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This being my second Michael Crichton book I now officially know that I really enjoy his writing. I actually like it more than Stephen King. Not that he's actually a better writer, just that Stephen King can be a bit much for me sometimes and it's hard to know which books will be like that and which books won't. I read the first Jurassic Park book because I love the movie and wanted to read the book that inspired it. And I loved that book just as much as I loved the movie. The Lost World is a different story in that I didn't really like that movie very much, it's definitely not in my top 10 like Jurassic Park is, but I wanted to see if the book was any good. It definitely was. Way better than the movie. The movie is only loosely based on the book and in many ways they are very different from each other. And just like with Jurassic Park it's easy to see how this book inspired portions of the later movies as well, not just the one that is named after it. It was a great read and I stayed up late just to finish it!
Worthy successor to Jurassic Park-hard to explain how Ian Malcolm died in Jurassic Park but comes back to life. Otherwise a great read.
It was okay, not great. I definitely enjoyed the first one more. The inclusion of precocious children for instance felt very hackneyed.
Absolutely brilliant. Loved the first one, loved this one. I thought it was very wonderfully written. It was a bit odd about Ian Malcolm, but I like him. Definitely worth reading
Oddly, the only one of the main characters from Jurassic Park also found in this sequel, The Lost World, is Ian Malcolm, the expert on chaos theory who was killed off at the end of the first novel. We are supposed to believe that he is now interested extinction theory, and this has led him to become an expert on dinosaurs since his nightmare encounters with them in the first book. He explains his curious decision to go back to another Costa Rican island housing the same kind of dinosaurs as an effort to observe their behavior and develop a behavioural theory of extinction. This behavioural theory that Malcolm, and perhaps his creator Michael Crichton believe in, seems vague and implausible. Since there is already a perfectly good theory to explain the extinction of dinosaurs, and other mass extinctions, i.e. meteors or comets crashing into the earth, why does Mr. Crichton struggle to find another explanation that seems much less satisfactory?
Not as good as JP, but still fun. A nice allusion to Doyle and the fairly common 'lost world' early scifi novels (Journey to the center of the earth, lost manuscript, etc..)-even if this case it actually isn't. (A lost dream perhaps?)
Very good, but not as good as the first...there are not as many charecters so not as many deaths so you know who is going to survive and who is not...
I think this is the first book by Crichton that I haven't really liked. I thought the pace was quite slow and it took a while for it to pick up. His ability to mix science with the thrill of the plot is still there but somehow it failed to grab me in this book as much as it has in others
Something has survived...! Michael Crichton's books are always full of suspense and they take place within a week or so. I really think I had better reread this cause it's been so long since I read it that all I can remember is that it isn't really like the movie.