The Lost World (Jurassic Park #2) by Michael CrichtonI find a lot of people discuss the resurrection of Ian Malcolm in their reviews, and Id like to throw in my two cents. Its true, Malcolm is mentioned as dead at the end of Jurassic Park. To be exact, Muldoon is telling Grant whats happened to everyone else as theyre flying away in the helicopter:
What about Malcolm? Grant said.
Muldoon shook his head.
The epilogue mentions the Costa Rican government not permitting the burial of John Hammond or Ian Malcolm (amongst a list of other ways they dragged their feet and covered things up). But thats it.
My point is this: its not as if Crichton tricked us by delivering a long death scene where Ian Malcolm said his last goodbyes and made some final point about evolution and chaos theory - then got lazy and just reintroduced Malcolm into the next book. Malcolms death in JP was not seen, and only vaguely mentioned (unlike every other major character who died in the book). Also, the explanation given in The Lost World as to why the others thought he was dead was completely plausible - he was simply so close to death that he was left for dead.
Ill get off of my soapbox now. For me, The Lost World was a satisfying and exciting read. I think I read it in about a day and a half the first time, and Ive re-read it a few times since.
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Jurassic Park was a game changer when it was released in But we know that. The sequels, on the other hand, have been greeted by sneers despite amassing box office in the billions. So if these sequels are unwanted, why do we keep showing up for them? The key difference between Jurassic Park and its sequels is where your empathy lies. Jurassic Park remains untouched as a classic for this reason. No sequel was ever going to compete with what filmmaker Steven Spielberg managed to conjure with the first film — his own sequel is a testament to that fact.
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Jurassic Park is a science fiction novel written by Michael Crichton. A cautionary tale about genetic engineering , it presents the collapse of an amusement park showcasing genetically recreated dinosaurs to illustrate the mathematical concept of chaos theory and its real world implications. A sequel titled The Lost World , also written by Crichton, was published in In , both novels were re-published as a single book titled Michael Crichton's Jurassic World , unrelated to the film of the same name. In , Steven Spielberg adapted the book into the blockbuster film Jurassic Park. The book's sequel, The Lost World , was also adapted by Spielberg into a film in
In the reality of the Jurassic novels and films, geneticists recreate dinosaurs by combining their DNA with other creatures or, as in the new movie, splice genes to create an uber-badass dino. But the existence of Jurassic Park as a massive cultural phenomenon is also the result of the splicing of both literary and filmic sensibilities. The best-selling novelist conceived of a story featuring cloned prehistoric creatures as a screenplay first. In this proto-version of Jurassic Park , a graduate student would create a genetically perfect pterodactyl in a lab. His novel The Andromeda Strain was adapted into a film of the same name. But Crichton did his own screenplays too!