Jurassic Park Hardcover – Large Print, Dec 1991
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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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
From Publishers Weekly
An island off Costa Rica will soon be the world's most ambitious theme park--a dinosaur preserve. A visionary financier's biotechnology company has succeeded in cloning these extinct reptiles. Fifteen different species, presumably incapable of breeding, are now placidly roaming around, but Jurassic Park's resident mathematician, an expert in chaos theory, predicts that the animals' behavior is inherently unstable. When a rival genetics firm attempts to steal frozen dinosaur embryos, things go haywire. Two cute American kids, eight-year-old Tina and 11-year-old Tim, a safari guide from Kenya and a Denver paleontologist set things aright--almost. Though the dinosaurs here are more interesting than the people, Crichton ( The Andromeda Strain ) ingeniously interweaves details of genetic engineering, computer wizardry and current scientific controversy over dinosaurs to fashion a scary, creepy, mesmerizing techno-thriller with teeth. It can be read as a thought-provoking fable about technological hubris and the hazards of bioengineering. 150,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; movie rights sold to Steven Spielberg/Universal Pictures .
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There is something for everybody. For the sci-fi lovers, there's a section with plenty of details upon the out-of-your-mind idea on how the dinosaurs were created from a DNA strand obtained, and the science of cloning that seems so unbelievably real once you read it. Moreover, you are accompanied by a mathematician, who can impress you with his logical persuasiveness when discussing complex subjects that makes the chaos theory he talks about appear so easy. For those who crave for an action, thriller, and suspense combination, this is the one too. The feeling of not knowing what will suddenly jump out and the courageous attempt for the characters to escape the lethal dinasaurs' grasp can definitely fill your satisfaction. Even for those who would like to try a new book, especially one where they can read from beginning to end without ever wanting to stop, this is the perfect book.
So, forget the movie. I've seen it too. But no matter how many times you've seen it on HBO, this book will draw you in and give you no breaks. Check it out at the library near you. It wont let you down.
On the Costa Rican mainland, three-toed lizards are attacking helpless humans. Babies, small children, soundly sleeping elders. When the fragmentary remains of one such lizard find their way to the United States, they pique the interest of paleontologist Alan Grant - who before he can inspect them is summoned to Hammond's island. The aging entrepreneur needs all the allies he can enlist as the EPA begins probing his mysterious venture, and who better than the world's leading dinosaur expert (who has advised Hammond before) to assure the authorities that all is well at Jurassic Park?
Of course all is not well there, but Hammond believes in his park so strongly that he brings in his two young grandchildren to join the inspection tour. Which coincides with a site visit by the computer programmer responsible for Jurassic Park's complex and power-hungry operating systems...a programmer who has industrial espionage on his mind.
I saw the film version of "Jurassic Park" years ago, but didn't catch up with the novel until now. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Although I wouldn't accuse it of having deeply realized characters (the film actually does a better job with the children, in particular), its pounding excitement and solid science more than compensate; and its ending is far more haunting than that of the film. A terrific read!
And I was also an enormous fan of film. When I first saw "Jurassic Park" in 1993, I said, "I can't imagine a book being any better" -- how could imagining dinosaurs be better than seeing them on screen?
So sorting through an old attic of treasures and antiques in downtown Fredericksburg, I came across a battered, weather-beaten old copy of Michael Crichton's "Jurassic Park," boasting "Soon to be a major motion picture!" on the front flap. I figured that, for 25 cents, maybe I'd get a kick out of reading it and comparing the manuscript to its superior film transfer.
It blew me away. As much as I enjoy reading Tom Clancy novels, he often digresses into long passages of military dialogue that sorta becomes old. As much as I love reading John Grisham books, and as much as I love his gripping narrative...the stories themselves, I often find, are quite empty.
Crichton has everything -- pacing, gripping narrative passages, excellent dialogue, and extremely researched plots. How can a guy ever turn the prospect of live dinosaurs on modern Earth into a realistic novel? Crichton does it because he knows his stuff. Unlike Clancy, he rarely tries to make the reader feel that he knows everything about his field of writing. He simply DOES know everything, and it's evident in his writing. And, unlike Clancy and Grisham, his books all contain bibliographies.Read more ›
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The order said that the book was new in condition but upon receiving it there was a small tear on the back cover. Didn't ruin the book for me though and still an amazing story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Courtney
It's a book, you get what you buy. I haven't read it yet but it is my favourite movie of all time so I am sure it will be equally as awesome. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Katrina Ward
One doesn't have to write much on the subject. Simply put Jurassic Park is a masterpiece. Only complaint is the odd spelling mistake towards the later part of the book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert
A guy creates a way to create dinos. He brings in a doctor to make sure everything is alright. things go to pieces!Published 8 months ago by ellison
The book is awesome. The dinosaurs come to life and I couldn't put the book down. It arrived super fast and in perfect condition.Published 11 months ago by Robert Lapeire
i am i huge jurassic park movie fan so i thought id read the book, it is amazing though because i watched the movie first i noticed that theres alot of parts where they change up... Read morePublished 12 months ago by christine