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Literature: The Lost World (1995)
The Lost World is a 1995 techno-thriller novel written by Michael Crichton. This book is a sequel to Jurassic Park.

Six years after the disaster at Jurassic Park, Ian Malcolm — who is revealed to have actually survived the events of the previous novel via a retcon — teams up with paleontologist Richard Levine after learning about Site B, the "production facility" where the park's dinosaurs were hatched and grown, on Isla Sorna near Isla Nublar (the Jurassic Park site). When Levine leaves without Malcolm, he plans a rescue, with a team consisting of Doc Thorne, Eddie Carr, and two stowaway children, R.B. "Arby" Benton and Kelly Curtis. However, not only do they have to contend with dinosaurs, but they have to contend with a rival group consisting of geneticist Lewis Dodgson, Howard King and George Baselton. This group intends to to steal dinosaur eggs for Biosyn, the rival company of InGen, the Jurassic Park company.

In all, it bears only a passing resemblance to The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

Takes its title from an Arthur Conan Doyle novel with a similar premise.


This book provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Sarah Harding. Probably she's the physically strongest character in the book. However, in the movie, she doesn't quite fit this trope, though she does give it a good effort.
  • Alas, Poor Mook: Howard King. Compared to Dodgson, he's not a bad guy, and ends up just trying to survive. He ends up fleeing from a pack of Velociraptors, and even gets a Hope Spot when he almost makes it to safety before they bring him down.
  • Author Filibuster: As per usual. There are chapters where we almost get it in stereo, with both Malcolm and Levine discussing and arguing over scientific concepts.
  • Asshole Victim: Lewis Dodgson gets eaten by baby dinosaurs. Considering that he tried to get the group killed, he totally had it coming to him.
  • Big Bad: Lewis Dodgson, who had bribed Dennis to steal genetic material in Jurassic Park, has taken on an active role this time around.
  • Black and Nerdy: Arby.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Levine does this, saying that (specifically) Thorne was driving too recklessly from the charging Tyrannosaur, and (generally) that he was doing all right on the island and didn't need help anyway. Bear in mind this is after his panicked, static-filled phone call begging for help. His rescuers are not pleased.
  • Continuity Nod: Dr. Sarah Harding, who helped nurse Malcolm back to health and dated him for a while, is implied to be the daughter of Jurassic Park's resident veterinarian, Dr. Gerry Harding. Along with sharing a surname, she mentions that her father had been a vet and a bird specialist at San Diego zoo, which was what Gerry Harding was before signing with InGen. The movies make no such connection. This is probably because the elder Harding's role was so reduced in the film that audiences could be forgiven for not remembering that was his name.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Several. Baselton gets his arm bitten off by a T. rex, which then proceeds to rip him apart until he's nothing but a mass of red flesh, King gets his head bitten off by raptors at the base of the neck, and Eddie gets torn apart by raptors, who continue to fight over his remains all the way back to their nest. But Dodgson takes the crown for most gruesome death in the book, as he is eaten by a bunch of baby T. rexes. When he tries to escape, an adult T. rex bites through his leg so that he can't escape as one of the little monsters rips out his check and swallows it whole. He finally gets put out of his misery when one of the infants tears out his throat.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Richard Levine. He gets his license yanked and is ordered to teach as community service for driving 120 miles per hour in a 15 mile per hour school zone. In his Ferrari.
  • Fantasy World Map: The front and back of the book includes a handy map of Isla Sorna with the location of events in the book marked.
  • Gadgeteer Genius / Mr. Fixit: Carr could be described as a true Gadgeteer Genius while Doc is more a Mr Fixit, as Arnold would be.
    Eddie: Violence and technology... not good bedfellows!
  • Handicapped Badass: Malcolm has problems with his leg (because of the previous dino-related injuries and later because on injuries that he gets when the T-Rexes attack the camp) but he maintains his usefulness throughout the book.
  • Infant Immortality: Kelly and Arby both survive, though not unscathed.
  • Just Desserts: Dodgson, who gets eaten alive by baby T. rexes.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The book takes an entire chapter to point out how stupid it is to assume a T. rex can't see you if you don't move, killing a character who tries it. It also handily suggests another explanation for the fact that it apparently worked in the first film.
  • Mama Bear and Papa Wolf: The two T. rexes in The Lost World (novel and movie) are not going to let anyone hurt or take their babies away.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Howard King; he considers it part of his job to rein in Lewis Dodgson's ruthless side, seems truly horrified when Dodgson seemingly murders Sarah Harding, and is the first to acknowledge that maybe this whole egg theft isn't a good idea. It doesn't save him.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Ian Malcolm.
  • Retcon: Ian Malcolm is supposed to have died in the Jurassic Park book. However, it seems that they were able to save him, and he is now the protagonist of this book.
  • Super Cell Reception: The Lost World novel has satellite phones that are explicitly extra-durable and specifically made for the island, but it's eventually averted: the phones fail and garble a message, which helps kick off the plot.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: The island's security depends entirely on its remoteness. The characters find this out when their attempt to guess the computer network's password fails and it just asks them to create a new account.
  • Viewer-Friendly Interface: The Lost World book parodies this (especially the 3D output from the first film) when the InGen OS turns it into a useless display of cutting edge graphical power that... turns the display into a 3D cube. This angers the characters, who are trying to escape feral raptors. The character eventually gets the bright idea to just follow the cables the computer is running on, which are, quite logically, in a crawlspace so they can be serviced. By the time the raptors get in, they're gone.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Arby and Kelly. Justified in that Arb is a child prodigy, albeit naive, and Kel is very smart and enjoys being with smart people.


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