THE great Professor Challenger has been —very improperly and imperfectly —used in fiction.
–Arthur Conan Doyle - The land of Mist - c1926
Professor Challenger ; 3
So, in the second Challenger book no reference whatsoever was made to dinosaurs or lost worlds so why I should have expected any reference in this to the events of The Poison Belt I don’t know. I mean, it only ended by telling the reader that society was forever changed by those fateful few days.
Well, there is no indication of that at all here. In fact it really doesn’t feel like part of the same world. No longer does Malone narrate the story, instead we have a third person narrator, and this narrator really doesn’t know how to tell a story.
There is no story to this book. It wobbles and wavers all over the place. And all the time trying to persuade the reader that spiritualism and seances are real and the future of religion.
I mean, you have to feel somewhat sorry for Doyle. He turned to Spiritualism after the deaths of his son, his brother-in-law, and of course the horrors of World War I. But this is not a novel. There is no narrative; there are only episodes here and there.
If I were you I wouldn’t bother at all with this.