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Jurassic Park: A Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Crichton
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Nov. 13 1991
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park. Until something goes wrong...and science proves a dangerous toy....
"Wonderful...Powerful."
THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent thriller Feb. 12 2007
By Edgar
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an excellent story that combines very well science with action/adventure. The science involved is truly awe-inspiring and is easily understood, without being boring. The action scenes are harrowing and very thrilling. The characters are quite interesting (especially mathematician Ian Malcolm). It's probably my all-time favourite novel. Strongly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars After all these years... June 3 2004
By Eric
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is still one of Crichton's best. We all know about the plot to Jurassic Park (if you seen the movie, then you know), but if you don't....then where have you been in the past 11 years?! Jurassic Park is about how cloning Dinosaur DNA (the construction of life itself) from mosquoties trapped in amber. So now Hammond; a rich successful man then comes up with an idea to bring back the dinosaurs and have them in a theme park for the world to see. It sounds nice, but as Dr. Grant, his associate Ellen both palenotiogist (excuse the spelling), Ian Malcom; a math wizard who tell's Hammond and the crew about Chaos Theory and how the park is going to fail. Now you also have the lawyer Mr. Gammond (in the movie he dies, but in the book he lives), and Hammond's grandkids Tim and Lex. We then meet Dennis Nerdy; a programmer who works in the control room constructing the security in the park, Mr. Arnold, another programmer who is overseeing the park itself. Then Mr. Wu; a scientist who clones the animals. Now the thing is that Mr. Wu tells the crowd that all of the dinosaurs are female so they cannot bread. But then Dennis Nerdy is the man in to grab the dino embroys to sell them to a man named Donson; both of them will be billionaries by selling the embroyos to coporations and so forth. With this Nerdy then SHUTS DOWN ALL THE POWER to the park so he can go in there and get the embroyo's which Dr. Grant, Tim, Lex, Dr. Malcom out there in the park looking at it. Then the T-Rex comes out and sideswipes one of the cars which Lex and Timmy are in. Dr. Grant then get's thrown in with them. So now they are in the park with the dinosaurs.
Nerdy then grabs the embroyos and tries to get to the docks with Dondon is. Except he is killed by one of the free animals.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great read with a flaw May 11 2004
By Maq
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Like many other books by author Michael Crichton, this book is a fascinating thriller regarding some aspect of technology gone wrong... in this case, cloning dinosaurs.
Most everyone has at least seen the smash hit movie, so I won't go into too much detail. Basically, a scientist clones dinosaurs on an isolated island in the hopes of turning it into the world's most amazing theme park/zoo. But everything falls apart when a scheming computer programmer disables the park systems while stealing dinosaur embryos to sell.
All in all, it's a great book. But there's a major flaw... two of the heros are kids. If you've seen the movie, you know who you're probably expecting... two fairly smart, nice kids who end up being chased by dinosaurs. The problem is, they're a brother and sister. And the sister, Lex, is a complete and total brat. I won't go into details of the scene where she's whining for ice cream when they're hiding from raptors in a cafeteria. By the end of the book you want to feed her to raptors.
If Lex was more like she was in the movie, or completely cut from the book, it would be a five-star book as besides for that flaw it's a great book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Movie was bad, but the book is worse March 22 2004
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What happens when you have a good idea for a premise but no plot? You get Jurassic Park. Michael Crichton's well-known novel is often hailed as an exciting thechnothriller and a warning against the excesses of science. I didn't find it to be either.
First, the story is terrible. The setup has promise - an eccentric millionaire funds the creation of a park where dinosaurs come back to life. But that's not enough to make a novel - there has to be a plot. The plot forced upon this excellent premise is boring, pointless, repetitive and predictable. In high school I was told that all good plots have four parts, each represented by a section of a graph. During exposition the graph is flat, it increases during rising action, peaks at the climax and falls during denouement. Jurassic Park's such graph is a flat line that continues into oblivion. In short, the story goes nowhere fast.
My biggest complain however is the novel's supposed message. It falls short of its lofty ambition of being a somber warning about abusing science and technology. All the bad things that happen in the book are a result of Nedry's sabotage and subsequent draws of bad luck - circumstances that would lead to disaster whether the dinos were present or not. So ultimately the book's message isn't "Don't play God" but rather "$#!% happens."
There are many more things that are wrong with Jurassic Park: the bad science ("DNA is billions of genese long, but it'll be no problem to make the dinos yellow."), Ian Malcolm ("Western civilization and science is evil and stupid and so wrong about everything, and I'm so right."), contrived plot devices ("The computer won't detect any new dinos because it's programmed to return the user's input."), shallow characters, unimaginative writing, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite thriller.
I personally believe this to be Crichtons best book. The story and adventure are great; dinosaurs running amuk, etc, but one of the things that makes this a great book is its... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Schwindt
3.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable but a little cheesy
Cute and an interesting commentary on scientific progress. The plot is a little cheesy however. Overall nice light read. Would recommend timeline over this.
Published 4 months ago by Oren
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice dinosaur!
This book is not for sensitive heart. It's a essentiel book to every body like or love movies with the same names. It's not often nice dinosaur.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dinosaurs are the Best
I love dinosaurs and science and this book helped fulfill both those needs. One of my Top 5 favourite books. Read ONLY this book ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RIVETING...
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Published on Oct. 8 2010 by Lawyeraau
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Suspenseful
This book combines drama and suspense with science and a certain amount of moralizing. The book's major premise-using the DNA of long extinct species-is clever because it is so... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 2008 by Douglas P. Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book- except for Ian Malcolm
Great book- far superior to the movies. Has fun adventure and interesting science. No matter what you think of the movies, you should still read this book. Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2007 by Dylan Bressey
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely amazing book...
This is a wonderful book. One of the best that I've ever read. As most people know, this book stayed on the bestseller charts for three months, one of the longest times in book... Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2005 by RICK
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful
A fabulous book. The movie was good, the book is better. Brilliantly written and his attention to detail is excellent. Recommend it to anybody. Read more
Published on July 9 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Put it Down
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