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The Lost World and Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics) [Paperback]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , Cedric Watts M.A. Ph.D. , Dr Keith Carabine
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5 April 1995 1853262455 978-1853262456 New Ed
These lively, varied and thought-provoking science-fiction stories (from the era of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells) are linked by their imposing central character, the pugnaciously adventurous and outrageous Professor Challenger. The Lost World (forebear of Jurassic Park) vividly depicts a perilous region in which the explorers confront creatures from the prehistoric era. The Poison Belt presents an eerie doomsday scenario, while ‘The Disintegration Machine’ satirically comments on scientific cynicism. In ‘When the World Screamed’, the planet responds violently to an experimental incursion. The strangest item is The Land of Mist, which seeks to reconcile science with spiritualism. This memorable collection provides imaginative entertainment, entrancing escapism and bold provocation.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; New Ed edition (5 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853262455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853262456
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand adventure in 1910s 1 Sep 2005
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Besides his Sherlock Holmes stories and his historical romances, Arthur Conan Doyle sometimes turned his fertile imagination to producing science fiction, most of it featuring the titanic Professor George Edward Challenger. This excellent Wordsworth volume collects all five of Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger adventures. And a very mixed bag they are - ranging from compelling adventure through intriguing pseudoscience to Spiritualist propaganda. I won't add anything to previous reviewers' praise for the justly famous "The Lost World", although I must say I reckon that Challenger's adventures among the dinosaurs of Maple White Land will still be read long after Michael Crichton's derivative works are all dust. (Anyway, I just can't forgive Crichton for using Doyle's title for the "Jurassic Park" sequel.) In "The Poison Belt", Challenger and co. hold ring-side seats for Armageddon, watching from inside an oxygen-tent as a change in the ether apparently poisons everybody else. (Doyle's vision of the poisoned world is worthy of H. G. Wells at his best.) Alas, "The Land of Mist" makes Challenger into a Spiritualist, and is very much from the Conan Doyle who believed in the Cottingley Fairies. Doyle lost his son and his brother in the Great War and these losses clearly affected his judgement. However, if you can get past "The Land of Mist", the two final stories are gems. In "The Disintegration Machine", Challenger jousts with a sinister inventor bent on world domination. Finally, in "When the World Screamed", Challenger shows an astonished world that the Earth is really a living thing, not unlike a giant sea-urchin. Doyle may not appear in many lists of great science-fiction writers, but the best Challenger stories are as entertaining as anything he wrote. (More of Doyle's science fiction and weird fiction can be found in the Wordsworth volume "Tales of Unease", which I also highly recommend.)
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well, this is a mixed bag 6 Nov 2003
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Three short novels (well, The Poison Belt is a novella at most) and two short stories of wildly varying quality (but consistently compelling readability: at its worst, this is still Doyle). First up, The Lost World: almost too well known to need a review, this is a thrilling adventure story to which I was first introduced as an infant and have reread several times since, and ensures Doyle's place in the pantheon of science fiction's pioneers (although it arguably owes more to Rider Haggard than to Verne and Wells). It is THE dinosaur story, and let nobody tell you otherwise.
After this rattling yarn comes The Poison Belt, frankly a rather bizarre offering, with very little incident - in filmability stakes, the very reverse of The Lost World; but a clever and well-constructed piece, nonetheless. Make sure you read The Lost World first, and know and love the characters before embarking on the second novel with them.
And then... well, the previous reviewers have already ripped The Land of Mist to shreds, and deservedly so. It begins by stating that the previous novels were fictional but their characters real - the point being that Doyle wishes to dissociate this defence of Spiritualism from his works of science fiction, with which it is in fact unworthy to be classed. Somehow Challenger the radical has become a closed-minded reactionary, representing just the sort of scientists he confounded before; and there are many other inconsistencies. Some are minor (a poison whose name Challenger forgot in The Poison Belt, and cried "Excellent!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can�t summarise. See below. 11 May 1999
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I read "The Lost World" long ago - I expect you know the sort of book it is, and whether you will like it or not. But this volume also contains (so far as I am aware) all of the Professor Challenger fiction, and you just HAVE to read it, for its curiosity value, if for nothing else. I draw your attention in particular to "The Land of Mist". It's a bad novel, I admit: but I guarantee that you will be mesmerised by its sheer awfulness. Conan Doyle impudently reveals at the start that the events of "The Lost World" were a fabrication, that they never ocurred; the rest of the book concerns itself with spiritualism. Does it ever! Brave, noble, humble, intelligent and sane spiritualists abound (although there is one charlatan spiritualist who is cowardly, ignoble, arrogant, stupid and tending towards madness). We see how the evidence for spiritualism is overwhelming, and how only the most dastardly conspiracy of the popular press keeps it a secret; we see how bigotted the so-called men of science are; we see how the full machinery of the law is brought to bear to ruin the lives of innocent, hard-working ghost-conjurers. All in all it's hard to imagine a more thorough-going stretch of pure propaganda. (Please don't expect a story.) The cream of the jest is this: Conan Doyle may be biased, but he isn't dishonest (well - not exactly), and so his description of sceances makes it perfectly obvious exactly how he was being gulled. At any rate, if the thought of owning a copy of this appalling and unique book doesn't appeal to you, buy the volume anyway for "The Lost World" and "The Poisoned Belt".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
All right so it was a couple of quid more than I originally thought it was going to be but given that it arrived early, was in excellent condition and was the complete and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Zoe Yallop
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Challenge!
Here is Conan Doyle in a different guise this time. Professor Challenger keeps the discerning reader enthralled with his adventures. A must read for Doyle lovers.
Published 8 months ago by Peter A. Clark
3.0 out of 5 stars My Word
I feel a bit ambivalent about this collection of stories. On the one hand Conan Doyle had some remarkable and modern ideas. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Neville Watkins
4.0 out of 5 stars My son was recommended this book for his 11+ comprehension practice.
For under £2 this was a bargain! High Street bookshops were selling similar books for over £10! I highly recommend these Wordsworth Classics. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Brian Simms
5.0 out of 5 stars Remix
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Published 20 months ago by N. Demir Kupeli
5.0 out of 5 stars Good.
It was a good quality book containing the text I needed and a few extras - overall, I enjoyed it and it gave me the chance to read some other works of Conan-Doyle's.
Published 22 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with shipping!
I'm very pleased with the shipping on this product, it had arrived just a few short days after placing the order, came nicely packaged, I however was shocked when I saw the size of... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Sadistica
4.0 out of 5 stars Generally good collection of stories though the first two are the best
The Lost World

This still comes up well and is probably the author's most famous non-Sherlock Holmes story, the inspiration for many others, including Michael Crichton. Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by John Hopper
2.0 out of 5 stars Stick to Holmes, Sir Arthur
This is at best a very mixed bag, comprising two novels, a novella and two short stories, all featuring some or all of the same four key characters. Read more
Published on 20 May 2011 by Simon Welch
3.0 out of 5 stars Old-fashioned dinosaurs.
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