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The Lost World: A Novel (Jurassic Park) by [Crichton, Michael]
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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: 6182 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099240629
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Jan. 18 2001)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC1J76
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 491 customer reviews
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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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I was looking forward to a sequel to Jurassic Park for a long, long time. When it came out, I bought it and, of course, read it. I had a mix of emotions. The action sequences are superb, albeit few and far between. The characters are a bit thin, although a step up from Jurassic Park's characters of Grant, Ellie and Gennaro. The only characters from Jurassic Park that had any real story to them were Muldoon and Malcolm. The Lost World starts off too slow, but when the action hits...BAM!!!!!, you are on a roller coaster ride. It has more of a run for your life theme, but it's well thought out. The raptor chase sequences will leave an imprint in your mind for weeks to come. My only real complaint for this book are the lull periods, which happen too often and are too long. The best part about this book is that you really don't have to read the first one to understand it, although Malcolm's speeches may leave some people in the dust. The real action only starts at page 300 out 430, which will be dissapointing to some. Although the ending is very weak, you will want to read it again too see what you might have missed. A perfect summer by-the-beach read.
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By A Customer on June 26 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book is causing a big argument between my husband and me. He loved the book, and recommended it to me. Having read JURASSIC PARK, I was really excited to read THE LOST WORLD. But in all honesty, I could not read it. I only read the first 25 pages or so.

Why? To be an effective story, a novel has to let me suspend my disbelief, and tell me a believable, if fantastic, story. THE LOST WORLD failed to do that. Because Ian Malcolm died in the middle of JURASSIC PARK. A body was not recovered, but I went back and read where he was thrown into the bushes by a T-Rex, and was never heard from again. Then they nuked the island, not taking Malcolm with them. How did he survive? I felt that Crighton confused his book with the movie of it. And was in fact writing a sequel to the movie. I went to see the movie sequel, and it was fine. Because Malcolm lived at the end of the first movie. But I can't get through the book. I don't care how good it may be, I simply cannot get past that most basic of continuity errors.
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The book Lost World is like a car in a sense because it starts out slow and then gains momentum and in reference to the book: it just gets better and better. This isn't the first book I've read by Michael Chrichton and it probably won't be the last. Chrichton has a way of really getting the reader engulfed in to the book and to not want to put it down. He combines amazing facts, "Metatarsals all wrong, pubis too ventral, ischium lacking a proper obturator, and the long bones much too light," that show the amount of research he puts in, along with incredible detail and, as in every book, an original story line, this book being no exception. "Their reddish skin had a leathery appearance. Their huge heads were fierce-looking, with heavy jaws and large sharp teeth." This is an excellent example of how he is able to develop a seen and creature to give the book a definitive feel to it. Michael Chrichton is also able to give each character their own personality with the way they talk and act around other characters. Taking place after the Jurassic Park ended Lost World picks on the coast of Costa Rica as characters Marty Guitierrez and scientist Richard Levine fly in to look at a mysterious creature located there. To avoid the media the Costa Rican Government has the specimen destroyed but not before Levine can get a sample and send it off to none other than Ian Malcolm who is now teaching at a middle school. For a while after that the chapters are filled with (what at sometimes is a little boring but with no lack of description and imagery) discussion and contemplation over the sample and the expedition to an island called Site B. It doesn't take long though for the book to really take off and get exciting.Read more ›
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