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Jurassic Park: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – September 25, 2012
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“[Michael] Crichton’s dinosaurs are genuinely frightening.”—Chicago Sun-Times
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“Full of suspense.”—The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Michael Crichton’s novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, and The Lost World. He was as well the creator of the television series ER. Crichton died in 2008.
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The book was infinitely better than the movie and I'm surprised at how much they changed page to screen. Both are entertaining in their own right. I have to wonder why Hollywood felt the need to make the changed they did for the movie?
This was a great, well paced, at times harrowing, jaunt onto a little island off the coast of Costa Rica where you were never sure when the next dino was going to show up.
Looking forward to reading The Lost World.
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.