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Jurassic Park Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 7, 1990
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Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Probably just about everybody knows the basic premise - scientists clone dinosaurs to create a massive theme park on a tropical island, and everything goes terribly awry. What may have been forgotten in the years since its initial release is that this is one of the most thrilling, imagination-igniting, adventurous and frighteningly Believable (an aspect which didn't quite make it through to the film versions; most of the ethical questions, pro and con, also struggled to be heard in the movies) novels ever written. In quoting early on actual tinkerings with the biological makeup of living things for man's scientific curiosity and potential profit, the book made it seem not only plausible that this could happen, but that, if this was in Any Way possible that it could happen, that someday, somehow, somebody is actually going to go and do something like this. Not necesarily a dinosaur theme park (although who knows?) but some kind of cloning/genetic engineering scheme on this gargantuan scale.Read more ›
If you are putting off reading this book because you think it is some stupid and unrealistic fantasy about the rebirth of dinosaurs, then not only are you totally wrong, you are missing out. This is a must read.
The movie is better than the book, although it is hard to compete with the movie's score, special effects and realistic imagery. However, I love books and really wanted to get swept away to this island with dinosaurs and feel the characters' terror and exhilaration but it fell flat. I never once felt panicked, maybe because the story is seen from so many different characters that you never really get a cohesive feel for the atmosphere.
There are plot holes throughout that left me confused. I had to flip back a few pages to see where a character was because they inexplicably showed up in the next scene. Sometimes the timeline didn't add up; it was sunny and bright for one person on the island but at the same time it was dusk for another. Long stretches of time were summed up quickly while short intense scenes were stretched out making them seemingly long.
A few characters, whom have been on the island all of a day, seem to have an expert geographical understanding of the island and buildings simply by looking at blue prints once and taking a short interrupted tour. Highly unlikely anyone new to the island would know where hidden maintenance buildings were or where the lagoon leads to.
The opinion that dinosaurs were like birds was repeated ad nauseam.
Conflicting observations were made about the raptors. It's said throughout the book that raptors are unforgiving predators that will kill anything, to be feared more than a t-rex. You watch two raptors tear apart a juvenile raptor, then eat eggs, and finish off a fellow hurt raptor. Then later, in the underground nest, you see three sets of parent raptors watching over eggs and juveniles as a big happy family.
The computer images were unnecessary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the movie, but the book is much better. I had no idea how much the movie dropped out rich plot lines, combined or changed characters and character development and altered... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Having seen the movie long before I had read the book, I was surprised how terrifying the book turned out to be. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
The film stands as a wonderful "Spielbergian" take on this novel, and should be regarded entirely on its own from the script upwards. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Borrowed a friends copy and started reading this in honor of the new Jurassic World movie. Loved the book that I had to buy my own copy and the other one. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Nalita
Great book, I read it years ago and now my 9 yo son has taken an interest. I truly miss the works of Michael Crichton.Published 10 days ago by Otis
Not my usual read, but wanted something different so I picked this up. Loved the story. Kept me turning the pages and I enjoyed the mixture of technical detail and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by L.H.Whitlock
Michael Crichton does an astonishing job of telling a great science fiction story and conveying the
horrifying thought of what it'd be like to have these creatures among us.