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Michael Crichton always gives good science and when you add in dinosaurs, it should be great But it s not It s a slow burner, no action for the first 200 pages, just lots of science However, I like the way he educates the reader and tries to add a story in there For instance, I now know why human babies are totally helpless for the first couple of years of their lives, whereas some baby animals can walk a few minutes after birth you ll have to read the book to find out why.It s very obvious that he is full of great ideas, but this plot is paper thin and the characters are all one dimensional His experts are geniuses with little or no backstory, family or kids His token woman is a tough naturalist, with little or no backstory, family or kids and his two child heroes, are geniuses who cope astonishingly well, when their lives are under threat from man eating dinosaurs This is either a screenplay adapted into a novel, or a novel that was written with a view to the screen adaptation. 4.5 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 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 lost in, even when the science is thrown in I find the plots to be pretty believable as much as bringing dinosaurs back to life can be and it to have a nice steady pace that slowly rackets up the tension.I loved Arby, the genius black boy, and Kelly 13 I think year old girl and Dr Sarah Harding Definitely my favorite characters I really enjoyed these particular passages too possible spoilers Malcolm Wheezed his arms around her neck were trembling He said, you re very strong But still feminine, she said, grimly and That s very good, Harding said I think these people owe you their lives Not really, Kelly said, with a little shrug.Sarah shot her a look All your life, other people will try to take your accomplishments away from you Don t you take it away from yourself Those sound pretty damn feminist if you ask me It had moments of tension, moments of hilarious like high on morphine Ian , and moments of hell yes And the deaths were awesome Youtube Twitter Tumblr Goodreads Instagram Letterboxd TV Time 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, The Island Indefinitely Closed To The PublicThere Are Rumors That Something Has Survived 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 a struggle to decide who I wanted to be eaten first.Initially I really wanted one or both of the two genius kids to get chomped Their place in the book was so formulaic, so PC, and so contrived that it marred the over all story They were there simply to add some emotion to a flat read It didn t work since you just knew neither of them would die Side note Every author should kill a main well liked character every 5 or 6 books just to keep the possibility out there The next on my list of those characters who I wished would just get torn to shreds was Richard Levine, who was a know it all bore It would ve been good for him to have been killed very early in the book maybe chapter 4 just as long as he didn t linger in his demise Whenever Levine opened his mouth he would go on and on, until I found myself skimming Third on my hit list was Sarah HardingI mean Dr Sarah Harding Everyone has PhDs and multiple PhDs and everyone is all so brilliant that it s tiresome Though I would have liked to see Sarah become Dino kibble it wasn t going to happen She was a female Tarzan and it was a wonder she didn t kill a T Rex with a spear Uhg I get tired of the PC world Though to be fair the dinosaurs weren t at all scary In one scene Dr Levine is stalking a T rex on a bicycle, completely unafraid, which had me wondering why did they come to rescue him Ironically, the only person that I really wanted to live was a character who had died in the first book For some reason the author resurrects Ian Malcolm If you remember, Malcolm hated dinosaurs, yet for some reason he tags along on expedition to a dinosaur infested island to find Levine, a man he really doesn t like It s completely out of character for him and makes no sense In fact in the first few chapters he s completely against the idea and then pop He changes his mind with no real reason given.So all the characters suck and this is because they aren t in depth people with strong desires and motivations, instead they are talking props They all seemed to sit about either spewing sciencey knowledge or receiving sciencey knowledge this they take turns at doing And everyone is a genius, or so we are told Judging by their actions however, they are a bunch of morons who deserve to be eaten.So much for the characters, how about the story itself Dinosaurs are scary Run everyone Bad guys die Good guys live It was a cheap imitation of a good book Jurassic Park I wouldn t bother with this sequel. 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 which you are sure to get Lost, ha ha 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 happened that involved Dr Ian Malcolm in Costa Rica six years ago Of course, Malcolm denies it because NDAs and all that But he says Get me physical proof of a dinosaur Lost World and I ll help you on your Costa Rican dinosaur expedition So Levine snoops and snoops and eventually gets Malcolm the evidence he required Dinosaur chaos ensues Meanwhile, those bad guys over at Biosyn still want all the Dino tech for themselves, so they are in the distant background doing bad stuff.The science I found all Malcolm s musings on Chaos theory and order absolutely fascinating Crichton makes it very accessible to the reader in a way that is thought provoking but also not difficult to understand I m glad he was resurrected because truth be told, he s a much interesting character than Dr Grant.Sarah Harding She s basically Wonder Woman I want to be Sarah Harding when I grow up She is an example of a female heroine done right I m sad she was written by a man but Crichton did her justice She s strong She s brave She knows what she wants and she goes and gets it She is not a damsel in distress, and at NO point in this novel does she require rescuing from the men In fact, they quite frequently needed rescuing from her And that scene with Dodgson Absolutely priceless Her relationship with Kelly was perfect and I adored her for it Kelly becomes a little Sarah Harding in her own right.Were there as many dinosaurs in this as in Jurassic Park No Did I mind No The characters and the story of their survival took front and center here and it was fantastic I sort of think of it like I think of Spielberg s production direction strategy Less is A ripple in a puddle A thump in the distance The threat is always there, but you can t always see it It s your imagination that makes the horror real.The action scenes were all edge of your seat thrill rides The classic trailer on the cliff scene was done much better in the book The presence of children on the island heightened the suspense.My only word of warning if you liked the movie before, you ll probably be disappointed in it by the time you re done reading The Lost World Read it anyway It s worth it. Trigger warnings violence, blood, death, gore, near drowning, gore, animal death, seriously you guys there s so much gore.11 11 2018Sticking with 4.25 stars this time I love this story a lot, and it s really interesting to see all the ways that Spielberg took a surprisingly solid story and turned it into a steaming turd of a film 30 10 2017On reread, I m bumping this up to 4.25 stars It s ten bazillion times better than the truly terrible movie of the same name I love the two kids in the story they re smart and brave and save the day a bunch of times And Sarah Harding is a pretty great alternative to Ellie Sattler It s a little slower to get going than Jurassic Park, but it s still pretty damned fabulous 24 9 2016It takes a decent chunk of time for the story to get going in this one, but once it does, it s pretty damned fabulous I mean, it s not Jurassic Park But really, it was never going to be And despite the big T.rexes kicking the trailer off a cliff scene, there seem to be less interactions with dinosaurs than there are in Jurassic Park Still, it s definitely worth a look Honestly, I think my favourite thing in this book is something that I only noticed on this reread somewhere around the turn of the century, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a very silly but thoroughly enjoyable adventure novel called The Lost World in which a group of explorers travel to South America and discover a plateau on which dinosaurs still live They ve been largely domesticated by the lost tribes that live on the plateau, and the iguanodons hop around like kangaroos and it s terrible but also really great Anyway, while the exploration party is largely made up of scientists and a newspaper reporter, who s telling the story there s also a world famous big game hunter named Lord John Roxton And in THIS version of The Lost World Crichton has his characters talk about a researcher named John Roxton, who wrote papers on something relevant to the story It s a really subtle little Easter egg for those who ve read both books, and I had this total OH MY GOD, DID YOU JUST moment when I spotted it A , Crichton A 1 7 2013It s been years since I read this book, and it was SO much better than I remembered First of all, don t base it on the movie The movie was a trainwreck of epic proportions and basically the only thing that s the same is the baby T rex ending up with a broken leg and the trailer being pushed off the cliff Literally everything else is different, and it s different in a GOOD way There s far less of the science that Crichton got bogged down with in Jurassic Park, and what there is is sprinkled throughout the story There are all the standard dinosaurs that you d expect, but with the addition of some fun new species, including one with nifty camouflage abilities.In short, it s a lot of fun with the usual kill off half the characters that Crichton does And don t even remotely judge it by the movie If they d kept even remotely true to the book, the movie probably would have been a LOT successful than it was 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 the pace.The book very quickly sets the scene and then throws you to the raptors as it were with action happening fast and nonstop Now this could garner criticism in that its just one long theme park ride but if you are short of time to invest in characters or complex plots yet want something well written then this is ideal and at the moment that is what I am looking for The Andromeda Strain is still one of my favourite books so I will be a little defensive of Michael Crichton but his book does not need it it stands on its own and as a creature feature it certainly delivers Now with the rebooting of the film franchise I hope that his original books will also enjoy a resurgence of popularity as I know I will gladly re read them with little encouragement 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 that the film turned out to be.In many respects, the novel is everything the film should have been and wasn t Not only did Spielberg fiddle with a lot of the key elements of the story but completely remove some of the best parts of the whole story I won t go into details as it ll only include spoilers but I ve lost track of how many times I ve read this book other than it being somewhere in the region of twenty or times It s THAT good If you re a fan of Michael Chricton, dinosaurs or just rip roaring adrenaline fuelled rides, you should give this book the read it clearly deserves Forget the movie altogether, witness what should have been WOW, this was disappointing.I remembered going into this book that I had enjoyed the film version of the original Jurrasic Park far 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 prepared me for the frustration and disappointment of this story.Let me get this point out right from the start The plot resolves itself WAY too quickly, as though something that is suddenly obvious, easy to think of, and even easier to find was completely hidden from consciousness since the characters first opportunity to think of it from about a fifth of the way into the book.Additionally, the characters pose some very interesting questions during their experiences that would be fodder for quite interesting discussions or even intriguing scientific theory discovery in the book For instance, why are there so many predators on the island Why do they see so few carcasses What went wrong on the island Why does the raptor nest look the way it does That last was the only one I thought was halfway decently answered all the rest seemed like cop outs Hell, the way the characters started to get out of their last little fix was complete B.S that came from a bogus thought process from one of the kids.One random compliment that unfortunately has nothing to do with the author s writing ability He took the Carnotaurus that I m familiar with from the simulator ride Dinosaur at Disney s Animal Kingdom and gave it a rather unique twist the ability to change colors with astonishing detail I ll have to admit, after being scared by that dino on the ride many years ago, the thought of it being a chameleon made me sympathize with the terror felt by the characters But really only for one scene Then it was right back to the frustration.My biggest complaint was the author s blatant activation of dramatic suspense A character s thoughts would be either articulated through dialogue or explained through narration right up to the next to the last word, and then something would distract the person from completing the thought, and the author would move on That, in my book, is cheating If the character thinks about something but can t figure it out, of if he s unsure why something just came to mind, fine That s character development, in a way Levine s thoughts on daylight in the final scene fall into this category I actually accepted that he couldn t remember what the big deal was Granted, when he finally did figure it out, and he went back into his holier than thou attitude, even saying, Well, isn t it obvious , I wasn t sure if I wanted to smack Crichton or Levine A couple of conversations between characters usually involving Levine, now that I think of it were so full of these interruptions that I almost threw down the book I was being played with, and I didn t appreciate it It was something like this So I got this completely figured out The only way we can avoid getting eaten in the next twenty seconds is if we Oh, look A leaf just fell in the breeze or I wonder why these dinos are acting like this It might have something to do with the environment they re in Okay, if we factor in what they had for breakfast last year, and consider the death rate among dinos living 65 million years ago Oh, this makes sense They re all dying because.ACK An attacking dino and then Levine reaches the place he s been trying to reach for the last sixty pages There s a dino in his way He looks around for a tool to use to beat the beast to smithereens, getting and anxiously panicked, trying desperately to think of anything, when suddenly he sees.And the dino roared and started charging Whether the reader is supposed to feel exhilaration from the suspense, offense from being insulted, or just frustration with the irrational and incomplete descriptions, I won t pretend to know Personally, though, a combination of the latter two was able to fester and boil and brood quite effectively throughout the course of the novel I was completely put off by the writing style and the predictability of his archetypes I could easily make a matching quiz to list the names of characters from this book and its predecessor, and there s a direct correlation for each one, with the same role being filled by each and the same outcome happening to each Oh, and Malcomb gets hurt Again What the heck is this guy s role, really Token chaos theory expert to make the reader believe that when everything goes to hell, it s supposed to Bubcus.I hereby swear to never again read another Michael Crichton novel Yep, it was that disappointing.