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Jurassic Park (original 1990; edition 1990)

by Michael Crichton

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Title:Jurassic Park
Authors:Michael Crichton
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Tags:1990s, science fiction-horror, genetic engineering, islands, theme parks, dinosaurs, movie, read in 1990s

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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (1990)

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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 Sir 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 Dr. Moreau by H. G. Wells (Stbalbach)
    Stbalbach: Mad doctor's breeding program on a remote island. What could go wrong?
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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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    Relic by Douglas Preston (VictoriaPL)
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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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    Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker (Konran)
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    Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror by Steve Alten (Hedgepeth)
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    When The Wind Blows by James Patterson (themephi)
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What a ride! Crichton's blend of science and imagination, plus his skill at suspenseful writing, make this a greatly entertaining read. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time (and I STILL pay close attention to birds and their flocking / migrating habits). ( )
  BookConcierge | Jan 20, 2016 |
Incredible read. As a child I was a huge dinosaur fan, and reading this as an adult brought back all of the old memories, and so much more. The perfect combination of science and imagination. I was genuinely upset when the story ended. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Entrepreneur clones DNA from dinasaurs - creates theme park on island - dinosaurs run amok ( )
  WinonaBaines | Jan 17, 2016 |
Great book, just awesome all around even though I am late to the party on this one, so happy I finally decided to read it. For my review visit Thank the Maker at
http://girlsguidetoscifi.blogspot.ca/2014/10/spinosaurus-aegyptiacus-review-of.h.... ( )
  Girlscifi | Jan 16, 2016 |
Billionaire John Hammond, eccentric and obsessed with all things dinosaur, owns an island off the coast of Costa Rica where he intends to open the world's most unusual amusement park. With a team of scientists, Hammond has successfully cloned dinosaur DNA and now his island has over 200 of many different species of dinosaurs. They were careful to only breed females so that the population could not increase but somehow Jurassic Park is being overrun with many more animals than when the project began. The dinosaurs are reproducing. After an employee tries to steal a few of the dinosaur embryos to sell to a rival scientist he sets off a series of events that will allow the dinosaurs free movement on the island and the humans certainly look like food to their hungry eyes.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit, although some of the science was way out of my comfort zone. It was exciting and suspenseful all the way through. The movie was good but I preferred the book. ( )
  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Crichton, Michaelprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kanmert Sjölander, MolleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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."
~ ERWIN CHARGAFF, 1972
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For A-M and T
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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.
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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.
Mike Bowman whistled cheerfully as he drove the Land Rover through the Cabo Blanco Biological Reserve, on the west coast of Costa Rica.
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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, one of mankind's most thrilling fantasies has come true. Creatures extinct for eons now roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them--for a price.

Until something goes wrong....

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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345370775, Mass Market Paperback)

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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