By Michael Crichton
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.HIS Review:
Until something goes wrong. . . .
In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton taps all his mesmerizing talent and scientific brilliance to create his most electrifying technothriller.
I was already familiar with the plot and characters since I saw the movie multiple times as a kid. I was pleased to see many of the lines used in the movie were direct quotes from the book. It was a fun read and the drama/suspense really ramped up toward the end. I wish Michael Crichton knew another word for foliage. He repeated it so many times that I found myself rolling my eyes with every mention. The way he wrote dialogue was also very repetitive. Everything was "Alan said this" then "Malcolm said that" and so forth. When I read dialogue between characters, it felt less like a novel and more like a script. Perhaps he knew this would be a film one day and was just planning ahead. 3 out of 5 starts overall. The movie was better.
Like many people, I grew up watching Jurassic Park. Many are familiar with the theme song and the character Hammond saying, "Welcome to Jurassic Park!" So I was highly looking forward to reading the book. Did the book lived up to my expectations of the movie? Yes and no.
What I enjoyed about the book was the story. It was full of excitement and adventure! I enjoyed reading how different it was from the movie. While reading it, I sometimes wondered why certain things in the book were changed, especially when it was pretty thrilling. I loved reading more in depth how the dinosaurs were brought back to life and learning how the park was really run.
What made me not enjoy the book as much was the author's writing style. I've read some of Michael Crichton's books before and I highly enjoyed them. However, I never realized that he was more of a storyteller than a writer. I found myself laughing at every time he mentioned the word "foliage," cringed at all the times "said" was used, and chuckled at the weak descriptions of the characters (i.e. the fat slob). I was very tempted to get a red pen and start marking up the book.
Overall, this was a decent book. It was entertaining and I could see why it was turned into a movie. I rate it: 3 stars.