Jurassic Park/The Lost World (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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From master thriller writer Michael Crichton: Two imaginative masterpieces of speculative science, full of adventure and larger-than-life characters. In Jurassic Park, scientists of today clone dinosaurs of the prehistoric past to serve as attractions in a modern theme park. When a rival biogenetic firm attempts to steal the scientists secret, the stage is set for a nightmare of science and dinosaurs run amok. The Lost World picks up the story six years later, with scientists scrambling to find the jungle island ...
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Overview

From master thriller writer Michael Crichton: Two imaginative masterpieces of speculative science, full of adventure and larger-than-life characters. In Jurassic Park, scientists of today clone dinosaurs of the prehistoric past to serve as attractions in a modern theme park. When a rival biogenetic firm attempts to steal the scientists secret, the stage is set for a nightmare of science and dinosaurs run amok. The Lost World picks up the story six years later, with scientists scrambling to find the jungle island that served as the dinosaur production factory for Jurassic Park. Once again, rivalry and subterfuge combine to create life-threatening dangers for the scientists, who must contend with the rampaging dinosaurs as well as their cutthroat competitors.

This volume contains the full text of both of Michael Crichton's bestselling novels. Featuring a beautifully stamped bonded leather cover, gilt edging, colorful endpapers, and a satin-ribbon bookmark, this collectible edition is a fine addition to any home library.

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Meet the Author

Michael Crichton
It stands to reason that someone with as many pursuits as Michael Crichton (novelist, nonfiction writer, screenwriter, director, software engineer, M.D.) might achieve only modest success in any of them. But Crichton somehow excelled at them all. His books, suffused with his scientific research and knowledge, never failed to present imaginative, chilling scenarios that jumped from historical capers to futuristic sci-fi. He died on November 4, 2008, after a long battle against cancer.

Biography

Michael Crichton's oeuvre is so vivid and varied that it hard to believe everything sprang from the mind of a single writer. There's the dino-movie franchise and merchandising behemoth Jurassic Park; the long-running, top-rated TV series ER, which Crichton created; and sci-fi tales so cinematic a few were filmed more than once. He's even had a dinosaur named after him.

Ironically, for someone who is credited with selling over 150 million books, Crichton initially avoided writing because he didn't think he would make a living at it. So he turned to medical school instead, graduating with an M.D. from Harvard in 1969. The budding doctor had already written one award-winning novel pseudonymically (1968's A Case of Need) to help pay the bills through school; but when The Andromeda Strain came out in the same year of his med school graduation, Crichton's new career path became obvious.

The Andromeda Strain brilliantly and convincingly sets out an American scientific crisis in the form of a deadly epidemic. Its tone -- both critical of and sympathetic toward the scientific community -- set a precedent for Crichton works to come. A 1970 nonfiction work, Five Patients offers the same tone in a very different form, that being an inside look at a hospital.

Crichton's works were inspired by a remarkably curious mind. His plots often explored scientific issues -- but not always. Some of his most compelling thrillers were set against the backdrop of global trade relations (Rising Sun), corporate treachery (Disclosure) and good old-fashioned Victorian-era theft (The Great Train Robbery). The author never shied away from challenging topics, but it's obvious from his phenomenal sales that he never waxed pedantic. Writing about Prey, Crichton's cautionary tale of nanotech gone awry, The New York Times Book Review put it this way: "You're entertained on one level and you learn something on another."

On the page, Crichton's storytelling was eerily nonfictional in style. His journalistic, almost professorial, and usually third-person narration lent an air of credibility to his often disturbing tales -- in The Andromeda Strain, he went so far as to provide a fake bibliography. Along the way, he revelled in flouting basic, often subconscious assumptions: Dinosaurs are long-gone; women are workplace victims, not predators; computers are, by and large, predictable machines.

The dazzling diversity of Crichton's interests and talents became ever more evident as the years progressed. In addition to penning bestselling novels, he wrote screenplays and a travel memoir, directed several movies, created Academy Award-winning movie production software, and testified before Congress about the science of global warming -- this last as a result of his controversial 2004 eco-thriller State of Fear, a novel that reflected Crichton's own skepticism about the true nature of climate change. His views on the subject were severely criticized by leading environmentalists.

On November 4, 2008, Michael Crichton died, following a long battle against cancer. Beloved by millions of readers, his techno-thrillers and science-inflected cautionary tales remain perennial bestsellers and have spawned a literary genre all its own.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our 2005 interview with Crichton:

"I'm very interested in 20th-century American art."

"I have always been interested in movies and television as well as books. I see all these as media for storytelling, and I don't discriminate among them. At some periods of my life I preferred to work on movies, and at others I preferred books."

"In the early 1990s, interviewers began calling me ‘the father of the techno-thriller.' Nobody ever had before. Finally I began asking the interviewers, ‘Why do you call me that?' They said, ‘Because Tom Clancy says you are the father of the techno-thriller.' So I called Tom up and said, ‘Listen, thank you, but I'm not the father of the techno-thriller.' He said, ‘Yes you are.' I said, ‘No, I'm not, before me there were thrillers like Failsafe and Seven Days in May and The Manchurian Candidate that were techno-thrillers.' He said, ‘No, those are all political. You're the father of the techno-thriller.' And there it ended."

"My favorite recreation is to hike in the wilderness. I am fond of Hawaii."

"I used to scuba dive a lot, but haven't lately. For a time I liked to photograph sharks but like anything else, the thrill wears off. Earlier in my life I took serious risks, but I stopped when I became a parent."

"I taught myself to cook by following Indian and Szechuan recipes. They each have about 20 ingredients. I used to grind my own spices, I was really into it. Now I don't have much time to cook anymore. When I do, I cook Italian food."

"I read almost exclusively nonfiction. Most times I am researching some topic, which may or may not lead to a book. So my reading is pretty focused, although the focus can shift quickly."

"I have always been interested in whatever is missing or excluded from conventional thought. As a result I am drawn to writers who are out of fashion, bypassed, irritating, difficult, or excessive. I also like the disreputable works of famous writers. Thus I end up reading and liking Paul Feyerabend (Against Method), G. K. Chesterton (Orthodoxy, What's Wrong with the World), John Stuart Mill, Hemingway (Garden of Eden), Nietzsche, Machiavelli, Alain Finkielkraut (Defeat of the Mind), Anton Ehrenzweig (Hidden Order of Art), Arthur Koestler (Midwife Toad, Beyond Reductionism), Ian McHarg (Design with Nature), Marguerite Duras, Jung, late James M. Cain (Serenade), Paul Campos.

"Because I get up so early to work, I tend to go to bed early, around 10 or 11. So I don't go out much. I suppose I am borderline reclusive. I don't care."

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    1. Also Known As:
      John Michael Crichton (full name), Jeffery Hudson, John Lange
    2. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 23, 1942
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      November 4, 2008
    2. Place of Death:
      Los Angeles, California

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

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    Beautiful book except red color runs!

    I do love Michael Crichton and I looked forward to receiving it. About half way through the book I noticed that my fingers were red and saw that the red on the cover and back was running. A disappointment for sure.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    First off, this is an extremely beautiful copy of both Jurassic

    First off, this is an extremely beautiful copy of both Jurassic Park and The Lost World. The pages are significantly thinner than that of their original prints, which is perfectly acceptable since both novels were bound together. 
    Now onto the biggest problem: the red on the cover bleeds. BADLY.
    It pains me to say I had to retire this copy to the shelves only after 2 weeks of having it. The red ink used on the cover can get loosened up if  you hold the book in your hand, or if you position it in your lap, and touching it will smear the ink all over the white leather and get all over your fingers. With this, I am extremely disappointed. 
    Other wise, if you're going to buy it to complete or expand your B&N Leatherbounds, or to buy it for your Jurassic Park collection, then by all means, do. Though, the only way I would suggest reading this is on a table without touching the covers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

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    Not as good as Jurassic Park.

    This book is a bit slow and predictable. Maybe, having read Jurassic Park had gotten me prepared for those dinos living on Site B will be hungry and restless on Site B. I found the characters Arby and Levine to be enjoyable and amuzing. To bad they weren't included in the motion picture. It was nice to see Malcolm, resurrected from the dead, even though he died in Jurassic Park. He was alive and well and still, the cantankerous mathematician.

    The Lost World is not near the brillance of Jurrassic Park, but still satisfies. If you like dinosaurs, science, or anything Crichton writes, you should find that this novel has something you will enjoy.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    Amazing. Beautiful edition. Must have for Jurassic Park or Michael Crichton fans!!!!!

    I was about to leave Barnes and Noble last night and turned my head and saw this....and knew immediately I was buying it. This edition of the novels is amazingly done. The cover is perfect......it keeps with the color scheme and simplicity of the original releases of Jurassic Park and The Lost World, but has a new designed look, which I love. Whoever designed the cover....you're awesome! The pages are also lined in silver which makes this edition even more impressive looking.

    I have a first edition of Jurassic Park and The Lost World, and this was still a must-buy. I would have paid the $20 price for just one of these novels done in this way. If you haven't read Jurassic Park or The Lost World, you are missing some of Michael Crichton's best work. And if you've just seen the movies, you're missing a lot of story to Jurassic Park....and you're not even touching The Lost World. The movie is NOTHING like the novel!

    Needless to say, I highly recommend this.

    Thank you Barnes and Noble!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    Finally!

    I've been waiting for a new edition to the Barnes And Noble Leatherbound Classics and it's finally here!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Very thrilling but not at all like the movies.

    Very thrilling but not at all like the movies.

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  • Posted November 11, 2012

    Jurassic Park the Lost World is one of the best books and most i

    Jurassic Park the Lost World is one of the best books and most interesting book I have ever read. The main characters are interesting like their backstories are great. Also what the characters do to survive in this island forgotten by time. The main characters consist of Ian Malcolm, Arby, Kelly, Dr. Levine, Sarah Harding, Eddie, Thorne, Howard King, and Lewis Dodgson. Arby and Kelly are both Dr. Levine’s students. He had to be a teacher for community service because he was caught drunk driving. Ian Malcolm is a successful business man. Thorne and Eddie are both car makers and salesman. Dr. Levine asks Thorne to make an armored van before he goes on an expedition. Sarah Harding is a woman who studies African animals; she is also Kelly’s role model. After Dr. Levine explored an island off the coast of Costa Rica and goes missing, Ian and Thorne get worried. They ask the kids if they knew where he was. After finding some clues Ian, Thorne, and Eddie go off to find Levine. They tell the kids to go home, but Arby and Kelly sneak into a closet on the van and hide there. Ian calls Sarah, who is on an expedition, to come to the island with them. She arrives in Costa Rica and meets Lewis Dodgson and King. All three of them go to the island, when suddenly some waves hit them and Sarah goes overboard. King and Dodgson keep going to the island without even trying to save her. This book is for dinosaur and sci-fi (science fiction) lovers. The gruesome display of dinosaurs eating and chewing the bones of its victims is amazing. How when you think the exciting part is over, but something worse just appears. Also how it tells you a t-rex can still see its prey if it’s not moving. Dr. Levine says it’s absurd how a t-rex can’t see when something isn’t moving because a prey’s first instinct would be to stand still. He says it in a more scientific way though. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    Jurassic Park is my favorite book, and I love having this amazin

    Jurassic Park is my favorite book, and I love having this amazing copy of it. I'm not a huge fan of the Lost World, because it isn't as good as Jurassic Park, but I still love my leatherbound copy of both of them!

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    Two of my all time favorite books

    These books are so much fun. I never want them to end. I hope the new Jurassic Park movie has a movie-tie-in novel.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    Spectacular Read

    Having only seen the movies first, I was blown away by how much more grand the book felt in scale. There are a lot of interesting ideas that Iam Malcom, the chaos theory mathematician, brings up that make a person consider how much control and power humanity has over the world. There is also a lot of content that makes one think about the possibility of mechanisms in government, law, and technology that are left unknown to the public. This is all wrapped up in thrilling plots where characters must fend off and escape from some the most vicious creatures to ever walk on the face of the Earth. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to be highly entertained. With such a fine appearance and excellent price, this would also make a great gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2011

    For all SciFi Lovers

    Beautiful Cover and pages that brings the science of Jurrasic Park and THe Lost World to life. You will enjoy this one!

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