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Lost Encyclopedia

4.3  ·  Rating details ·  492 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Featuring 400 pages and over 1500 images, the Lost encyclopedia is a comprehensive guide to the characters, items, locations, plotlines, relationships, and mythologies from all six seasons of the landmark series aired on ABC and produced by ABC Studios. Created in full collaboration with ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios, this is the full and only fully licensed and compre ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 2nd 2010 by DK/BradyGames
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Luanne Ollivier
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Okay - I fully admit it - I am a die hard Lost fan. But, I never watched it on television. (Lots of channel switching, avoiding articles and covering my eyes and ears...) Instead, I always asked for the latest season on DVD for Christmas. And Christmas 2010 brought the final chapter to this intricate addictive show.

But - I will be starting from the beginning again - yes one of the few shows I will re watch. And accompanying me this time will be the Lost Encyclopedia.

It's the ultimate reference
Lindsay White
Jun 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Thanks to Netflix Watch Instantly, I recently had the opportunity to watch all 6 seasons of Lost for the first time. By Season 3 I was hooked, and was excited to find that this official, ABC authorized book (written by two of the show's writers) existed.

I would not allow myself to open the book until I'd finished the series finale - There was no way I wanted to inadvertently read a "spoiler." So when I finished watching Season 6, I opened up this book with great anticipation of finding referenc
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
Feb 07, 2014 marked it as filmed
I'm somewhere in the middle of season one.

This is a steaming pile of middlebrow crap.

I've gotta stop reading good books so I can once again watch without commenting upon the most stupid....

Consider it eviscerated. I'm not good at writing bad reviews.

Who's the guy scratching her head asking, But nr how would you knot expect it to be middlebrow crap?

No I mean it, really?

(view spoiler)
mark monday
Mar 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: guidebooks
now let me think back on the enchanting women of Lost's supporting cast.

danielle rousseau! berserk and aggressive, a torturer, a killer. her accent may be french but she is all slavic cheekbones, striding around the jungle like some kind of mythic menace from the medieval past. plus she used a crossbow. my ideal girlfriend!

libby! she was a doctor, she was a healer, she had no problem dating enormously obese hurley. a wonderful counselor and, even better, she came complete with a never-explained
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. A must have for any die-hard Lostie!! This book is humongous, with beautiful glossy photos containing nearly everything you wanted to know about LOST.

It loses a .5 star because there are grammar mistakes here and there, and on some instances, incorrect or a lack of information about a certain subject, even though it was revealed on the show.

If you don't live and breathe LOST though, you probably won't notice it. On the other hand, if you're likely to stick fanart between the page
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well, I can't believe I finally finished this encyclopedia. One more thing to cross off my bucket list...mwahahaha.

The Lost Encyclopedia is a book for that hardcore LOST fan...which from clever deductive reasoning, you can guess that I'm one of them. It even comes with a test! There are a number of errors in the book, both grammatical, and relating to the mythology of the show. Although these errors aren't so numerous, they are enough to be noticed by any real fan of the show and be a bit annoyi
Jason Jb
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. I mean, I really, really wanted to like this book.

To this day, Lost remains one of my all-time favorite television shows. An intriguing story, wonderfully written, with a talented cast, all shot in the beautiful locale of Hawai’i. As a huge fan of the show, I was excited to learn about this book, which I had read would delve deeper in the mythos of the world of Lost. So I picked it up with great anticipation.

My excitement was increased after reading the introdu
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I can't find my extensive review from several years ago, so I'll try to keep this short. "The Lost Encyclopedia" is an excellent but flawed resource. It's a high-quality and colourful coffee-table book. Inside, the reader will find clarifications for some of the more puzzling mysteries, but doesn't outright tell you that x + 42 = 108. The content is very interesting and detailed but vague in a manner to be expected from "Lost". The book is well-designed and the layout is carefully considered. Th ...more
Roger McCoy
Dec 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Oh, Lost, whatever shall we do with you?

Like the series, the book alternates between wonderful and insightful and being a complete mess.

For a book that was supposed to reveal all of the final mysteries, it fills in fairly little, and some of the explanations don't quite make sense. (The man in the cabin was the Man in Black? Really?) Some explanations appear contradictory. (The pregnancy issue is explained in different ways depending on the article. While it could be that multiple factors were i
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lori by: LOST TV SHOW
This is a must-have for fans of the television show LOST (on for six seasons). It is the ultimate in listing who the characters on the show were and their connections as well as the important objects and myths from the series. Since mythology and fate vs. coincidence were a huge part of the show, this really enhances the experience, and clearly explains what is known to be true in the show world. It is very organized and detailed. I saw a panel on the production of the book at Comic-Con in 2010 ...more
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All LOST fans
Recommended to Sammet by: Linda
A simply great book for LOST fans! The thick and colourful images are gorgeous and it's a joy flipping through the book. However, with my stubbornness, I decided to read the book from cover to cover. I mostly have time for that in bed before going to sleep. I don't recommend anyone to do this! It's definitely the type of book to just read up on your favourite characters, or if some questions rise while you're watching the show et cetera, but reading it thoroughly got pretty exhausting for me.

Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to read every word of this book! I especially loved all the pictures (and there are a lot of them!) Although I didn't learn much more than the television show already eluded to, it gave me a few "ah-ha" moments and reminded me how much I loved that show and it's characters. A must-have for any LOST fan!
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: television
Even though this is more of a reference book that one would use to lookup a specific person or place from the Lost series, I decided to read it straight through as a regular book. It brouight back many great memories of the series, including some of the "lesser" memorable scenes and explanations around them.
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: browsable
There are Trekkies.

There are Gleeks.

And there are....Losties? (really, what else would you call fans of Lost?)

Seems every popular TV show has its own unique little clique whose members devour every bit of info they can on said show...whether that info comes in a formally-published book, wikipedia (or some equally informative website), or fan sites (including Fan Fiction). While I haven't delved into the (probably very weird) realm of Lost Fan Fiction, I admit I have picked through the results
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
7 years after I bought it, I finally read it
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: die hard LOST fans
Confession time: I was, am and always will be a passionate fan of the television show LOST (2004-10) and, truth be told, my life just hasn't been the same since the shows final episode aired. In an effort to hold onto the love I felt for the show, I purchased this encyclopedia with the belief that it could bring those good memories and feelings back, even if only temporarily. Then, I actually got my hands onto LOST Encyclopedia and, put simply, I was utterly disappointed with what I got. This ...more
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is a huge coffee-table style book that is probably more meant to be used as a coffee-table book than to read for a few reasons:
1. It's huge. This book should come with a warning that dead-lifting it can result in a back injury. The size makes it pretty inconvenient to try to balance on your lap and read too. Also, for as big as it is, you'd think it would have tons of big, glossy, full-page pictures in it. There are a handful of those, but not nearly enough to justify the heft of this thing
Darren Vincent
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
It has its pros and it has its cons, but it is pretty entertaining for a book based on a show that has been off the air for close to two years now.

It is at its best when it is showing us the connections between the survivors (and bit players elsewhere) that you didn't know were there and didn't pick up on. It is at its worse when it picks a random object to expound upon. Am I really interested in learning about the zodiac boats that were used on the island and freighter. Do I need to know which
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: television, reference
Ermmm... Well, the pictures are nice.

I was really excited about this book coming out, but didn't want to read it until I'd finished rewatching the entire series. As soon as it came out and people started reading it, though, I began hearing not-so-great things about it, mostly examples of things the authors got wrong (e.g. So reading the book, I was taking it all with a grain of salt. Things I was reading and things I was learning may or may not be true
Art of the Film
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I recently purchased this book on sale. Having not seen "Lost" in several years, the book actually has inspired me to revisit the series. I think this is a must-own for Lost fans, and it would make a great gift.

Like a regular encyclopedia, the entries are arranged in alphabetical order. Everything is included - characters, locations, props, companies/organizations, etc. The book also makes use of the sho
Kerry Connelly
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Being a LOST fanatic, Of course I was going to love this coffee table book and I may add to fans and collectors that is a licensed official product.
If you're looking for a tell-all mystery solved/symbolism explained, you wont get a solid breakdown of everything (although there are some great insights into such entities as the Hanso foundation)but it is one hell of an Encyclopedia. A full A-Z reference guide of the people, events and even inanimate objects that contributed to the wholeness of 'Lo
Christine Kayser
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this book, because it made me super nostalgic for LOST. But I didn't love it. Because it's written as an encyclopedia, there's no indication of when a piece of information is a real fact or a LOST fact. Example: the article on Australia - what of that is real (population, probably) and what isn't? There were also several editing mistakes where the same sentence would be there twice in a row. At least six of these, which is disappointing because it's something that should have been caught ...more
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
I've been skipping around but will soon return to read in sequence, to be sure not to miss anything. One article already disappointed me: the Ancient Dagger. I already know what I saw, but I wanted to know the why behind this. I hope this isn't a harbinger of things to come.
Layout, photographs are all first rate.
I finally finished! This isn't the kind of thing you can read much of at once. I tried to read 6 - 10 pages per day and couldn't always manage that. I expected to learn some new things
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-12
I really hope the version I read is a first edition, and that in subsequent editions, these editors were shot and replaced with good ones. The blatantly obvious editorial errors were so bad, it made me want to scream.

This book is freaking huge. And I don't just mean thick. I've seen coffee tables smaller than this book. Super fun to carry it around for a week. It felt more like two.

Now that I've got the bitching over with. I really enjoyed this. It's a beautiful companion book. And I like that
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reference
I am not a die hard fan. I did watch all the seasons in Netflix several years after it ended. I picked this up randomly and mostly flipped through it, reading all the main characters and plot points sections.

This book, as stated in the intro, does not aim to answer any questions. It is simply an encyclopedia like its name states. That said, it was fun to read character's arcs in chronological order rather than how they were portrayed in the story, getting bits and pieces here and there. It also
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Fact-filled accompaniment to the TV series Lost. It's nice to have some of the connections implied in the series made explicit, and the authors try really hard to make that mess of an ending make sense. They even go along with introduction-writers Damon Lindelhof & Carlton Cuse in pretending that There Was A Plan All Along, And It All Made Sense.

There wasn't, it didn't, and Demon & Curse's smirky “If you're looking for answers, you won't find 'em here!” introduction just grates.

Katya Vinogradova
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Losties
What a wonderfully comprehensive guide to all things LOST! I am a fan of the show, I watched it entirely twice and certain seasons (first and third) three times. Still, I was able to find plenty of facts that I didn't know before, make connections between the characters and places, and simply enjoy the amount of hard work that went into making this amazing encyclopedia. The illustrations alone kept me occupied for a week.
It's also great for a trip down memory lane, when you want to recall certai
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Every true Lost fan will find gems in this book that will make them smile and re-engage in the show. It offers a great summary of events (in chronological order for once) as well as insights into links between characters, background stories never clarified before, and explanations of references...not to mention the awesome pictures capturing some of the most intriguing moments, like the blast door. Unfortunately, the horrendous editing (to the point of it being distracting) and seeming lack of i ...more
Roy Hudson
May 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Gevera Bert
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it
For a book filled with nitpicky facts, it's full of grammar and editing mistakes. Sentences that end midway with no punctuation, phrases and even sentences repeated in different paragraphs, and the dreaded and omnipresent dangling participle (some of which made the writing quite funny), not to mention poor use of pronouns and unclear antecedents. And I wonder why there was no entry on "Candidates."
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