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Forget the Michael Crichton book (and Spielberg movie) that copied the title. This is the original: the terror-adventure tale of The 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.

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Starred Review. In 1912, Doyle took his Victorian readers deep into the South American jungles where, high atop a treacherous plateau, a small band of British explorers encountered a terrifying world of prehistoric creatures long thought lost to the sands of time. The adventurers included a young newspaper reporter, Ed Malone; the swashbuckling aristocrat, Lord Roxton; the skeptical scientist, Professor Summerlee; and the brilliant and bombastic Professor Challenger, who leads the party. Doyle unfolds high adventure at its best with fantastic encounters with pterodactyls, stegosaurs and cunning ape -men. Glen McCready's performance captures the time and tone of Doyle's material perfectly without straying into melodrama. He nicely balances Malone's sense of youthful wonder with the professors' scientific pragmatism, while fully exploiting the humor spread strategically throughout, planting numerous chuckles among the thrills. McCready's entertaining reading more than fulfills the author's introductory wish to give one hour of joy to the boy who's half a man, or the man who's half a boy. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141033770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141033778
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (919 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,420,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Warnken on October 13, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would just like to point out that Amazon has combined the reviews for Arthur Conan Doyle's classic adventure novel The Lost World and Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park sequel The Lost World. They're both excellent books, but COMPLETELY SEPARATE TITLES, and to combine them both under one product heading is incredibly stupid and confusing. Please fix this, Amazon.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By nmlawson@netusa1.net on January 9, 1998
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"The Lost World" is one of the best books I have ever read. Crichton was ingenious while writing it, although I have head that he very much hated it himself, when writing it, until he read it once again. I have read it 5 times and have seen the movie 6. It is one of my favorites along with "Sphere", "Airframe", and several others of his. His characters, such as Ian Malcolm, Sarah Harding, Doc Thorne, and Eddie Carr are very strong, and it seems as if you could actually meet them once you get into the book. The movie was not as good, but much better than "Jurassic Park". The original had much more research dedicated to it, but when Malcolm describes this information, which he does often, he begins to drone, and becomes especially boring. He is not near as boring in the sequel, but, as one other person remarked in their own review, Malcolm was said to be dead by Muldoon, who would have surely known. The others left the island--Isla Nublar--in helicopters, and the island was obliterated with bombs, unless other choppers came to the compound, taking Malcolm's 'dead' body away, and fixing him up. Anyway, "Lost World" is a magnificent book, and I would advise others to read it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alex.Cull@tesco.net on April 21, 1999
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I've just re-read The Lost World back-to-back with Jurassic Park, and the sequel suffers somewhat by comparison. It's a lot bleaker than the movie version, with a smaller, less hospitable island, and the creatures wasting away from prion diseases (mad dino disease!) The T-Rexes display proper Spielbergian family values, but the raptors (and others?) seem to be afflicted with terminal behavioural problems; the outlook for them is not good. Where The Lost World loses out, compared to the first story, is in the plot and the human action. In Jurassic Park there was a terrific buildup and a scramble for survival, truly compelling stuff; in the sequel, we have a sort of field trip/rescue operation which only occasionally gains momentum. That said, there is plenty of food for thought, with Ian Malcolm & Co never at a loss for a theory or three concerning extinctions. Some people have said that Arby and Kelly add nothing to the story and might as well not be in it at all; I say that at least they're smart and sensible (unlike poor Lex in Jurassic Park, who has some of the dumbest lines ever printed.) So to sum up, not bad but lacks the bite of the original.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By h on July 26, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Even though this book was written following the success of "Jurassic Park" the movie, it's still does a fabulous job of being different and plenty scary. Jurassic Park (not the book, the site) was a disaster. Following the tragedy at the original "theme park" on Isla Nublar, the dinosaurs were killed, the establishment put to rest. All people associated with the original park are forced to sign legal papers, "gag orders" never to talk about John Hammond's BIG mistake. His dream of an amusement park dies with him and the dinosaurs he created. Fast forward a few years.... "dinosaurs" are being spotted and killed in different locations. How could this be now that the original Jurassic Park was destroyed? A feild scientist, Richard Levine believes Ian Malcolm knows the answer. Levine begs Malcolm to go on an expedition with him to Isla Sorna, where many dino-like corpses are turning up. Malcolm tells him it's a bad idea to go and refuses to be a part of any expedition UNLESS Levine can prove the corpses are truly dinosaurus. Levine travels to Isla Sorna alone and isn't heard from for days. Back in the states..a sample of dino tissue shows up at a lab and Malcolm has confirmation that Levine was telling the truth. A team constructed of Malcolm, Thorne, Eddie, and eventually Sarah Harding reach Isla Sorna in an effort to rescue Levine and return home safely. They bring along with them some incredible equipment..Explorers custom built for the terrain; double, custom built "trailers" which contain special lab equipment, and a "high hide" allowing them to view dinos from a safe point of view. All of this equipment becomes interactive within the horrors of the novel!Read more ›
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kenri A. Mugleston on January 24, 2001
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Look out Mr. Crichton, the original is still the best. The premise of a lost world in the middle of the Amazon is not only possible but plausible. There areas in the Amazon that man has never stepped foot in and there is no telling what could be found in those areas.
Professor Challenger is an engaging character as he takes his small group of adventurers into the wilds of the Amazon, to confirm to the world that his dicovery of a lost world with Jurassic dinosaurs, is indeed real.
Man eating dinosaurs, ape men, cave men and an entire new world, who wouldn't want to go?
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