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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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"Nothing could be done. The thing was universal and beyond our human knowledge or control. It was death for young and old, for weak and strong, for rich and poor, without hope or possibility of escape."
 
Must Professor George Challenger and friends, barricaded in a room, see Earth die? As globe passes through a belt of poisonous ether, terror sweeps mankind; cities riot; co
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Published November 5th 2013 by Dreamscape Media (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
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Maruf Hossain
Apr 20, 2016 Maruf Hossain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked it. I liked author's style. I also liked the character Professor Challenger, though he is arrogant. In fact, his arrogance is the reason of my liking. Also liked the story.
Huda Aweys
جيدة :) ... في البداية كنت فاكراها حكاية من حكايات (شيرلوك هولمز) بعد ماشفتها موسومة بإسم (آرثر كونان دويل) لكن اتفاجأت بأنها رواية من روايات الخيال العلمي .. عبر (دويل) من خلالها عن لمحات من قناعاته و ايمانه ، و من المعروف
إن آرثر كونان دويل كان عضو في جمعيات روحانية بتعني بالاتصال بالأرواح .. أو بالجن
و العفاريت بمعنى اصح :) ، و مع كده عجبتني الفقرة دى مع انه كان بيحاول فيها يبرر و يمنطق لعقيدته و انتمائه ، اللي موش متفقة معاهم كليا .. لكني حملتها (أي الفقرة :) ) على معنى تاني بيتفق مع عقيدتي
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Spirou
Δεν ξέρω πόσα αστεράκια του αξίζουν. Δεν το τελείωσα. Ξεκινάει καλά και με αρκετό χιούμορ. Είναι μικρό και θα μπορούσα να το τελειώσω, αλλά υποσχέθηκα στον εαυτό μου να μην πιέζομαι να διαβάζω βιβλία που δε με "κρατάνε" και το συγκεκριμένο ήταν ok, αλλά προς το παρόν το αφήνω στην άκρη. Ίσως στο μέλλον να το συνεχίσω...
John Darling
Sep 10, 2013 John Darling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
وسام السراج
فكرة القصة جميلة بسيطة جدا من حيق الفكرة قديمة المصطلاحات، الفكرة تدور حول ان الكرة الارضية مرت بنطاق غازي سام تسرب للغلاف الجوي وتشبع به الجو وادى لحدوث حالة جنون عامة من ثم حالة هياج وقتل وتخريب شاملة للكوكب بالكامل، وتطورت الاعراض الى حالة موت مؤقته.
مجموعة من الاشخاص عددهم خمسة احدهم عالم قد تنبأ بالحدث مسبقا ولهذا اخذوا احتياطتهم بشكل مسبق، وهم من سجلوا ما حدث وأرخوه.
الملاحظ على القصة استخدام فكرة الاثير وهي نظرية قديمة تقول ان الفضاء ليس فارغ بل مملوء لمادة هي الاثير لنقل الضوء و الحرارة
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fenrir
Jul 14, 2015 fenrir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, classic
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Doreen
Oct 22, 2015 Doreen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is certainly an eye-opener for me when i discovered that sir arthur conan doyle wrote sci-fi stories. the professor challenger series has been interesting to me thus far. don't expect any technological mumbo-jumbo considering when this story was written.
Dan
Dec 29, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, sci-fi
Professor Challenger and the gang from The Lost World return for another adventure, although this one is rather different. Challenger holds a reunion for members of the expedition to The Lost World which just so happens to coincide with the apparent end of the world. The Earth is passing through a belt of poison gas and the entire world will be suffocated.

This couldn't be a more different story to The Lost World.It's far more sedate with the group huddled in Challenger's house, extending their
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Rhys
Dec 26, 2014 Rhys rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was pleased to have read the first 'Professor Challenger' adventure last month, so it was inevitable that I would seek out all the sequels. This is the second in the loose series and it is completely different in substance from the first book; and yet it is also somehow a mirror image.

In The Lost World the band of adventurers discover a remote plateau where the indigenous fauna escaped the extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs; in The Poison Belt the same adventurers became the sole inhabita
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Jos
The second Challenger book. Things are turning odd in this novella. The whole world is at risk and Professor Challenger recognizes this. As can be expected, he’s not believed. Thus, he calls upon his friends to stock up on oxygene while the world passes through the name-giving poison belt. Together, they weather through the crisis in Challenger’s home up on a hill as long as possible. They watch as the poisoned ether spreads and suffocates all humans as well as the animals.

They manage to survive
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Julie Davis
Dec 18, 2013 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing
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
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Dfordoom
Sep 20, 2011 Dfordoom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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
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Mike
Jan 26, 2016 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
Arthur Conan Doyle was a kook, which makes his later work even more enjoyable to read, since we can watch his kookiness emerge in full splendor. In this novella, the second Professor Challenger work, we are reunited with our cast of lovable Victorian stereotypes three years after the events in The Lost World. Somehow or other (the details are amusingly murky), Challenger has discovered that the Earth has entered a poisonous band of the luminiferous ether--a theory that was all the rage in 1913-- ...more
John
Jan 30, 2016 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, novella
A great concept that Doyle ultimately doesn't know what the heck to do with. The plot builds exceptionally well, but ultimately never amounts to much. Despite essentially being a horror novella, THE POISON BELT never commits to being scary (probably because audiences at the time wouldn't have been able to handle it) or even properly dramatic, and the upbeat ending feels like a total cop-out.
That being said, Doyle's writing is superb as usual, and the characters are very well-defined. Having read
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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
Tracy
Sep 17, 2015 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting tale with a weird ending. The poison belt passed across the world and all people were choked out of life within one day except Challenger and his friends because of Challenger's forethought about oxygen being the way to save them all.
Roma
Easy read. Interesting idea. Story not bad.
The Long Victorian
Book review – The Poison Belt: Being An Account of Another Amazing Adventure of Professor Challenger.

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930). So it seems fitting to post a review of one of his stories: The Poison Belt. One of my favourite genres is the “cosy catastrophe”. A chance to sit in a comfortable armchair with a dozing cat and a mug of hot tea and contemplate the world as it’s destroyed by nuclear war, floods, monstrous sea creatures, alien children,
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Annabelle
I expected at least using a telescope or reading some books about space or ether. Nonetheless, I loved the apocalyptic aspect.
Grace Ormerod
Mar 19, 2017 Grace Ormerod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the sort of book which shows you your life isn't actually as bad as it could be. It also makes you glad that you have everything you've got, and that these stories aren't actually true. That is a considerably relief.
Kooshmeister
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Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Oct 05, 2016 Alvaro Zinos-Amaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Not quite as enthralling. ambitious and creative as THE LOST WORLD, but nevertheless a worthy, more concise sequel with heightened philosophical focus and plenty of that fantastically pedantic Challenger banter.
Rob
Sep 20, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
More reviews can be found on my book blog.
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This is the second novel in Doyle's Professor Challenger series, the first of which being The Lost World , which I really enjoyed. I loved the Professor character, so I figured I'd carry on with the lesser-known sequels. I heard that the quality of this series took a steep drop after the first, and while I do think the plot was a lot weaker than The Lost World, the characters were just as great.

The story begins with Professor Challenger having summo
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Bev
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
Catherine
Feb 19, 2012 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris Apolant
May 01, 2016 Chris Apolant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Due to the deluge of poor reviews, I went into the sequel to The Lost World with my expectations set low, yet was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable a read this short novella turned out to be. It must be said that Sir Arthur was a master of his craft, and while I found it somewhat lacking in plot, that's probably my sole complaint about the second Professor challenger story. It belts along at a quick pace despite the lack of action and adventure which defined the first book, and sheds new lig ...more
Kathy Davidson
Doyle used the same characters in this story as in his Lost World. The Professor Challenger discovered the a poisonous belt of ether. Kind of like an asteroid belt. The earth was going to pass through it and it was going to cleanse the of every living animal (the plants would survive). The amoebas survived too. It started at the south pole and moved north. The telegraphs went dead and then the phone lines. Our story teller, Edward Malone, sat with his three friends and Challenger's wife in a sea ...more
Hannah
Dec 13, 2016 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried to like this book. I honestly did. I wanted to read something by Conan Doyle that wasn't about Sherlock Holmes so when I found this about Professor Challenger, I thought it would be great. It was a short read and that's about all that's good.

The story is from the perspective of Mr. Malone, who writes in the style of Dr. Watson narrating Sherlock Holmes's adventures. Professor Challenger has called his three associates together so that he can explain his theory about the poison belt, whic
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