Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

A Novel

Book - 1990
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An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park. Until something goes wrong...and science proves a dangerous toy....
"Wonderful...Powerful."
THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1990.
ISBN: 9780394588162
0394588169
Characteristics: xi, 399 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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PimaLib_ScottM May 13, 2017

Life finds a way

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Telingro
Mar 14, 2017

I had difficulty tolerating some of the child characters... really self-absorbed. Otherwise, very technical, and a true adventure historical-sci-fi-thriller.

lt_bibliosara Feb 10, 2017

A billionaire with too much time on his hands. Overeager scientists. Curious children. A few greedy fools. And some very real dinosaurs. All on one island in the middle of nowhere. A combination like this is bound to not end well. Crichton's original novel is hard to put down and is guaranteed to have your heart racing as if you are the one running from terrifying formerly extinct reptiles. The first time I read this, I had watched the movies many times. I was surprised at the difference in tone and intensity, but loved the novel as much as I do the movie. Thrilling, fast-paced, and spine-tingling with the sense that what happens could very well be only a matter of time...

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sbot12
Oct 08, 2016

An outstanding book on par with the movie if not better.This book has definitely had influence on both the first and second Jurassic park movies. The similarity's are enough to get you hooked if you love the movie but the differences are enough to keep you reading.

AL_BRIDGET Aug 24, 2016

This was one of my very favorite books when I was 12. Good news, it's still awesome now that I'm in my 30s. It's just hugely fun to read. DINOSAURS. Man. It's super great.

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riguy99
Mar 30, 2016

Great book!

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andrewl2006
Mar 11, 2016

Really Enjoy

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RC65
Feb 20, 2016

I really enjoyed this book, much better than the movie. Highly recommend.

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CielyRanger
Aug 14, 2015

I really enjoyed this book. Some of the scenes were different from the movie, and there were some new ones too so that even if you've seen the movie the book still has A TON of suspense. To some of the people who were sad Malcolm died, he actually didnt, if you read the sequel 'The Lost World' it is revealed he was in a small hospital in Costa Rica for six months and was reported dead by the newspapers.

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aavishkakumar
Jul 20, 2015

Finally finished this book. It took me a bit to get into it but a few chapters in and I was hooked. Quite different from the movies, especially the end, but I enjoyed it. I was a bit sad about Malcolm but the writing was very clever and I enjoyed it a lot.

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CielyRanger
Aug 14, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Lots of very high intensity scenes.

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CielyRanger
Aug 14, 2015

Coarse Language: Large amounts of swearing from all characters (including narrator and a child character). Mostly mild words, but a few strong expressions.

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CielyRanger
Aug 14, 2015

Violence: Several quite gory deaths, including a vivid description of someone being torn open by a dinosaur.

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Bearskito
Apr 07, 2014

Coarse Language: Some swearing, even from Tim. Although I was disappointing to learn that Malcolm's reaction to dinosaur poop was only in the movie...

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Bearskito
Apr 07, 2014

Violence: Obviously, given the plot of the story.

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Bearskito
Apr 07, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Some of the scenes with dinosaurs were very well done and intense. Easily on the level of the movie's scenes, and there's a few more of them.

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divyav
Sep 02, 2012

Violence: intense details of blood and action

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divyav
Sep 02, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: intense details of action based on science fiction

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divyav
Sep 02, 2012

Coarse Language: swearing from a certain young character in the book

Orange_Shark_24 Oct 31, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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xzhang17
Jul 14, 2015

When paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler are visited by their patron John Hammond with an unusual request, they have no choice but to travel with him to a remote jungle island. There they find a park beyond their wildest dreams. Hammond and his top-notch team of geneticists have managed to clone dinosaurs using the dinosaur blood found in preserved prehistoric mosquitoes. However, as great a business venture this may seem, things begin to go terribly wrong when chief programmer Dennis Nedry shuts off the security systems for personal gain. Not before long, the dinosaurs are running rampant and Alan and Ellie need make it off the island before too many casualties rack up.

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coop
Mar 15, 2010

If Michael Crichton’s modern techno-thriller was born with Andromeda Strain, then it reached maturity with Jurassic Park. This 1990 novel combines genetic engineering with the classic Frankenstein.
The story centers on a biological theme park masterminded by Hurdy Gurdy man John Hammond and financed by a high powered corporate multi-national called InGen. Using new genetic engineering technologies, InGen’s team engineer dinosaurs using ancient genetic material trapped in amber. These creatures are to be showcased at a theme park on an island off the coast of Costa Rica.
While Hammond sees only dollar signs and happy patron’s faces, the enterprise has been plagued with problems long before the park is due to open. Concurrent to the Park’s development, attacks have been occurring on the Costa Rican mainland attributed to “aberrant life forms” as well as fatal dinosaur attacks on park workers, resulting in InGen’s investors requiring a full review of the park, particularly of its safety.
To placate the investors, Hammond solicits paleontologist Alan Grant, and his paleobotanist graduate student Ellie Sadler to assess the park, along with chaotician Ian Malcolm and InGen lawyer, Donald Gennaro.
Hammond is clearly delusional; He and his team are essentially playing God, attempting to create a theme park a la Disney World, where the main attraction is live dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptors and many other species, about which scientists know nothing.
While extraordinary modern computers, sensors and automation gives the impression that the park is under control, Hammond fails to recognize that disgruntled head computer programmer, Dennis Nedry, is about to throw a monkey wrench. A rival genetics company has offered Nedry millions of dollars for embryos of the dinosaurs. In order to access these he must turn off the park security features. Nedry is killed by a dinosaur while attempting to smuggle the embryos to the island’s dock and a waiting confederate. Slowly, the dinosaurs realize the security fences are dead and they get free.
Chaotician Ian Malcolm had predicted that the park would fail and now he is shown to be correct as everyone on the island must fight for survival in a lost world where humans are merely prey.

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egyptianlily
Jul 17, 2008

A genetics company called InGen run by John Hammond discovers a way to harvest the once extinct dinos. Alan Grant a plaeontologist, Ellie Sattler his love interest who is into plants, and Ian Malcolm a talented mathematician in Chaos theory. Lots of suspense and action great for dino lovers!

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blue_dolphin_4400
Nov 07, 2016

“Welcome...to Jurassic Park!”
― Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park

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blue_dolphin_4400
Nov 07, 2016

“Life will find a way.”
- Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park

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xzhang17
Jul 04, 2015

“God created dinosaurs. God destroyed dinosaurs. God created Man. Man destroyed God. Man created dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs eat man...Woman inherits the earth.”

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