The Lost World is a novel released in 1912 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle concerning an expedition to a plateau in the Amazon basin of South America where prehistoric animals (dinosaurs and other extinct creatures) still survive. It was originally published serially in the popular Strand Magazine and illustrated by New-Zealand-born artist Harry Rountree during the months of April–November 1912. The character of Professor Challenger was introduced in this book.More info →
In the not-too-distant future, three astronauts land on what appears to be a planet just like Earth, with lush forests, a temperate climate, and breathable air. But while it appears to be a paradise, nothing is what it seems. They soon discover the terrifying truth: On this world humans are savage beasts, and apes rule as their civilized masters.More info →
When Professor Lidenbrock discovers a 16th-century manuscript that reveals a route to the earth's core, he can't resist the chance to investigate. Together with his whiz-kid nephew and an Icelandic guide, the professor heads for the crater of an extinct volcano. Tension builds as the trio descends: What bizarre creatures may lurk below? Will the supplies last, and how will the group return to the surface?More info →
A mysterious sea monster, theorized by some to be a giant narwhal, is sighted by ships of several nations; an ocean liner is also damaged by the creature. The United States government finally assembles an expedition to track down and destroy the menace. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a noted French marine biologist and narrator of the story, master harpoonist Ned Land, and Aronnax's faithful assistant Conseil join the expedition.More info →
It took only three years after the book was released in 1990 for Jurassic Park to hit theaters. The story was monumental. Nothing like it had ever been seen before—or since, in some people’s opinion—and audiences could not get enough of Steven Spielberg’s adaptation. From that first book came a successful four movie franchise so powerful it has been revisited and expanded almost thirty years later with three more films in the 2010’s.
What makes Jurassic Park so popular? Many have tried to find the answer. Perhaps it was the incredible special effects, the timeless battle of monster vs. man, or the conflict of a burgeoning science that may be fictional, but relates far too easily to other developments in the modern day.
Regardless of the reason, it’s clear the fandom of Jurassic Park isn’t going anywhere. Can’t get enough of the story but you’re all out of Crichton’s books? Try some of the other stories on this list. Books like Jurassic Park are few and far between and there can never be a story as seminal as Micahel Crichton’s first take on big monster drama, but you’ll find these books have left their own imprint in the wake of the mighty T-Rex.
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