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The Lost World: A Novel (Jurassic Park Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Crichton
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Book Description

From the author of Timeline, Sphere, and Congo comes the sequel to the smash-hit Jurassic Park, a thriller that’s been millions of years in the making.
“Fast and gripping.”—The Washington Post Book World
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, and the island indefinitely closed to the public.
There are rumors that something has survived. . . .
“Harrowing thrills . . . fast-paced and engaging.”—People
“A very scary read.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Action-packed.”—New York Daily News
“An edge-of-the-seat tale.”—St. Petersburg Times

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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

    From Publishers Weekly

    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.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 3849 KB
    • Print Length: 448 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099240629
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 18, 2001)
    • Sold by: Random House LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B000FC1J76
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Dinosaurs rule! February 24, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    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 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Memorable Early "Pulp" Adventure October 21, 2003
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Whatever else it may be, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's THE LOST WORLD has certainly been influential. The 1925 silent film version was one of the great special effects landmarks of its day, and the novel has been filmed on at least two other occasions, once in 1960 and once more (for television) in 2002. And one scarcely need mention such LOST WORLD-influenced efforts as THE LAND UNKNOWN or the book-to-film JURASSIC PARK and its various sequels. There seems no end in sight.
    Doyle's original is remarkably straightforward and devoid of the subplots and love-interest introduced in the various film versions. The story is told from the point of view of a London reporter, Edward Malone, whose beloved spurs him into action when she declares that she could never marry a man who has no taste for high adventure or bold risk. Malone accordingly begins to cover a scientific scandal: Professor Challenger has returned from South America with outrageous claims of prehistoric life that survives on a plateau in the Amazon. When Challenger suggests a party be formed to verify his claims, Malone jumps at the chance.
    It is interesting to read Doyle's LOST WORLD in comparison with Wells' WAR OF THE WORLDS, for the two novels counterpoint each other terms of mindset; where Wells' famous novel is a covert satire of the brutality of English imperialism, Doyle accepts English imperialism with a manly embrace and sends his explorers off into the uncivilized wilds, where they repeatedly encounter undesirables in great need of a blast from an English-made rifle. Indeed, they often seem more interested in eradicating newly discovered life forms than in observing them!
    But we would do a disservice to both Doyle and his novel by taking it too seriously.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid, Real Horrorshow! July 22, 2005
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    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World is a terrific action novel. This is the original 1912 classic folks, long before Michael Crichton decided it needed to be "updated."

    It's about some reporter who travels to South America with three other guys, two of them professors, one a sportsman, to find dinosaurs atop a mysterious plateau that Professor Challenger, the main character told through the reporters eyes, found on a previous trip to South America.

    The story, yet, I must admit, a bit slow at the beginning, heats up into an awesome action-packed adventure filled with very entertaining characters like Lord John Roxton, the sportsman who is in the group. It was funny when Roxton would say things like "By George!" or "By Jove!"

    This definatley was one of the best books I've read this summer.
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    10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This book is one of a number of Professor Challenger adventures of Sir A. C. Doyle. A noted zoologist (Challenger) has come across evidence that there is a plateau in South America that can be reached from deep in the Amazon rain forest in which prehistoric animals still exist. An expedition of four (Challenger, a sceptical zoologist named Summerlee, a noted hunter (Lord John Roxton), and Edward Malone, a journalist) sets out to verify this report. The arguing and interactions between the academics is interesting in that little seems to have changed in the last 87 years! It should be noted that Doyle isolates the plateau so that there is minimal interaction with the rest of the rain forest (thus, the dinosaurs can't escape). But, why couldn't the ptereodactyls spread out? This story was one of the earliest "Lost World" tales and has been made into a film a number of times. Other stories in this sub-genre owe much to Doyle and Challenger.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars THE ORIGINAL TALE OF DINOSAURS IN THE MODERN WORLD February 27, 2006
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This is Conan Doyle's original tale of dinoasours still alive in the world. The setting is a plateau deep in the Amazon jungle, separat5ed from the rest of the world by very high rock walls. Up on this plateau dinosaours have survived.

    The book beging with Professor Challenger, a forceful and egotistical scientist claiming dinosaurs are alive in the jungle and he has seen them in a recent trip. A team is put together to verify this claim, including Challenger, another professor (Summerlee), a big-game hunter and a journalist (the narrator). This group arives at the plateau and begins exploring a way to get up on it. Once up there, they verify the existence of those dinosaurs, having terrifying experiences with pterodactyls and Tyranossaurus Rex. They also meet humans and an ape species that dominate the humans. The story unfolds from then to the climatic end, when Professor CHallenger releases a pterodactyl in a scientific gathering in London.

    Overall, this is an entertaining book, it reads like a precursor of Jurassic Park and other monster thrillers. One interesting fact is that the place described by Doyle in fact exists: it is Mount Roraima, at the Brazil/Venezuela/Guyana border. It is exactly as Doyle described it, which is fitting since he based the book on it. Though the plateau is interesting and strange, upon it there are no dinosaurs.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
    While I've been a fan of the jurassic park series, the second always left me cold, if they had based it more on this novel I would have enjoyed it so much more. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
    Edge of your seat reading. Vivid details make you live the story. I highly recommend this thrill ride of a novel to anyone with a good imagination!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I loved reading this book
    Published 9 days ago by JR
    4.0 out of 5 stars Review72503
    I enjoyed this book it had some great action sequences and some close calls sometimes I thought that they were a little wordy but on the whole I enjoyed this book
    Published 11 days ago by Wildflower
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first novel.
    This second book in the series isn't nearly as good as the first. There is little in the way of plot except 'meet nasty dinosaurs, escape from nasty dinosaurs, theorise about nasty... Read more
    Published 12 days ago by Marcus Peddle
    4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
    Have seen all the movies. I read the first book a long time ago, but never read this one before. Glad I did Michael Crichton has a great collection of books. Read more
    Published 12 days ago by RSB
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
    The book has a few more things than the movie of course. Typical Crichton: fun and fast-paced, with scientific intelligence thrown in for extra fun
    Published 14 days ago by K
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I miss Crichton's writings!
    Published 14 days ago by Patti's Book Nook
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    One of my favorites by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
    Published 17 days ago by Bill Navolis
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    An amazing sequel to Jurassic Park!
    Published 18 days ago by Sara R. Ryan
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    Michael Crichton was born in Chicago in 1942. His novels include Next, State of Fear, Prey, Timeline, Jurassic Park, and The Andromeda Strain. He was also the creator of the television series ER. One of the most popular writers in the world, his books have been made into thirteen films, and translated in thirty-six languages. He died in 2008.

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