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3x9: "Stranger in a Strange Land"

LOST reference: Title for episode 3x9

Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Published: 1961

Description: Awonderfully humanizing artifact for those who can enjoy thinking about the place of human beings not at a dinner table but in the universe.Valentine Michael Smith is the stranger. A young human, reared by Martians on Mars, he is brought to Earth where he must adapt not only to the planet's social injustices and its population's foibles, but to its strong gravitational field and rich atmosphere.
3x8: "Laughter in the Dark"

LOST reference: Charlie and Hurley find this book in Hurley's stash while looking for alcohol.

Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Published: 1932

Description: Albinus, a respectable, middle-aged man and aspiring filmmaker, abandons his wife for a lover half his age: Margot, who wants to become a movie star herself. When Albinus introduces her to Rex, an American movie producer, disaster ensues. What emerges is an elegantly sardonic and irresistibly ironic novel of desire, deceit, and deception, a curious romance set in the film world of Berlin in the 1930s.
3x7: "A Brief History of Time"

LOST reference: Also is reading this book as he guards the "prison" where Karl is being detained in 3x7.

Author: Stephen Hawking
Published: 1988

Description: This landmark volume in scientific writing leads us on an exhilarating journey to distant galaxies, black holes, and alternate dimensions, and includes Professor Hawking's observations about the last decade's advances—developments that have confirmed many of his theoretical predictions. Makes vividly clear how Professor Hawking's work has transformed our view of the universe.
3x4: "Of Mice and Men"

LOST reference: Sawyer is seen reading "Of Mice and Men" in prison in Florida in episode 3x4. Sawyer, and Ben Linus, both quote the book later in the same episode.

Author: John Steinback
Published: 1937

Description: The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simpleminded man, calming him and helping to reign in his immense physical strength.
3x1: "A Tale of Two Cities"

LOST reference: The title of episode 3x1 is taken from Charles Dickens' work, A Tale of Two Cities. 3x1, "A Tale of Two Cities "

Author: Charles Dickens
Published: 1859

Description: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . ." With these famous words, Charles Dickens plunges the reader into one of history’s most explosive eras—the French Revolution. From the storming of the Bastille to the relentless drop of the guillotine, Dickens vividly captures the terror and upheaval of that tumultuous period. At the center is the novel’s hero, Sydney Carton, a lazy, alcoholic attorney who, inspired by a woman, makes the supreme sacrifice on the bloodstained streets of Paris.
3x1 & 3x7: "Carrie"

LOST reference: Before the crash of Flight 815, seveal of the Others are involved in a book club. Juliet, the current host, has picked her favorite book for the group to study: Carrie. 3x1, "A Tale of Two Cities". In 3x7, we also find out that before she was on the island, Juliet was using experimental drugs to help her sister get pregnant. Her sister, at the time, was reading Carrie (the book is seen on her night stand).

Author: Stephen King
Published: 1974

Description: In one way or another, everybody abused Carrie. Her fanatical mother forbade this sixteen-year-old misfit everything that was young and fun. She was teased and taunted by her classmates, misunderstood by her teachers, and given up as hopeless by almost everyone.

But Carrie had a secret: she possessed terrifying telekinetic powers that could make inanimate objects move, a lighted candle fall, or a door lock. Carrie could make all kinds of startling bizarre, and malevolent things happen. And so she did one night, when feeling scorned and humiliated...and growing angrier and angrier...she became the vengeful demon who let the whole town feel her power.
2x23: "Our Mutual Friend"

LOST reference: Desmond carries this book with him intending to read it as the last thing he does before he dies. Alone and isolated in the swan station, Desmond begins to read the book, having made the decision to take his own life. His life is spared, however, when he finds a note from the love of his life inside, and when Locke starts pounding on the hatch after Boone's death. 2x23, "Live Together, Die Alone "

Author: Charles Dickens
Published: 1864-65

Description: When the body of John Harmon, the dust-heap's expected heir, is found in the Thames, fortunes change hands surprisingly, raising to new heights "Noddy" Boffin, a low-born but kindly clerk who becomes "the Golden Dustman." Charles Dicken's last complete novel, Our Mutal Friend encompasses the great themes of his earlier works: the pretensions of the nouveaux riches, the ingenuousness of the aspiring poor, and the unfailing power of wealth to corrupt all who crave it.
2x16: "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret"

LOST reference: Sawyer is seen reading this book in 2x16, "The Whole Truth"

Author: Judy Blume
Published: 1977

Description: No one ever told Margaret Simon that eleven-going-on- twelve would be such a hard age. When her family moves to New Jersey, she has to adjust to life in the suburbs, a different school, and a whole new group of friends. Margaret knows she needs someone to talk to about growing up-and it's not long before she's found a solution.
2x13: "Lancelot"

LOST reference: This book is seen in the Swan Station held upside down by Locke as though he's looking for something inside in 2x13

Author: Walker Percy
Published: 1977

Description: Lancelot Lamar is a disenchanted lawyer who finds himself confined in a mental asylum with memories that don't seem worth remembering. It all began the day he accidentally discovered he was not the father of his youngest daughter, a discovery which sent Lancelot on modern quest to reverse the degeneration of America. Percy's novel reveals a shining knight for the modern age--a knight not of romance, but of revenge.
2x15: "The Brothers Karamazov"

LOST reference: Locke gives a copy of this book to Henry Gale to read while he's locked up in 2x15. Locke also discusses Hemmingway's jealously of Dostoevsky with Henry and Jack.

Author: Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
Published: 1880

Description: The Brothers Karamazov is generally considered one of the greatest novels by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky and the culmination of his life's work. The book is written on two levels: on the surface it is the story of a patricide in which all of the murdered man's sons share varying degrees of complicity but, on a deeper level, it is a spiritual drama of the moral struggles between faith, doubt, reason, and free will.
2x13: "An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge"

LOST reference: This book is seen in the Swan Station held upside down by Locke as though he's looking for something inside in 2x13

Author: Ambrose Bierce
Published: 1897

Description: The story centers on Peyton Farquhar, a southern planter who, while not a Confederate Soldier, is about to be hanged by the Union Army for attempting to destroy the railroad bridge at Owl Creek. As Farquhar stands on the bridge with a noose around his neck, Bierce leads the reader to believe that the rope breaks and that Farquhar falls into the water below, only to escape to his farm, where he is reunited with his wife. It is revealed at the end of the story, however, that Farquhar has, in fact, been hanged and that these imaginings took place in the seconds before his death.
2x13: "Hindsights"

LOST reference: This book is seen in a closeup by Sawyer's head as he recovers in the bunk-bed inside the Swan Station.

Author: Guy Kawasaki
Published: 1994

Description: Tom Peters, Steve Jobs, Anita Roddick, Herbie Hancock, and others are the subjects of interviews with bestselling author Guy Kawasaki. Based on the premise that people learn from others' hindsights, this optimistic book is about hope, progress, and change. Illustrations.
2x13: "After All These Years"

LOST reference: This book is seen in a closeup by Sawyer's head as he recovers in the bunk-bed inside the Swan Station.

Author: Susan Isaacs
Published: 1994

Description: After 25 years of marriage, he left her for a younger woman. Now he's dead. Whodunnit? A deliciously witty, insightful look at love, marriage, and homicide Long Island-style.
"The Holy Bible"

LOST reference: The tailies find a Holy Bible in the Arrow Station. Eko later gives it to Locke and it is revealed to be hollowed out, with a missing section of the Orientation film hidden inside.

Author: God (various prophets, kings, priests and Christian leaders believed to be divinely inspired)
Published: ~1500BC-90AD (Compiled in 4th century)

Description: The Bible is the cornerstone manuscript in the Christian faith. It tells of man's creation and initial relationship with God, his separation from God by sin, and the restoration of a relationship with God through Christ.
"The Epic of Gilgamesh"

LOST reference: Locke's crossword puzzle contains a clue and answer referencing 'The Epic of Gilgamesh'.

Author: Unknown
Published: ~2000 BC

Description: Miraculously preserved on clay tablets deciphered only in the last century, the cycle of poems collected around the character of Gilgamesh, the great king of Ukruk, tells of his long and arduous journey to the Spring of Youth, of his encounters with monsters and gods and of his friendship with Enkidu, the wild man from the hills. Also included in the epic is a legend of the Flood, which agrees in many details with the biblical story of Noah.
"The Turn of the Screw"

LOST reference: Desmond tells Locke and Jack the Orientation film is on the bookshelf, behind 'Turn of The Screw'.

Author: Henry James
Published: 1898

Description: The narrator's friend Douglas reads a memoir entrusted to him by his young sister's governess when he was in college: to oblige a handsome bachelor, she agrees to care for his orphaned niece and nephew in a lonely country house. She becomes convinced that Flora and Miles (ages 8 and 10) are haunted by the evil spirits of their former governess, Miss Jessel, and a former valet, Quint.

The housekeeper, Mrs. Grose, tells the governess of the servants' "corruption" and "contamination" of the children, Miss Jessel's suspected pregnancy and mysterious death, and Quint's fatal, drunken fall. The governess's obsessive struggle with the ghosts over the children culminates in Flora's descent into a fever and a climactic battle with Quint over the soul of Miles, who dies of heart failure even as the governess asserts her triumph.

"The Third Policeman"

LOST reference: Desmond grabs 'The Third Policeman' from the shelf before leaving the Swan Station. Author: Flann O'Brien
Published: 1967

Description: The unnamed narrator of The Third Policeman is a student of a scientist/philosopher named de Selby , and, as is revealed in the opening paragraph of the novel, has committed a robbery and a violent murder. The narrator finds a police barracks, hoping to enlist the policemen into locating the black box for him. There he meets two of the three policemen, who speak in a curious mélange of spoonerisms, solecisms, and malapropisms; and there he is introduced to various peculiar or irrational concepts, artifacts, and locations, including a contraption that collects sound and converts it to light, a vast underground chamber called 'Eternity,' an intricate carved chest containing an infinite series of identical but smaller chests, and a theory of the transfer of atoms between a man and his bicycle

"Alice in Wonderland"

LOST reference: Locke to Jack "Ah..The white rabbit, Alice in Wonderland."

Author: Lewis Carroll
Published: 1865

Description: hen Alice tumbles down, down, down a rabbit-hole one hot summer's afternoon in pursuit of a White Rabbit she finds herself in Wonderland. And there begin the fantastical adventures that will see her experiencing extraordinary changes in size, swimming in a pool of her own tears and attending the very maddest of tea parties. For Wonderland is no ordinary place and the characters that populate it are quite unlike anybody young Alice has ever met before. In this imaginary land she encounters the savagely violent Queen, the Lachrymose Mock Turtle, the laconic Cheshire Cat and the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, each as surprising and outlandish as the next.
"Heart of Darkness"

LOST reference: Jack says to Kate: "Tell me something.. How come any time there\'s a hike into the heart of darkness, you sign up?", and Charlie says to Hurley: "One minute you\'re happy go lucky good time Hurley, the next you\'re Colonel bloody Kurtz."

Author: Joseph Conrad
Published: 1902

Description: Written several years after Conrad's grueling sojourn in the Belgian Congo, the novel tells the story of Marlow, a seaman who undertakes his own journey into the African jungle to find the tormented white trader Kurtz.
"Lord of the Flies"

LOST reference: Sawyer remarks to Jin, 'It's all Lord of the Flies down there now'.

Author: William Golding
Published: 1954

Description: Lord of the Flies depicts the regression into savagery of a group of schoolboys stranded on a deserted island without adult supervision, in the aftermath of a plane crash, while fleeing wartime Britain.
"A Wrinkle in Time"

LOST reference: After Sawyer finishes reading Watership Down, he is seen reading A Wrinkle in Time.

Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Published: 1962

Description: A provocative fantasy-science fiction tale of a brother and sister in search of their father, who is lost in the fifth dimension.
"Watership Down"

LOST reference: Sawyer finds a copy of Watership down after it washes up on shore, and begins reading it. The book originally belonged to Boone.

Author: Richard Adams
Published: 1972

Description: One of the most beloved novels of our time, Richard Adams's Watership Down takes us to a world we have never truly seen: to the remarkable life that teems in the fields, forests and riverbanks far beyon our cities and towns. It is a powerful saga of courage, leadership and survival; an epic tale of a hardy band of adventurers forced to flee the destruction of their fragile community... and their trials and triumphs in the face of extraordinary adversity as they pursue a glorious dream called "home."
BOOKS ABOUT LOST
Lost: Endangered Species

Lost , the television series, takes place on a remote South Pacific island, where a plane crash has left 48 survivors stranded. These novelizations will focus on survivors who are not main characters on the television show -- adding depth to the show, and also offering new and compelling stories and characters for Lost fans. These new characters will have original adventures rooted within the show's continuity; they will cross with characters from the show, and even take a background role in major events seen on the show.

Author: Cathy Hapka
Published: 2005
The Lost Chronicles

ABC's Lost is one of the most exciting shows on TV, but with its 48 plane crash survivors, it's also one of the most rich and complicated. This official, profusely illustrated companion book contains a detailed episode guide that covers the show's numerous plot twists and backstories. Lost Chronicles also provides exclusive reflections and anecdotes from the show's cast members, writers, and creator/producer J. J. Abram.

Author: Mark Cotta Vaz
Published: 2005
Lost: Secret Identity

Lost , the hit ABC television series, takes place on a remote South Pacific island where a plane crash has left 48 survivors stranded. This tie-in novel expands the complex and gripping plot of the show by focusing on survivors who are not main characters, but have -- as this book reveals -- very complex stories of their own.

Author: Cathy Hapka
Published: 2006
Bad Twin

Lost , the hit ABC television series, takes place on a remote South Pacific island where a plane crash has left 48 survivors stranded. This tie-in novel expands the complex and gripping plot of the show by focusing on survivors who are not main characters, but have -- as this book reveals -- very complex stories of their own.

Author: Gary Troup
Published: 2006
LOST: Signs of Life

Signs of Life is the third installment in a series of novels intertwined with TV's hit Lost program. Each novel expands the plot of the show by focusing on survivors who are not main characters.

Author: Frank Thompson
Published: 2006

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LOST is a television drama that airs on the ABC TV network. The LOST television series is also available on DVD. The LOST TV show stars Naveen Andrews as Sayid Jarrah, Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard, Jorge Garcia is Hugo Hurley Reyes, Maggie Grace as Shannon Rutherford, Josh Holloway as James Sawyer Ford, Malcolm David Kelley as Walt Llyod Porter, Daniel Dae Kim as Jin-Soo Kwon, Yoon-Jin Kim (Yun jin Kim) as Sun Paik, Evangeline Lilly as Kate Dodd, Dominic Monaghan as Charlie Pace, Terry O'Quinn as John Locke, Harold Perrineau Jr. as Michael Dawson, Ian Somerhalder as Boone Carlyle, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Mr. Eko, Michelle Rodriguez as Ana Lucia Cortez, Cynthia Watros as Libby, Kiele Sanchez, Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet, Rodrigo Santoro and Michael Emerson as Henry Gale or HIM. LOST is created by J.J. (JJ) Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, Damon Lindelof, Paul Dini, Brent Fletcher, David Fury, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Lynne E. Litt.

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