When knights of the realm take breaks from writing detective mysteries, they write genre defining adventure stories – stories like the Lost World.
The Lost World introduces one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s lesser known protagonists, Professor Challenger. Challenger is an eccentric academic who claims to have evidence that deep in the South American Rainforest exists a land isolated from time, a land where dinosaurs and other unknown beasts still roam. To defend his honor and prove his claim he assembles a team of hunters, skeptics and colleagues. What follows is a classic adventure of the first order.
Now if any of that sounds cliche or familiar (including the title) it is simply because Sir A.C.D. has influenced, inspired, and been borrowed from by many generations of writers since, not least of which is Michael Crichton who admits as much in the forward to this edition.
This book is a classic for a reason. Highly enjoyable epic in the vein of L. Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs and John Buchan.