The Lost World

The Lost World

Large Print - 1996
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The sequel to Jurassic Park. It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park. The island was closed to the public and the dinosaurs were destroyed. But there are rumours that some dinosaurs have survived...
Publisher: Leicester, Eng. : Charnwood ; Anstey, Leicestershire : F. A. Thorpe, 1996, c1995.
Edition: Charnwood edition
ISBN: 9780708989227
0708989225
Characteristics: 592 pages (large print) :,map ;,24 cm.

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megsgreen
Jun 22, 2019

This being my second Michael Crichton book I now officially know that I really enjoy his writing. I actually like it more than Stephen King. Not that he's actually a better writer, just that Stephen King can be a bit much for me sometimes and it's hard to know which books will be like that and which books won't. I read the first Jurassic Park book because I love the movie and wanted to read the book that inspired it. And I loved that book just as much as I loved the movie. The Lost World is a different story in that I didn't really like that movie very much, it's definitely not in my top 10 like Jurassic Park is, but I wanted to see if the book was any good. It definitely was. Way better than the movie. The movie is only loosely based on the book and in many ways they are very different from each other. And just like with Jurassic Park it's easy to see how this book inspired portions of the later movies as well, not just the one that is named after it. It was a great read and I stayed up late just to finish it!

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Diploun
Feb 11, 2019

Worthy successor to Jurassic Park-hard to explain how Ian Malcolm died in Jurassic Park but comes back to life. Otherwise a great read.

VaughanPLMichael Nov 05, 2018

Well this was a let down. Dare I even say it: the movie was better...

The characters were one dimensioned, there was zero character development, and the story was forced, boring, and uninteresting.

Don't waste your time on this. It's not even one of those 'so bad it's good' type of books. This is just a bad book.

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robert_124
Mar 29, 2018

on of crichtons best novels rip my man

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avocadotree
Feb 08, 2018

The legend lives on. So awesomesaurus

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flygt
Sep 25, 2017

It was okay, not great. I definitely enjoyed the first one more. The inclusion of precocious children for instance felt very hackneyed.

LoganLib_Aavishka Aug 24, 2015

Absolutely brilliant. Loved the first one, loved this one. I thought it was very wonderfully written. It was a bit odd about Ian Malcolm, but I like him. Definitely worth reading

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baldand
Jun 18, 2015

Oddly, the only one of the main characters from Jurassic Park also found in this sequel, The Lost World, is Ian Malcolm, the expert on chaos theory who was killed off at the end of the first novel. We are supposed to believe that he is now interested extinction theory, and this has led him to become an expert on dinosaurs since his nightmare encounters with them in the first book. He explains his curious decision to go back to another Costa Rican island housing the same kind of dinosaurs as an effort to observe their behavior and develop a behavioural theory of extinction. This behavioural theory that Malcolm, and perhaps his creator Michael Crichton believe in, seems vague and implausible. Since there is already a perfectly good theory to explain the extinction of dinosaurs, and other mass extinctions, i.e. meteors or comets crashing into the earth, why does Mr. Crichton struggle to find another explanation that seems much less satisfactory?

Kereesa Jun 17, 2015

Not as good as JP, but still fun. A nice allusion to Doyle and the fairly common 'lost world' early scifi novels (Journey to the center of the earth, lost manuscript, etc..)-even if this case it actually isn't. (A lost dream perhaps?)

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lukasevansherman
Apr 26, 2015

Jerk totally ripped this title off from Arthur Conan Doyle.

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nlaroche1914
Mar 07, 2019

It’s been six years since Jurassic Park, and Malcolm has been discovered to be alive after a scary near-death experience. The horrible events of Jurassic Park are thought to have been over and done with, the island destroyed. But now, there are reports of strange and unidentified animals attacking people and eating crops in South America. When Doctor Levine is able to see the animal he’s able to see it’s nothing we know of in this day and age but the animal is quickly destroyed and burned by the government. Levine traces back the animals back to a new island, Isla Sorna. He arrives only to find what he suspected is true, InGen has kept some animals hidden on this island and they’re still alive today…
The Lost World is a sequel to Jurassic Park, taking place several years after the first book. It’s a good book but I have to say that I think it has a bit of a slow start and was therefore kind of hard to get invested in. I also felt it was a little forced at times, I believe the sequel was only written due to the popularity of the first book so it doesn’t flow like a proper sequel should. Like for example, Malcolm was understood to be dead at the end of the first book but in this one they just said he “was only slightly dead”(Crichton 1). Also there is the obvious fact that Isla Nublar was destroyed at the end of the first book so there had to be a new island which is a little odd.
I think I’d recommend this book to people who have already read and enjoyed the first book, and even then it’s not perfect. If you didn’t really love the first book then this one’s definitely not for you, especially given the long and slow start before anything interesting happens. However, if you can get past the first 100 pages or so it should be more interesting and a more compelling read.

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