If you have read my blog or followed me on Twitter (@bookjourney) for any amount of time you probably know that I have spent my last two months of evenings watching all the seasons of LOST.
When LOST was on TV I found that I was missing episodes here and there due to life and commitments and then I would sit down to watch a new episode and I felt…. well..
At that point I let the show go planning to purchase the seasons and watch it that way and even then I had trouble staying caught up. It was not until this past November that I said ok, here is the winter plan. I am going to get through these episodes one after another and I am going to finish them all. And that is what I did.
For those of you who are fans of LOST you know where I am going to go with this. It was BRILLIANT. AMAZING. FULLFILLING. and left me with a sense of wonder. Most likely, I will watch them all again just to pick at the things I did not catch the first time and open up yet an even deeper level of appreciation.
This review though is about a book, not really about the show – although I guess that is not exactly true as they work together. I found this treasure in early January at Barnes and Noble. I had inquired if they had any books about LOST. I was taken to a small section of movie related books and seen this beautifully large book on the shelf. I pulled it towards me and loving glanced through the pages but catching the price out of the corner of my eye, I put it back on the shelf finding it too pricey to justify.
“But…. uh, Sheila.” *waving hand crazily high in the air*, “you have the book right?”
I then walked around browsing the shelves and found a large 50% off section in the center of the store and yes, there it was – this same book – but at half the price. I snatched it up lovingly and made my purchase.
Once home – the book was tabu until I finished watching all the episodes as I did not wish to view anything that I did not already know about. Chance whined to look at it – I said no. Al inquired…. still the answer was no.
And then on Friday evening, I watched with Chance the final three episodes and as the closing credits ran and I sat with a sort of numbness of not believing it was over but knowing it was… Chance ran upstairs and came back with this book.
And so…. finally (FINALLY) I get to my point.
The LOST Encyclopedia is an absolute must have for any LOST super fan. For this review I will clarify the difference between Fan and Super Fan.
Fan: Really found the show enjoyable, but sees no reason to revisit or explore further. See Exhibit A
Super Fan: Border line obsession with all things LOST. More than likely has Googled Dharma and wonders if you can find coffee cups and Dharma apparel (for the record the answer is yes to both). Super Fans will watch all the episodes again as well as all the bonus disc’s looking for clues they have missed the first, second, or third time around. See Exhibit B
As this large fabulous book opens up in the opening letter addressed to all Losties, there is an important paragraph:
This text will not confirm nor deny your theories about the show. It will provide clarity, and it’s a great reference guide, but what it does NOT provide are answers to the great unknown. It was incredibly important to us to maintain the purposeful interpretive quality of the show. And although it is frustrating at times to puzzle things out for yourself, the show was called LOST for a reason.
It will be hard to tell you all the wonderfulness of this book but I will try to give you all the things that I kn ow appeal to me and I think would appeal to other Super Fans as well.
The LOST Encyclopedia is alphabetized. Looking for that crazy candy bar and the story behind it? It’s i n there. A list of all the books mentioned and read on the Island? Yup. The meaning behind all the alcohol seen from the Dharma beer to the Scotch Whiskey that was used to humiliate Desmond, Daniel’s journal, the flashback/ flash forwards/ flash sideways, animals of the Island, and even the Fish Biscuits have their own page. The numbers the plane, even a list of the survivors of 815 that were never really acknowledged, but at my home when they showed up on scream were fondly known as the “Randoms”.
There is detailed layouts and explanation of the uses of each Dharma station. If you missed something during the tv show or had a question left unanswered, chances are you will find it here.
Oh and of course this book would not be complete without a detailed list referred to as the “Nickname hall Of Fame”, yes, a list of all the nicknames sawyer used! Partially listed below:
Cowboy, Slim, Sundance, Jackass (Jack)
Mohammad, Chief, Damn Arab Genious, Omar (Sayid)
Freckles, Shortcake, Puddin’, Thelma (Kate)
Oliver Twist, Tattoo, VH1 Has-Beens (Charlie)
Hidden Dragon, Chewie, Daddy-O (Jin)
Yoda, Captain Bunny Killer, Gizmo (Ben)
Crouching Tiger, Betty, Sunshine (Sun)
Jabba, Jumbotron, Pork Pie, Three Men and a baby (Hugo)
Mr. Clean, John Boy, Gimpy (Locke)
Barbie, Sweetheart, Pregnant Girl (Claire)
Short Round, Taller Ghost Walt (Walt)
Each character is broken down into pages of information: Facts and figures, time on the island, likes and dislikes, skills, as well as any connections to the numbers or how the numbers were used in their scenes. I also really enjoyed that they include lines that were priceless for each character!
…”You’ve no idea how hard it is for me to sit back and listen to other people tell me what I should do. But maybe that’s the point. Maybe I am suppose to let go.”
I have updated the 2011 WHERE Are You Reading map to include the LOST Encyclopedia
I purchased this book at Barnes and Noble, ST Cloud MN