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The Lost World: A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Crichton
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Sept. 1 1996
It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end--the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public.
There are rumors that something has survived. . . .
--New York Daily News
--The Washington Post Book World
--Entertainment Weekly
--St. Petersburg Times

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Written in the wake of Jurassic Park's phenomenal box-office success, The Lost World seems as much a guidebook for Hollywood types hard at work on the franchise's followup as it is a legitimate sci-fi thriller. Which begs the inevitable questions: Is the plot a rehash of the first book? Sure it is, with the action unfolding on yet another secluded island, the mysterious "Site B." Is the cast of characters basically the same? Absolutely, from a freshly minted pair of cute, compu-savvy kids right down to the neatly exhumed chaos theorist Ian Malcolm (who was presumed dead at the close of JP). But is it fun to read? You betcha. Hollywood (and Michael Crichton) keeps telling us the same old stories for a very good reason: we like them. And the pulp SF formula Crichton has mastered with Jurassic Park and The Lost World is no exception. --Paul Hughes

From Publishers Weekly

One fact about this sequel to Jurassic Park stands out above all: it follows a book that, with spinoffs, including the movie, proved to be the most profitable literary venture ever. So where does the author of a near billion-dollar novel sit? Squarely on the shoulders of his own past work?and Arthur Conan Doyle's. Crichton has borrowed from Conan Doyle before?Rising Sun was Holmes and Watson in Japan?but never so brazenly. The title itself here, the same as that of Conan Doyle's yarn about an equatorial plateau rife with dinos, acknowledges the debt. More enervating are Crichton's self-borrowings: the plot line of this novel reads like an outtake from JP. Instead of bringing his dinos to a city, for instance, Crichton keeps them in the Costa Rican jungle, on an offshore island that was the secret breeding ground for the beasts. Only chaos theoretician Ian Malcolm, among the earlier principals, returns to explore this Lost World, six years after the events of JP; but once again, there's a dynamic paleontologist, a pretty female scientist and two cute kids, boy and girl?the latter even saves the day through clever hacking, just as in JP. Despite stiff prose and brittle characters, Chrichton can still conjure unparalleled dino terror, although the wonder is gone and the attacks are predictable, the pacing perfunctory. But his heart now seems to be not so much in the storytelling as in pedagogy: from start to finish, the novel aims to illustrate Crichton's ideas about extinction?basically, that it occurs because of behavioral rather than environmental changes?and reads like a scientific fable, with pages of theory balancing the hectic action. As science writing, it's a lucid, provocative undertaking; but as an adventure and original entertainment, even though it will sell through the roof, it seems that Crichton has laid a big dinosaur egg. 2,000,000 first printing; BOMC and QPB main selection.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Grrr May 9 2013
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This book is not for sensitive heart. It's a essentiel book to every body like or love movie with the same name. It's not often nice dinosaur.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doyle: Good to the last page May 2 2010
By Chris
This story made me feel like a boy again! This is the only book I've read of A.C. Doyle's, but it is enough to recognize his genius in storytelling. Modern-day authors would be hard-pressed to achieve the level of excitement of "The Lost World"'s final chapter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the time Dec 29 2004
By Kiehl
The first few chapters of this book are some of the wittiest that I have read in a while. There are great comments in relation to newpapers and popular science that come from the mouth of one of the characters that read like they were written yesterday. Some reviewers have suggested that the story reads a bit dated. On the contrary I found Doyle's style to be very modern (as well as humorous). Also his writing is unpretentious. He doesn't send you to a dictionary to look up words or batter you over the head with his philosophy. He doesn't speak down to his reading audience either. The narrative moves swiftly and is packed with colourful characters and incidents.
There is racism in the novel (interestingly in the Oxford World Classics Edition it is pointed out that much of this is directed at the Irish) and you have to read the book with the knowledge that Doyle is the product of the British Imperialist mindset. The racism in the novel actually provides for fascinating reading because it allows a window into the prevailing thoughts of the day in England. You could read a history book for that or you could read this book and see for yourself.
While those who enjoy scientic or historical romances would like this short novel it will also be of interest to anyone curious about early 20th century social history in Britain.
I'm not a fast reader but I read this book in a day. And it was a day well spent. This was the first work I have ever read by Doyle (I have never read a Sherlock Holmes story) and I look forward to reading more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jurassic Park, 19th Century Style April 13 2004
By James Gallen TOP 100 REVIEWER
Arthur Conan Doyle has done it again, and this time, without Sherlock Holmes. In "Lost World", the egotistical, eccentric professor, the desperate lover, the cynical skeptic, fantastic life forms, danger, and conflict all play their roles in the weaving of this tale.
George Edward Challenger, the eccentric professor, shocks and challenges London's scientific community with incredible tales of prehistoric animals living in South America. Challenged to prove his position, he leads an expedition in search of this 19th century Jurassic Park, an expedition which will prove him a giant or a charlatan. I won't ruin it for you, but trust me, join the expedition. This truly is a book which you will not want to put down.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should have stopped after Jurassic Park March 27 2011
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I'm disappointed. Why did Michael Crichton write this so-so book when could have written a real sequel to Jurassic Park? I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen in what is supposed to be a thriller. For most of the book, the main characters seem to stand around in the same spot watching herbivores in the distance. Eventually a handful of bad guys come onto the island and get eaten before anything interesting happens. The good guys have a couple of short run-ins and then they go home. No interest in the dinosaurs that are loose on the mainland. Lots of implausible scenarios, like when raptors roll a cage across the island (how???). A little girl learns contrived life lessons from her hero, as Crichton tells us outright instead of letting us notice for ourselves. Ian Malcolm is back from the dead (although injured again, and on morphine again), Ellie Sattler has changed her name to Sarah Harding, Tim has become black and Lex has become poor. No plot to speak of, no interesting new technology like in the prequel, no suspense that I could detect. Read this only if you're curious to know the sequel to Jurassic Park, so you can say that you've read it. I've lost interest in trying anything else by Michael Crichton now that I've read The Lost World.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for all age Nov. 30 2008
By gilles
This book make me discover Arthur C. Doyle great writing. I'm sure that it was the principal inspiration for Michael Crichton "Jurassic Park" novel. This book is good to give the love of reading to young teenagers.

Good reading everyone future buyers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure Feb. 28 2004
By A Customer
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Although this book is excellent, I have to say that it is not as good as it's predecessor, maybe it's because we've read and heard the storyline before or the idea of creating dinosaurs has worn off, but either way it's still a good read. Once again, Crichton's opening argument to win over the audience and make them believe that Dinosaurs could've survived is totally believable. One of the biggest problems with the book, I thought, were the characters. I found it extremely difficult to actually like them. Apart from some minor problems, Crichton's 'The Lost World' is a worthy sequel to Jurassic Park, and I would suggest this book to any book-lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars �There are heroisms all around us� Dec 10 2003
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This book infests your soul with the want of adventure that every man and woman has deep inside them. Taking the reader through the ordinary streets of London to the exotic jungles of the Amazon, Doyle clearly and vividly describes colorful and long forgotten life forms and life-styles. From the majestic dinosaurs to the fierce ape-men to giant dragon-flies, this book will captivate every mind that reads it with a passion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent6 but definitely not before bedtime\\
I couldn't put this book down.... even after reading it for the third time.
Michael has a way with words that make the story come to life
and makes the animals so very... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Sufficiently different from the movie
If you have watched the movie then this book will not disappoint. The plot is very different from the movie and is actually more engaging. Another literary home run by Crichton.
Published 9 months ago by elginblatherford
3.0 out of 5 stars Showing Its Age, But Still A Classic
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" is a classic adventure story first published in 1912. It is the story of a scientific expedition that is sent to determine if the... Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by Dave_42
3.0 out of 5 stars As good as Jurassic Park
If you liked Jurassic Park, you will like The Lost World. If you can get past aspects of the book that are more unbelievable, like the recurrance of Dr. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by Brendan
3.0 out of 5 stars A so-so sequel that should have been better
Michael Crichton came up a winner with "Jurassic Park". Who doesn't love dinosaurs? So when you hit a winning ticket, you exploit it for all you're worth, right? Read more
Published on April 3 2004 by JLind555
4.0 out of 5 stars Extinction
Life on earth has been marked by a steady amount of extinction. Ian Malcolm, mathematician gave a talk entitled "Life at the Edge of Chaos. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by Mary E. Sibley
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