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The Lost World by Michael Crichton

The Lost World (1995)

by Michael Crichton

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Series: Jurassic Park (2)

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An interesting, theory heavy version of Jurassic Park. Not a whole lot of action occurs until about 2/3 through the book, but that's okay, because Ian and Lavine's constant theorizing and extrapolating on the themes of extinction and evolutionary behavior is highly interesting and delivered in a very character-centric and entertaining way! The last third of this book is a constant, non-stop excitement machine that introduces clever dinosaur after bastard dinosaur after clever dinosaur after nasty death after terrifying dinosaur. Some of the revelations that Ian and Lavine go through are a little ham-fisted and I have hard time believing some of the logic the characters use to get out of bad situations some times (that cable under the computer???) but for the most part I can look past it. Over all, The Lost World is a different paced adventure than Jurassic Park was, but I'd say given the characters it's definitely an understandable direction to go for this book. I really enjoyed reading it; it was a lot of fun! ( )
  Braden_Timss | Jul 17, 2015 |
This is not much like the film Lost World and has the feeling of a pot boiler, written quickly to cash in on the success of the movie. One good thing is that it does not have the incredibly irritating and strangely dark daughter of Jeff Goldblum, although it does include two children who are - remarkably - helpful and unbrattish.

There is a map that serves only to confuse and some ruthless baddies working for Big Pharmaceuticals, a trailer which gets pushed about by a vengeful T-Rex, and lots and lots of dinosaurs. On an island - no side trips to Los Angeles or monsters roaming the suburbs. But the villain does get fed to the baby dinos, to the relief of all. ( )
  adpaton | Jul 10, 2015 |
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  kewlgeek | Jun 30, 2015 |
This is the third and final book of my cruise reading for 2015, even if I did only start the book on the last night on the ship.

Having seen the movie when it came out, I always enjoyed it. It wasn't as good as the first, but enjoyable. However, now that I've read the book, I really don't understand most of the changes made, especially the homage to the first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World (replacing a T-Rex stalking through Los Angeles with the Willis O'Brien Brontosaurus). I understand the economy of combining Arby and Kelly into one character, but I don't understand eliminating Richard Levine and Dodgson's entire team (replacing them with John Hammond's money-grubbing nephew and a team of hunters).

So yeah, was pleasantly surprised that the book had so many improvements over the film. At least the initial inspiration for Malcolm's involvement was still a research expedition turned rescue mission, because that's the only way I see him returning to an environment like Site B after everything he went through the first time.

If you're a fan of the movie, don't expect many similarities (except in passing), but if you enjoy the world of Jurassic Park, this is definitely a welcome sequel. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Jun 23, 2015 |
He's still my favorite. ( )
  RBeene | Mar 20, 2015 |
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"What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world." Albert Einstein
"Deep in the chaotic regime, slight changes in structure almost always cause vast changes in behavior. Complex controllable bahavior seems precluded." Stuart Kauffman
"Sequelae are inherently unpredictable." Ian Malcolm
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The Santa Fe Institute was housed in a series of buildings on Canyon Road which had formerly been a convent, and the Institute's seminars were held in a room which had served as a chapel.
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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 rumours that something survived.
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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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