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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park (original 1990; edition 1990)

by Michael Crichton

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Title:Jurassic Park
Authors:Michael Crichton
Info:New York : Ballantine, c1990.
Collections:Your library
Tags:novel, fiction, series, jurassic park, dinosaurs

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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (1990)

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    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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    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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    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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good story, just full of evolutionary garbage ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Title: Jurassic Park
Series: -----
Author: Michael Crichton
Rating: of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: Action/Adventure
Pages: 416
Format: Kindle

Project Reread:
I am attempting to reread 10 books in 2016 that I have rated highly in the past. I am not attempting to second guess or denigrate my younger self in any way but am wanting to compare how my tastes have changed and possibly matured. I am certainly much more widely read now [both in the good and bad quality sadly] than then. I will hopefully be going into the reasons for any differences of opinions between then and now. If there is no difference of opinion, then it was a hellfire'd fine book!
Synopsis: John Hammond has created dinosaurs and wants to create a theme park with them. His investors are edgy and force him to hire several experts to tour the island. Murphy hitches a ride and per his rule, anything that can go wrong, does. Including the biting off of heads. Which is just awesome. My Thoughts: Back in 2002 I reread Jurassic Park. It was the first time I had read it since highschool in the 90's and probably had just watched that terrible Jurassic Park III movie. When I was looking at my review, it was rather short, as were most of my reviews back then. 1 or 2 sentences. I was sure that upon this reread I would have much more to say. In all honesty, I could let that old review stand. Now that I have read more of Crichton's stuff, his propensity for techno-blather is more apparent. It seriously gets in the way of the story. Not because it is dated, but because he goes on and on and uses projections as fact. My biggest issue was the dna thing. I didn't have an issue at all with the fact that they "could" clone dinosaurs but with the fact that they just willy nilly used whatever kind of other dna they wanted to fill in the gap and it all just worked. It doesn't work that way. On the character side of things, well, what a wretched group. I wished they ALL had died. Hammond was an egomaniac with delusions of grandeur. Ian Malcom was a self-absorbed asshole who loved to make cryptic remarks without actually saying anything and then gloating about everything. The kids, ahhh, what a bunch of whiners and that little girl just made me want to throw her to the t-rex. Ellie and Grant were both cardboard. Nobody else even stood out, so I guess they were either dinosaur fodder or wet cardboard. On the good side of things, the dinosaurs eating people was as awesome as ever. Something about that is just viscerally satisfying. Back then AND now. Unfortunately, the downsides were much more apparent this time around. Also, I am not nearly as willing now to put up with a huge crap fest to get the few diamonds buried deep within. I would still recommend this to people, just not as enthusiastically as I would have before. Because hey, dinosaurs eating people is just plain awesome! Project Reread Verdict: Will Not Read Again " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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 |
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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 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.
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.
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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