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 interest because they are interesting, so it draws that aspect from all of us, but the scientific angle of the book is genius. I can't remember ever once putting it down for a few days and not finding myself thinking about the possibility of "what if"? Crichton is an amazing author and this is by far his masterpiece.
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