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The Lost World (Modern Library MM) Mass Market Paperback – June 29, 2004

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The Lost World . . . provide[s] evidence that Doyle had it in him to be one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time.”—Sam Moskowitz


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In this fully dramatized, live performance of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic, The Lost World, Leonard Nimoy, John de Lancie, and cast members from Star Trek® feature films and all four TV series take you on an incredible journey.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic adventure follows a scientific expedition deep into the Amazon jungle -- and back in time. Cut off from the outside world on a primeval plateau, they discover a place where dinosaurs have evolved beside ape-men and the fate of the human race hangs in the balance.

Featuring virtuoso performances from the entire cast, riveting sound effects, original music, and audience participation, Alien Voices' live production of The Lost World is an adventure in sound. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Library MM
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library (June 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812972139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812972139
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,551,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For no apparent reason I had overlooked reading this book, written by one of my favorite authors. I have only read his Sherlock Holmes series (over and over, I might add) and was pleasantly surprised by The Lost World.

Professor Challenger is a ridiculed scientist with a tenacious narcissistic streak a mile wide. A young newsman trying to make a mark for himself by casting in his lot with the professor. Together with a big game hunter and a skeptical scientist (a foil to Challenger) they travel to South America to find a Jurassic plateu hidden in the Amazon. Adventure, dinosaurs, ape men, and a petulant girlfriend all appear in due order. Well worth the read, and holds up well despite the various movie treatments.

Now to the illustrations. These are not worth the additional cost. I'm not even sure what they are supposed to be, as most of them seem to have zero relevance to the text and are NOT Doyle's original drawings. They appear to be stylized (read: software manipulated) stock photos as far as I can tell, but the quality is so poor that it is impossible to be certain. On the other hand, the text formatting of this illustrated version is quite good.

Very enjoyable read, from a fascinating period of history when adventure could still be found in far away places.
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Lost World proves that Conon Doyle was way more than a one-trick author. The characters, the action, and the contemporary science of this book make a very worthwhile read. While the values embraced by the characters may not match those popular now, the book must be taken in the context of its time, and that it provides a window into the perspectives of a former generation only increases its value. The scientific content of the book was a surprise to me, both the objective science itself and the endless bickering between the two scientist protagonists. The description of the Lost World was excellent, and although one could perhaps pick holes in the sustainability of it, the author deserves some slack to write a good story. This is a true classic almost to the level of the Holmes series, and proves Conon Doyle's greatness, that he didn't simply "get lucky" with one good idea. Indeed this book makes it clear why he tried, unsuccessfully, to kill Holmes off to free himself to pursue newer ideas.
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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!
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Well what more could be said of a book written by such a famous writer. It must be considered by now as one of the classic in the genre that would gave similar offspring books related to Jurassic periods or the likes. I enjoy reading it tremendously even if I had one way or another heard or seen the story in film. Nothing really could replace the evocative descriptions of exotic landscapes, mysterious sounds and an unpredictable plot all in words that stimulate the imagination and the need to read further until the middle of the night. A must have in any decent library or in our Digital age in a eLibrary of a Kindle or tablet like devices...
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This book is vastly entertaining. The characters are enjoyable, the plot is great, and I especially love the illustrations throughout the book. This book is the epitome of adventure and intrigue. Read it.
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Overlooked by many because of the popularity of Sherlock Holmes, The Lost World is the original dinosaur story and my personal favorite of Conan Doyle's writings. This edition is nice because it limits the amount of "fluff" (introductions, prefaces, appendices, &c.) that most reprints of classic works come with nowadays.
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Just like his contemporary, H.G. Wells, Conan Doyle was fascinated not only with the life of the mind but with life itself. His scientific protagonist, Professor George Edward Challenger, is part genius, part insufferable boor, part explorer, and part skeptic, an exemplar of early twentieth century man, a pure product of the Edwardian Age, when all things were still possible.

Born in the year of the "Titanic," THE LOST WORLD (1912) is a stop-time photograph of a culture on the edge of cataclysmic change. Somewhat quaint with its references to "electric broughams" and the like, THE LOST WORLD predates The Great War by only two years, and gives us a vision of Imperial Britain when it still ruled the Earth. Cocksure of their own infallibility, the characters of THE LOST WORLD are catapulted back in time to face an untamed natural world in which they find themselves reduced from world-conquerors to mere denizens of a wholly different universe, forced to live only by their wits and wiles.

The values espoused in THE LOST WORLD are rather alien to us nowadays. While it is true that Professor Challenger refers to "race" in the late Nineteenth Century fashion of referencing "the Anglo-Saxon race" this does not mean, as some reviewers have posited, that Conan Doyle was a "racist." The imposition of early 21st Century values on early 20th Century thinking is dangerous and can lead to some ill-placed criticisms being levied against those contemporary thinkers---and, after all, our Political Correctness is as much a fad of thought as was their Social Darwinism. Social Darwinism died when the so-called "superior races" slaughtered each other in two World Wars.
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