The Lost World Book

The Lost World, 1995 by Michael Crichton
Hardcover : Published in 1995, 393 pages.
Paperback : Published in 1996, 430 pages.

Of course, the flick The Lost World is also based on a book by Michael Crichton. This time, book and movie a completely different, basically The Lost World movie only took the idea from the book and was set up rather commercially. Something that makes this book even more valuable to the JP freak. Even the main characters have been changed or left out. Also, by most fans the book is regarded as much better and intense than the movie.

Also, there are some essential continuity errors between the books and movies. Let’s try to make it simple. While Hammond survived in the Jurassic Park movie, he died in the book. Therefore, he is still alive in The Lost World movie, but dead in the book… On the other hand, Ian Malcom also survived in the Jurassic Park movie and died in the book. But he is in both, The Lost World book and movie. In The Lost World book, Crichton explains that he was believed dead but finally survived. When asked, he stated that it is an old tradition in literature that characters return from the dead (he points us to Sherlock Holmes).

The movie has also been made easier to understand for non-insiders: While the ‘enemy’ in the book remains the BioSyn Company, the movie features some ‘newly-rich bad guys’ from inGen itself.

But well, judge on your own. The Lost World is a phenomenally written book, which belongs, no doubt, into the library of every JP fan! Like the JP book, it just gives much more detail on everything…

The Plot

Six years after the death of John Hammond and the mysterious destruction of his ‘Jurassic Park’ on Isla Nublar, mathematician Ian Malcolm discovers a second island off Costa Rica, where Hammond created his genetically-bred dinosaurs. He travels there with a scientific research team including paleobiologist Richard Levine, Sarah Harding, and two stowaway kids, Kelly and Arby, both 11 years old. Once on the island, they find themselves on the run for their lives from some of the Dinosaurs with whom Ian has already crossed paths, along with some new species. The group not only has to contend with the Dinosaurs, but with murderous rival scientist Lewis Dodgson and his cronies, who are out to steal the Dinosaur eggs and bring them back to the mainland.

Reviews

The Lost World review
by Mike Cooper

“The Lost World, Michael Crichton’s sequel to Jurassic Park, was written fast anticipating a film. The original novel was written without any expectations of a film version, and that is what I believe makes it better. While many critics reviewed the film version of The Lost World as nothing more than an attempt by Steven Spielberg and Universal to make money and break box office records, I enjoyed the film, and I enjoyed this novel even more. The appearance of new dinosaurs, while bringing back old and familiar characters like Malcolm, and the addition of new faces made this novel a thrilling publication. Over-all, I rate The Lost World with a 9/10, for the action-packed events and gripping writing.”

Jurassic Park Book

Jurassic Park, 1990 by Michael Crichton
Hardcover | Published in 1990, 399 pages
Paperback | Published in 1991, 400 pages

Well, do we need to mention that this is where it all started? The idea that took Crichton almost a decade, that made the movies, the rides, the merchandise and finally this site possible? Do we need to mention that you just have to read this book? Did we say it is our all time favourite? We hope that we didn’t need to!

Well, to get real, this book is outstanding and probably the most appreciated piece of work carrying the name Jurassic Park. If you want to understand why this hype started, why the movie Jurassic Park is still one of the greatest blockbusters and finally, why you can read these lines… it is essential to read this book!

The major themes (and even more, the background) and the different attitudes of the characters is elaborated on a lot more than it was possible to do in a movie. The entire story is more detailed and comprehensive, watching the Jurassic Park movie can only serve as a “preview” of what awaits you here.

Still, the movie was made pretty close after the book (in opposite to The Lost World which was rather “commercialized”), although it was just necessary to cut out a lot of details to keep the movie around 2 hours, and not 6.. that is no joke, the first screenplay created (and rejected) almost had a playing time of 6 hours!

The Plot

Reports that a lizard-like reptile is attacking infants and infirm people in coastal towns Costa Rica are ignored by the authorities. That is, until an American doctor working in Costa Rica treats two patients who have both been attacked by these unknown animals. Their test results, which indicate that they have been poisoned by a mysterious venom, are passed down to Dr. Alan Grant, a renowned paleontologist who is working on a dinosaur dig in Montana with his associate, Ellie Sattler.

Grant has just uncovered another fossilized Velociraptor skeleton in the Montana Badlands, and is interrupted by a phone call from John Hammond, his wealthy sponsor for the dig. Hammond insists that Grant and his assistant, Dr. Ellie Sattler, fly down to Hammond’s private island near Costa Rica for a consultation. They are to be joined by Gennaro, a lawyer of inGen; Ian Malcolm, a mathematician specializing in the field of Chaos Theory and Tim & Alexis, Hammond’s young grandchildren.

A tour of Hammond’s crowing achievement, the as-yet-unopened theme park, Jurassic Park, proves deadly as the security systems go off-line and the untamed Dinosaurs overtake the island, killing anyone and anything in their path. The human visitors are separated and each group must find a way back to safety – and stop the rampaging Dinosaurs.

Reviews

Jurassic Park Novel Review
by Mike Cooper

“The one thing that made Jurassic Park a more thrilling and developed novel than The Lost World is that it was written not anticipating a film version. The characters and situations here seemed more developed than the sequel novel released in 1995. Through the dinosaurs and the characters, we see a true theme in this story: greed. The story is a tale of humans who think they control everything, and how they abuse the use of technology extending that power. But they soon find they don’t control everything, and the results are an incredible loss of life. Overall, I rate this novel with a 10 ot of 10!”

Jurassic Park Novel Timeline

The Ultimate Jurassic Park – Novel Universe Timeline
Originally Compiled for JPLegacy (RIP) by Andrew Beard, AKA “beeurd”

Italic text indicates scheduled events that never happened, from Jurassic Park.

1978

Alan Grant begins his dig in Snakewater, Montana.

1979

The Hammond Foundation leases Isla Nublar from the Costa Rican government for a biological preserve.

Grant discovers the first clutch of dinosaur eggs in Montana.

1982

Donald Gennaro begins employment at the Cowan, Swain and Ross law firm. One of his first assignments is to help John Hammond found the InGen Corporation.

1983

Grant earns his fame by publishing his findings of communal nesting and the maternal instincts of dinosaurs.

September

Hammond and Genarro begin raising capital to found the InGen Corporation, including touring with Norman Atherton’s genetically engineered cat-sized elephant.

1984

Norman Atherton, the brains behind Hammond’s dream, dies.

Henry Wu begins a five-year contract with InGen, Hammond initially tells him that the “general area involves cloning reptiles”, and grants him a $10-million per year budget.

The Hammond Foundation begins supporting Grant’s dig in Montana, with $30,000 per year.

InGen ships 24 Hood automated gene sequencers (at a cost of $12m) and 3 Cray XMP supercomputers to Costa Rica.

March

InGen Inc. pays Grant a $12,000 consultant’s fee for a paper on the eating habits of dinosaurs.

1985

Grant calls off the consultation with InGen, and settles for $12,000.

November

By this time Hammond and Genarro have raised $870 million for InGen.

1986

The Genetic Biosyn Corporation releases an untested bioengineered rabies vaccine on a farm in Chile.

Howard King joins Biosyn and meets Lewis Dodgson.

1987

January

InGen begins construction of the Isla Nublar resort, and employ John Arnold as Chief Engineer.

InGen begins developing adult-sized containment devices and weapons to handle their currently juvenile dinosaurs.

InGen buys Millipore Plastic Products, which had recently patented a plastic suitable for use as synthetic eggshells

Marty Guitierrez moves to live in Costa Rica.

1988

Robert Muldoon begins employment as Game Warden of Jurassic Park.

In 1988 to 1989, herbivores are fed macerated plant matter and carnivores are fed ground-up sheep extract, three times a day.

October 10 | Site B starts taking action to halt the spread of infection on the production lines.

December 18 | Site B begins releasing animals into the wild in an attempt to counter the spread of “DX” within the laboratory.

1989

Sarah Harding receives her doctorate.

From the 1989 InGen Annual Report: “In addition to its headquarters in Palo Alto, where InGen maintains an ultra-modern 200,000 square foot research laboratory, the company runs three field laboratories around the world. A geological lab in South Africa, where amber and other biological specimens are acquired; a research farm in the mountains of Costa Rica, where exotic varieties of plants are grown; and a facility on the island of Isla Nublar, 120 miles west of Costa Rica.”

January | Dr Bobbie Carter arrives in Bahía Anasco, Costa Rica.

An 18 year old InGen worker dies in Bahía Anasco after being involved in a “construction accident” on Isla Nublar. In truth, he was attacked by an escaped Velociraptor. After this incident the Visitor Lodge security is upgraded

Spring | Groups of unknown animals move up into the Costa Rican jungles of the Ismaloya Mountains from the coast, eating only lysine-rich foods.

June | Grant’s dig outside Snakewater, Montana, have 100 cases of beer.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) begin an investigation into InGen

July | Mike and Ellen Bowman visit a deserted beach at Cabo Blanco, Cost Rica, where their daughter, Christina (Tina), is attacked by a lizard.

July 16 | Guitierrez discovers a dead lizard at Cabo Blanco, similar to the one drawn by Tina Bowman.

Late July (?)

The EPA interview Grant regarding his dealings with InGen.

Grant identifies Guitierrez’s lizard as a Procompsognathus.

Hammond invites Grant and Ellie Sattler to visit Isla Nublar.

August | Biosyn pays Dennis Nedry $750,000 (of a promised $1.5-million) to steal embryos from InGen.

The Isla Nublar incident

The Isla Nublar facility is destroyed.

The survivors of Nublar are held and questioned in San José.

October 5 | InGen files for Chapter 11 protection in San Francisco Superior Court.
November | Scheduled construction of Les Gigantes three-star dining room.

Site B is abandoned.

1990

Construction scheduled to start of Jurassic Park Europe, in the Azores, and Jurassic Park Japan, near Guam.

Sattler marries in Chicago.

February | Malcolm is released from intensive care in Costa Rica. Sarah Harding helps nurse him back to health.

September | Scheduled opening date of Jurassic Park.

1992

March—September

Scheduled introduction of the Jungle River Ride and the Aviary Lodge Ride.

Richard Levine meets Grant at a conference in Peking, and asks him about InGen; Grant dismisses it as ‘absurd’

1993

Hammond had previously predicted InGen to have annual revenues of seven billion dollars by 1993. And with JP Europe & Japan due to open this year also, they should exceed $10-billion.

August | Malcolm presents his analysis of chaos theory in evolution at the Santa Fe Institute, in a lecture called “Life at the Edge of Chaos.” He also lectures that debating K-T extinction theory is pointless, and that humans are stubborn, self-destructive conformists.

Levine meets Malcolm and Sarah Harding.

Sarah Harding returns to Africa.

1994

Winter | Members of Biosyn pose as Swiss geologists while they search Costa Rican islands for ‘large animals’.

1995

February | Since August 1993: Sarah Harding receives calls from Levine and Doc Thorne regarding equipment, anaesthetic, and protocols that would be useful for Levine’s ‘dinosaur hunt’.

February 10 | Levine is arrested for driving 120 in a 15 zone. He loses his driving licence and is given community service; and starts teaching at Woodside Junior High.

February

InGen’s assets begin to be sold off.

Levine visits an ‘aberrant form’ in Costa Rica, along with Guitierrez. The specimen is burned, however.

The Isla Sorna Incident