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The Complete Professor Challenger Stories (Professor Challenger #1-5)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  412 ratings  ·  43 reviews
The science fiction stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stand alongside those of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. The protagonist, the 'cave-man in a lounge suit', is the maddening, irascible and fascinating Professor George Edward Challenger. In these collected tales he faces adventures such as that high above the Amazon rain forest in The Lost World and the challenges of The La...more
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Filmed many times – although I have yet to see a version that is perfectly true to the novel (with the BBC’s Christmas edition being particularly unfaithful in its addition of a female member of the exploration party, not to mention Peter Falk) – The Lost World is a classic piece of writing that is in many respects even more entertaining than the famous Sherlock Holmes stories that Doyle was so celebrated for.

Once again, Doyle deals with the extravagent subject matter in his usual detailed way,...more
Violet Crush
First line:

Mr. Hungerton, her father, really was the most tactless person upon earth,—a fluffy, feathery, untidy cockatoo of a man, perfectly good-natured, but absolutely centered upon his own silly self. If anything could have driven me from Gladys, it would have been the thought of such a father-in-law. I am convinced that he really believed in his heart that I came round to the Chestnuts three days a week for the pleasure of his company, and very especially to hear his views upon bimetallism,...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I always prefered Professor Challenger to Holmes, as a matter of fact i was never a big Holmes fan, but I am a fan ot the Professor. I stumbled over these stories years ago wandering through the "stacks" or shelves at the library of a small town where I lived. It was the late 70s and employment was "iffy" in a lot of the country and ny family was just getting by...very little to spend on books. But there was a bit of time when I wasn't working so....check out the library. The local library where...more
There's a lot more to Arthur Conan Doyle than the Sherlock Holmes stories. The character of Challenger, unlike Holmes, is an excitable and passionate character, given to outburst of temper. The best-known Challenger story (there were five all told) was "The Lost World," but the other four are equally entertaining. Doyle seems to be stepping into Jules Verne territory here with these tales of disintegration machines and poisonous space gases. This ones for ACD fans and those (like myself) addicte...more
Not as good as I was expecting. The title story itself was entertaining, easily the best of the five stories here. However, for all the fame "The Lost World" has for being about dinosaurs, there were very few. The climax of the story was more about a man vs. ape-man war than anything else, and the dated science really made these stories hard to get into. The build up of the expedition was gripping but once they got to the secluded plateau I found it unexciting. The unique ecological environment...more
I must confess I bought this book initially because I went 'Lost World = dinosaurs = little fangirl in me screaming'. Yes, I can be very shallow. However, after reading Sherlock Holmes, I discovered a) I really enjoy Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writing and b) this book is also by him. The choice of what to read next was very easily made.
Since these are five stories in one volume, I'll comment on each story, because I feel like it.

'The Lost World' was probably my favourite, as it was also the most i...more
M.G. Mason
This is an interesting collection of novels and short stories featuring Conan Doyle's infamous Professor G.E. Challenger.

I had always wanted to read "The Lost World" having loved thsoe sorts of films as a child and I'm pleased to say the novel did not disappoint.

"The Poision Belt", though interesting, I found a little predictable. I could see the end coming a mile off but that doesn't detract from what was a fascinating story.

I wasn't entirely enamoured by "The Land of Mist". I found it a but to...more
Christopher Roth
I'm not remotely interested in Sherlock Holmes per se, but I love Victorian science fiction, so I found these stories, especially the character of Professor Challenger, very fun to read. But the last Challenger story, the novel “The Land of Mist,” is execrable. It has the same defect as many a novel which turns out to be just an ideological tract (such as “The Jungle,” “Looking Backward,” etc.), lacking all character development and, in this case, for all of the sort of fair points it makes, mak...more
This is probably not that different from the Jules Verne books, but I did enjoy most of the stories of Challenger, Malone and their friends. It is quite amazing what ideas, though over a century old, can still have some relevance today!

The first story, "The Lost World", is probably the most known one and has been used as inspiration for many other stories that followed. While of course the date of the story makes for a rather slow development of the plot (My modern mind is just so used to rapid...more
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I have of course read Sherlock Holmes, and I really loved the Doyle's science fiction stories too. There are, I think, 5 stories in this book, all eerie sci-fi. One deals with a mysterious sheltered land in the Amazon, home to pre-historic creatures, another with a "poison belt" that the earth passes through, and another with Spiritualism. They were all really entertaining, but I think The Poison Belt was the most creepy. The premise is that the earth is passing through an ether cloud that will...more
Dec 07, 2007 Silvana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who likes sci-fi
Shelves: classics, used-to-own
Whoa, five stories in one book. The Lost World is surely the best story of them all. Professor George Edward Challenger, the main character besides the narrator, is probably literature's most egoistical, megalomaniac, boisterous, conceited, passionate, pompous character I've ever read about, yet also very brilliant. Taking an eager young journalist, a world-famous explorer and a fellow academician who does not believe in his statement regarding a "lost world" hidden in South America, he embarked...more
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Aug 29, 2011 Angel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of H.G. Wells, Verne, and H, Rider Haggard
I went between giving this two and three stars. I settled for three, for in the end I like the concept. It turns out I had read this before years ago; I was probably a teenager when I did it, so remembering back to those days was interesting.

This particular edition collects the Professor Challenger stories written by Conan Doyle. The Lost World is likely the most well-known, and it has been the basis (loosely or otherwise) of other works from Indiana Jones to Crichton's Jurassic Park. If you en...more
Garoosh Barbarus Lacroix
If you enjoy late Victorian novels, then this is a perfect little gem to read. Doyle has a masterful command of language and diction and his colorful characters pick up the slack where the plot lacks. Prof Challenger is an impossible, irascible scientist and as his best insulting those beneath him. Littered with little jokes and quips here and there, The Lost World will appeal to dinosaur lovers and anyone seeking something different to wash their literary palates
Rajat TWIT
Sherlock Homles owed every bit of charm to the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and here you can see Sir ACD giving his extra-ordinary art of story telling in the shape of Professor Challenger. Not only the stories had elements of pure genius, more than a century back but also had pure fictional magic. Beautiful language and strong connection to the well defined characters make the stories unputtable!
Though I am reviewing the series almost after 4 years of completing them, still I can feel the magi...more
Conan Doyle believed that it would be his historical novels that he would be remembered for; he considered them to be the pinnacle of his writing achievement.

Instead, he is remembered for a drug-addict detective and (to a lesser extent) a proto-Indiana Jones, and no-one remembers anything else. How he must be snarling - or laughing :)

The Professor Challenger stories are essentially Doyle's answer to Jules Verne's tales of fantastical adventures. In a Victorian world that was shrinking by the da...more
3.5 stars.

I found it extremely fascinating to read these short stories about Professor Challenger et al. The prose was easy-going, just as I know it from this author, the morale very straight-forward; Arthur Conan Doyle was not, I think, a literary genius. That doesn't mean his story are any less enjoyable, of course.

The narrative was at times a bit slow, but of course the imagination of these tales is breath-taking. The author does a wonderful job of packing up science into adventurous, lively...more
When hearing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's name, I immediately think Sherlock Holmes. However, the stories in this book actually reminded me very much of Jules Verne. I like both writers, so I figured I couldn't go wrong here and I didn't.

"The Lost World" was fantastic.
So was "The Poison Belt", but I thought the end was a bit predictable.
"The Disintegration Machine" was great, albeit very short.
"Land of the Mist" and "When the world screamed" were definitely the lesser stories, bringing the overall...more
Once you get into it, it's hard to put down! Slow to get started, but the second half of the book is fantastic!aFor those readers who love a good "lost world" story, well told and with plenty of exciting action and detail, this book is a must. One terrific scene follows another, and the principal characters, especially the incomparable Professor Challenger, are well drawn. It should come as no surprise that this novel is far superior to the silent film of the '20s that was made following the boo...more
Conan Doyle was a master at creating unforgettable, unique characters.Professor Challenger, like Sherlock Holmes or Brigadier Gerard, is a larger-than-life character who remains very much alive a century after this book was published. Bad-tempered but kind-hearted Challenger and his friends- another touchy professor, an adventurous sportsman and his very own Watson, journalist Edward Malone-live adventures that deal with issues which remain interesting for today's reader: dinosaurs, spirits,and...more
It is a nice and interesting book ,I enjoyed reading it
Neil Davies
The Lost World is a great read and, on its own, would rate 5-stars. The other stories in this edition let it down slightly, with only The Poison Belt coming close. The Land Of Mist is interesting from the point of view of how Spiritualism was conducted at the time, but it's dragged down by its preaching and slow pace. The other two short stories are fine, but are not particularly memorable. The book is worth buying for The Lost World alone, however, so the other stories can be seen as interestin...more
Personally I think I'll always like Doyle's Sherlock Holmes books more than the stories in this book. I didn't particularly like any of them, due to an overwhelming amount of description and the fact that the ending was painfully obvious for some of them. They all, possibly with one or two exceptions, felt too long. Still The Lost World had its moments, and The Disintegration Machine was neatly executed.
Rebecca altman
Jan 27, 2008 Rebecca altman marked it as to-read
I am reading some of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works on Challenger now but I am not sure if they are all of his stories. What a fascinating character Pro. Challenger turns out to be. I must say I have almost fallen in love with Lord Roxton as well. I have to echo the words of another reviewer that SACDoyle comes awefully close to overtaking Verne in the Si-fi world.
John Pringle
Fantastic Edwardian science fiction yarns, featuring the wonderful Professor George Edward Challenger. All these tales are entertaining— the best being the title story about an expedition to a volcanic plateau high above the Amazon rainforest, where prehistoric life still roams. Amusing, exciting stuff with great dialogue and descriptions.
Wildly varying in quality. The Lost World is a fun novella, although very much of its time (very White Man's Burden style of story telling). The Land of Mists is not, as it is imbued with all Conan Doyle's zealotry on the subject of Spritualism. The others are decent, considering the very small time investment needed to read them.
The novellas and other stories in this book are a testament that the success and brilliance of Sherlock Holmes was no fluke. Conan Doyle was a master with imagination. And I think he was the first to imagine that prehistoric monsters can exist in the modern world. And in Professor Challenger, he has created another wonderful character.
A series of books that if you consider them from the time they were written are absolutely astounding. But as it is impossible to not compare it to the fiction of today, they end up being a fun thing to have read but rather boring to read.

All in all, some of the stories were good, some were mind numbing.
B.K.M. Isbell
Sir Arthur is a master of mysteries, but he is as magnificent as a Sci Fi writer as well. I devoured these short stories (Well, some were short). His character development is brilliant - the more despicable the better!!
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Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish. They were married in 1855.

Although he is now referred to as "Conan Doyle", the origin of this compound surname (if that is how he meant it to be understood) is uncertain. His baptism record...more
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