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The Lost World: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1996


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Sept. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034540288X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345402882
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (524 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #390,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kiehl on Dec 29 2004
Format: Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 13 2004
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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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I don't know if the dinosaurs bring out the best in Crichton or what. I've read a few of his books and haven't really cared for them, but I loved Jurassic Park and I really enjoyed this one too. It's a rollicking adventure story that doesn't stop very often. When it does, though, with some long scientific asides, it stops dead.
Crichton sure is capable of writing an exciting tale. I wish he'd do it more often. Lost World has many exciting sequences as various dinosaurs (mostly Tyrannosaurus and Raptors) chase the humans all around the island. The action is breathtaking as, just when you think the humans have solved their problem (or at least are on the road to solving it), things take a turn for the worse. I am not one for hyperbole, but throughout the middle of the book, I couldn't put it down. I stayed up much later than I should, and only turned out the light because it was getting too late and I still had too far to go.
This really isn't much more than an action yarn with some scientific ideas attached to it, though, so don't get the idea that it's really deep. In fact, the scientific ideas are one of the problems with the book. I'm not saying they're not accurate, as I don't know enough about them to make that judgment. However, there are times where Crichton just stops the action dead to go on for a page or two about chaos theory, evolution, or something. These are interesting, but they completely destroy the mood of the book. It's almost like mixing chocolate and shrimp: sure, some people may like it, but for the rest of us who like both but hate them together, it makes the finished product just a little less palatable. Thankfully, the asides don't come at you too much at one time, so once each one stops the ball starts rolling again.
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By kenny on April 9 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With Michael Crichton's amazing attention to detail it's almost as if you were actually looking down backbone of a dinosaur. Crichton's novel, The Lost World, brings us to five years after the disaster of John Hammond's dream for a dinosaur park. But instead of Isla Nublar where the park had previously been, the focus was on the neighboring island, Isla Sorna, site b. recently there has been strange findings around the area and rummors have gotten around there might be dinosurs living freely on this island. One of the main reasearchers on this situation was a palieontoligist and teacher named Levine. Levine Being the arrogant person that he was left for the island days before the rest of the team had planned with out informing anyone that he was leaving. On Isla Sorna Levine and the assistant he brought with him immediately run into problems. Back at home, Levine's disappearance is noticed by Mr. Thorne, the head engineer of the team. Thorne contacts Levine with a satellite phone and gets a scrambled message with Levine asking for immediate help. The team does a rush job of getting ready and immediately leave for the dangerous island including two of Levine's 6th grade students completely unknown to the teams knowledge. For this group may dangers lie ahead. One of the many positive things Michael Crichton does with this novel is his use of detail; he really pulls you in to the story. In some of the actions scenes I actually found my self reading faster. A few of the things I didn't like about this book was Crichton often talked about things that were not important and found the book sometimes laborious to read. Over all the book was great, even with the semi-high number of pages the anticipation keeps the pages turning and the book is a quick read. I recommend this book to anyone who likes books with adventure and action.
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