unfold. I loved CONGO and JURASSIC PARK and so had looked forward to reading this book.In a sneak visit to the site, Levine's guide is suddenly snatched away from him. He had been entranced to see a maussaur, the tiniest dinosaur. There were rumors that unknown animals were showing up in Costa Rica.The book focuses on two children, assistants to Richard Levine and Thorne, a retired engineering professor. Thorne is something of a materials scientist. The children, Arby and Kelly, are appealing. When the trio reached Levine by satellite phone they detected distress and endeavored to try to find him. They did not realize initially that he was probably in the vicinity of Costa Rica.The adventure is far-fetched and exciting.

Lost world does not follow lost dinosaurs

by Melvin Anderson "author Diabetes?What's That?"

Michael Crichton writes good action thrillers. Some creative writing professors claim characters define the book in order to be good, a few claim the plot is the thing and at one time this is what books were based on. So Crichton does not create good characters, his plots and action carry his books to popularity. But in "The Lost World" Crichton tries to create popular characters. He seems to realize he does not know how to do so so he selects a couple of children knowing that people are predisposed to liking them and it gets him away from his defined protaganists, in fact I never knew who was the main character in "The Lost World." The children are brought in early, they are introduced as high I.Q. students, there is the usual negligent parents but then they are never further defined, they might as well not exist.Of course the kids are told they can not accompany the adults on this adventure but it is a cliche, we know they are going to attach themselves somehow and they do, in a predictable manner with the predictable leader. Then they are assigned roles in the book, cliche follows cliche as far as the kids are now concerned. Crichton can not seem to break out of predictable events. It gets even worse so far as the adults are concerned, they are constantly menaced by the carnivorous dinosaurs who seem to be operating at the intelligence level of teen age humans, not cold blooded reptiles, hence Crichton has them warm blooded egg layers, operating at night despite its coolness, operating in the sunlight despite its heat but does not tell how the reptiles cool or warm their body temperature except the once when one of the men comments on the reptiles always seeming to need to drink water.The raptors seem to be the heroes of the book, or the villains, the herbivors are stupid and apparently cold blooded; they stay in the swanps, do not move around at night, nothing is said of their eggs, and they have good defenses against the raptors, the book gives a few instances in which the carnivores attack them but they are often driven off, the attack is most often unsuccessful. It is only against the humans that the raptors are successful. Always against the humans, the men are carefully picked off, the others incapacitated or scared silly and they have no defense that works, or at least Crichton does not let them employ successful defenses. And the books ending? The most empathetic human in the protagonists group is killed and eaten and the crooks who try to steal dinosaur eggs are all eaten by the dinosaurs and what is left of the protagonists are out to sea in a powerboat looking for land. There is plenty of action, believable or not, not a sequel to Jurassic Park as it is claimed to be, the only connection is some of the characters, but if you want action and a dip into some facets of biology, it is a good read.

The source for many other stories...

by Michael Valdivielso

The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the source for many later movies, TV series and books. Land of the Lost, which funny enough seems to be the source for The Lost World and Lost TV series, is one of the many shows I believe owe some of its birth to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.The idea is that Professor Challenger has found an area in the New World where such animals as dinosaurs still walk on the surface of the Earth. Of course you know the rest. Nobody believes him so he collects a group together to go see and, behold, tons of action, adventure and vague science stuff. Good, solid book but either new or used will do.

A sound tour of the Dino Lab at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County rounds out this grand adventure

by Midwest Book Review

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic adventure about a scientific expedition in the heart of the Amazon jungle - where they encounter a land untouched by time, populated with dinosaurs and cave men - comes alive in The Lost World, a full-cast audiobook presentation. Adapted by veteran actor John de Lancie and Nat Segaloff, The Lost World is read aloud by seven major voice actors and beautifully recreates a forgotten time of danger and excitement. A sound tour of the Dino Lab at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County rounds out this grand adventure, highly recommended especially for audiobook connoisseurs. 1 CD, 58 minutes.

Better than Jurassic Park!

by M. Palasik

I listened to this as an audio-book, so my review is from a slightly different perspective.I loved this book. I think I liked it more than Jurassic Park. I liked the breaks in the story that the chapters provided and I liked that Malcolm had quotes at the beginning of different sections of the book.This story is really nothing like the movie, except that it is some of the original characters going to "Site B" where the other dinosaurs are kept (and a couple of similar scenes). Other than that, the story is very different from the movie and can even be a stand alone book. The plot kept moving and situations the characters found themselves in, while crazy outrageous, kept the reader's/listener's interest.Another great Crichton book with a moral tidbit at the end to keep you thinking.

Page turner!

by Nina M. Osier

Six years afterward, Ian Malcolm still has nightmares about his skin-of-the-teeth escape from Jurassic Park. Like everyone else connected with that debacle - an eccentric millionaire's attempt to establish the world's most spectacular amusement park by recreating long extinct dinosaurs - Malcolm denies knowing anything about such matters. But a man named Lewis Dodgson, who once paid computer programmer Dennis Nedry to steal dinosaur embryos, knows what happened. Dodgson also knows that there's another island off Costa Rica where the "factory" supplying Jurassic Park once operated. Dodgson remains determined to find that abandoned facility, for his own ruthless reasons. Meanwhile, scientist Richard Levine also wants to find that island - and Ian Malcolm finds himself drawn back into a nightmare he barely survived before.This book is at least as good a read as Jurassic Park, and in one way I found it better. I thoroughly enjoyed Sarah Harding. Author Crichton's women usually lack credibility with me, but in this one - a wildlife biologist who even in the midst of life-threatening chaos takes time to mentor a talented young girl, and who never, ever gives up! - he's created a character who lives and breathes.

One of the Originals of the Lost Lands Genre

by OtherWorlds&Wisdom

While Doyle will be always be best known for Sherlock Holmes, this creation was just as influential. It has the great fluid prose of the day, detailed and fast-paced. Not as action-packed and full of creatures as the books Burroughs would write (such asThe Land that Time Forgot: The Land that Time Forgot, The People that Time Forgot, Out of Time's Abyss), nevertheless a great read for fans of high adventure, lost worlds and classics. Too bad no lost lands of dinosaurs and apemen ever materialized. The early excitement over evolution has given way to science (Evolution: A Theory In Crisis,Origins of Life,Icons of Evolution, etc.), but such fantasy worlds still excite and entertain.

A swashbuckling Victorian adventure!

by Paul Weiss

Like Monty Python's laughable character seeking a shrubbery for his uppity princess, Edward Malone, reporter for London's Daily Gazette, is an earnest young man in search of a quest. Gladys Hungerton, the flighty belle of Malone's eye, has told him quite clearly that she couldn't possibly return his love until he had proven himself in the time-honoured fashion of achieving some manly endeavour. When the Zoological Institute skeptically puts together an expedition to verify or refute the blustery Professor George Challenger's wild claims of having found an oasis of still living prehistoric flora and fauna deep in the Amazon jungle, Malone knows he has found his task and pleads with his paper's editor to give him the opportunity to join the group. Professor Summerlee, acknowledged leader of the faction at the Institute that scoffed most loudly at Challenger's claims and now appointed as observer on the expedition, Challenger, Malone and world-renowned gentleman-adventurer and sportsman, Lord John Roxton, steam up the Amazon with a contingent of porters in search of Challenger's mythical island of land that time seems to have passed by!Men's men all, our intrepid group of adventurers, in the typical spirit of Victorian derring-do, seems to face any difficulty with that chin-up, crusty, indomitable turn of the century Brit attitude. Of course, success is as predictable as the sun rising tomorrow morning and our group finds not only a variety of living dinosaurs and Jurassic plant life in abundance but stumbles into a turf war between a tribe of primitive humans and a race of ape men that Challenger and Summerlee categorize as the elusive "missing link". A rollicking adventure, "The Lost World" reads quickly, easily and enjoyably. Having stood the test of time for almost a century, I'm sure it will last another and be just as enjoyable to our grandchildren's grandchildren.While Challenger, a short, stocky, hirsute bull of a man is physically the complete opposite of Doyle's more well known protagonist, Sherlock Holmes, the same cannot be said of his pomposity, arrogance and mental dexterity. In that regard, he could well have been Sherlock's and Mycroft's long lost sibling. When Challenger addressed his team, trying to solve the riddle of descending a steep, intractable cliff, he opined: "The problem of the descent is at first sight a formidable one and yet I cannot doubt that the intellect can solve it." Would Sherlock have put it any differently?Modern readers may well be surprised at the deeply entrenched racist attitudes that Doyle displays in his writing. The black porter named "Zambo", one small letter away from the more insulting term "Sambo", is clearly treated as little more than a slave and the native Indian porters are obviously thought of in much the same light. We can forgive Doyle to the extent that he is not guilty of anything more than displaying the attitudes that were prevalent in his day but one hopes the modern reader sees these despicable ideas today as mere caricatures to be sneered at and learned from without allowing them to detract from an otherwise wonderful tale."The Lost World" is certainly a character and plot driven story but Doyle has not left us totally bereft of atmosphere and scenery:"For a fairyland it was - the most wonderful that the imagination of man could conceive. The thick vegetation met overhead, interlacing into a natural pergola, and through this tunnel of verdure in a golden twilight flowed the green, pellucid river, beautiful in itself, but marvelous from the strange tints thrown by the vivid light from above filtered and tempered in its fall. Clear as crystal, motionless as a sheet of glass, green as the edge of an iceberg, it stretched in front of us under its leafy archway, every stroke of our paddles sending a thousand ripples across its shining surface."Now how beautiful is that?Enjoy! If you've never read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle beyond Sherlock Holmes, this is a great place to start!Paul Weiss

A major flop

by Randy Cook

It was with great anticipation that I read this book. I have been a Crichton fan for a long time and think the 'Jurassic Park' was one of his best books. This book is the sequel and continues where the first book left off.To my knowledge, Crichton had never written a sequel to one of his books prior to this one. After the original novels success and the blockbuster movie based on the book, one can not help but think that Crichton felt some pressure (from Hollywood, fans, and the big payday - who knows) to continue the story.Well, this book falls far short of the original. This book seems to follow the same script as the first book, but the characters are changed a little. It just isn't very creative regarding the characters, the premise of the story and without those it has nothing. I actually got the feeling when reading this book that some of it was written with movie scenes in mind.My advice would be to read the original and skip this book all together. You will not be missing much.

The earliest Lost World tale of dinosaurs in modern times.

by R. D. Allison (dallison@biochem.med.ufl.edu)

This book is one of a number of Professor Challenger adventures of Sir A. C. Doyle. A noted zoologist (Challenger) has come across evidence that there is a plateau in South America that can be reached from deep in the Amazon rain forest in which prehistoric animals still exist. An expedition of four (Challenger, a sceptical zoologist named Summerlee, a noted hunter (Lord John Roxton), and Edward Malone, a journalist) sets out to verify this report. The arguing and interactions between the academics is interesting in that little seems to have changed in the last 87 years! It should be noted that Doyle isolates the plateau so that there is minimal interaction with the rest of the rain forest (thus, the dinosaurs can't escape). But, why couldn't the ptereodactyls spread out? This story was one of the earliest "Lost World" tales and has been made into a film a number of times. Other stories in this sub-genre owe much to Doyle and Challenger.

An entertaining if somewhat dated classic

by Robert Moore

This is a fascinating novel, almost more from an anthropological point of view than a literary one. The novel follows in the footsteps of H. Rider Haggard and Jules Verne and H. G. Wells in providing a ripping yarn. Fantasy and SF has come a long way since 1912, the date of THE LOST WORLD's publication, but this still manages to be a highly entertaining tale.The book shows its age. The anthropology is pre-Evans-Pritchard, who managed to dismantle the notion of "primitive" peoples to show the internal and substantial logic driving the thought of so-called primitive peoples. The world view is intensely patriarhical, with the four men investigating the lost plateau viewing everything through an Edwardian filter.Just a few examples of the white paternalism through which all of the characters view the world. Gladys, the object of the affection of Malone, the book's narrator, states bluntly that she would only marry a man who had gained great fame (it apparently being something that she could not herself consider achieving). The pterodactyls were described as being exceptionally patriarchal, with the males perched upon high, overlooking the females and the young that they cared for. Another small group of dinosaurs were described as no less than a nuclear family, with mother, father, and brood of young. Throughout the story is the stock faithful negro, given no less than the name of Zambo, who apparently has any desires of his own, apart from the desire to serve and please his masters. The attitudes of the four explorers to Zambo is very much that of humans towards a pet dog. When the explorers meet Indians on the plateau, the virtually worship their white delivers, and they have a strong sense of private property (which in most anthropological studies are shown to arise with agricultural societies, not in herding and hunter/gatherer societies). There is also the disdain of other racial groups, especially those who are ethnically mixed; the most villanous character in the book is, not unexpectedly, a "half-breed." In other words, wherever you go, there you are. That is, wherever they go, they find perfect representations of Edwardian British society.Despite all this, and despite the rather stilted prose in which the book is written, the book is a lot of fun. It is not only the romantic adventure story that is appealing, but the now-quaint portrait of upper class British society in the last days before the First World War. All in all this is not a great novel, but it is for all that a most enjoyable one.

I'm Lost!!!

by Sai Li

A very disappinting sequel after the spectacular Jurassic Park. The action is predictable. There are no major surprises. Most of this over 400-page book is filled with the ridiculous and confusing theories of Dr. Malcolm, ad nauseum. Other than that, there are the ubiquitous appearances of the raptors, three times might still be exciting, but thirty times is just plain bit annoying. A pot-boiler if there ever is one

Written purely for the money

by Stone Junction "The Suburban Hobo"

Michael Crichton has never been a terribly innovative or remarkable author. He has little to no skill with characterization, and is usually content to let his cardboard cut-outs wander about in his plots and technical jargon.Often, this can lead to entertaining, if not precisely thought-provoking reading. THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN is a great adventure story. As is SPHERE, although it should stand as the supreme example of how a book that literally begs to be made into a movie sometimes shouldn't be.But LOST WORLD is different than Crichton's previous publications. His characters are still wafer-thin, but now, Crichton has dispensed with plot as well, and the result? A very boring read.JURASSIC PARK did not need a sequel, it worked fine on its own. But the movie was successful. So a sequel is needed. And which character in the movie was best? The Jeff Goldblum character, who was so entertaining that the filmmakers decided he should live, not die as in the novel. So how to overcome this dilemma in the sequel? Simple: Ian Malcolm never really died in the novel! Everyone only thought he died! Including the author! Brilliant!This is taking 'cynical' to new depths. This novel was written with no thought other than the bottom line, which is money. Oodles and oodles of money. Great heaping gobs of money, which should make up for the fact that there is no other earthly reason for this story to exist. No plot. No characters. Just Burger King tie-ins and a new house in the Carribean for the author.

Cretaceous Lab

by Stoney

THE SETUPFollowing the events of Jurassic Park, the Costa Rican government is vigorously suppressing any reports of large lizard-like creatures, which have been showing up with increasing frequency. Supposedly, the animals (from "Site B", another island, the actual research and development site) have become lysine deprived (as designed) and are escaping the island seeking lysine.An eccentric billionaire is convinced that remnant dinosaur populations exist around the earth (without any real evidence) and has begun the construction of special vehicles and collection of supplies for an expedition. Not waiting for confirmation, or even communication, and completely alone, except for a local guide, Levine finds his way to "Site B" and is lost. But an expedition is mounted to find him.In the meantime "Dodson" is continuing his nefarious schemes to find and capture some of the animals, and also descends on "Site B" [albeit his alleged motive, to acquire "patentable" animals for pharmaceutical experimentation is implausible-- dinosaur physiology is too different from human]. That's roughly the setup, albeit leaving most of the major characters out.CRITIQUEThe initial development (what I've described as "The Setup" above) is painfully verbose and drawn out. It isn't until well past this point that some hint of the plot emerges. There are some inconsistencies with Jurassic Park. Why are there males at "Site B" since only females were created at JP. Why were prions not a problem at JP?THE VERDICTDespite the minor quibbles above, this is one of the best of the Crichton novels--particularly for folks who appreciate Crichton's philosophical insights into nature and technology.

Two Opposable Thumbs Up

by The Rectifier

An excellent edition of this engaging classic.Doyle takes an amazing premise and an outrageous protagonist and tells a quite entertaining tale.The Modern Library Classics edition has helpful notes at the end and an excellent introduction by Michael Crichton.Highly recommended!

Good Dinosaur Fun

by T. Hooper "thdizzy"

"The Lost World" by Arthur Conan Doyle is an exciting adventure tale in which four turn-of-the-century explorers strike out to verify the claims of a recently-discovered lost world in which dinosaurs roam free. This story is exciting every step of the way and climaxes when the intrepid explorers reach the lost world and encounter a hoast of beasts, dinosaurs, and dangers. If you're a fan of dinosaurs or adventure stories, then this is definitely a story to pick up and read.

Well Written, But There's Nothing New Here

by Thriller Lover

I don't blame the late Michael Crichton for writing a sequel to JURASSIC PARK. Given the huge success of that novel, a follow-up was almost mandatory. But it's unfortunate that THE LOST WORLD offers so little that's truly new. In this sequel, Crichton essentially recycles all the locations, characters, and action scenes from the first novel. The result is a book that's entertaining enough, but too derivative to be wholly satisfying.Still, THE LOST WORLD is fun, because it follows the solid formula of the first book. Dinosaurs are always enjoyable to read about, and Crichton's scientific mini-lectures are always well presented. Crichton knows how to write a good action scene, and the last third of THE LOST WORLD is quite exciting. I also felt the characterization in this book was above-average, at least when compared with Crichton's other work.So while THE LOST WORLD isn't a great read, it's still worth your time if you like Crichton's work. But if you want Crichton at his best, read novels like JURASSIC PARK, SPHERE, and THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY.

good adventure story with some science fiction thrown in

by Wayne S. Walker "Home School Book Review"

Edward N. (Ned) Malone is an Irish journalist working for a London newspaper and is in love with Gladys Hungerton. However, she is in love with another man--not a specific person but the idea of a brave, bold, adventuresome, daring man, the opposite of quiet, unassuming Ned. Therefore, he asks his editor at the Daily Gazette, Mr. McArdle, to give him a brave, bold, adventuresome, daring challenge. So he is sent to interview Professor George Edward Challenger who claims to have visited a plateau in South America where prehistoric creatures including dinosaurs still survive--and hates newspapermen. Malone then joins an expedition with Challenger, Challenger's chief detractor Professor Summerlee, and the famous hunter Lord John Roxton, to corroborate Challenger's findings.The book the describes the four men's journey from England across the Atlantic into South America up the Amazon basin through the jungle to the plateau, how they managed to get around the barriers, and what they encounter there. They see giant mammals, flying pterodactyls, carnivorous dinosaurs, huge water creatures, ancient insects, and long extinct plants. In addition, they find a race of ape-men who are at war with a group of Indians, and even have to participate in the fighting. Will they get out alive? Will they be able to bring back any proof to England? And will Gladys finally yield to Ned's proposal of marriage? We usually associate Conan Doyle's name with Sherlock Holmes, but he wrote other books, including further stories about Challenger: The Poison Belt (1913), in which the earth passes through a cloud of poisonous ether; The Land of Mist (1926), a story of the supernatural, reflecting the strong belief in Spiritualism Conan Doyle developed later in life; When the World Screamed (1928), on Challenger's World Echinus theory; and The Disintegration Machine (1929), concerning the potentially-dangerous new invention by a scientist named Theodore Nemor.The Lost World, originally published serially in the popular Strand Magazine during the months of April through November, 1912, is certainly exciting. There are a lot, and I mean a lot, of references about evolution. If that might be a problem, just remember while you're reading that "this is fiction"--all fiction! The words "Lord" and "God" occasionally appear as interjections, and the "d" word is used once. There are several instances of smoking pipes or cigars and a few of drinking alcoholic beverages. Some of the descriptions that involve killing, especially during the war between Indians and the vicious ape-like creatures, while not overly detailed, are rather blunt and might upset sensitive children. All in all, it might be best to do this book as a read aloud in which some judicious editing could be exercised, especially where younger ones might be concerned. However, older teens and adults who like a good adventure story with some science fiction thrown in should enjoy the book.

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