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Jurassic Park: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – November 13, 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
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.
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I'll be honest with you though, it is very slowed paced the first 100+ pages, but once you get passed those pages, it shoots off like a freaking rocket and just won't let you jump off.
I felt like it was my duty to finish this book.
My only complaint is the epilogue, I wish it wasn't in the book. The chapter before the Epilogue ends the book beautifully. You felt an emotional connection with the characters, then the epilogue happens. I won't spoil anything other than the epilogue opens up for 'The Lost World' to begin, I feel obligated now to finish the story. My next read will have to be the sequel to this great story.
It started off kind of slow, but once they got to the park and things started moving along I couldn't get put the book down.
My only qualm with the book (and most fans have said the same) is that in the book Ian Malcolm actually dies from his injuries towards the end. HOWEVER because Spielberg wanted to do The Lost World and wanted Crichton to write it as a basis for the film, Malcolm was ultimately (and unrealistically) brought back from the dead. Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE Malcolm, and was relieved to see him alive in the continuation, however the circumstances are confusing. Also, you'll notice a slight attitude change between both Malcolms. Movie Malcolm is incredibly intelligent but lovably comical, whereas book Malcolm is also intelligent but a bit more arrogant and snappy. It is my intention to return and do a fuller and more descriptive review. But until then I basically want to convey this: despite all the technical mumbo jumbo, when it comes down to it, this book is TRULY the embodiment of the Jurassic Park that most of us fans (who had only seen the film) love. It is a great read - realistic, down to earth, and suspenseful. It keeps you turning the pages, wondering who is going to survive and who will not. You will not be disappointed. As an avid JP fan, I know I wasn't.
After a bunch of mysterious incidents in Costa Rica, a team of experts is summoned to the new island resort of a biotech company and soon discover it is home to genetically recreated dinosaurs. However, it soon becomes apparent that those running the park have arrogantly overestimated their control over nature. A corporate espionage plot is just the final nail in the coffin needed to tip the park into total chaos.
With scenes of heart-pounding action, terror, and suspense and also interesting characters and fascinating discussions of chaos theory and mankind's hubris, Crichton's novel is truly a great read.