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As a movie buff, I watched the movie first, and enjoyed it tremendously, and after a few years, I found the book and discovered that it has much more to offer than the movie. The Lost World is just one of the victims of a bad movie adaptation cause they got many things wrong.
You don't even need the movie to understand the fast-paced scenes and storyline, with Michael Crichton's velvety and descriptive words, you just need the book.
Although lacking in humor, the plot and characters are interesting enough to keep you flipping through the pages. The first few pages are a little dry, but I promise, things are gonna pick up after it. Michael really knows his paleontology jargon, and you can pick up knowledge as well. But sometimes you have to flup back a little to get clue on where the story is now, since it's so fast-paced.
Settle with the Lost World with a big cup of cofee in a comfortable sofa cause you'll never want to get up again!
I must admit that I was unsure about how good this book was going to be. I saw the film first but now after reading book, I see that it has been struck by the great book, bad film curse.
The book is alot different to the film in terms of action, pace and scientific explanation! The plot is brilliantly written and involves Malcolm ( reluctantly going to find out what happened to his scientic 'friend' Dr Levine vanishes on an island inhabited by a range of creatures. As all of this is going on, another corporation looking to get onto the island to try and get some samples so they can create some Dinosaurs of their own. what follows is aadventure story of the higest order.
Now I could reveal what creatures are on the island but for me it was more fun to be surprised and I don't want to spoil it for anybody. I was struck by how the scientific jargon was so well done that by the end of it, you feel like you have been in a very good, if action packed, science lesson!
The pace of the book is good, and it keeps whizzing along without losing the plot. A fantastic piece of literature by the late Michael Crichton.
Reading Jurassic Park left me much keener than I had expected to read the sequel, and my local library helpfully provided a copy of The Lost World to read on my lunch break. Oops. Instead of picking up where the first book had left us - dinosaurs migrating into the mountains of Central America - this wanders off in a totally unexpected direction - the 'secret lab' island that was apparently the flip side to the shiny science showcase of the original island. I deduce from other people's comments that this is a follow on to the film, not the book. Unfortunately it does feel that having had the one blockbuster success, this was intended to hone the formula - another dinosaur infested island, another mixed bag of scientists drawn together by circumstance, and two more young kids, including a precocious dinosaur mad boy for the film audience to identify with. Actually it's the kids that grate most - crow-barred in to the story as they are: at least the kids in the first book had a plausible reason for being there, and didn't come with some off-the-peg lessons about self esteem. The action is all you might expect, but the characterisation and dialogue is a bit thin, especially once they reach the island - perversely the 'introductory' chapters are the more interesting. On this occasion the trip to the island is precipitated by the obsessions of a young and independently wealthy scientist, determined to find a 'lost word' where evolution has stood still. His exploits are spiced up with some strong-arm competition from the unethical genetics company whose attempts at espionage triggered the original chain of disastrous events. Some of the action sequences are excellent - steaming T-Rex eggs, and escaping from cliff tops and raptors are all great scenes - the only problem being that they feel like scenes written with more than half an eye on the film rites. I wasn't expecting much when I read the first boo
k, which was a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately this sequel was all I had imagined the first book to be - uninvolving characters, made-for-the-movies action sequences, and a plot that reworks the first book, only less well. I'd never read Michael Chricton before these two novels, and I should have stopped with Jurassic Park. While not absolutely the worst book I've ever read, it is a disappointment - this should have been something so much better. ISBN: 0099240629
Some where, some how, along the misty recesses of time, this book was passed over by many because, as many people will tell you "There's a film of that, you know." Or remark "There's a book about this film, too." How? I don't know. But all I can say is that it is a great shame. If you haven't read this book, then get it, and read it, and see what you've missed. You'll be amazed at how different it is from the film - characters disregarded, scenes chopped about here and there with one's from the original Jurassic Park book - also brilliant - and, for some reason, a farcical rampage through San Francisco. All, in Crichton's wisdom, not his creations. The plot of the film was a bit silly, and generally ran something like this: "There's this island where we breed dinosaurs. Can you go and have a butchers? Yes, they're dinosaurs, yes, they're probably waiting to tear you limb from limb, but come on: That stuff can't happen to the same guy twice!" But against all reasoning of a sequel, it does all happen again. The story gets confused with the hunters, with the character Ajay never really being explained. My brother said that it spoiled it that there was so many people on the island - and he was right. The great thing about the original was that there was only a few people ther, adding to it's claustrophobic nature. But really, thirty odd armed men should be able to take down a few velociraptors. And, as I've already mentioned, the silliest ending to a film since Deep Impact, with a T-Rex loose in San Fran - oh no, how terrifyingly American. But pick up the book, and you'll find a much better reason for Malcolm going to investigate - minus a Hammond cameo, because, lo and behold, he's dead from the first book. This time it's because strange animal carcasses have been washed up on island beaches, and the Levine character, missed out tot
ally from the film, goes to investigate. When he doesn't return, it's up to his 'friend' Ian Malcolm and his girlfriend Sarah to rescue him. It turns out that Isla Sorna was a breeding ground, but Ingen persumed that everything had died due to the hurricane that swept the area. But, something has survived - that 'something' being masses of quite unfriendly dinosaurs. The other characters are Eddie Carr (who was in the film), and Thorne (who wasn't). Thankfully there's no Vince Vaughn character in the this one (stupidly snapping away at dinos who don't get on well with flash photography.) And also, the baddies of the piece, except for the dinos, are Dodgson (you remember, the guy with the shaving can from the first one) and his mates, who are desperate to get an egg of a dino, These characters work a lot better than the hunters. As with all Crichtons' work, there are plenty of excellent set-pieces. The trailer scene, the motorbike chase, the Dodgson demise - all described fluently and excitingly. But, as ever with Crichton, set-pieces will come bundled with the science. These can be too long and drawn out some times, feeling like overly-long science lseeons. Some people may find these too heavy, but persevere, and you'll be thankful that you did. I actually felt like I learnt something by the end of it, what with all the talk of evolution. So all in all another cracker from the master of the sci-fi. Forget Goldblum's mumbling hero, and buy this, and get immersed in a world, that, believe it or not, has been lost.
If I were rating this book on originality, I would give it zero out of five. The story offers us another island, another investigative group of scientists and another load of slavering dinosaurs on the loose. In short, it is practically a complete rerun of 'Jurassic Park'! The 'other' island in question is 'Site B', the actual breeding ground for the dinosaurs that populated Jurassic Park. The chaos mathematician Ian Malcolm (the character played by Jeff Goldblum in the film 'Jurassic Park') states that he always believed in the possibility of the existence of such a place - he felt the births that were witnessed on the original island were all too perfect. Not that you're fooling me Mr. Crichton! And come to the think of it, there was more than a strong suggestion at the end of the first book that Malcolm died! More evidence (if any were needed in the first place) to make you doubt whether this novel would ever have got written if the preceding novel had not made into such a hugely successful film. The rather thin plot pits two rival groups of scientists against each other as they both pay visits to this island - the good guys are there for investigative purposes, the baddies for commercial gain. We follow the actions of both parties as they explore various parts of the island, their paths crossing occasionally. A very useful map of 'Site B' is supplied at the beginning of the book, which makes it easier to track the progress of various individuals. There are also some interesting illustrations, which allow us to put faces to the names of some of the dinosaurs we might not have heard of. Judged on its own merits, 'The Lost world' is a very entertaining read - the pages just fly by. Crichton spends relatively little time on setting the scene (he doesn't need to of course - most of this was done in the first novel!) and it doesn't take long for the action on the island to
begin. There are some truly heart-stopping action sequences. I particularly liked the bloodthirsty scene when the bad guys attempt to steal eggs from a T-Rex nest. Crichton keeps everything fast moving throughout, writing in very brief chapters, constantly shifting the focus from one area of the island to the next. Despite my complaints about its lack of originality, I still recommend this book. It is just a pity that that it constantly reads as a 'novel-written-specifically-to-be-made-into-a-movie' rather than a straightforward novel!
PLEASE REMEBER: DO NOT MISTAKE THIS BOOK FOR THE FILM! The film, admittedly is terrible. It was a much eagerly anticipated sequel to the film, "Jurassic Park", but the storyline was poor, the action concepts were pathetic, and the ending, well, what was Spielberg thinking? It disappointed everyone, including myself, especially so, as I had already read the book "The Lost World" in anticipation of the film. Quite frankly I wish I had not seen the film as it is a disgrace to Michael Crichton's renowned name in writing and no doubt put an awful lot of people off of reading the book and the excellent ideas behind the original "Jurassic Park". It is such a shame that the book has been over-shadowed by the poor quality of the movie. The book "The Lost World", in a similar way to my review of "Jurassic Park" as a novel, is completely different to the film. The storyline continues from the wreckage at the end of the book "Jurassic Park", and follows in strict accordance to create an amazing sequel to an amazing first novel. Once again, the main ideas are somwhat followed but there is so much to the book that has not been incorporated in the film. If the film was to the book, it would have been incredible, but they had already altered the screen version of "Jurassic Park", so the screen version of "The Lost World" had to follow the big mistake they made with the original film. The ridiculous ending with the Tyrannosaurus Rex running loose around the streets of mainland North America, after coming across from the island on a boat, is stupid to say the least. Nothing even remotley like this happens in the book. So much more is different and better, I cannot start to give examples, as there is so much in favour of the novel that it defies imagination. The whole story around the gamehunters on the island is different and better. One of the main chara
cters in the film is not even supposed to be there in the book! There are so many examples of how the novel is a hundred times more worthy of your time than the film, I could not even begin catalogue them, so it is up to you as readers to choose to give this book a try. "The Lost World" is a magnificent follow up to "Jurassic Park", but unfortunately, I think that the film version may have put people off of the idea completely. All I can say is do not take the film into consideration when reading this book, and you will then see that it is so much more intelligent, exciting, and interesting than the film it really does shock you. Why Universal Studios decided to make the film the way they did, is beyond me, but the book will speak for itself if people can bring themselves try it after the failure of the film. I'm afraid that the damage may have been done, but hopefully this review will go a little way to rectifying the pessimism and doubt.
Something has survived the destruction of Jurassic Park.