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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
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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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    Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (mcenroeucsb)
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    The Relic by Douglas Preston (VictoriaPL)
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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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    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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By far the best Michael Crichton novel ever. The movie was god, but this book was fantastic! ( )
  storeyonastory | Oct 12, 2014 |
This book was highly recommended to me by a friend.

I would give it 3.5 stars.

I am not even going to try and compare the book with the movie because both are different and amazing in their own ways. The theories and science behind and involved with Jurassic Park are sort of lost and over my head, however it did did not take away my overall experience while reading this book.

It was amazing and felt like the dinosaurs really did come alive in the present. There were times I felt like reaching out and could almost touch the dinosaurs. All of the dinosaurs presented were fascinating to read up on, especially given how much information we really have on them. Quite honestly, while I was reading this book and afterwards, I felt like I was seeing the shadows of dinosaurs like EVERYWHERE! This was how much the book had brought the Jurassic world to life for me.

The characters were intriguing. I especially like Tim, Alan and Ellie. It urkes me that John, with so much power and vision would be so irresponsible to have thought a theme park would be possible with virtually uncontrollable dinosaurs and to have brought in "visitors" to check out the park. Although, this probably shows you how convincing the author was in creating "villains" (who aren't the dinosaurs) that you would love to hate (can't say the programmer didn't deserve his end). And OMG, does Lex have to be so annoying?! I get it, she is a kid but come on enough with the screaming and causing trouble. Would have loved to have some more character development of some of the other primary and secondary characters to make them stand out more.

The ending...wow so much unexpected moments... like finding out that some of the dinosaurs were trying to migrate or that all of the survivors (with the exception of the children) were pretty much being held hostage by the Costa Rican government like indefinitely. ( )
  Dream24 | Aug 21, 2014 |
ARGGGHGHHHGHHG Dinosaurs!!!! ( )
  areadingmachine | Aug 19, 2014 |
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 |
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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 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)
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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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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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