The Lost World: A Novel (Jurassic Park)

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By Chelsea (Oak Park, IL) · ★★★★★ · September 26, 2007
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 helic... ...more
By Chris (Orlando, FL) · ★☆☆☆☆ · March 30, 2008
WOW, this was disappointing.

I remembered going into this book that I had enjoyed the film version of the original Jurrasic Park far more than the book -- a rather unusual situation for me. I had a slight feeling of apprehension, but I ignored it. Even if I hadn't, though, it wouldn't have prepare... ...more
By Peter (Englewood, CO) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 12, 2014
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 actua... ...more
By Deslni01 (Seoul, 11, Korea, Republic of) · ★★★☆☆ · March 02, 2012
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 me... ...more
By Wil (Haverhill, MA) · ★☆☆☆☆ · September 06, 2007
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 prot... ...more
By Stacy (The United States) · ★★★★★ · September 06, 2014
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 serie... ...more
By Brian (The United States) · ★☆☆☆☆ · September 08, 2008
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... ...more
By Vicki (London, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · January 22, 2012
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... ...more
By Jess (College Park, MD) · ★★★★☆ · June 09, 2011
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 lik... ...more
By Fizzgig76 (The United States) · ★☆☆☆☆ · December 12, 2008
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... ...more