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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park (1990)

by Michael Crichton

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    The Lost World by Michael Crichton (DeDeNoel)
    DeDeNoel: Kind of an obvious choice, The Lost World is a sequel to Jurassic Park. I think it's just as good, if not better.
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    The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle (jseger9000)
    jseger9000: An obvious rec, I admit. Doyle's story is the original "modern men interact with dinos" tale and Crichton's is the best one since.
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    Carnosaur by Harry Adam Knight (caimanjosh, tottman)
    caimanjosh: There's been some speculation that Crichton actually got the idea for Jurassic Park from this book, which was written well before. This one's gorier.
    tottman: Both are stories about trying to bring back dinosaurs, and the ultimately destructive outcome of such an attempt. Carnosaur leans more to the horror side of the equation and Jurassic Park more to the thriller side.
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    The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells (Stbalbach)
    Stbalbach: Mad doctor's breeding program on a remote island. What could go wrong?
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    The Relic by Douglas Preston (VictoriaPL)
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    Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (mcenroeucsb)
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    King Kong by Edgar Wallace (Hedgepeth)
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    Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker (Konran)
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    Meg by Steve Alten (Hedgepeth)
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    The Cartesian Machine by Dr. Nick E. Tran (NickETran)
    NickETran: The Cartesian Machine by Nick E. Tran and Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton are both based on the newly discovered sciences and the terrible disasters that ensued.
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    When the Wind Blows by James Patterson (themephi)

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A thrilling book that was hard to put down. The book was amazing, and told a lot about human nature in general. Very thought-provoking.
  joyce_zhang16 | Nov 22, 2014 |
I loved this book. I have a read a lot of Michael Crichton novels, and I must say that this is my favorite. I don't know how Michael Crichton thinks of such great plots for his books. This plot is just crazy, and this book was adapted into a thrilling movie. It's about a guy who genetically engineered dinosaur DNA to bring the creatures back to life. A group of paleontologists are invited to the island, and the dinosaurs escape due to a power outage in the electric fences. It soon becomes a struggle for survival. The book is truly better than the movie as good as the movie is because the book takes more time to develop the characters who are oddly funny. It just goes into greater detail. I read this book in one week. ( )
  jburkett16 | Nov 2, 2014 |
There are certain Science Fiction books that are outlandish, and others that take place in settings that will never be created in this universe. But there are a select few that are so well crafted that anyone can imagine the book truly happening. In Michael Crichton's experiment in recreating the past, he entices the reader into imagining a zoo of dinosaurs. Man has always had thoughts of going to the past, either to correct a mistake, or meet up with long lost relatives. Yet the beauty of Jurassic Park is that it brings man to a place it never knew existed: a time when base instincts were the only means of survival. This is one characteristic of Jurassic Park that distinguishes it from other Science Fiction novels.
Jurassic Park must also be recognized for the intricacy of its character webs. In many fiction novels, authors try to add "layers" of personality traits to a protagonist. In Jurassic Park, it can be argued that there are upwards of five main protagonists, along with another six well developed characters. Each character takes on a complicated personality at once, so in a way the reader completely understands the motives of every character.
What makes Jurassic Park truly special is the learning involved in reading it. Readers who have no knowledge of dinosaurs will soon become acquainted with several species
species. Most readers who embark on Crichron's
journey can not initially explain the difference between a Compsognathus and a Dilophosaurus. Yet after completing this novel, a reader can accurately depict the tendencies of both dinosaurs.
As for a comparison between the book and the movie, the debate is simply for those who've never read the book. It is not a question that the intricacy of the book's plot and the legitimacy of the book make it a better experience. In the novel, many more of the characters die, making the events more plausible. Without a doubt, Jurassic Park is one of the greatest Science Fiction books ever written. ( )
  AidanCoffey | Nov 1, 2014 |
"Frankenstein, Part II or How I Spent My Summer Vacation with the Abuse of Scientific Power." Not really, but Crichton did a lovely job ripping off Mary Shelley. His book was infinitely more interesting and suspenseful. A little gory at times and a little preachy at times (when a dying character pontificates about the abuses of science), but overall, a very fast-paced, satisfying book. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 21, 2014 |
By far the best Michael Crichton novel ever. The movie was god, but this book was fantastic! ( )
  storeyonastory | Oct 12, 2014 |
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"Reptiles are abhorrent because of their cold body, pale color, cartilaginous skeleton, filthy skin, fierce aspect, calculating eye, offensive smell, harsh voice, squalid habitation, and terrible venom; wherefore their Creator has not exerted his powers to make many of them."

~ LINNAEUS, 1797
"You cannot recall a new form of life."
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The late twentieth century has witnessed a scientific gold rush of astonishing proportions: the headlong and furious haste to commercialize genetic engineering. (Introduction)
The tropical rain fell in drenching sheets, hammering the corrugated roof of the clinic building, roaring down the metal gutters, splashing on the ground in a torrent. (Prologue)
Mike Bowman whistled cheerfully as he drove the Land Rover through the Cabo Blanco Biological Reserve, on the west coast of Costa Rica.
Days went by. (Epilogue)
Reptielen zijn weerzinwekkend vanwege hun koude lichaam, hun bleke kleur, hun kraakbeenskelet, hun vuile huid, hun wrede uitdrukking, hun berekenende blik, hun afstotelijke geur, hun scherpe stemgeluid, hun smerig nest en hun vreselijk vergif; daarom heeft hun schepper zijn macht niet gebruikt om er vele te maken. (Linnaeus, 1797) Een nieuwe levensvorm kun je niet ongedaan maken. (Erwin Chargaff, 1972)
Because the history of evolution is that life escapes all barriers. Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way.
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An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now mankind's most thrilling fantasies have just come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

Until something goes wrong...

Der erfolgreiche Film "Jurassic Park" von Steven Spielberg basiert auf dem Roman von Michael Crichton. Der erfolgreiche Schriftsteller und Regisseur (u.a "Westworld" und "Coma" ersann die Geschichte um die Auferstehung der Dinosaurier und entfachte damit einen erneuten Boom auf die urzeitlichen Wesen, dessen Echo immer noch nicht zum Erliegen gekommen ist. Das Buch bietet Unterhaltung auf allerhöchstem Niveau, dabei schneidet der erste Teil des Romans, in dem es um die Klonierung der Dinosaurier geht bei weitem besser ab als der zweite Teil, der eher eine Verfolgungsjagd sowie Kampfszenen zwischen Mensch und Tier bietet. Denoch hat das Werk des amerikanischen Bestsellerautoren fünf Sterne verdient, das es für spannende Unterhaltung mit Niveau sorgt.
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Unless your species evolved sometime after 1993 when Jurassic Park hit theaters, you're no doubt familiar with this dinosaur-bites-man disaster tale set on an island theme park gone terribly wrong. But if Speilberg's amped-up CGI creation left you longing for more scientific background and ... well, character development, check out the original Michael Crichton novel. Although not his best book (get ahold of sci-fi classic The Andromeda Strain for that), Jurassic Park fills out the film version's kinetic story line with additional scenes, dialogue, and explanations while still maintaining Crichton's trademark thrills-'n'-chills pacing. As ever, the book really is better than the movie. --Paul Hughes

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A wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening the attraction to the public, he invites some scientists to experience the park and help calm anxious investors; but, during the visit, the security system breaks down and prehistoric creatures break out.… (more)

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