- Series: Jurassic Park (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345538986
- ISBN-13: 978-0345538987
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,962 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,884 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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An island off Costa Rica will soon be the world's most ambitious theme park--a dinosaur preserve. A visionary financier's biotechnology company has succeeded in cloning these extinct reptiles. Fifteen different species, presumably incapable of breeding, are now placidly roaming around, but Jurassic Park's resident mathematician, an expert in chaos theory, predicts that the animals' behavior is inherently unstable. When a rival genetics firm attempts to steal frozen dinosaur embryos, things go haywire. Two cute American kids, eight-year-old Tina and 11-year-old Tim, a safari guide from Kenya and a Denver paleontologist set things aright--almost. Though the dinosaurs here are more interesting than the people, Crichton ( The Andromeda Strain ) ingeniously interweaves details of genetic engineering, computer wizardry and current scientific controversy over dinosaurs to fashion a scary, creepy, mesmerizing techno-thriller with teeth. It can be read as a thought-provoking fable about technological hubris and the hazards of bioengineering. 150,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; movie rights sold to Steven Spielberg/Universal Pictures .
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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.
So what did I think of the book that started it all?
Well…it was all right. And that’s pretty much all I can say about it. I found the characters interesting for the most part — although I did find Ian Malcolm to be one of the most annoying morality preacher characters I’ve ever come across in all my reading years — and the plot was pretty exciting, if not fairly predictable. And before anyone says it was predictable because I’ve seen the movie (which is partially true), the book itself is actually written in a way that makes the plot predictable.
Malcolm pretty much tells you everything that’s going to happen before it happens because he’s the master of “chaos theory,” and a lot of the characters make such obviously boneheaded mistakes that it’s not all surprising what happens to most of them in the end. The whole plot pretty much boils down to so-called smart people doing incredibly dumb things, making huge oversights that should have been glaring, and generally being so full of themselves that they adamantly refuse to admit they could be wrong about anything…until they get eaten by dinosaurs.
If I had read this book back when it first came out, I probably would have been more enthralled by it because, well, dinosaurs. But reading it with twenty plus years worth of movies and fan culture behind it…it really comes off as a rather mediocre story. Crichton had a lot of awesome ideas stuffed in this, for sure, but I feel like the actual structure of the story and the characters could use a little work.
Very wordy so some of it probably will go over her head, but very similar to the movie so nothing I am uncomfortable with her reading. She hasn't picked it up yet, of course, but at least I enjoyed my time reading this book and it induced me to buy a few more of his novels that I am looking forward to sitting down to read.