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Lost Humanity: The Mythology and Themes of Lost [Kindle Edition]

Pearson Moore
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Book Description

This is LOST as you've never experienced it before. Pearson Moore goes to the heart of LOST, uncovering and explaining the fascinating core concepts: Faith versus Science, the Numbers, the nature of good and evil, and the struggle between free will and destiny. He will lead you to ideas and conclusions you never imagined, opening the world of LOST in fresh and exciting ways.

Whether you understood LOST or were completely baffled, whether you loved it or hated it, Moore will show you concepts and ways of thinking about LOST you will find nowhere else.

Moore's innovative thoughts and vibrant prose will keep you engaged as he explores the Island and its characters. He approaches LOST from four "nonlinear" points of view: Disorientation, Metadrama, Literary Analysis, and Chaos Theory. This is in-depth analysis that never lets go, keeping you immersed in the LOST world from cover to cover.

There's no filler here. No interviews with stars about the cars they drive or the planes they fly. No weird theories. Just solid, thoroughly-researched, rapid-fire analysis from one of the most cited LOST authorities on the Internet. You may feel exhausted after a chapter. You may be shocked. You may become upset. But you will never be bored.

This in-depth exploration spans nineteen chapters across roughly 350 pages. The first chapter sets up the problem, focussing on the complexities of LOST and identifying the means Moore will use to make the concepts accessible. The second chapter defines the thesis of LOST, which acts as a guide to understanding the major themes. Chapters Three through Nine cover major "linear" topics.

The heart of the book begins with Chapter Ten. It is here that Moore unleashes the four "nonlinear" tactical devices to reveal the hidden meanings of LOST. He discusses the need for disorientation, and how this is essential to understanding LOST. He proposes the idea that LOST is metadrama, and he explains how understanding LOST in this way is useful to unraveling its secrets. He makes fresh use of literary theory, in ways never before applied to LOST.

Finally, Moore brings an astounding, completely new perspective on television analysis with his concept of the Strange Attractor, an idea borrowed from chaos theory. It is here that Moore's analysis shines, allowing a depth of understanding never before achieved.

For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can explore the stimulating world of LOST with an animated, engaging, thought-provoking guide. The Island awaits. Prepare to get LOST.

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146116348X
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  • Language: English
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost as a literary discussion July 18, 2011
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Pearson Moore is well-studied and has a lot of interesting things to say about Lost that goes well-beyond the usual episode recap nonsense that you encounter online. He accepts the series as a text worthy of analysis and speculation and, as such, is well worth reading. I have my own issues with some of his conclusions, most notably that his ideas about Lost rest largely on the triumph of faith, with the assumption that the character of John Locke was right as the center of his presentation. I think that simplifies both the theme and conclusions of the show, as well as the character of John Locke, who may have understood that the Island was special, but couldn't tell you why anymore than the Dharma Initiative. Locke's only real purpose turns out to be as a martyr to inspire action on the part of others through his real fate as a pawn game piece that seems to have been manipulated by all the players involved. That's hardly the sort of character I would want to tag as the centerpiece of any of my theories. In fact, though Pearson excoriates scientists in the show, through the representation of Daniel Faraday, scientists come off rather well - through observation, he could at least tell you particulars and theorize about the specialness of the Island. And his calculations were apparently born out through circumstances encountered on the Island. In this way, he knew more than Locke ever did and really cuts in half the idea of Locke as a figure of noble faith. I prefer to read Locke as a tragic character, whose need was so entrenched in his actions that they ultimately undid him. A very sad case and more powerful because of the tragedy that followed him.

A thought-provoking book that approaches Lost as a place for interpretation - that I disagree with Moore about John Locke only speaks to the power of the show and Moore's efforts to address it in intellectually satisfying terms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening perspective April 19, 2011
By Ricardo
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'Lost Humanity' is the most beautifully enlightening analysis of the Lost mythos i've ever read. I guess it only shows how a powerfully brilliant and complex saga it is that, even though the series ended almost a year ago, the story continues to develop in our hearts and in our minds. No matter the way you feel about the series as a whole, this book will surely enrich you with a completely new perspective on the events of the Island. We'll never see anything like this; we'll never witness such an incredible tale unfold before our eyes the way Lost did. I'm planning on rewatching the whole series again this summer. And now, reading this book (in a most definitely "non-linear" fashion, which i'm sure the author wouldn't mind!), i'll go back to the Island with a fresh spirit. Reading 'Lost Humanity' makes me feel excited, amazed and overwhelmed all over again with the Island and the characters. We are in Moore's debt. Can't wait for 'Lost Identity'!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Deep Exploration - Hugely Satisfying Read December 9, 2011
By Evans
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I stumbled upon Moore's gem of a book while doing research for writing a book of my own about Lost. Moore has done a superb and excellent job exploring the mythology and themes in Lost. He goes even further into each character in his excellent follow up, LOST Identity: The Characters of LOST. But here in this book he is magnificent in exploring the various themes in Lost. Other reviewers touch upon some more specifics, so I'll just say my one critique of the book and then some overall praise.

The one thing I didn't care for was the introduction/prologue of a fictional conversation between him and some of the characters post-TV series. It was a little too cute, but let him have his fun and then get to the good stuff. He also has a lengthy dialogue between two philosophers that I also didn't care for. So while the dialogue he writes leaves much to be desired, 95% of the book is expose and prose that is extremely illuminating and entertaining.

Well done, Mr. Moore. I haven't come across another book that weaves together so many different themes in Lost, exploring each one deeply, and doing so in such a refreshing way (and trust me - I've read almost all there is, both online and in print, about Lost!). The book is thoroughly researched without getting bogged down in the details, and yet doesn't stray far away from the source material. It also isn't terribly long or short, but just right in its treatment of so much. Frankly, I wanted more, but then maybe I'll have to write my own book on Lost...

Finally, the pricing for the Kindle edition of both books is a gift in and of itself. This is Moore's labor of love, his gift to offer us, and you will be greatly satisfied in reading his beautiful work.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once lost, now found. Was blind, now I see March 17, 2011
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This book opened my eyes. I thought I understood Lost, but Pearson Moore showed me so much I had missed. To those who say Lost left too many unanswered questions I say READ THIS BOOK! You won't believe the way Moore puts things together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOST Humanity February 20, 2012
Pearson Moore's 'LOST Humanity' is a must for even the casual LOST fan all the way to the die hard "LOSTIES". He explores the entire LOST experience by breaking down all the themes introduced in the show. With all the research involved in the writing of this book, it is a virtual history and science book all in one.
Pearson is by far one of the most talented new authors I have had the pleasure to read.His insight into LOST is fantastic and his writing is simply brilliant and will blow you away.This book is a keeper. I loved it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely builds understanding of the show...
I was never one of the people unhappy with Lost. I did feel some things were left unexplained, but accepted that the story was about the people, not the Island. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mikal C. Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars Was he watching some other show?
I have to wonder if this author even paid attention while watching “Lost.” He totally misunderstands the concept of “the constant” and thinks it means “soulmate,” as in a romantic... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mario
3.0 out of 5 stars At Times Moving, At Times Forced
I enjoyed this book, but was disappointed that some of the reconnections between some of the characters were too implausible. Read more
Published 7 months ago by William Leach
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Right on target! If you love the Lost series you'll love this mind bending book. Keeps you engaged.Thought provoking theories.
Published 10 months ago by C. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book if you love Lost
This book is really detailed, not for a casual flip through- If you are really into Lost and want to get right down to all the intricacies, this is the book for you.
Published 13 months ago by Carla62
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
This book helped me enjoy and understand and interpret this amazing show even more than I already had. very interesting.
Published 13 months ago by TechGeek
5.0 out of 5 stars the questions continue
No matter how you analyze this series and try to answer every question, you can't. The purpose of LOST was to entertain and to make you think, and it accomplished it's mission. Read more
Published 16 months ago by coral
3.0 out of 5 stars So LOST
This book was very insightful at some points, but very dull at some points as well. It does help readers organize their thoughts on the series, but at times, it reads like a dry... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tdia
5.0 out of 5 stars my cup of tea
I have been obsessed with the show for a long time now, and this book was exactly the night cap I needed before I put it to bed. Read more
Published 16 months ago by James Padgett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great input
like all of his books on Lost this is a masterpiece also . I may not agree one hundred per cent with him on all matters ( i still do not like the ending ) but he does give you... Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by vaso
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Pearson Moore is the author of "Deneb," the most exciting science fiction epic of the decade. "Deneb" follows dozens of memorable characters thrown into a hostile, alien environment as they scramble to understand the deeply-layered mysteries that control their lives. As they dig into ancient visions and secrets, they discover a web of conspiracies and evil intentions that span 45,000 years of history and call into question the most basic of assumptions about human will, desire, and destiny. With profound allusions to literature old and new, "Deneb" is a story that will stay with readers for years to come.

Moore is the bestselling author of "LOST Humanity," for many years the #1 bestselling companion book to the television series LOST, written in the style that has earned him tens of thousands of followers worldwide. As well as authoring several LOST-related volumes, including "LOST Identity," Pearson has written well-received companion books for both Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

With over 100 essays on LOST, read at over 40,000 websites around the world, Moore is recognized as a leading authority on the groundbreaking television series. "LOST Humanity" was the #1 Bestseller in its class for 14 weeks in 2011 and several weeks in 2012. His second book on LOST, "LOST Identity," includes illustrations by renowned LOST artist ArtGUS, and concentrates on the unique characters of LOST. Moore edited the highly regarded "LOST Thought" and "LOST Thought University Edition," now required reading in many college film and drama courses.

Moore has been Featured Writer at, the Dark UFO website,, and In addition to "Game of Thrones Season One Essays" and "Game of Thrones Season Two Essays," he is author of the "Thrones Questions and Comments" series of Game of Thrones books which analyze the television series in the rich, insightful essay format that has become his hallmark.

Pearson Moore writes in several genres, including historical fiction, science fiction, and current events non-fiction. His first novel, "Cartier's Ring," was published in April, 2011. "Cartier's Ring" is the story of the founding of Canada in 1608 as seen from the Aboriginal perspective. Moore has also written "Intolerable Loyalty," a novel set in Québec during the American Revolutionary War, and "Trinity," a science fiction novel treating the emergence of a genetically unique population and its social and political implications.

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