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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.
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Published April 4th 2006 (first published 1990)
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This is one of my favorite books of all time!!!

I was way excited back then, 20 years ago, about the movie (minus the controversial scene portraiting San José, Costa Rica with a beach in the middle of it). Trust me. I am from Costa Rica and I live precisely in San José and we don't have a dang beach around.

I am sure that Spielberg wouldn't do that kind of mistake if he'd need to portrait Paris, France, but a dang capital city in a third world country? Who cares?

Well, I care, I am from that precis...more
I always seem to forget how good Jurassic Park is. I blast through it once every few years, throw it on my shelf and the distance slowly makes me derisive, and then something forces me to pick it up again when my brain needs a little peanut butter and jelly dipped in hot chocolate, and I am forced to admit that Jurassic Park is a damn fine novel.

Sure it's packed with Michael Crichton's usual band of screenplay-adaptation-friendly archetypes, sure it derives much of its plot and thought from Art...more
Science-at-the-brink-of-chaos fiction. Nonlinear dynamics had barely been invented, and yet here they were gracing each chapter with a foreboding message of disintegration.

Not literature, not amazing prose, but a true edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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It all begins with a billionaire who has a big imagination and a lot of spare money lying around. By dro...more
May 07, 2008 Matthew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adventure fans
I remember reading this for the first time in the 5th grade. It was late spring, and the weather was gorgeous outside. Then, from out of nowhere, a storm started brewing. The wind violently rustled the trees, the sky boomed with the sound of distant thunder... and I imagined it was one of the tropical storms described in this book.

Granted, I lived in Ohio at the time, but you can't fault a kid's imagination. It was a perfect backdrop for me whilst reading this novel.

Frankly, I feel it's somewhat...more
Jr Bacdayan

Imagine yourself a prey, being hunted by the one of the most deadliest predators that ever roamed the earth. The Tyrannosaurus Rex. About 30 feet of pure muscle with a massive head that contains the biggest set of teeth that could turn your flesh and bones into mush in one bite.

You are trapped. You have nowhere to go. Your entire body is shaking.


You might or might not have peed in y...more
Jurassic Park is Michael Crichton's masterwork. The academics are cooler, the science is hipper, and the monsters are badder. So why haven't you read this novel?

Let's look at the premise: We can use cloning technology to bring dinosaurs back, and now the fabulously wealthy Mr. John Hammond is going to sell glimpses of those dinosaurs in order to make money, "a lot of money," as Mr. Hammond would remind us. Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm are brought to a Caribbean island to vet Jurass...more
Tom M
I have never been terribly impressed with Crichton's work, but I have always been told that I must read Jurassic Park to really appreciate him.

I was not expecting much from this book, but I was disappointed nonetheless. The whole story seemed fragmented and disorganized. This was supposed to be about a sort of fantasy world created by an eccentric, wealthy man, but throughout the book I felt like It was more Michael Crichton's fantasy than anybody else's. It was as if he had several goals for t...more
Will M.
Another masterpiece by Crichton. Can't believe it took me years to finally pick this one up and read it.

I watched the movie adaptation when I was a kid, so I can't really remember much of the plot other than dinosaurs gone wild, and I'm sure I remember an elevator scene. Aside from those, I had no idea what was in store for me before I read this. I wasn't hesitant on reading this, but my really long TBR list was the reason why I didn't read this sooner than I should have. All I can say is that...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I just realized that I hadn't rated or reviewed this book. I read it several years ago.

To be honest, I couldn't finish this book. The writing had an inescapable pattern to it: Introduce character, character gets killed or in some horrible way or eaten by a dinosaur. I hate collateral damage in books, movies, or tv. Big turn-off. Plus, I don't like the creation of sacrificial lambs to be killed, paper-thin to the point of having no personality practically.

The science part was a little too detail...more
At the risk of offending what looks to be all my male goodreads friends who loved this (none of my female friends have read it, which is remarkable but probably not random), I couldn't finish it. It wasn't the multiple viewpoints or so-so prose, it was the science. I worked for awhile as an assistant paleontologist--field, prep, and curating--and I promise you, pretty much everything in the first 50 pages on this topic is wrong. I wasn't loving the book anyway, and kept finding random factual er...more
Once upon a time, we would find books like Jurassic Park in a typical high-schooler's bag -- a book with liberal doses of scientific information, imagination, suspense and thrill.

Today however, all that floods the Young adult book market are wimpy love triangles between werewolves, vampires and humans!

What a degradation! What a shame!

This is just my second book by Micheal Crichton, after The great Train Robbery, and I've already turned into a fan! This guy is a real entertainer! His works are n...more
As a child, my parents (mostly my mother) encouraged me to read 'real books' about historical stuff (which bored the hell out of me) and to tackle topics that were relevant or based in fact (boy did that not hold). When I petitioned to read this book, mom and dad shot it down (and at that age they held the purse strings) and tried to get me to read some book about Medieval Italy (boooooring).

Two years leter, they caved and let me get this book. It was wonderful.

Crichton is hit or miss from what...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
I'm really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! I have seen the movie several times, and always enjoy it...and now I appreciate it even more, because it makes things left vague in the movie make so much more sense.

The added character development (and even dinosaur development, for that matter) make the book fly above and beyond anything a movie could ever recreate.
Raeden Zen
An Exciting, Realistic, Terrifying Technothriller

"Jurassic Park" is one of the most engrossing technothrillers ever written as Mr. Crichton masterfully hooks the reader with the opening description of the genetic engineering company and the victim of the velociraptor.

The scientific descriptions read true, the philosophy adds power, the kids are cute and create sympathy, and by the middle of the book you will totally believe that there is an island in Central America where an eccentric billionai...more
During my finals week I began to get an urge...

Not an urge to quit law school (although that came up).

Not an urge to sleep all day (oh my, if only I could).

Not even an urge for spicy chicken wings (...okay, that one's a lie. I did have an urge for spicy chicken wings and I submitted to it).

I had an urge to watch Jurassic Park. It was obsessive and I tore through several legal and of the truck options to find this movie and satiate the urge, but it was nowhere to be had or my...more
Feb 19, 2012 Helen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
Here is Michael Crichton in top form. I have seen the movie version of this novel a handful of times and really liked it. I was reluctant to read the novel thinking it might not live up to the wonderful special effects of movie. Boy was I wrong because the novel kicks its butt. There is so much richness to the science and the methods employed to enginner the dinosaurs. I loved it. I'm so glad I read this and now I want to read the sequel as well.
Sometimes I worry that my taste in books is getting really snobby. Then I read something like Jurassic Park, and realize that that is exactly true. I can't just sit back and absorb the brilliantly original (as far as I know) idea and the deftly told action scenes. For some reason I have to quibble over awkward sentences, clumsy exposition, and strange dialogue tags. I can't accept Crichton's weird Luddite agenda, even though ordinarily I'd agree with a lot of his points, because he tries to snea...more
What , are you guys honestly surprised?

Impossible science? Screw it! An overabundance of characters? Who cares! Glaring plot holes? We don't mind! It has DINOSAURS in it and it's not a complete piece of crap! I'm sold , good enough.

I really enjoyed this book. I saw the movie of course, numerous times, so I had an idea of what to expect going in, but I was still pleasantly surprised by the book. More so after not liking The Andromeda Strain, which was the first Crichton book I ever read.

I have to say, this was a classic case of BBM: Book's Better than the Movie. As I read this, I had the movie playing right along in my head. There were some substantial differences, more background information on the characters as well as a...more
With Crichton, it is always a gamble whether whatever strange and new idea has latched onto will overcome his overbearing personality. His assurance that science will always go wrong makes for easy potboiler plots, but you do get the feeling that if he were a caveman, he would mistrust a sharpened stick.

Crichton's sensationalism and misuse of scientific concepts has made him untrustworthy as a guide on any serious issue, but in the case of runaway dinosaurs, we do not need to heed his warnings a...more
Jul 08, 2009 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adventure fans, Sci-fi fans, readers in general
“Jurassic Park” was my first Michael Crichton book. I had heard somewhere that he was a writer like Tom Clancy who would spend pages and pages dwelling on technical details while neglecting the story. I went in without expectations.
Crichton is a writer of the best quality. Not only does he weave an interesting story with complicated, relatable characters, he also explains and educates things to the reader in an entertaining way.
The book is a lot like the movie, but many things are different a...more
Faye, la Patata
Awesome, awesome book. I won't be giving a full review, because, well, everybody knows this and everybody knows it's awesome. Haha.

A few things though:
* It was quite irritating how the only "verb" with regards to dialogue were thought and said. Even when someone asked a question, it won't be "Malcolm asked", it would be "Malcolm said". Over and over and over like there were nothing else.
* Lex was suuuper annoying. She only rekindled the thought that children in books ruin them. She was so infuri...more
3.5 stars. Michael Crichton's most popular book and with good reason. A terrrific science fiction tecno thriller that was truly unique when it was first published. For those disappointed with some of his later efforts, pick this book up and you will see an author at the top of his game.
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You know at first it was going on pretty well, mostly the same as the movie although interspersed with long diatribes about genetics and science and programming, and that was fine, and I thought it was about four star quality, but the second half was just ridiculous. This is one of the few times I've seen a movie leave out pointless action sequences. There's this whole long nonsense about rafting down the river and pterodactyls and the T-Rex coming back every two seconds like a homing missile an...more
Originally posted at Novel Reveries

Welcome to Jurassic Park. You are now entering the lost world of the prehistoric past, a world of mighty creatures long gone from the face of the earth, which you are privileged to see for the first time. -151

Innovation, secrecy, unaccountability, greediness, stupidity, stubbornness, and chaos. These are just a few words that sum this up in a nutshell. To dispel concerns and rumors of his company (InGen) wasting funds and causing havoc to the nearby islands,...more
Okay so maybe I'm biased because I have loved dinosaurs since childhood. My parents took me to see the movie when i was 4 years old. They said I Laughed when the T-Rex ate the lawyer off the toilet and smiled when I saw the raptors attack. But i digress...anyways This book was great. As always Crichton has his ramblings about scientific theory's. But they never seem irrelevant to the plot in Jurassic park. I found the book to be much more engaging than the film ( which i still love). The book ju...more
(just noticed I picked the Spanish edition by accident. I don't know how to change this, but, obviously, I didn't read it in Spanish. Though that would probably be cool. Would the [small:] amount of dialogue already in Spanish be in Spanish, or in English or something else?)

Still a fun read after all these years. Haven't read it since I was in sixth or seventh grade, and it's still awesome. The writing is clean as it gets, with some remarkably memorable visceral imagery. Of course, what drives i...more
David Sarkies
Jul 10, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults who like dinosaurs
Recommended to David by: My bookclub
Shelves: sci-fi
Basically Westworld with dinosaurs
10 July 2014

At first I thought Crichton was one of those authors who was lucky enough to have his books converted into films until I actually discovered that Westworld began its life as a movie that was directed by Crichton. That discovery left me wondering whether this book was little more than the novelisation of the Spielberg movie or whether it was a full blown novel in and of itself. Well, as it turns out (and you can work that out simply by looking at the...more
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Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his generation, admired for his meticulous scientific research and fast-paced narrative. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels. He also wrote as Michael Douglas...more
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