Series: Jurassic Park #1
Published by Knopf on November 7, 1990
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction
A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong...
What I Thought…
- Jurassic Park is one of my all time favorite books. I know that sounds strange because I’m not that into sci-fi but… whatever. I like dinosaurs. Y’all remember The Land Before Time right? Best dinosaur movie ever. Anyways, after a particularly crummy day I needed a comfort book and there is nothing more comforting than an old favorite.
- The first time I read Jurassic Park it was the summer after sixth grade and the movie had just come out on VHS (yeah, that’s right, VHS) and that’s when I learned it was a book and of course I wanted to read it.
- I was VERY ALARMED while reading it the first time because it is not really like the movie at all. I mean it is… but it isn’t. Basically in the movie they combined a few characters and cut out a lot of scenes. (Note: It still really pisses me off that they changed the ages of Lex and Tim. In the book Tim was older and it makes no sense to make the change! None!)
- I don’t even know how many times I’ve read it, Jurassic Park never gets old for me.
- Michael Crichton is a fabulous writer. He makes me feel like I am right there on the island, experiencing what all the characters did.
- Jurassic Park is one wild adventure. There is so much going on. You have the bird cage, the river, a power outage, a crazy disgruntled computer guy, sick animals and more!
- I’ve read Jurassic Park a ton but there are a few scenes that will probably always creep me out. All of which have to do with Velociraptors.
- There are so many characters, but of the main characters Alan Grant is my favorite. Of the minor characters Dr. Wu was my favorite (disappointing that his scene near the end wasn’t in the movie, cause that would have been awesome). Malcolm was my least favorite, he is even more obnoxious in the book than he is in the movie.
- My favorite part of the book was when Lex, Tim and Grant were on the river travelling through the animal paddocks. It still creeps me out.
- The one thing that I didn’t like about the book is the technical side of how the dinosaurs were created. It’s very, very boring. And very, very over my head. I always skip it because I just don’t care how they created the dinosaurs, I only care that they’re alive and on the island to create havoc.
“The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us.”
Overall Jurassic Park is a really good thriller. If you enjoyed the movie I highly recommend the book, because it is so much better!