The list author says: "Still trying to puzzle out the meaning of it all? Doc Jensen looks at books, authors, and literary references that found a place in the ''Lost'' world
All commentary for each book is courtesy of ew.com's Jeff Jensen. For a complete commentary on each book and why it was included on this list, please go to: http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20313460_20397424,00.html"
""...is a bleak psychological investigation of a Southern gentleman gone toxic and mad from his wife's betrayal, his own violence, and various other sad things Â— including, it seems, America itself.""
""Lost was fixated on literary Otherworlds Â— The Wizard of Oz was another frequent reference Â— but perhaps Alice spoke best for Lost, as The Island was a world that defied conventional understanding and classical logic, thus challenging its characters to reconsider their perspectives on reality, themselves and each other.""
""...concerns a diverse group of plague survivors from various walks and weird corners of life who must labor together to rebuild their lives and their civilization Â— and who wind up pitted against each other in a supernaturally-charged battle between good and evil.""
""...contains several points of similarity with the show. There's an odd, supernaturally-gifted child (Charles Wallace = Walt), dark, evil cloud (The Black Thing = Smokey), a sentient, psychic locale (Camazotz = The Island), plus angelic guardians, references to philosophers, a thematic emphasis on the redemptive, empowering force of community and love, and obviously, time travel.""
""Adams' allegorical opus Â— about a community of rabbits heeding a prophetic dream of doom and embarking on a perilous odyssey in search of a new warren to call home Â— is hopping with Lost overlaps: psychic phenomenon, fertility crises, extermination by gassing, Utopian communities, and of course, bunnies.""
""Valis, a wild and wooly tangle of philosophy, religion, fringe science, and conspiracy theory. ''Valis'' stands for ''vast active living intelligence system'' Â— not a bad way to think of The Island.""
""modernist masterpiece about a day in the life of two Irish men is an exhilarating and exhausting reading experience that takes Homer's The Odyssey as its narrative model and incorporates philosophical, literary, and pop culture references.""
""The book uses another Lost reference Â— ''The Binding of Isaac,'' the Biblical tale of Abraham's test of faith via the blood sacrifice of his son Â— to explore various interpretations of faithful obedience to God despite lacking understanding of his intentions and even while doubting his goodness or existence.""
""...presents one bitter, broken man's provocative observations Â— and outraged, stream of consciousness rants Â— about human nature, socialism and capitalism, and literature, as well as his chronicle of a doomed romance with a prostitute.""
""'Among the similarities between Lost and Flies: a lead character named Jack (though his growing moral corruption is more disturbing than Jack Shephard's internal affairs) and a monstrous entity known as ''The Beast""