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The Lost World Paperback – May 27, 2008
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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 alternate Paperback edition.
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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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this was written in the 19th century before we learned the fate of dinosaurs 65 million yrs ago. the story is well wriiten anf wiill keep intrerested to the end.
By the way, I wish the movies had made use of the chameleon-type dinosaurs. They were really cool in how their skin changed to match their surroundings and would have been visually stunning in one of the movies.
Aspiring scientists may have to read this with an open mind due to its dating(it's an older book and the setting is early 90s on an island not touched since the 80s). However, this should be done with any modern fictional story. Readers who enjoy nonstop action will love it!
Like the previous entry in the series, the editors didn't do a very good job proofreading the story. Numerous spelling errors plague the book as well as words that seem to just be thrown in the middle of a sentence out of nowhere. It doesn't stop it from being a solid 4 star read though if you can overlook them.
The book is written well and the action is intense. Highly recommend this book!
That said, the characters aren't nearly as likable and the story isn't nearly as clearly told and paced.
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what a stupid error.