Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Bioengineers clone 15 species of dinosaurs and establish an island preserve where tourists can view the large reptiles; chaos ensues when a rival genetics firm attempts to steal frozen dinosaur embryos, and it's up to two kids, a safari guide and a paleontologist to set things right.
Publisher: New York : Knopf/Ballantine, 2012, 1990
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345538987
9780394588162
0394588169
9780780720954
0780720954
Branch Call Number: CRICHTON
Characteristics: 399 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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ArapahoeTina Oct 09, 2019

Jurassic: of, relating to, or being the period of the Mesozoic era between the Triassic and the Cretaceous or the corresponding system of rocks marked by the presence of dinosaurs and the first appearance of birds

This book is so much better than the movie and the movie is one of my all-time favorites!

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ArapahoeBridget 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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JN0905
Feb 10, 2020

I was 10 when I first read this. Finished in 4 days. It first gave me nightmares (because that’s how irrational 10-year-old brains work), but I still loved the book. Eventually the nightmares went away. I recommend at least 12 years of age and an avid interest in computers and science to understand this book.

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olliegirl2005
Nov 07, 2019

Wonderful book full of adventure. Read it really quickly, it grabbed my attention!

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Ilovebooks86
Sep 28, 2019

Great story, but I can definitely see why they made changes for the movie. Crichton not only has a thriller, but its a believable thriller.

Excellent book. There are significant differences from the movie, which came later, but both are fantastic.

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ellisonlambo
Jun 09, 2019

A guy creates a way to create DINOS! He builds a park and invites a doctor to check it out. A guy aspires to spirit away some samples, things go badly!

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astadt
Mar 20, 2019

I loved this book! I watched the movie first, though, but there were some differences.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 13, 2018

Like almost everyone, I read this book after watching all the movies. But after reading the book, "Jurassic Park", I have reached to the conclusion that the book is very worthwhile, just like the movies. Reading the actual story in detail, it was very interesting. Even though some parts of the book were different from the movie, and some parts were actually pretty disappointing, I enjoyed the book very much. The way the book describes the characters gives a new perspective of the story. Also, it was very thorough with explaining everything which didn't make sense before. I could read this book over and over, and not get tired from it. Even though I haven't read the sequel, "The Lost World" yet, I am sure that it will be just as good as "Jurassic Park". I would recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers, action, and mystery. This book would be suitable for people aged 12 and above. I would rate this book 5/5.
- @MrUnger of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Yavin
Jun 03, 2018

Really good and well worth the read. Not for younger kids though. Violent and filled with language.

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avocadotree
Feb 08, 2018

Fun for readers of all ages

PimaLib_ScottM May 13, 2017

Life finds a way

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Feb 11, 2012

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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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