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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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I have to admit that I am rather ashamed at how much I enjoyed this. ( )
  KRoan | Jul 25, 2014 |
Freshman AR points. But a good read. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
Freshman AR points. But a good read. ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
A good book with lots of action and a few interesting questions, although on the whole a fairly shallow book. ( )
  mccandlessn | Apr 24, 2014 |
Originally posted at Novel Reveries

Welcome to Jurassic Park. You are now entering the lost world of the prehistoric past, a world of mighty creatures long gone from the face of the earth, which you are privileged to see for the first time. -151

Innovation, secrecy, unaccountability, greediness, stupidity, stubbornness, and chaos. These are just a few words that sum this up in a nutshell. To dispel concerns and rumors of his company (InGen) wasting funds and causing havoc to the nearby islands, Hammond has invited several people indirectly involved with his overambitious dream to witness what he believes is greatness; Jurassic Park, a living amusement park and "zoo."

"'He said he was hiring a number of academic consultants, and named them. There were paleontologists like me, and a mathematician from Texas named Ian Malcolm, an a couple of ecologists. A systems analyst. Good group.'" (41)

There are a number of hidden factors that tend to go against the project from the start. Lewis Dodgson, a geneticist in competition with Hammond's findings, plans a way to steal the dinosaur genes: "...he was the head of product development at Biosyn, which supposedly consisted of 'reverse engineering': taking a competitor's product, tearing it apart, learning how it worked and then making your own version." (72) Taking on Dennis Nedry, the project supervisor of InGen, as an inside man, the embryos that Dodgson demands are in reach. This alone sets off a number of problems, as Ian Malcolm's (the mathematician) proposed Chaos Theory predicts.

"'Theory tells me that the island will quickly proceed to behave in unpredictable fashion... There is a problem with that island. It is an accident waiting to happen.'" (84)

The Chaos Theory, also known as the Butterfly Effect, is a dynamic principle that basically states that anything (non-linear) can be influenced by any amount of variables that in effect render any long-term outcomes or predictions impossible. Natural systems are the best example of this phenomenon, meaning Jurassic Park is no exception and that it's vulnerability to fail (especially with what the park contains) can and will be catastrophic.

Another factor involved with the mysterious Jurassic Park is a question of how the Compy's (small chicken sized dinosaurs) are getting to the Costa Rican mainland and attacking people. Hammond is suspiciously trying to cover himself and the park by saying that it is impossible form the small dinos to have come from Jurassic Park because of it's intense security; he then proceeds to try to manipulate the park's systems to prove so. Hammond and his geneticist Dr. Wu, has explained that even if (and that's a strong hypothetical "if", according to them) an animal were to escape, it wouldn't last more than 24 hours out in the wild because they were genetically altered to exclude the lysine amino, which is essential to life and they could only receive through supplements on the island. Another precaution they claimed to have taken is by making sure the animals couldn't reproduce. They make sure that they only grow female animals, and they irradiate them for further prevention. Or did they? With the stubborn Hammond in control of this operation Jurassic Park, how far will the chaos theory travel?

I loved Jurassic Park from beginning to the end. The research, statistics, science, math and just overall knowledge contained in this book, albeit a fictional journey, had be pinned to the book with enthusiasm and wonderment. This fantasy action adventure fueled by the chaos theory and people wanting to play God, is a mastermind in it's ability to trust it's curious readers with how to interpret the message of Jurassic Park; that life, full of consequences and hope, is unpredictable.

"'Life is actually a series of encounters n which one event may change those that follow in a wholly unpredictable, even devastating way.'" (191)

Although a lot is going on throughout the book, the plot's tempo is being driven by a simple boat. That is to say, it's a race against time to get into communication with a boat that is unknowingly carrying Compy's from Isla Nublar toward the Costa Rican mainland, no doubt the reason for the recent lizard attacks there. To me this is a great way to keep the book organized and on point. As Jurassic Park deviates from tourist attraction to potential disaster, readers are left to wonder how much damage could be done and if there is any way to eradicate the problems created from this chaos. I loved the movie as a little girl, but this book is on another level. If helped, this Jurassic Park should definitely be read before seeing the theatrical picture, because it conveys so much more with the imagination than any screen possibly could. I give this book a firm five stars, and am pumped to start on the next book of the series.

"'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.'" (178)

First Line: "The late twentieth century has witnessed a scientific gold rush of astonishing proportions: the headlong and furious haste to commercialize genetic engineering." (Introduction)

Last Line: "And then he turned, and walked back toward the entrance of the hotel." (448)

"'In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper, but we actually banished thought.'" (80)

"'All major changes are like death,' he said. 'You can't see to the other side until you are there.'" (351)

"Hammond shook his head. He would do better next time." (428)
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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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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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An American bioengineering research firm erects a theme park on a Caribbean island, complete with living dinosaurs, and invites a group of scientists to be its first terrified guests.

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