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Jurassic World: Jurassic Park / The Lost World

(Jurassic Park #1-2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  9,368 ratings  ·  180 reviews
From master thriller writer Michael Crichton: Two imaginative masterpieces of speculative science, full of adventure and larger-than-life characters. In Jurassic Park, scientists of today clone dinosaurs of the prehistoric past to serve as attractions in a modern theme park. When a rival biogenetic firm attempts to steal the scientists secret, the stage is set for a nightmare o ...more
Hardcover, 801 pages
Published September 30th 1997 by Knopf
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Darth J
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jurassic Park
4 stars

We are all familiar with this story, no? So my review will consist of my thoughts and experiences with it over time.

My first memories of this were from the summer of 1993. I remember my aunt taking my brother and me to see the movie; all I knew going into it was that it was about dinosaurs and the toys looked awesome. Later that same year I would be introduced to the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, the first American iteration of which consisted of dinosaur-themed zords and costumes. Needless to
May 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My dino-identity ponderings: I always thought of myself as a pachycephalosaurus, but now I am rethinking that, I don't know that I am as hard-headed as all that (though as a child I did like to head-butt things - including people), nor am I really the aggressive type, plus they seem to hang out in large crowds, almost mosh pit style. I have never been one for coordinated group sports (or attacks), more of a individual sport kind of guy - running, tennis, that sort of thing - so that probably mea ...more
Still one of my favorite books ever. Will review this once I finish Lost World sometime this year.




This is a STEAL! I can't find it anywhere for under 30$.

This book is so fucking beautiful in my hands. The cover artwork is just amazing as hell.

Can't wait to crack this big boy open in a few weeks.
Jurassic Park

Really enjoyed reading Michael Crichton's sci-fi action-filled Dinosaur adventure, but having watched the video umpteen times back in the mid-1990's, felt the movie packed more of a punch. I also found Ian Malcolm's character to be quite irritating in the book with his on-going techno-babble.

The Lost World

Surprised at how much more I enjoyed The Lost World in book form over the movie. (Go figure). The story moved right along and seemed to have more edge-of-your-seat excitement and disastrous encounters than I



Maja Jeppesen
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
This was the first Michael Crighton book I ever read and have read about 80 times now without disappointment. For fans of the movie a bit of warning, watch the movie first and then read this, because if you do it the other way around you WILL be disappointed. This book is violently different from it's film, from Ian to the kids (that's right, two kids. Not one, and neither are related to anyone that goes to the island), to even our antagonist.

Being that InGene has gone belly up (mild
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jurassic Park - *****

The Lost World - ***

This book took me FOREVER to get through. I flew through Jurassic Park back in 2015 then didn't read The Lost World for months (#bindupproblems). I kept starting it and putting it down then making progress then nothing and so on. Now for quick reviews.

Jurassic Park - Fantastic. Five stars. I've loved the film since I was a small child and the book is BETTER. The science, oh the science. It feels so real, it goes into a
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Both books were really well written, and I would rate Jurassic Park 5/5, and The Lost World 4/5.

It really made me wonder whether or not anyone bothered reading The Lost World before making the movie, as it would have made for a much better film.
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I first read Jurassic Park and The Lost World in fifth and seventh grade, respectively. I’m fairly certain I was not old, or world-wise enough to truly understand the books, though I loved the movies (which are vastly different from the novels, but good in their own right) and had harboured since my preschool days an intense passion for dinosaurs. Now in my twenties, re-reading these two novels is much belated – and not only am I convinced I was too young when I read them before, but the stories have tak ...more
Avian Sharma
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This deserved a ten star. The book or better yet this masterpiece is one of the best books I've ever read.
A classic story with a magnificent plot.

I absolutely loved this.
This was half-half read for me. Jurassic Park I personally liked less than the film adaptation of it, even though it had more diversity in dinosaur species than it's screen counterpart, introducing us to more than the usual suspects you think of when you hear the word dinosaur. That was the only significant area in which it was better. But the characters were much less sympathetic than their film versions, so it was it a bit hard to care whether they lived or died. This was one of the main reaso ...more
Anthony Stull
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book begins in August 1989 by doctors and scientist started slowly tying together a series of attacks involving strange creature attacks in Costa Rica. Fictional nublar is The main setting for the story. One of the species, a strange, small, lizard-like creature with three toes is identified later as a Procrompsognathus. Paleontologist, Alan Grant and his helper is graduate student, Ellie Sattler, are abruptly whisked away by billionaire John Hammond founder and chief executive officer of In ...more
Sep 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Amazing book and quite different from the movie. Crichton is an offer who can wrap science into a terrifying plot and create a thriller you can't put down. He's demonstrated this time and again in most of his books. He passed away last year, and he will be missed. I'm looking forward to his last full novel, to be published in November.
Meg Collett
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Talk about an edge-of-your-seat page turner! Really liked this book. Can't believe I waited so long to read it.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again
Why did it have to end!? Seriously disappointed right now that there isn't a third book in this series...maybe I have dinosaurs on the brain...well, anyhow, the time has come to put down my thoughts on the book.

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Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Paul Aspinall
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the film but loved the book 110% more the book has so much suspense and its so hard to put down you just have to turn the next and the next you can't stop it is so good another great book by Michael critchton which this and the first book have gooten me back in to the joy of reading again.
Samantha Bagwell
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book because the dinosaurs are My favorite creatures.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 STARS!
I had so much FUN reading this. I like Michael Crichton’s writing; he’s a great storyteller. I felt the visuals provided (the statistics/graphs and other info from the control room computer) enhanced the reading experience. There was an immersive quality to being able to SEE what these characters are looking at when it got into the more technical parts of the dialogue/plot; made it easy to follow along.

I can appreciate how much work Crichton put into craf
Feb 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leatherbound
Jurassic Park
I won't deny it. I saw the film first, because I didn't know it was a book. Give me a break; I was eight years old when it was released. And I read this book a while back, but bought myself a fancy new hardcover edition, so I gave it a re-read.

Some of the stuff in here makes me so squeamish. It's fantastic. If you've never read the book, take note--the film is hardly similar. The basic plot is there, sure--the dinosaur park, characters, sciency stuff. But the details are
Amjad Badenjki

Many years later from the disaster of Jurassic Park, Ian and Richard are looking for a new island named Isla Sorna (a.k.a Site B). Site B is know for where the dinosaur eggs hatch. Jurassic Park show a great way of how dinosaurs used to live. When they find the location, they will use customized quad's used for science only to get to the island and kill all those dinosaurs. "I will kill every last one of em' when we find them dinosaurs". In conclusion, after what happened in Si
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
The beginning is where one should begin.

Most people know about Jurassic Park. If not the books themselves, then at least the movies. With the newest addition to this amazing story coming to theaters, I wanted to go back to the beginning and read these amazing novels.

The infamous plot of - scientists cloning dinosaurs to create a massive theme park on a tropical island, and everything goes terribly wrong when humans think they can control everything – stays true to form wh
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book. This is saying something as I'm a big Harry Potter fan, not only for the storyline, but the incredibly detailed writing. Details are important & this story has them too. I also like that this book is longer.. pulling in something like 6000 pages. Well, 6000 pages on the kindle anyways. But longer books are better books IMO & this one doesn't disappoint. It was a bit scary at times, but my kids loved it & I just glossed over or edited the really bad parts. Not that ma ...more
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Huge fan of Jurassic Park ever since I saw it as a kid... not sure what has taken me so long to read the book. Great page-turner... the movies are amazing but, of course, the books are all the more awesome. It's interesting to go through all of the differences and similarities in book vs. film. I was waiting to come across the iconic phrase "clever girl" and to enter through the looming wooden JP gates but alas those were a feat of cinematic magic. Definitely did not disappoint.
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
It had been since high school since I read Jurassic Park and with the new movie out, I decided to go back and read both Jurassic Park and the Lost World. It is amazing how different the story lines and characters are. The first three movies pull pieces from the books, but then go their own way on the plot.

I enjoyed Jurassic Park just as I had before. This was my first time reading The Lost World. I liked it but it was not as good as the first book.
Brody Livermore
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a nice read and is better than the movie in my opinion. Especially the way they changed the main villain to be they same guy from the first book Dodgson the guy who paid Dennis Nedrey to get the dinosaurs. It also has some hard to understand because of Ian Malcolm. But over all an amazing book.
Rachel Taylor
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Alright, Mr. Crichton. The first book was great. This one was a bit of a stretch. I can never get on board with the "Only the thirteen-year-olds know how to hack computers! Thank goodness they're here to help us geniuses!"

I could also do without all of his feminism fails when he literally has the women say, "I am so courageous, but also beautiful!"
I've seen the movies numerous times and was finally convinced to read the books. The bloody details are already plentiful and it was a horrifying and exhilarating ride, which I enjoyed.
Julie Jarvie
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Loved Jurassic Park, way better than the movie

However, the Lost World was not nearly as good
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
I will also do a video review here at my channel:

In "Jurassic Park" by Michael Crichton, a group of specialists are invited to a park where science has recreated dinosaurs as living animals once again. But of course, things take a dark turn when a power outage allows the dinosaurs free reign over the park and the guests must find a way to escape the park before they become the hunted. Michael Crichton returns for "The Lost World," following Ian Malcolm who is still haunted by his exper
Cole Planey
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review of Jurassic Park: The Lost World

In Jurassic Park, the novel before The Lost World, Crichton made up an imaginary company called InGen, which has discovered a way to clone dinosaurs from ancient DNA. In the first book, the head of InGen, John Hammond, believes he can control his amazing dinosaurs that he created. Hammond is so sure of this that he builds a theme park and promotes it as a family vacation resort featuring his amazing, cloned dinosaurs. However, nature proves too power
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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 and Jeffery ...more

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