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The Lost World

(Jurassic Park #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  134,940 ratings  ·  4,159 reviews
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. . .
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published January 18th 2001 by Ballantine (first published September 17th 1995)
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M Michael Crichton originally planned Jurassic Park as a movie. He wrote the movie script first. Then he wrote the book. Steven Spielberg made the movie…moreMichael Crichton originally planned Jurassic Park as a movie. He wrote the movie script first. Then he wrote the book. Steven Spielberg made the movie, which was so popular that Michael was compelled to write this sequel. Read the first one, it definitely has a slightly different angle then the movie, which obviously effects the plot of the second book somewhat.(less)
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Sep 25, 2007 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 the
Peter Topside
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised as to how different this was from the movie. I mean like an entirely different story. While I did enjoy film, I think that the book is far superior. There less characters and the story was a little more streamlined than that of the original novel. But I'm saying that in a good way, as you got to follow the path of returning characters, while getting to know the newer ones during this adventure. I also once again enjoyed Dr Malcolm's constant input about life, extinction, etc. He' ...more
Sep 26, 2012 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
Chris Friend
Mar 06, 2008 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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Tyler J Gray

I read Jurassic Park in July of 2017 and really enjoyed it, so I have no idea why it took me close to 2 years to get to The Lost World (which I buddy read with my friend Rian!) but I finally got to it, and I loved it even more than the first book! I never watched the movies growing up, so I watched the first movie after reading the first book and now that i've finally read The Lost World I can continue with the movies!

I really enjoy the writing in these novels. I find it easy to read and get
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Years ago I visited a museum. There were endless glass displays, some of which held guns used in war; others held swords that at one time were raised in combat against empires that have long since fallen. But I wasn't there for them. I was there for a dinosaur. At one point I came to a long hallway and followed it to the end. It opened up into a colossal room, where right in the center, standing nearly two stories high, was the reason I came that day.

The museum's enormous Tyrannosaurus Rex skele
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
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, sci-fi-horror
This might turn out to be one of my favorite books of all time. I feel like there was so much to love. I don’t care if he was just cashing in on the success of the Jurassic Park movie. I’m not even mad that Malcolm’s death was retconned. What I’m mad about, is that Hollywood took a beautiful book and hacked it into pieces and tried to dazzle us with animatronic dinosaurs. Okay so I like animatronic dinosaurs too, but still- there was no need.

The plot is this: Dr. Levine suspects something happen
Trigger warnings: violence, blood, death, gore, near drowning, gore, animal death, seriously you guys there's so much gore.

An oddly comforting read in 2020 because at least I'm not trapped on an island with raptors and T. rexes. And I'm bumping it up to 5 stars as a result, even though the pacing is kind of weird. Because, like, at least the female characters play crucial roles here (unlike Jurassic Park...).

Sticking with 4.25 stars this time. I love this story a lot, and it's
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will start my review by saying that I did not enjoy this novel nearly as much as the first book, Jurassic Park. While this was an incredibly easy and fast read, I would have preferred if Crichton had cut roughly a hundred pages of additional information that, in my opinion, did not add to the story. Other than that, wow! What an adrenaline-charging, action-packed book! Crichton sure knew how to grab his audience by the hand and take them on a roller-coaster into a whole other world—a world in ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
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Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This one was just "meh". This is one of the rare instances where I will say that I prefer the movie over the book. Ugh, and the scientific babbling that went on...yikes, it was brutal for me. Would've liked more action and gore. Still love Crichton though.😊 ...more
Apr 28, 2016 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
Dannii Elle
Someone please explain to me why I've never read any Michael Crichton before when his books are clearly now my new, go-to binge read! This is the follow up to Jurassic Park and takes place some years after the fateful events the first book closes on. Old characters unwillingly return, but are joined by some new members, as they explore a new island that is inhabited by some more prehistoric creatures who have no right to be dwelling there.

Just like the first book, Crichton has created a fun adve
Eddie Owens
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Mar 28, 2011 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 I wa
William Dalphin
Sep 05, 2007 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
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I found the book out of balance. He included too much information through dialogue and the progression into the climax dragged. However, I still enjoyed it. I enjoy Crichton's writing, something about it. I like the intellectual stimulation and the action and the thrill of the scenes he creates. He overloaded the narrative with "suddenly," and "at that moment," which I found a bit annoying. He also used literary techniques with little to no effort, such as "his heart was beating in his chest." I ...more
Ashley Marie
I still maintain that without Ian Malcolm this book would've received a 2-2.5 star rating because without his snark I would've been bored to deathhhh. As it is, 4 stars feels generous but that ending just put me in a good mood. Good book, not sure it was necessary because nothing will top the original, but Malcolm spits so much truth about theories and what humans think we know that I'd say it deserves a read if you liked Jurassic Park.

...Can we have the new Jurassic World movie now plz?
Karen’s Library
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Now that was really enjoyable!! I really loved all the science and theories.

Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story, told well, by a gifted writer. What more could I ask for.
Sheila Beaumont
I thought I had already read this, but checked Goodreads and found out I hadn't! I had seen the movie (which is only loosely based on the book) and downloaded the Kindle edition, but never read it. It's an excellent sequel, and I'm glad I finally got around to reading it. Later, I'll listen to the audiobook edition, which I know is good, because it's narrated by Scott Brick, who did a brilliant job on "Jurassic Park." ...more
David Firmage
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first book and great narration by Anthony Heald. A sense of peril that is not evident in the film.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Ritika Chhabra
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"All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you. Don't you take it away from yourself."

The best thing about The Lost World is the crispy sequel it provides to the Jurassic Park duology. The book is set a couple of years after the first one and although there is only character from the original book (Ian Malcolm), it still uses a pretty number of characters to make it beautiful. I did find the story lacking a littl
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok so this book gained an extra star because Lex was not in it. Hands down that originally made me want to give it five stars. But lets get to why this book got two stars.

First off.... (view spoiler)
Merryn Turner
I LOVED the Jurassic park novel, and I felt that despite a few character stereotypes it was incredibly done, and I was absolutely hooked on the theory.

This book however kinda just felt like a lazy re-telling of the first (down to the two child characters and the roles they fulfilled) without necessarily adding any great meaning to the universe. I still enjoyed this, but it felt too simple in comparison to the first book.
A. S.

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In case you missed it, not too long ago I was raving about Jurassic Park. I hadn't read the book before and was instantly obsessed. Needless to say, I was quick to pick up The Lost World, because sequels = more dinosaurs. While I didn't end up obsessing over The Lost World quite as much as JP, the 12-year-old boy in me was still satisfied by T-Rex scares, human-eating dinosaurs, and terrifying AF raptors.

What I didn't like quite as much:

It seemed just a tad-bit more sc
Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not so disappointing, but not amazing, either.

I did like the majority of the book, though. But it really is forgettable and almost monotonous. The dinosaurs, apparently, are even more memorable compared to some of the characters.

The connection to the first book is genuinely good. I love to see more dinosaurs and more ways these dinosaurs kill. It's pretty much almost Jurassic Park with weak characters and repetitive plot.

Three stars are just merely for the dinosaurs, though.
Not even close to as amazing as the first book, but this still has some great dino moments and absolutely fascinating ideas.

WARNING: This review contains unhidden spoilers for Jurassic Park.

The sequel is a little slow to get into. It's been six years since the events of the first book, but it's all been covered up and the people involved deny having been a part of anything. Hammond has stayed dead (unlike Malcolm) so we need a new reason to head back into dino territory and that reason comes in
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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 Doug ...more

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