Of all the unbelievable things that happen in The Lost World, the most unlikely is Malcolm willingly returning to an island full of dinosaurs.
While Crichton shies away from killing off children, he seems to enjoy describing the deaths of adults in full gory detail. If someone’s death seems too tame – just fading to black – it means they’re still alive, and the actual pain is still to come.
Crichton writes wonderful characters that cover the full spectrum of humanity. Strong, independent women who get the job done under pressure. Antisocial nerds who are so focused on data and research that they don’t recognise danger until it’s too late. Greedy, money-hungry men who are willing to backstab and murder for profit. And, of course, Malcolm – the man who loves to get injured early and spend the rest of the book in a drug delirium mooning over mathematical theorems.