The Lost World
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You’ve got hold of a book that is part of the UK’s largest reading campaign. We’re celebrating Arthur Conan Doyle’s 150th birthday and Charles Darwin’s bicentenary by bringing people across the UK together to read a classic adventure tale of a lost plateau, discovery and dinosaurs - The Lost World.
Investigative journalist Ed Malone joins a band of explorers sent to South America to prove that deep in the jungle there is a forgotten world where dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals still survive. What do they find - and will they make it home to tell the tale? It's the first Conan Doyle story featuring the larger-than-life Professor Challenger.
And, welcome to The Lost Book!
The Lost Book is a collaborative adventure in storytelling. It’s taking place online and anyone can join in. At its heart is an animated web series: the adventures of 21st century investigative journalist Aileen Adler.
There are loads of ways you can get involved and it won’t cost you anything. You can help us to write the story for the web series. You can join our special guest writer Jasper Fforde to reconstruct a stolen book in our weekly microstory competition. You can enter our soundtrack competition by creating your own music for the web series. You can produce your own animation.
And, you can read this book, tell us what you thought of it, give it away, and follow its journey. So join in, wherever you are, and have fun!
(Oh, and sometimes you’ll need a password to get into sections of www.thelostbook.net. Only people with a copy of this book will have the password, so these areas will be exclusive to you. The password is: the last word on page 150 of this book. Don’t forget!)
If you've picked it up - welcome to BookCrossing! I hope you enjoy The Lost World and then pass it on to continue its journey. It'd be great to find out where it has travelled to and read your review. You can stay completely anonymous if you prefer, or you can join BookCrossing (it's free) if you'd like to take part in this booklovers' community.
Change of plan, 15 April 2009: lightrailer2009 isn't responding to messages, so instead this book is going to hyphen8 in Hawaii next, then to TomHl in Wisconsin. When TomHl's finished the book will be wild released.
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Travelling to Crossing-Guard in Canada. Happy reading!
I'm just waiting on lightrailer2009's address and then this will continue on its journey.
- I felt sorry for the ape people. I know that they were not very pleasant but did they really deserve the treatment that they received. I would think that the two scientists would step in and stop this so they could study this so called missing link.
- It was a bit slow in the parts leading up to the plateau.
- Hated the way the dinosaurs were regarded as trophy's that should be beheaded and brought back. This was probably pretty common thinking but it still angered me.
Well that is it for now. Thanks again for sharing.
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CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
On its way to Hyphen8 (wish I was going to Hawii too). I hope that you enjoy the book!
Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing; I'll start this once I finish *one* of the books I'm currently reading. :)
Quite a grand adventure, and obviously a theme that remains popular even now - it certainly worked for Michael Crichton!
Despite the dangers, it would be hard for me to resist an expedition to see real dinosaurs.
Thanks for letting me be a part of this remarkable project; just looking at all the sponsors in the back of the book gives me an idea of the scale of this thing.
Other copies on my shelf:
This book will be sent off to its next reader tomorrow. Hope Wisconsin is ready for a few dinosaurs!
I'm currently in the middle of The Grapple, but will read this next.
Here is a photo of the book, together with two Arthur Conan Doyle books I've owned since the 1970s.
One thought that struck me while reading was that the explorers needed bearers to carry cartons of cartridges and all their other gear, and yet still decry that they are not a properly provisioned expedition. I was reminded of the John Franklin expedition of 1845 that failed to open the Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific by sea above North America. His heavily equipped two-ship expedition was totally lost in the winter ice off what is now northern Canada. Archeological evidence has pointed to lead poisoning, scurvy, eventual cannibalism, but primarily to a militaristic and extremely heavily-burdened traditional approach to exploration. The Northwest Passage was not actually opened by sea until the much lighter Roald Amundson expedition of 1906. But the superiority of that approach was apparently not recognized by Conan Doyle in 1912.
Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this Arthur Conan Doyle project, and to re-read an old favorite. I’ll be watching for an opportunity to wild release this next. I think I’ll also be looking for the chance to read Greg Bear’s Dinosaur Summer, a sequel to The Lost World, set in 1949.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
In the main lodge building, in the central area of the third floor, is a bookshelf of free books. I released this book onto that shelf today, during MUUSA 2009 (Midwestern Unitarian Universalist Summer Assembly).