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Jurassic Park, (original 1990; edition 2006)

by Michael Crichton

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Title:Jurassic Park,
Authors:Michael Crichton
Info:Plaza y Janes (2006), Edition: Spanish, Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
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Tags:Fantasy-Science Fiction

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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.
  3. 41
    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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    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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    Relic by Douglas Preston (VictoriaPL)
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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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Malcolm is my favorite. ( )
  RBeene | Mar 20, 2015 |
This book is about a secret island that has living dinosaurs. the island is located in Costa Rica. But nobody knows about the dinosaurs except the company that made them which is a bad company but later after the company made the dinosaurs they figured out that it was a big mistake. The American government figured this out and asked the researchers that were supplying the company with the bones if they knew what was happening but they didn't because the company was keeping it it highly classified until they open the park because the park is supposed to be a theme park. The first people to tour the island end up getting lost and cant find there way out so they have to survive in there with the dinousaurs the herbavours were easy to live with but the carnivours were almsot impossible the live with. every one in the group was dying except for a family of a mom a little girl and a dad. They had security gaurds go in with them bu they still died eventually in the end they all died except for the family they finally escaped.

The reason why i gave this book the rating that i did was because in enjoyed this book alot. I gave this book a good rating because it was a very action packed book and it made you want to feel scared for them. The book also made me think about what i would do in that situation. I was never bored reading this book it always suprised me i was never ablle to guess the next part. The book was very emotional and very action packed. ( )
  nicholasvb1 | Mar 16, 2015 |
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... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 23, 2015 |
Really great. Much more in depth than the movie and seeing how the characters were intended to be was fascinating. ( )
  adam.d.woodard | Feb 23, 2015 |
If you've seen the movie, you pretty much know the gist of the plot. Its also a safe bet that you're going to find the first half the book mind numbingly boring because all of it is Crichton explaining how it’s possible that a billionaire managed to make real live dinos. I'm willing to bet that if I hadn't been so familiar with the set-up, I would've enjoyed the world building a lot better. However, I have to admit that using 50% of the book to explain the science, technology, and different theories that went into creating Jurassic Park is a wee bit excessive. But the second half of the book makes all that waiting well worth it.

The book really speeds up when the dinosaurs finally start escaping and munching on people. And as wonderful as the animatronics were in the movie they couldn't quite live-up to how the dinos are portrayed here. Crichton makes it clear that these aren't the dinosaurs that used to inhabit the Earth, but things pieced together by humans making assumptions about how nature works. And it's a combination of arrogance, lack of responsibility, and laziness that makes the park turn into such a disaster. There's also something really disturbing about the idea of suddenly finding yourself near the bottom of the food chain.

My only complaint, aside from that mind numbing beginning, is with some of the characters. Okay, I shouldn't say some of the characters when all I really mean is one. Lex. Lex was the bane of my existence while reading this book. She's the youngest character here and virtually serves no purpose. In fact, she is one of the most useless and annoying characters I have had the misfortune of reading for a long time. I actually left the book immensely disappointed that Crichton didn't let a Raptor or T-Rex eat her. Lex spends the entire book complaining about how hungry she is, how dinosaurs are stupid, and how she doesn't have to listen to anybody on that island because none of them are her parents. She does this even when being stalked by a T-Rex who thinks she looks like a bite sized snack. Every time she opened her mouth it was to spout some stupid line that made me want to bang the book against my forehead because I couldn't strangle her. Raptors are ripping people apart and might be in the same building that she's in. Her response? "I'm hungry." Oh and not only is she hungry, but she's picky too. After being pursued by a T-Rex all night (and well into the day), sneaking past venom spitting dinosaurs, and then finding out that Raptors have been out eating a bunch of people; the group she's in finally make it back to the visitor's center (which, by the way, has numerous mutilated bodies lying around) only to have to stop everything in order to search for food so that she'll stop bitching. And you would think, with all the complaining about how she's starving, that Lex would be happy with just about anything to eat, but no. She wants ice cream and will not be satisfied with any of the other food her brother offers her.... Seriously. Dinosaurs are eating everyone and she's turning her nose up at food because it’s not ice cream? Feed her ass to the dinosaurs, people. It might save your lives later.

In connection to my complaints about Lex, I have to ask. Where were all the women? There are a grand total of 2 female characters here and one has the grand misfortune of being Lex. The other is Grant's female grad student who plays an extremely minor role. She essentially just sits at Malcolm’s bedside and reassures the audience that Grant will probably be fine running from a bunch of dinosaurs. She does get one good part where she plays bait, but that only lasts for a couple of pages and then she's back to playing nursemaid. I will say that at least the movie gave the two female characters some actual uses. Like Lex was intelligent and had some valuable skills with computers that played a role. In the book it's Tim, her brother, who is good with computers. He also has all the knowledge of dinosaurs and keeps a cool head in every situation. He's like a little savant. In fact, now that I think about it, everything that eventually gets the survivors off of the island was Grant and Tim's doing. It’s like Grant and Tim single handedly save everyone who believed that the park was a bad idea. Except Malcolm. Poor Malcolm. Not sure if I'm completely down with that when there were so many other characters who it would've made more sense to have contribute in some way to getting them off the island.

Anyway, despite a few hang-ups I really enjoyed the last half of this book. I probably won't be reading [b:The Lost World|8650|The Lost World|Michael Crichton|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1348190939s/8650.jpg|1212784], but this was a fun romp. ( )
  Book_Minx | Jan 24, 2015 |
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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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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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Out of curiosity, she looked in the little English dictionary, and to her surprise she found the word there, too:
raptorn[deriv. of L. raptor plunderer, fr. raptus]: bird of prey.
Introduction
Parties to that settlement, including the distinguished scientific board of advisors, signed a nondisclosure agreement, and none will speak about what happened; but many of the principal figures in the "InGen incident" are not signatories, and were willing to discuss the remarkable events leading up to those final two days in August 1989 on a remote island off the west coast of Costa Rica.
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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 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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