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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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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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    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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    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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    Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (mcenroeucsb)
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    Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker (Konran)
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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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Still a great read. Crichton's classic genetic thriller is starting to show its age in the science and the sexism, but there's no arguing with the central rollercoaster ride through the Park. ( )
  imyril | Nov 21, 2016 |
Just in case you are unaware of what Jurassic Park is about... Dr. Alan Grant, a paleontologist, and graduate student Ellie Sattler, a paleobotanist, are both at the top of their fields. On a dig in Montana Grant is about to make the find of his life: a whole skeleton of a baby velociraptor. Multi-billionaire and founder of InGen Technologies, John Hammond has been building a state of the art "nature preserve" on a private island off the coast of Costa Rica. His company has been funding Dr. Grant's dig for several years and asks both Dr. Grant and Ellie to come visit the park for a weekend consultation. On the way they are joined by Ian Malcolm, a mathematician and one of the leading minds on Chaos Theory. Malcolm has already predicted that the park is doomed to fail based on mathematics that nature can't be controlled. Once they all arrive on the island the group finds out that InGen scientists have done the impossible: they've found a way to extract and clone dinosaur DNA. Creatures extinct for eons now roam the park, which is scheduled to open to the public in a few short months. That is, until something goes horribly wrong.

Jurassic Park is a modern science fiction classic and one of my favorite Crichton novels. This is one of those rare books that, having seen the movie many times and read the novel before, I still get that thrilling, edge of your seat experience on a reread. Crichton creates a wonderful mystery around what exactly is being kept in Hammond's nature preserve with a lovely, slow build up to the introduction of the dinosaurs themselves. Then tensions mount as the group of visitors begin their tour of the park and you just know things are going to go horribly, horribly wrong. Once that happens then you better hang on for quite the thrill ride!

This story is interesting as it's hard to decide who to root for. The dinos are both the hero and villains of the story as are several of the humans. Crichton does his homework well. He mixes just enough facts (which are dated by this point but still reasonably relevant) with the fiction to make the story believable. He tends to get a little preachy with Malcolm's character, though I don't think the message behind it is a bad one. Have some respect for nature. Life always finds a way. ( )
  Narilka | Nov 20, 2016 |
Jurassic Park
3 Stars

Too much science and not enough character development.

One of the rare cases in which the movie is better than the book. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
What a fantastic ride!

I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed this. It is similar to the movie - which I am a huge fan of - but is definitely different enough to hold your interest. There's a lot of science mumbo jumbo which I admittedly didn't understand half of, but it was fascinating all the same & I'm sure they dumbed down the science as best they could. I was greatly amused by all the computer talk, as computers have changed just so, so much in the last twenty five years. I definitely got my geek on reading this book! I wasn't enough finished reading this one, and I had already requested the next one from the library.

It's ironic, too, because I remember when the movie first came out, I tried getting through the book & hated it - I hated all the science and computer talk, and that was what amused me so much this read through.

I just couldn't believe how confident everyone was throughout the book, just so damned smug that they knew what they were doing - and then the dinosaur ate them. Good times.

Definitely a must read for dinosaur fans! ( )
  anastaciaknits | Oct 29, 2016 |
Okay, so the science isn't quite there, but it sounds plausible. And probably no one has ever been so gifted at describing the way things go wrong in a cascading error. ( )
  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
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Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary 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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