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The Lost World (Jurassic Park #2)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  64,934 ratings  ·  1,460 reviews
It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since that 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 rumors that something has survived.
Hardcover, 393 pages
Published April 7th 1997 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. (first published January 1st 1995)
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Chelsea
I find a lot of people discuss the "resurrection" of Ian Malcolm in their reviews, and I'd like to throw in my two cents. It's true, Malcolm is mentioned as dead at the end of Jurassic Park. To be exact, Muldoon is telling Grant what's happened to everyone else as they're flying away in the helicopter:
"What about Malcolm?" Grant said.
Muldoon shook his head.

The epilogue mentions the Costa Rican government not permitting the burial of John Hammond or Ian Malcolm (amongst a list of other ways they
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Paul
The story goes that Steven Spielberg flush with the success of the first Jurassic Park movie, itself an adaptation of a Michael Chrichton novel, decided to try and repeat his success by commissioning the author to write a sequel to his original novel (which the first movie was based on) which they could then adapt into a movie.
Whether or not that's true I cannot say but I will say that do not base your initial judgement of this book or the prospect of reading it on the lacklustre utter turkey th
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Chris Friend
Mar 30, 2008 Chris Friend rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No living creature on earth. Except silverfish. They need the fiber.
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Peter Meredith
The Lost World is not a very good book. The story is a slog to start and the characters are very weak. So weak that if any of them had actually been eaten by the constantly hungry dinosaurs I would've been like: shrug.
As the story progressed and I waited impatiently to find out: would they actually solve the mystery of the missing Dr Levine and go to the island of dinosaurs--as if there was a chance of that not happening--I was introduced to a series of these weak characters and it then became
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Wil
Sep 06, 2007 Wil rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Masochists and the illiterate
What I learned from The Lost World: The only people worthy of surviving in Crichton's world are geniuses. Everyone else is destined to be fodder/feed for terrorizing thunder lizards.

The Lost World suffers from two things: First off, if you've ever read Jurassic Park, then you know that TLW's protagonist, Ian Malcolm, is, in fact, dead. That's right... he died in Jurassic Park, but since they couldn't convince Sam Neill to return for the movie, Crichton rewrote history so that Malcolm somehow sur
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Deslni01
Michael Crichton's The Lost World is an interesting piece of work. On the one hand, it is an exciting, page-gripping, edge of the seat thriller reminiscent of the first Jurassic Park novel. On the other hand, it is exactly that: reminiscent of the first Jurassic Park novel. In many ways, it is merely a rehash of the original. Ian Malcolm returns, as does Dodgson, there are other dinosaur and mammalian experts involved (of course, they are all considered the best in the world), and the story coul ...more
Enrique
Well to be honest, I had watched the film adaptation before reading the novel. I loved the film especially with the Big Rex attacking my hometown. (Sadly the news never reported it). Now I had begun reading it kind of late, since I could only find a copy of it at Barnes&Nobels but I begun reading!

Now when I did read the novel I tried to clear my mind and not try to expect alot from it. However when I actually did get to reading the Lost World I was slightly dissapointed. To be frank I think
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Lady
Malcolm, terrorised beyond belief by his experiences on Isla Nublar, decides that once is never enough and that it's high time he stopped, y'know, not almost dying all the time in his newly won civilian life. So he goes back to play amongst the dinosaurs. How'd he ever make it off Isla Nublar in the first place? It got bombed back to the Cretaceous period, and it is acknowledged in this puny follow-up to Jurassic Park that everything on the island was destroyed by said bombing, but Malcolm survi ...more
Ash
This book, just like Jurassic Park was AWESOME! I have seen all the 3 parts of the movie so many times that I have lost count of it. But still I loved this book. This book is very remotely related to the movie. Other than the T-rex couple attacking scene, nothing much was in the movie. The starting was little slow but towards the end it was jaw-dropping, nail-biting and too thrilling.
The last book made me get nightmares full of T-Rex chasing me and I am sure this book will get me attacked by ra
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Vicki Le Feuvre
Not that I am prone to speaking ill of Spielberg, but whatever calamitous decision led to him not having Michael Crichton co-write the screenplay of The Lost World alongside David Koepp as he did for the first Jurassic Park movie was obviously a big mistake.

In terms of plot, characterisation and carefully crafted atmosphere this novel is vastly superior to the movie that shares its name. Also there are a lot more raptors in it, which is just gravy.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed watching a fully-g
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Fizzgig76
Ian Malcolm is alive (!? don't ask) and goes to the mysterious Site B for Jurassic Park with some gung-ho people set of studying dinosaurs and plucky kids BUT they face dinosaurs and humans. Jurassic Park 2 (the movie) didn't use much of this book for its script...Having seen Jurassic Park 2 that would be a good thing one would think, but the book is possibly just as bad, if not worse for the fact that Crichton can write but chose to vomit up this story. The characters are flat, the action is ev ...more
Henrik
Feb 09, 2008 Henrik rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy science-based fiction
Basically the usual good Michael Crighton stuff, interesting ramblings and speculations about science (in this case, the role of extinction in evolution). Certainly readable and enjoyable, but the plot line was not as solid as it could and should have been.

[Plot discussion follows]

1) Having the two kids come along was artificial and contrived, whereas in Jurassic Park it was natural. Did he include them here as a compulsory element in the case the book became a movie? (Note: having the kids alon
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Jocelyn
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Stacy
I know the saying, "It is a must read," is overused and often unworthy of the story it's applied to. However I can not think of a better way to describe this novel; you simply must read it. I had already the pleasure of watching and adoring the movie franchise. I was apprehensive about this series because it's a recurring issue that if you have seen the movie the the read is a slow one. That is absolutely not the case with this series. You get to discover your favorite characters in a deeper sen ...more
Sarah
Lush tropical island rife with painful ways to die? Check.
Scientists and high-powered rifles? Check.
Fixated, delusional troublemakers and greedy tycoons out to make a buck? Check.
Two insanely intelligent kids on an adventure they should have been nowhere near? Check.
An injured Ian Malcolm waxing philosophical while in the depths of a morphine-induced haze? Check.
Angry dinos? Check.


Looks like it’s “All Systems Go!” for another Michael Crichton dinosaur saga. Crichton basically recycled his formul
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Juan Nieto Cano
Muy bueno el desenlace de Parque Jurásico, me lo he leído en nada, también ayuda mucho como está escrito, muy en la línea del primero, la historia avanza con rapidez y las descripciones las justas y precisas, aunque la verdad, al igual que el primero, creo que algunas teorías de uno de sus protagonistas están de más, ya que yo no soy científico ni nada eso, pues llega un momento en el que se me hacen un poco tediosas, aunque por suerte sus teorías también son las justas y precisas. En este libro ...more
Isaac
This book takes place on a island close to where Jurrasic park took place. The explorers enter the island to respond to a distress call from Richard Levine. The island is where all of the "defect dinosaurs" that were discarded from Jurassic Park. The main characters are Richard Levine, a scientist associate of Malcolm, who appears in the first book and is a specialist on the chaos theroy, and really does not like the idea of jurassic park. There are two students of Levine, Arby (a computer geniu ...more
Lorenzo Giangregorio
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Jessica Franco
The sequel to the popular Jurassic Park, The Lost World follows Malcolm and a new cast of characters as they discover an unknown island abandoned by InGen six years later. In addition to the facilities presented in Jurassic Park, InGen had another secret island where all of the official experiments took place, dubbed in this novel as The Lost World. As carcasses wash up on Costa Rican beaches, Levine, a wealthy and annoying scientist, tries to discover where they are coming from. In the process ...more
Brady
“As the men slept they were totally unaware of the lurking danger outside their tents, a full-grown mother t-rex looking for her child.”
--Roland Tembo, The Lost World.

The Lost World by Michael Crichton will keep you flipping page after page to see what will happen next. This second book in the Jurassic Park series brings the reader back to the island with the same main characters: Ian Malcolm, Dr. Sarah Harding, and Nick Van Owen, as the last book but with a little bit more about the side-char
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CJ
Though this sequel to the beloved Jurassic Park takes a while to get going (and I mean a good quarter of the book is spent making the reader wonder if anything interesting is going to happen) this book does not disappoint once it does.

Professor Ian Malcolm who was believed to have been dead during the first novel teams up with a man named Richard Levine to go to a second island called Isla Sorna. Apparently experimentation with resurrecting dinosaurs happened on this island too called "Site B" a
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Jenine
First off, I love the Jurassic Park series and have enjoyed all three movies. The first book was great and I have read it a few times already...but I have to say I was very disappointed in this book. Yes I saw the movie already but that in no way has any bearing on my lack of enthusiasm for this novel. I had good expectations for this book because of the first book and Michael Crighton's talent for writing. However I found little to enjoy from this book. The plot (whatever the plot is, I never g ...more
Brian
Jurassic Park was pretty good, but this book was rather poor. It reads like a bad movie. The author is so intent upon pushing Chaos Theory upon the reader that he often forces the characters to behave way, way, WAY out of their habits in order to force things to go wrong.

People suddenly do really stupid things. People forget that they have weapons. All attempts to prepare for a situation automatically fail, because it's completely impossible (not just improbable) for a prepared individual to act
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Danny M
Dec 10, 2011 Danny M rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suspense and mystery readers
Recommended to Danny by: Read the presious novel.
This is the sequel to the novel Jurassic Park written by Michael Crichton. You should read Jurassic park before reading this book. Michael Crichton is a genius, and I always liked his novels. His books are filled with brilliant ideas and plenty of suspense. Michael Crichton does plenty of research in writing his novels and there is a mixture of truth and fiction in his writing. The novel Jurassic Park was one such idea that was brilliant and fascinating. The book was so good when Steven Spielber ...more
Benjamin Stahl
I’ve always loved the ‘Jurassic Park’ films, and I remember finally picking up the original Crichton novel when I was about fourteen. I enjoyed it, but I also realized the superiority of the film. Now, ‘The Lost World’ – the film, I’m talking about – was always deemed a terrible movie by all my friends, by most critics, and by me at a certain points. It’s a lazy sequel - it’s much too over the top - and it’s noticeably a bit too dark and mean-spirited in comparison to the almost magical, theme-p ...more
Donovan
Unfortunately this didn't meet the bar compared to the first (as so many sequels fail to do). I got the distinct feeling that Crichton was pushed in to writing this rather than wanting to write it. He makes an effort though and in being fair, it is not too bad. There are some cheap plot-hole fixes, to make this compatible with Jurassic Park but you can probably push those aside. It is still mostly about dinosaurs chasing people and has too many similarities to the first novel.

Plot ***Spoilers***
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Rinn
This review is also posted on my book blog, Rinn Reads.

Jurassic Park is one of my favourite books. As a child, the film both simultaneously fascinated and terrified me. I was one of those children who loved dinosaurs, and collected fossils on the beach. This interest in palaeontology led to an interest in history, which then led to an interest in archaeology. So I think I can say that I have Jurassic Park to thank for where I am today.

So I was so disappointed that I didn't particularly enjoy th
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Jess
Disclaimer: This book and the corresponding movie have almost nothing to do with each other. The film sequel was inspired by the fictional events here but is not based on them. Lose that expectation now.

Compared to Jurassic Park, this book was slower to start out. It didn’t grab me right away like the first story. I think that was because several new characters and storylines came into play.

But once the pace picked up, it picked up PDQ. It goes from introducing the new characters and preparing
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Stephen
Pretty decent sequel to Jurassic Park, though it does seem like Michael Crichton just stuck 2 kids in to either up the stakes and make us feel more invested, or he's a formulaic hack who can't figure out another way to create that emotion. This sequel sees Ian Malcolm reprise his role as cynic and chaos expert, and exploring Site B, the dinosaur factory that produced the adult specimens in the first book. There's a lot of backstory that is explored through some really forced exposition and an en ...more
Kelci Prewett
I went into this expecting it to be like the second Jurassic Park movie. The book and movie are nothing alike... thank you Jesus!! I hated the movie version. Malcolm was annoying. His daughter was annoying. Harding was annoying. And Eddie was annoying. So, basically, everyone annoyed me to no end. The book was the complete opposite. The characters weren't the same at all, some of their jobs and roles even changed. Malcolm still rambled on about science and theories, but I enjoyed it because it m ...more
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