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Jurassic Park: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – Nov 13 1991

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (Nov. 13 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345370775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345370778
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (558 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Bioengineers clone 15 species of dinosaurs and establish an island preserve where tourists can view the large reptiles; chaos ensues when a rival genetics firm attempts to steal frozen dinosaur embryos, and it's up to two kids, a safari guide and a paleontologist to set things right. PW called this, "A scary, creepy, mesmerizing technothriller with teeth."
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wang on Feb. 14 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Books don't get made into movies without a reason. The "Lord of the rings" series got into theaters for the reason that it is an all-time favorite; and the "Harry Potter¡¨novels has its motion pictures for being a worldwide bestseller. Well, here's something you should know: three, THREE of Michael Crichton's (author of Jurassic Park) books were made into movies. Why? Because his stories carry all the fun, thrill, irresistible suspense, and intellectual knowledge you could possibly imagine experiencing in one book. And if you were kind enough to give the¡§Jurassic Park¡¨movie anything around a B, its book will definitely deserve an A+.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina M. Osier on Jan. 4 2004
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On an eccentric billionaire's private island off the coast of Costa Rica, creatures long extinct walk the earth again. Cloned from drops of blood that survived the aeons because the insects that ingested them became trapped in tree sap that subsequently turned to amber, John Hammond's dinosaurs populate the most unique amusement park ever conceived. The most unique, and also the most dangerous.
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on Dec 9 2003
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I was homeschooled as a youngester, and my primary history course was simply reading classic literature. I read hundreds of books every year, ranging from Shakespeare to Hemingway to Stevenson to Lewis, and so on and so forth.
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.
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