Actually, in The Lost World (the book), Malcolm did give reason as to why he was there, instead of dead, as we all had thought. He said that everyone either thought he was dead or that they said he was "technically dead". I could go grab it and look - it's right in the first few pages - but I'm lazy :D.
Originally posted by BlahBlahBlah
Hammond died in the book, yes, but let's not forget: So did Malcolm. Chrichton never gives a good reason in the book to bring the character back, he just shows up.
I've read both books numerous times. I love them. I actually think The Lost World was even better than Jurassic Park, the movie or the book. The TWL movie was so different from the book... IIRC, the trailer scene with the T-rexes was the only scene that survived. Which is sad, because it had the potential to be a great movie.