The Poison Belt: Being an account of another adventure of Prof. George E. Challenger, Lord John Roxton, Prof. Summerlee, and Mr. E.D. Malone, the discoverers of �The Lost World�
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The Poison Belt: Being an account of another adventure of Prof. George E. Challenger, Lord John Roxton, Prof. Summerlee, and Mr. E.D. Malone, the discoverers of �The Lost World� (Professor Challenger #2)

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The Poison Belt was the second story, a novella, that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about Professor Challenger. Written in 1913, roughly a year before the outbreak of World War I, much of it takes place--rather oddly, given that it follows The Lost World, a story set in the jungle--in a room in Challenger's house. This would be the last story written about Challenger until...more
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Published August 14th 2012 by HiLoBooks (first published 1913)
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Stephen
Oh, Sir Arthur...you sage, you luminary, you genius!! What a memorable, momentous achievement, my good chap! Simply stupendous!! It's just
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A singularly superb accomplishment!!

Oh, forgive my loquaciousness, I don't mean to prattle on so (you certainly never would), but I just find it so spirited and impressive.

Hmm...pardon? To what am I referring...oh, excuse me. Let me explain.

First, you create one of the most iconic literary characters in all of history and easily the most celebrated detect...more
Christopher
It's hard not to be intrigued by a book about the apocalypse written by Arthur Conan Doyle. This is the second adventure featuring the genius and arrogant Professor Challenger (the first being the funventurous tale of dinosaurs in the Amazonian rain forest, The Lost World.) Neither of the Challenger novels have held up well in the scientific sense, but The Lost World was ridiculous in the best possible way, emitting a joy of discovery and the unknown. The Poison Belt, however, fails in everythin...more
حسام عادل
الرواية الثانية التى أقرأها لسير (آرثر كونان دويل) بعيداً عن المفتش العظيم (شيرلوك هولمز) وعالمه,تحمست لقرائتها بعد إنتهائي من روايته الأولى:
The Lost World
والتى كانت بحق من الإمتاع فى غاية,ومنحتني قدراً من التسلية والإثارة غير هين,وحين عرفت أن أبطال تلك الرواية قد قاموا بمغامرة جديدة فى رواية لاحقة بعنوان (النطاق السام) تحمست لقرائتها بدورها,ولكن لسبب ما لم أقدم على قراءة الرواية بلغتها الأصلية - كما فعلت مع سابقتها - واكتفيت بقرائتها مختصرة ضمن سلسلة روايات عالمية للجيب,وصدق ظني فعلاً وحمدت الل...more
Julie Davis
This review is from SFFaudio whence came the review book. Needless to say (I hope), this is my uninfluenced opinion.
What would you do if you had discovered that the planet was about to be engulfed in a belt of poisonous "ether" from outer space? Professor Challenger invites a hand-picked crew of adventurers and scientists to his home outside London.
I like Sherlock Holmes but I am much fonder of Arthur Conan Doyle's other fiction. He was a skilled teller of "weird tales" and I have heard he was p...more
Dfordoom
The brilliant but cantakerous Professor Challenger, the hero of Conan Doyle’s classic science fiction tale The Lost World, is one again the central figure in an even stranger 1913 story, The Poison Belt.

It’s typical of Conan Doyle’s science fiction which at times could be very strange indeed.

In 1913 physicists still believed in the ether, a mysterious substance which was supposed to fill the universe. At the time the existence of such a medium seemed to be the only satisfactory way to explain s...more
J.w. Schnarr
Apocalyptic fiction with early 1900s sensibilities. Generally this stuff is a little too flowery for my taste, but the characters are always interesting. Professor Challenger is a dick, but it's hard to argue with his brain. Quaint, antique science runs the plot of the tale, which can be entertaining in itself. Doyle's work is in the Public Domain, so pick it up for free for your eReader (I'm sure you know where) and take a step back to a time when scientists were men, women were meek and fragil...more
Sam Wescott
I loved the Lost World, so I was very excited to see the reunion of Doyle's delightful characters in this sequel. I wasn't disappointed on the topic of the characters. Challenger was as bombastic as ever and Lord John Roxton (my personal favorite of the crew) was as wonderful as I remembered. It was a pleasurable reunion.

The book on its own merit, however, was altogether lackluster. The plot was, of course, scientifically preposterous, but that's par for the course for a Victorian adventure sto...more
C.S. Houghton
Some say the world will end in fire, some say in etheric poison. Wait. Nobody says that, probably because the ether referred to by Doyle doesn't exist. That's okay -- I can forgive bad science. What I won't forgive is the mediocre writing.

The Poison Belt is a short book, but I'm convinced Arthur Conan Doyle could have made much better use of the space. I know there was room in there for real characterization. Instead, the most interesting chap was Professor Challenger, and he's named Professor...more
Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in April 1998.

This is the first sequel to The Lost World. It describes the adventures of the same group of men, centred around Professor Challenger, together with Challenger's wife, when the earth passes through a poisonous belt of ether which wipes out (as they think) all life but the five of them.

The science of the book is rather outdated; the idea of the existence of the ether (postulated originally as a medium for light waves to propagate in, of a differe...more
John Darling
I find writing reviews for Goodreads a total waste of time. I mean who cares? The site is clunky, slow, and difficult to interact with and totally worthless to a writer...BUT I wrote a review of "The Lost World" so I felt compelled to write one of this book since it brings together the same cast as that book.

In this book, the intrepid foursome who encountered pre-historic dinosaurs in "The Lost World" are brought together to face an even bigger challenge...the death of the human race...and all o...more
Peter Dunn
I enjoyed Conan Doyle’s Sherlock stories. Like many others I loved the character enough to ignore the more preposterous story elements and jarring continuity errors. I was thus tempted to tackle his second irritating super human Professor Challenger but I was never really taken with the idea of reading his best known adventure “The Lost World”. However this second Challenger outing “The Poison Belt” was a much more intriguing idea, if only because much of it takes place in one room of Challenger...more
Catherine
The second in the Professor Challenger stories is quite far removed from the first, "The Lost World". The main difference is that, while LW can be seen as more of an adventurous story, with our characters facing many perils in their quest of discovery, "The Poison Belt" has its roots planted firmly in the realm of science fiction. Not only that but rather than roaming an undiscovered corner of the earth, this story is predominately set in one room. Despite this, it is a very gripping, page-turni...more
Kooshmeister
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Bev Hankins
The Poison Belt (1913) is the second adventure by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which features Professor George Challenger...or as the subtitle says Being An Account of Another Amazing Adventure of Professor Challenger. After returning from the dangers of Lost World, Professor Challenger becomes aware of changes in the spectrum that signal an even greater danger approaching Earth from the realm of space. He is convinced that the Earth will be shrouded in a poisonous cloud belt floating in the ether bet...more
April
Modern Theme

Although the science may be dated, the warnings for the human race are still relevant. The end of the world is upon mankind and we are clueless. Scientists issue the warning but it is ignored and ridiculed. The characters represent the attitudes of all humans. The skeptic, the doubter, the faithful follower and the zealot with the message of doom. You are forced to consider how you would face the end of the world. then you have to consider living in a world with only five people stil...more
Harry Lawrence
After reading about the plot for this book I was slightly put off. I kept reading that it was very different from the previous book and so the main reason I decided to read this was because I loved the characters from "The Lost World"; Professor Challenger, Professor Summerlee, Lord Roxton and Edward Malone. All of them managed to entertain me in the way they did in the afore mentioned novel and I would recommend this just for them alone.

"The Poison Belt" is a good story, but without those bri...more
David
The Poison Belt isn't that much about science. Doyle describes events occurring in his era [100 years ago:] with science at that level. According to the story, spectroscopic analysis of light from other stars and planets are abnormal. Based on that Professor Challenger hypothesizes a potential danger to Earth if that represents an unhealthy "ether". From there, most of the story is Challenger and friends making preparations so they can watch the end of life on Earth before they, too, die. (There...more
Carsten Thomsen
- Bring oxygen.

A short and bewildering message from professor Challenger to the three other adventurers of The Lost World party. Everyone is behaving rather strange in the opening of the The Poison Belt - in fact all over the world people are being infected with a devastating poison from the atmosphere....Gathered again at professor Challengers house the small group are apparently some of the only survivors on the planet. Due to the oxygen.

This is a short novel and follow-up from the amazing Los...more
Laemeur
Not a strong showing from Sir Arthur: hokey quasi-scientific premise, poor use of his characters, and an irritatingly glib ending which renders nigh-perfunctory the entire story. There might be some joy in this for the die-hard Conan Doyle fan, or readers who simply can't get enough end-of-the-world fiction, but for the rest of us, we can at least count our blessings that Sir Arthur couldn't belabor this thin tale into a full-length novel.
Zeyad Zarzour
يُكتب مقال من قبل أحد العلماء عن اختفاء أحد الأشعة التي تصل إلى الأرض من الشمس ويستنتج من ذلك أن المجموعة الشمسية قد خلت في نطاق فضائي مجهول! يستدعي العالم مجموعة من أصدقائه إلى منزله مزودين بأنابيب للأوكسجين!!... تعم الفوضى الأرض وتبدأ الكائنات الحية بالتساقط كالذباب... ترى هل ستكون نهاية العالم؟؟
Sophie
Okay, this isn't an overly upbeat read, but I enjoyed it none the less.

It is a fascinating study of human nature in a remarkable circumstance.

Narrated by Malone, one again we meet up one again with the four friends which we first encountered in The Lost World.

The story spends a some time in a room where the four friends and Mrs. Challenger contemplate the end of the world and await their presumed demise, yet somehow the story doesn't become dull, tedious or even that depressing.

Again their are...more
Eija
Myrkkyvyöhyke kuuluu Doylen professori Challenger kertomuksiin. Professori Challenger tarinoita on ilmestynyt kolmen romaanin ja muutaman novellin verran. Challenger on seikkailija ja oman älykkyytensä hyvin tiedostava tiedemies. Tarina kertoo siitä, kun maapallo joutuu massiivisen myrkkyvyöhykkeen ympäröimäksi. Ystävineen Challenger ja hänen vaimonsa linnoittautuvat ilmatiiviiseen huoneeseen ja näkevät ja kokevat myrkyn vaikutuksen ympäristöön ja ihmiskuntaan.

Tarinaa kerrotaan kepeästi ja kerr...more
Diego
What can I say ? I couldn't possibly be happier to meet again with that great group of four from The Lost World, especially the first few pages when they really go at each other, but as the things progressed it became less and less about the character, but about a very strange scientific event... or rather, a very strange fantastic event.

The story in itself could be interesting but fell short of exciting me (not mentioning the lame ending spoiled within the name of the last chapter... why did th...more
Claire Gilligan
It was a fun, interestingly played out adventure story. However, not up to the standards to which I hold Arthur Conan Doyle.
Dave Turner
Professor Challenger returns in this early 20th century apocalyptic piece of science fiction in what could be described as 'War of the Worlds' meets 'I Am Legend'.

I wasn't too taken with 'The Lost World' but this short (~90 pages) sequel completely gripped me. It strikes me as a H.G. Wells type of work but that's not a criticism, on the contrary, Wells is the pinnacle of classic science fiction and this is up there with the greatest of his work. Conan Doyle really distinguishes himself as a fan...more
Paul Tupper
Worth reading, but not nearly as great as the Lost World.
Neens
This would be a brilliant story if it had been written today, so it is strange to think that it is over 100 years old and was published before the outbreak of the Great War. I would not be surprised to find that the book was the inspiration for 28 Days Later, although this story is blissfully zombie-free. Highly recommended!

"Our Gardener is, in my opinion, about to dip the solar system, and the human bascillus, the little mortal vibrio which twisted and wriggled upon the outer rind of the earth,...more
Ashley (cnthrdlywt2bwz)
I now know where M. Night Shamalayn got his inspiration for The Happening. This book was super short but not an easy read. It took you from the high side of life quickly to tragedy and despair, the lowest of the low. I won't spoil the ending, but everything worked out as it should. I wasn't completely aware of the characters' backstories, since I never read this book's prequel, The Lost World. The emotion expressed was enough for me to get sucked in and have just enough of their personailities p...more
Margaret
I'm not usually up for science fiction, but if Professor Challenger is involved, I might be interested.

In this second in the Professor Challenger series, the earth passes through a poisonous belt in the universe. Professor Challenger tries to warn the world, but of course they pay him no heed. So he, his dear wife and 3 cohorts all seal themselves in, each with a tube of oxygen, and watch with horror as all living things around them die.

At 3 CDs, it's much shorter than the previous book, the Lo...more
Jess
Despite the low rating I gave, I really enjoy reading books like this. Doyle loves characters like Holmes and Challenger, incredibly smart and insightful and always eccentric, and I gravitate to them. I like the ethereal premise of the disaster, but would have liked more explication and exploration during the 28 hours they were alone in the world. I mean, imagine the opportunity of being one of just a handful of humans in the entire country, if not the world! So much potential here, just not ful...more
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