Can you tell me who wrote the novel The Lost World?
I believe that most people would quickly come up with Michael Crichton, or maybe just say the same guy who wrote Jurassic Park.
However, some may remember an older novel with the same name.
We will start with Crichton’s book.
The Lost World by Michael Crichton was a sequel to Jurassic Park. This novel came out in 1995 which was two years after the blockbuster release of the movie Jurassic Park. The novel set the stage for a sequel to the movie. I hear that a fourth movie in the series (Jurassic World) is set for release later this year.
The tag line for the book was ‘Something has Survived.’
I really like the dust jacket for the book. This was a highly anticipated book and if I remember right I lined up to pick it up the first day it was released.
Something has survived is definitely the plot line of the original The Lost World novel that was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The book is about a group of explorers who are on an expedition to explore a plateau in the Amazon Basin. They encounter both primitive men and also dinosaurs who have survived through time.
The book introduces Professor Challenger who is featured in two other Doyle adventure novels and also several short stories.
I found this story much more interesting that what Crichton wrote when I read it years ago.
I am thinking about it tonight as I ran across this copy of the book today while at the used book store. Now the book is on one of my shelves.
Of course Doyle is much better known for his creation of Sherlock Holmes.
Doyle also wrote quite a few historical fiction and adventure novels and many short stories. He also wrote non-fiction works about History and also Spiritualism. Some of his novels were also based on Spiritualism.
Someday I plan on reading more of his works. Maybe when I am done with one of my reading challenges I will get started.
Have you read any non-Sherlock works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?