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The Lost World (novel), worth it?

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Hi guys, spoilers if you haven't read the books I suppose.

I currently rereading Jurassic Park and loving it (I haven't read it in like twelve years) and I was wondering what people thought of The Lost World. I never actually got around to reading it. One of my cousins, who also loved the first book, told me she hated it and that it was very inconsistent with the first one (Ian Malcolm being declared alive, for example). I also remember it not being very well received by critics and I think I remember in an interview Michael Crichton said he only wrote it because of the films. (Correct me if any of this is wrong.)

What do people here think? Is it worth reading or should I just skip it?

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  • @Woodsyblue said: Hi guys, spoilers if you haven't read the books I suppose.

    I currently rereading Jurassic Park and loving it (I haven't read it in like twelve years) and I was wondering what people thought of The Lost World. I never actually got around to reading it. One of my cousins, who also loved the first book, told me she hated it and that it was very inconsistent with the first one (Ian Malcolm being declared alive, for example). I also remember it not being very well received by critics and I think I remember in an interview Michael Crichton said he only wrote it because of the films. (Correct me if any of this is wrong.)

    What do people here think? Is it worth reading or should I just skip it?


    I think it's worth reading, some of it feels rushed but it's a good novel to read.

  • It's a good read. It's also a lot different than the movie so you won't just be reading an extended version of the movie.

  • @waroftheworlds01 said: It's a good read. It's also a lot different than the movie so you won't just be reading an extended version of the movie.

    I like the novel more than the movie just for the fact, it had a lot variety to it.

  • OK guys, you've convinced me, I've ordered it :) I'll let you know what I think when I finish reading it (which might not be for a while, the store doesn't have any copies in stock and it will take 3 – 5 weeks to ship).

  • The two Jurassic Park novels are a couple of my favorites. It was a sad day when Michael Crichton died. :(

  • I know you said you have the first Jurassic Park already but Barns and Nobal just released a reprint of both Jurassic Park and The Lost World in one book. It's really nice. The cover is cool and I'm a bigger fan of hardcover than paper back. 20 bucks.

  • I love hardbacks too and I have a heap of Michael Crichton hardbacks including Jurassic Park, Pirate Latitudes, Prey, Next and Airframe. (I picked up Prey, Next and Airframe at a used book store in Rancho Mirage, all first editions and in great condition, for just $4.50 all up. I could not believe my luck. The only problem was finding room in my suitcase to bring them back.)

    I just ordered The Lost World in hardback from Borders. It was cheaper than any other online store, plus they don't charge for shipping and I had a 20% off voucher for any fiction book. It came down to about $23, which is nothing for a hardback in Australia. The only downside is that they don't have it in stock so I have to wait 3 – 5 weeks for it to be shipped :(

  • Too bad about the wait but at least you'll get hardback. I only have his newest novels in hardback. Next, State of Fear, and Pirate Latitudes. I would love to get the others in hardback. They take up a lot of space (I understand why people are buying those electronic things that have books in them) but they're just so cool.

    And on a side off topic note: State of Fear totally needs to be made into a movie. I love that one. Prey too. Hell.... all of them that haven't been made into a movie yet need to be. lol And some could use some remakes. Congo could have been a bit better although I did like Ernie Hutson in it.

  • There are so many bad Michael Crichton film adaptations out there. I think his books are hard to transfer to the screen. A lot of his action, which works great on the page, usually looks a bit silly on the screen. That's one of the reasons I found Jurassic Park so impressive, they changed enough, while staying true to the core on the story and the characters (Gennaro and Hammond, and to a lesser extent Grant, being obvious exceptions) for it to work perfectly as a blockbuster film without betraying the original work. They got the balance just right.

    I really wish there were more good Michael Crichton screen adaptations out there. I hear Steven Spielberg is looking to make Pirate Latitudes into a film, which is somewhat exciting.

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