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The Lost World (Jurassic Park #2)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  85,701 Ratings  ·  2,150 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 September 17th 1995)
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Zach Smith Ian Malcolm, Richard Levine, Jack Thorne, Sara Harding, Eddie Carr and two sneaky kids Arby and Kelly. And the biosyn crew.
Austin Longenecker No, The Lost World is a sequel to the book. The books have nothing to do with the movies except for the fact that the movies are based on them. In…moreNo, The Lost World is a sequel to the book. The books have nothing to do with the movies except for the fact that the movies are based on them. In other words, the movies did not affect the outcome of the books. I'm not sure if I answered your question correctly.(less)
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Chelsea
Sep 26, 2007 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Kaora
Apr 19, 2016 Kaora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book but not as much as the first unfortunately.

I have not seen the movie (I have seen the first) so I can't make any comparisons there, but I understand that this book was written after the success of the first movie, and brings back one of my favorite characters, which I was glad about as his theories were part of what drew me to the first book.

I adore books that try to explain things using science. It is also a very accurate warning about how people are starting to use science.

P
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Paul
May 16, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 did not like it  ·  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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Andrew
Apr 30, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I do enjoy the writing style of Michael Crichton and although he has had his share of varying popularity I always feel I can trust his writing to deliver (even if to some that feels safe and uninspiring)

Anyway I digress - this was the second of his Jurassic Park novels and again a loose basis for the film (it still fascinates me how the first book and film diverge, digressing again), however the film was such a success there is little of surprise to the book, for me it was mo
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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
William Dalphin
Sep 06, 2007 William Dalphin rated it did not like it  ·  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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Debbie
Nov 02, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having recently re-read Jurassic Park, I realized that I had never bothered with the sequel. I am glad I did but it wasn't all that great. It did not measure up to the 1st one at all. There is far less action and WAY more talk.

I felt that this was Crighton's way of spewing some interesting and some not so interesting facts out into the world. It seemed that he needed his readers to know all about complicated math theorems, evolution and extinction, et al. Sadly he used the character, Ian Malcolm
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Corey
Jul 02, 2015 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lost World takes place six years after the Jurassic Park incident, and just like in the movie version, Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Sattler did not return but Dr. Ian Malcolm does return for his role. The Lost World was an entertaining read, although I'll say not as good as Jurassic Park, for a number of reasons, but I won't go into all of them. I found myself skipping through some of the unnecessary parts that weren't really important to the story but when I came to some of the important parts I ...more
Enrique
Apr 10, 2011 Enrique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Cathy (cathepsut)
Read it, liked it, Jurassic Park was better. What I loved about this book and still remember pretty well--it taught me about Chaos Theory, which fascinated me for quite a while after reading this.
Kat!e Larson
The first book ended on a cliffhanger. This one picks up six years later. What was Grant doing during all that time? No one knows, because he's not even in this book. I felt kind of lied to when this book didn't pick up where the last one leaves off.

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Brian
Sep 08, 2008 Brian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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Stacy
Sep 06, 2014 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Carmine
Quando i dinosauri dominavano la terra

Narrato con la solita dinamicità narrativa, quasi cinematografica a tratti, "il mondo perduto" è un leggerotto e godibile seguito del romanzo cult di Crichton.
Deprivata la vicenda di tutti i connotati scientifici, quello che rimane è un simpatico romanzo d'intrattenimento da leggere sotto l'ombrellone.
Book Him Danno
Great start, the book was go go go .... and then stop. It was as if the author got to a certain page count and quit. I loved the suspense and then bammmm it was over just like that. The ending was lame and it ruined the book for me. The end is nothing like the movie.
Anastacia
Apr 26, 2016 Anastacia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, 2016
First, I had to wrap my head around the fact that the book was very different from the movie. I know, I know... but I fell into the trap all the same. In the first book, most of the movie characters get killed off, so there are new characters in this one, other than Ian (who I do like). I just did not like anyone in this book, at all. Levine was an idiot, had no common sense, completely didn't care about other human beings, was obsessed, and just BLAH. Sarah Levine was just so smart, so strong, ...more
L.M. Mountford
This book makes me wonder if Crichton has ever had a conversation with another person. This book is set over a couple of days, but in this time the characters give so many long winded speaches and talk about utterly pointless topics, it ruins the story.

This book is the most entertaining of all the author's books, that i've read anyway. Though i find it rather unjust for him to mock Jurrassic Park (the movie) by remarking how rediculious it is to think that T-Rex was dependant on movment and the
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Ash
May 04, 2015 Ash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dino-fans
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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Jesse
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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T. C.
Aug 04, 2015 T. C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A sequel to Jurassic Park that will once again put you on the edge of your seat. The Lost World does a great job making the reader feel like part of the environment through its in-depth description and thrilling characters as they work together to survive. I highly recommend this book and all of the movies. If you are a science fiction or dinosaur fan this is a must read.

T.C.
Laura V.
¡Ian Malcolm sigue vive! ¡Sigue vivo!

Mi matemático favorito ha resucitado :D

La principal diferencia con la película, es que al parecer nadie leyó el libro. Tiene una ideas vagas y creo que hasta UNA escena igual, pero el resto es imaginación del director. El libro es mejor en otros sentidos, pero me quedo con ambas versiones, así de leal soy.

Levine, un fanático paleontólogo, acarrea con su excentricidad a Ian, Throne y Eddie, y los niños Arby y Kelly hacia el El mundo Perdido, otrora copia de se
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Emily
Jun 09, 2015 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed The Lost World less than Jurassic Park. This was partly because of a less exciting plot-line, partly because what made JP exciting (living dinosaurs!) is old news by the time you get to TLW, partly because of an annoying feminist agenda embodied by one of the characters, and partly because the author makes frequent use of the f-word for the three antagonists' dialogue which apparently was no longer taboo by the time TLW was written unlike in JP. But I still enjoyed it because of the co ...more
Wade
Mar 17, 2016 Wade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book went pretty much like this...
Long, rambling pseudo-intellectual conversations where each character tries to prove they are smarter than the other.
Action scene.
Long, rambling pseudo-intellectual conversations where each character tries to prove they are smarter than the other.
Action scene.
Long, rambling pseudo-intellectual conversations where each character tries to prove they are smarter than the other.
Action scene.
Long, rambling pseudo-intellectual conversations where each character tr
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Jen • Just One More Page

This review is also posted on my blog.

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Cait
Dec 27, 2014 Cait rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jeff Goldblum and people who like annoying children
Wow, this book was kind of the pits. I read it through my tablet, and I'm going back through little notes I made as I read it, and this is what I got:
Malcolm talks about how simpler societies have children that are "born into a network of adults responsible for helping to raise the child." I actually really liked this because it reminded me of how my dad always says it takes a village to raise a child.
When Dodgson and co. are trying to steal the tyrannosaurus' eggs and try standing completely st
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Lady
Sep 16, 2012 Lady rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Vicki Le Feuvre
Jan 22, 2012 Vicki Le Feuvre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Dec 12, 2008 Fizzgig76 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his generation, admired for his meticulous scientific research and fast-paced narrative. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels. He also wrote as Michael Douglas ...more
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