A little light reading for Bank holiday weekend, Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World.
It’s a proper old fashioned ‘ripping yarn’ and it made me think how film makers, in general, always ruin these classic stories (or most book adaptations but especially adventure stories) by not sticking to them. They usually have to add something or change something, which is really unnecessary when everything they need is really on the page. This is a very simply written adventure story and while I don’t think it’s as good as The Hound of Baskervilles, it was short and fun. I liked the characters, the story and some of the imagined creatures, it was just that not all of the creatures were that well imagined – or rather it seems so now, a hundred years after the novel was written. I should really read the other Sherlock Holmes stories in the anthology, I’ve only read The Hound but I’ve no idea which of the current book ‘piles of shame’ the anthology is in. Must investigate.