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The Lost World (Professor Challenger #1)

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Professor Challenger's claims of dinosaurs living in twentieth-century South America may seem outlandish, but even skeptics become believers in "The Lost World" (1912). Part adventure story, part science fiction, "The Lost World" generates motifs and characters that have such long-lasting popular appeal that they constantly reappear in today's fiction, film, and television ...more
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Published September 1st 2009 by Barnes & Noble (first published 1912)
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Move aside, Sherlock…Sir Arthur has conjured a protagonist who's an even more arrogant assbag than you. 

Everyone...the intrepid, the indefatigable, the insufferable Professor G.E. Challenger

If, like me, you enjoy characters that are gruff, prideful curmudgeonly sorts, than you will have fun with this guy. He is a serious hoot. Trust me.
Physically, Prof. Challenger is a funhouse mirror reflection of Mr. Holmes. Instead of a tall, lanky, clean-shaven gentlemen who calmly condescends to the wor
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
اريد رجلا شجاعا لا يهاب الموت ..رجل حقق امجادا لا توصف. .يخلق فرصه خلقا"..ان البطولات حولنا تنتظر من يحققها من الرجال...اريد ان تحسدني النساء على رجلي"
بهذه الطلبات التعجيزية تبدأ المغامرات الاسطورية
..هكذا ينطلق الصحفي مالوني مع البروفيسور العبقري المخبول تشالنجر إلى أمريكا الجنوبية ليثبتوا ان الديناصورات مازالت تحيا هناك بكل انواعها

هذه رواية نشرت لأول مرة في عام1912طبعا قبل انطلاق سلسلة افلام الحديقة الجوراسية بتسعين عام
ففكرة العالم المختبيء المليء بالديناصورات هو اسطورة حية في الوجدان العالم
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
A young reporter Ed Malone was madly in love. The woman he loved told him he would only have a chance with her if he did something really heroic. The most heroic action his editor could think of was to send him to interview Professor Challenger notorious for throwing the reporters out of his house - literally throwing out.
Throw out

Initially poor Malone repeated the previous experience of his colleagues, but he managed to pacify the professor to tell him his story. The main idea was that the guy claimed
Jason Koivu
Who doesn't wish dinosaurs weren't still around? Well, maybe not the big bitey ones, but how cool would that be?! Hell, I'd even take the huge, face-ripping ones too if it were an all-or-nothing deal. I figure a little survival of the fittest would do this world good.

Since that's not likely to happen during my lifetime, I'll console myself with movies and books. The Lost World is a good place to be for those of us looking to get lost in a dino world.

This is a forerunner of the what-if history
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
3.5 rating

“So tomorrow we disappear into the unknown. This account I am transmitting down the river by canoe, and it may be our last word to those who are interested in our fate.”

Ironically the first part was better than when the actual adventure started. I think it's because the writer did not indulge in so much descriptive rambling and lengthy pauses during the build-up, which allowed that part of the story to shine triumphantly with humor, quirky characters, and fun motivations.

I loved the
Kwesi 章英狮
I don't like to end the book so soon, I really love this book although I expected something gorier like dinosaur killing the whole tribe or cannibals eat human flesh. Still, I did love this book in many ways and as long as I live I'll treasure this book forever. Hey, stop looking to me like that. I can still remember all the things I read from the book. Amen.

The whole journey started when a Gazette Irish journalist named, Malone, went go straight to the house of notorious Professor Challenged cl
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Nov 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of lost world/quest adventures
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Nicolle as a Buddy Read
The Lost World is a classic work of action/adventure that has a lively feel that made for a very fun read. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, best known for his Sherlock Holmes stories, has a way of writing an engaging tale. For readers who fear reading books published prior to the later 20th century out of the desire to avoid dry, stale language, I would offer up this book. Although it shows the sentiments, good and bad, for the period in which it was written, the writing tone could easily be as modern as ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
“He would be a harder, sterner man, not so ready to adapt himself to a silly girl's whim. But, above all, he must be a man who could do, who could act, who could look Death in the face and have no fear of him, a man of great deeds and strange experiences. It is never a man that I should love, but always the glories he had won; for they would be reflected upon me. Think of Richard Burton!”

What? Oh this Richard Burton! I don’t want to post a photo of the explorer Burton (too many pics in this revi
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: plesiosaurs and pterodactyls
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: by an esteemed historic pedigree

The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle is the literary equivalent of the plucky and elegant Caudipteryx when placed next to the stomping roaring Tyrannosaurus that represents the Hollywood mega block busters of Jurassic Park and the Lost World. If it doesn't zip along fast enough it might get squashed. But it does zip along quite speedily and has all the pre-requisites needed for a boys-own adventure story.

Specifically boys-own, because there are no ladie
Mar 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of adventure-oriented science fiction
Note, March2, 2016: I've just edited this review to correct a misspelled word.

Like one of my Goodreads friends, I should say at the outset that my review can't add much to the excellent one already written by another friend, Lady Danielle ( ). But I'll go ahead and share my perspective anyway, for what it's worth. While I did like the book, my rating for it wasn't quite as high as most of my friends gave it (for reasons I'll indicate below). But it's a goo
I’ve been on an adventure!

And I’m quite glad I read this at an adult age. “The Lost World” is an adventure novel through and through, pure in its quest for new thrills and sensations, a glorious and unadulterated pulp. An old-school fantasy escapade with all its props and décor protruding out of everywhere. And how I loved it for that!

It’s a pretty safe bet that my 12-year-old self would’ve overanalysed it by acting all grown-up and intellectual, nagging at the characters’ implausible actions
Mike (the Paladin)
I preferred Challenger to Holmes and dug up all the Challenger stories when I was younger. I agree with the "blurb" forget the newer story by this name and read this one. Great "high adventure" you don't seem to see anymore.

Be aware that this is an older book and like others of its era it is NOT PC. There are words used in the text that were acceptable then and are not acceptable now. If you are aware of this and can read the book without it bothering you then you'll find that the book is well w
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
"Just 'cause the Postman ain't been bit lately don't mean the dog forgot how to bite." (B.E.Anthony)

In other words, "just because the book is old, doesn't mean it's not a good read." (Me)

In fact, I'll go a step further and point out that victorian and early 20th century writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs and Arthur Conan Doyle were able to do what famed writers like Micheal Crieghton struggled to do, that is overlay a science based fantasy world atop the mundane and theoretically understandab
Raghdaa Morad
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ياالله😍 جميلة وممتعه جداً جداً حسيت انى رجعت لتانية ثانوى لما كنت بخبي روايات ما وراء الطبيعه والرجل المستحيل في كتبي وانا بذاكر حسيت بمتعه كبيره وانا بتخيل تفاصيلها وشكل الهنود والغابات وتشالجنر وعصبيتة الزايدة ،، ممتعه جداً وانصح بقرائتها بشدة وشكر كبير لأستاذي الغالي أحمد خالد توفيق على الترجمة
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Almost every 'dinosaurs are alive' movie owes something to this book; a fantastic adventure story for young boys and girls that will make them curious about science and adventure.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Heavy on the planning and preparation and a bit light on the action for the modern crowd. Excellent for the period it was written and for those with a sense of literary history. Quite amazing how John Rhys- Davies fit the role of Doctor Challenger to a T in the 1992 movie of the book.
What a wonderful novel! This was part of a children's classics set that I've had for years, and I felt something adventure-like, especially after The Thirty-Nine Steps. And it definitely fulfilled my adventure urge!

Very much like Jules Vernes' novels, The Lost World details the exploration of a hidden area in the South American jungle, where somehow the prehistoric dinosaurs and reptiles have survived. Narrated by the journalist Ed Malone, it is honestly a wonderful read

I was sitting at the edge
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
The Lost World, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

As much as I adore the Sherlock Holmes stories it always saddens me that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s other fiction often gets overlooked. He wrote superb historical novels, some great horror short stories (including the one the movie The Mummy was based on, tales of adventure on the high seas and just about every other genre you can think of. And he wrote science fiction. Like The Lost World.

This short novel is not quite my favourite Conan Doyle science fict
Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" focuses on a story about an expedition in the South American Rainforest, leading its four protagonists on a plateau which seems to surround a world believed to be long-gone. Confronted with dinosaurs like pterodactyls, iguanodons or stegosaurus, our main characters have to solve many difficult or even dramatic situations, and it's one enjoyable thing to read it.

"The Lost World" is written from the perspective of Edward Malone - at first as part of a recollec
J.G. Keely
One of the most pleasant aspects about reading adventures like those of Doyle, Wells, Kipling, and Haggard is the particular presence of the characters, their little joys and quarrels and concerns. There's this humorous self-awareness throughout the story that makes the whole thing read as if its being told, given over to the reader in a particular voice.

Certainly, this can be carried too far and made condescending, as with C.S. Lewis, but it goes to show what a winking authorial presence can l
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s hard to think of another long departed author, whose name is so well known to the general public, who would be so disappointed by his reputation. Conan Doyle of course saw himself as a great historical novelist, in his dreams that’s how he would have liked to have been remembered (probably he’d also have liked to be known for his spiritual writings). Instead he has an albatross smoking a pipe hung around his neck, in the form of Sherlock Holmes.

Of course after Holmes (as Mike states so corr
Nina Rapsodia
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
¡Primer libro leído del año 2016! Muchos conocen a este autor por Sherlock Homes. En mi caso este libro llevaba más de dos años esperando ser leído y ya era hora. Divertido es leer una novelita corta de un autor tan conocido como (no olvidemos el reconocimiento) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, tan alejada de lo que yo creía que escribía en general. Y ha sido muy interesante.

Un excéntrico profesor de zoología llamado George Challenger ha regresado recientemente de su viaje al Amazonas y está provocando r
En ‘El Mundo Perdido’, Arthur Conan Doyle se aleja del género detectivesco para ofrecernos todo un clásico de la literatura de aventuras, en un viaje fantástico a la Tierra de Maple White, en el misterioso Amazonas. El narrador es el periodista Edward Malone, que para demostrar su amor a una joven dama, decide emprender una gran aventura a la menor oportunidad. Será entonces cuando su periódico le encomiende la tarea de entrevistarse con cierto profesor Challenger para saber si lo que aduce sobr ...more
Deborah Pickstone
This was read to us when I was at school and, while very dated, I really loved it! I put it down at the start and forgot about it then just saw it was almost 2017 and it was for my geocaching challenge. Professor Challenger was absolutely the zaniest part of the book and I am sorry it was so short. I have to wonder about Arthur Conan Doyle - perhaps he wrote his own self into the books? Sherlock Holmes, Professor Challenger.......
Jim Peterson
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, classics, fantasy
I had never read anything by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and I didn’t want to start with his most popular work (Sherlock Holmes). The concept of a lost world discovered at a point in history when the world was not yet completely mapped out and labeled appealed to me. The Lost World was strangely appealing so I downloaded it from Project Gutenberg.

This book had so many things going against it. One of the main characters was a real bastard. Professor Challenger is a big, conceited ape of man that will
It's a classic tale of adventure and discovery that goes something like this:

I'm a journalist and my girlfriend doesn't want to marry me because apparently I'm not adventurous enough. So I decided to join an expedition with the narcissistic and venomous Professor Challenger to the Amazonian rain forest so that he can prove his (universally dismissed) discovery of a lost world of dinosaurs and so that I can prove my manhood to my beloved.

So we go, along with a couple other adventurers. Holy cow,
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lorsignori, volete vedere un vero dinosauro?

Conosciuto più per il personaggio - giustamente famoso - di Sherlock Holmes, Doyle si è comunque distinto nel genere avventura grazie alla felice intuizione di riportare in auge i dinosauri.
"Il mondo perduto", forte di questa trovata, intrattiene ed affascina sfruttando la componente misteriosa che si svela progressivamente, oltre ovviamente a beneficiare di quella verve avventurosa intrinseca alla penna di Doyle.
L'apprezzabile humour inglese è la cl
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cât de frumos! Tocmai m-am întors dintr-o aventură care m-a marcat dinainte s-o încep ♥ Când te gândești că totul a început de la un serial de desene animate care-mi provoca fiori (și mă făcea să văd vraci nebuni și monștri peste tot, mai ales dacă afară era și furtună), când îți dai seama cât de tare face parte cartea asta din mine! REVIEW SOON
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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
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