- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Arrow (21 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1784752231
- ISBN-13: 978-1784752231
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lost World Paperback – 21 May 2015
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You cannot test two alternate theories and show that both work, in two consecutive books! First, the tyrannosaurs can only perceive movement, like frogs, they cannot see things that are still. Now, they can see moving objects since they are predators! so it was not clear that they were predators before too and that they might need to see moving objects?
The new species of chameleon was a sweet turn of events. Apart from that every other dinosaur attack was old news and it got boring.
A good book for 'Dinosaur fanatics'.
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In The Lost World, it is established that Jurassic Park was only the public face of John Hammond's dream. You learn that most of the park's attractions had actually been bred on a second island referred to as "Site B". When the events of the first book resulted in a closure of the park before it ever opened, Site B was abandoned and the various species of dinosaur were released on the island. This has created a sort of dinosaur natural preserve that draws in the main characters and sets up the overarching plot of the book. This also begins an interesting study on how humans approach such a resource with different intentions, as our heroes have to deal with a second group on the island whose motives are not so pure.
Overall, this is a great read for anyone that likes tense adventure within the frame of science fiction related to genetic engineering.
As far as the book itself is concerned if you are a big fan of the jurrasic park movies and you have not read the booksyou have no clue what you have been missing. Spare me your “oh but it’s sooooooo science-y and I got bored before the story really took off” or the “you do know there is no way this could ever really happen, right????” talk. I don’t care. Yes, it is super science-y and yes, dinosaurs still aren’t free-ranging on an island off the shores of Costa Rica, but it doesn't change the fact that this book is phenomenal. I had given Spielberg so much credit (even knowing his film was based off of this book), but the credit is all owed to Michael Crichton. Not only are the characters/dialogue/etc. ripped right out of the book, but Crichton did it so much better. Sure, certain unforgettable scenes were created purely by Spielberg but there are literally HUNDREDS of pages of action that were not included in the motion picture, additional plot twists, new dinosaurs and other surprises to prove to all that Crichton’s original was sheer genius. In fact, after reading Jurassic Park I questioned why some parts of the original were ever changed for the film at all. Of course I realize that not every page of a book can be included in a movie adaptation, but the changes in Lex, Tim, Ellie and Grant’s characters were unnecessary and the changes to Hammond are almost unforgiveable. Hammond was never meant to be portrayed as a well-intended old fool, but rather a mad scientist much like Dr. Moreau. I’ll refrain from saying more as to not spoil the reading experience for all, but trust me when I say if you liked the movie, you’re going to love the book.
By the way, I wish the movies had made use of the chameleon-type dinosaurs. They were really cool in how their skin changed to match their surroundings and would have been visually stunning in one of the movies.