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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 ›
When I read the first couple of pages I noticed that Crichton puts a lot of time in describing his characters. Though I usually don't like long descriptive books this seemed to be all right so I kept reading it. I got interested when little chicken sized dinosaurs attack a family, because Michael Crichton described how the dinosaurs crawled up the arms of the family and started to pick at there faces, it was pretty gruesome.
The book it self is about an old man named John Hammond, that tries to create a park of cloned dinosaurs. He gets the DNA from Mosquitoes that are fossilized in amber. Before he opens the park he invites a group of people to tour the park. The group includes a paleontologist, a mathematician, a lawyer, and Hammond's two grand children. When the group is on the tour the power goes out causing the dinosaurs to escape and roam freely. Now the group has to get back to the main complex and call for help.
When the book was over I was surprised that I liked it. Now I am reading Michael Crichtons sequel to "Jurassic Park," it is called "The Lost World." It has some of the characters from the first book. But since I read "Jurassic Park" I haven't been able to set Michael Crichtons books down since.
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!
Michael Crichton's novel, "Jurassic Park," takes me back to those days. The dinosaurs in Crichton's books are not just animals, they are CHARACTERS. Characters with personality, with wit, with style, and you don't forget them easily. Especially in your nightmares, do you not forget them easily!
Crichton has been criticized, and somewhat rightly so, for his cardboard people characters, but in "Jurassic Park," you know each character; human and saurian alike!
It's a fast read. You can't help but wait to see what's going to happen on the next page! Yet, the book makes the thoughtful reader think a little more. When Ian Malcom discusses the theory of Chaos, the reader begins to think about the madness of life in this day and age, where random chance and inexplicable events seem to shape the fabric of existance. . .
Then Jurassic Park, in the story, comes apart. . .not unlike real life so often comes apart. . .and the reader is swept along on this roller-coaster ride of exquisite story-telling!
BUY IT. READ IT. CONSIDER THE IMPLICATIONS. . . just remember the words of the poet. . .
"there be tigyeres here. . ."
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I loved this book when I first read it back in the 90s. If the movie was made just like the book, it would have scared the poop out of everyone!Published 1 month ago by Garry G.
Having seen the movie first, there was less suspense than I imagined there would have been but there is plenty of elaboration that didn't happen in the movie. Great read!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Captivating from the start and just kept going. Great writer and looking forward to reading his last book which will be coming soon!Published 2 months ago by Paul Rymal
Excellent book. If you've only watched the movies you need to read these.
Very very different story from the movies. Slower paced in some areas but amazing books.
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 10 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 14 months ago by Katrina Ward