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Jurassic Park (book)

A science fiction/thriller novel by Michael Crichton about genetically engineered dinosaurs.

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Classic Crichton - much different than his latest works.

  • Nov 14, 2006
I have read most of Crichton's books. I obviously got sucked into his books with Jurassic Park, Congo, and Sphere. I have continued to read his books through Prey and State of Fear. Crichton's writing has evolved from a lot of science woven into an action story to overwhelmingly science heavy with a good story underneath that.

Jurassic Park is an entertaining, action filled book that has quite a bit of science and mathematics that enhance the storyline and the characters. Jurassic Park is one book that I look back into my childhood with the fondest of memories and it truly captured my imagination. I wish that everyone could have the same reading experience that I had with Jurassic Park.

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Quick Tip by . January 24, 2012
The movie was superior, the visual appearance of the dinosaurs could not be matched by print.
Quick Tip by . November 08, 2010
I saw the movie before reading the book. The book was better--more logical, more self-consistent, and a much better ending.
Quick Tip by . November 06, 2010
I was in 6th grade when I read this book and I had a hard time getting into it. Maybe a I was a little too young.
review by . June 25, 2010
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 …
review by . August 11, 2010
   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.
Quick Tip by . June 05, 2010
One of my favorite thrillers of all-time and a great modern science fiction novel. Crichton knew how to take real science and combine it with an imaginative plot to create superb fiction.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Cricton'swbest work, by far, of what happens when man tries his hand t being God. and the dangers inherent with it. Great good and evil characters.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
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...
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
I love the scientific basis that backs up the plot!
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
If you have seen the movies, you will love the book even more
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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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ISBN-10: 0345370775
ISBN-13: 978-0345370778
Author: Michael Crichton
Genre: Thriller, Intelligent Science Fiction
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, Ballantine Books
Date Published: 1990
Format: Novel
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