Mind blowing, stunned, left breathless. These are just a few reactions I found myself experiencing after reading Jurassic Park. I really felt like I was there and the detail in each scene seemed to coarse out of the pages into my living room This is certainly not a book for those who can't handle blood and gore. I mean you have Dino's eating people and taking over an island! There are going to be some casualties.
WARNING: This section contains spoilers
Set in Isla Nublar. An Isle adjacent to Costa Rica, a scientific experiment proves successful. ( Re-animating the fossilized DNA of ancient dinosaurs) And thus the race to profit from it begins.
The Plot line of Jurassic park follows in classic sci-fi style of Murphys law. IE: Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. And it does, right before the readers eyes. Things break down, dinos get loose and a flurry of exciting adventures take place.
The main character John Hammond (the parks owner, promoter and CEO) needs some scientific endorsement which he entices paleontologists Alan Grant Ellie Sattler to provide. Along with a famous mathematician, a lawyer ( representing the investors interests) and his own grandchildren the park also houses computer technicians and a grounds keeper. The characters interact wonderfully and add to the suspense of an already spinning out of control situation. There is so much to glean from this work of fiction including laws in nature and the adaptability of a species. I encourage any reader that enjoys science fiction of dinosaurs get into this book quick!
This is one of those books that I read and a young teenager and thought "how cool" and after reading it last year, almost 10 years later I was still blown away and even more impressed at the respectable imagery. The movie of course is a 90's classic but the book blows it out of the water. There is such creativity from things as interesting as a pygmy elephant the size of a chicken to the sheer terror of how destructive and ignorant humans can be. Dinosaurs are a child's … more
I have to say I was very pleased with Jurassic Park. I have been a long time fan of the Steven Spielberg film, but I can honestly say the movie comes up way short compared to the book. The book dips way deeper into the science behind the dinosaurs, and the ethical considerations of building the park. Not to mention, it is much more suspenseful and scary.
Crichton's forte was the science of "twenty minutes into the future" -- modern tech with just a little step added to make the impossible believable. He's at the top of his game in this neo-dinosaur thriller that also launched an incredibly well-done film. You get the creepy feeling that someone out there is actually trying to make it happen...
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 Strainfor 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