It feels a bit silly to me to write a review over a classic book. Maybe because there are so many reviews out there already—maybe because the people reading my review are more likely to have read the book themselves, and thus are judging my opinions. When I review a newer or less-heard-of book, I’m alerting people to its existence, promoting it (for better or worse). I’m not really promoting classic books.
But I feel like I should review all the books I read this year, so here goes.
The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle.
I’m a fan of the original Sherlock Holmes stories, and it was refreshing to read more of Doyle’s work. Despite this book being written in the POV of a character by the name of Malone, rather than good ol’ John Watson, there’s no hiding Doyle’s style. It felt familiar and pleasant.
I knew the general idea of the novel before I started reading it. I was never a big fan of the Jurassic Park movies, but I was excited to read the book that pretty much started it all. I liked Malone, and Challenger, and the rest of the crew. Doyle has a way of writing lovable jerks—I don’t mean the charming kind, either. Challenger was hot-tempered and violent and stubborn, but for some reason, I liked him anyway.
There were lots of beautiful scenes in this book, between the jungle and dinosaurs, but honestly the image that sticks with me the most is the tick Malone finds on his leg one morning. Spoiler: He thinks it’s a grape, until he touches it and it pops, blood going everywhere. I shiver just thinking about it.
I guess that’s about all I have to say about it, really. I liked the book a great deal, and if you’re into easy-to-read classic books, this is one that should go on your list. 4/5 GR stars.
Aaaand I still have a book I read in March that I need to review. I don’t know why it’s so hard to just write that review; it was a perfectly good book, but I can’t bring myself to do it? We’ll see.
I’m currently reading Bitten by Kelley Armstrong in real book, and Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen in ebook.
And you good folks should check out my girlfriend’s comic—Punch-A-Bear by Tabia B. It’s updated twice a week (though she’s currently on vacation [visiting me!] so there’s a bit of a lull). It’s funny and adorable, and it needs to be seen by more people.
Posted from my phone, so please excuse extra typos! ESJ