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The Lost World: A Novel (Jurassic Park) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Crichton
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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3849 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099240629
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st trade ed edition (Jan. 18 2001)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1J76
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3.0 out of 5 stars Series of essays upsets flow of story Aug. 15 2014
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I am torn. While the book was exciting in spots, there were not enough spots to keep the book from plodding. I know that in the late 1990s and early 2000s dinosaurs were the bee's knees for every kid and kid-at-heart. The book just doesn't "play" now. I seriously doubt it would even be published in this form. Not for it's subject matter, but for the zoological and paleontological lectures through out the book. It seemed almost unbelievable that action stops over and over again while Harding, Malcolm, Thorne, or Levine give a short essay about predation, evolution or theories. And sometimes NOT short essays about same. At times I much more enjoyed the banter from the bad guys. Even I could see where they went badly wrong. The children seemed to be there simply so they could ask questions which led to the next lecture. I agree that this book was simply economically expedient following the success of the Jurassic Park movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent6 but definitely not before bedtime\\ Jan. 22 2014
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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 life like. But have a good imagination
and the story fills the mental screen better than a theatre can
We lost a great write when he passed away
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dinosaurs rule! Feb. 24 2014
By Adam Oster - Published on Amazon.com
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Although one could very easily take issue right off the bat with the rather lame excuses Crichton uses to bring his favorite (as well as mine) character back from the dead, moving past that really brings the reader into a world much more special than that of the original novel. Being quite different than the movie, this book delves into exploring the history of the mysterious InGen corporation further, while also giving a great bit more detail into what all occurred that led to the creation of Jurassic Park.

I thoroughly enjoyed being able to learn more about the history behind the first book and, when it finally arrived, the action sequences in this book definitely build a great deal of suspense, although I feel that they no where near the quality and satisfaction of the original book. Crichton not only manages to bring in a few new species of dinosaur, but also manages to post conflicting ideas from the original book on things like how the T-Rex sees things, ensuring that such things comment on the original theory as well.

All in all, this book is definitely worth the read, especially if you enjoyed the first one (book or movie). It's sad to see that the film series departed from Crichton's vision so early in the process, I would have loved to see something much more in line with this book than the reality of The Lost World.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read, as usual July 7 2013
By David A. - Published on Amazon.com
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Have never been disappointed by a Crichton book. Even better than Jurassic Park. I Wish he was still with us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the movie! June 19 2012
By Joanna J. - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to hand it to Michael Crichton for writing wonderful female action characters. The plot would have interested me in any case, but his depiction of the intrepid Dr. Sarah Harding who helps tween Kelly find her confidence made the story hit home. Boys and men are not the only ones who want to tackle dinosaur-infested jungles. Thanks to Michael Crichton for giving us a vehicle to do that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling sequel! July 1 2014
By Matthew Clements - Published on Amazon.com
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If you read Jurassic Park you have to read this. Quick, exciting, with just as much (if not more) of Ian Malcolm's unique take on the world. Lots of great topics to debate strung in amongst some very exciting adventure.
2.0 out of 5 stars Substandard cash-in follow-up. Aug. 7 2014
By Justin M. Trimm - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a major stinker. I'm giving it two stars, because in the two or three days I spent reading it, I had a lot of fun complaining about all the ways it's substandard to its predecessor. And it's got dinosaurs. The dinosaurs are kind of boring, but that monotony is broken up by the incessant stupidity of the characters. And in the first book, there were stakes. Don't worry, if you want lazy morality, a weak structural gimmick parroting Malcolm's reflections on chaos from JP, but just... failing.

It's not a good book, but it's a fun book to complain about.
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