I'm not sure why I haven't reviewed this book. This is probably one of my most favorite books of all time. Is that odd? I feel like that's a little odI'm not sure why I haven't reviewed this book. This is probably one of my most favorite books of all time. Is that odd? I feel like that's a little odd.
I first read this in 6th grade, I want to say. Since then, I can't tell you how many countless times I've reread it. It's one of my "comfort" books, one that I keep returning to if I have nothing better to do or just want to read something that I know I'll like. Actually I haven't read it in a while (my copy of the book was... lost, let's say, a few years ago) - and I think I need to rectify that soon.
I believe the book was written before the movie (which, incidentally, I watch whenever it's on TV, and yes, I have the box DVD set, and YES, I will watch Jurassic Park 4 if it ever comes out). The story differs in many aspects, and as expected, the characters are way more fleshed out in the novel. The book is a nerd's dream, with tons of research on various subjects that Crichton is normally known for. (How controversial is that research is another story.)
If you liked the movie, I would definitely recommend this book, as it's much better (though I loved the movie as well).
ETA: It's surprising how many other people have remarked that they read the book around the same time period as me. As well as all the people who say they keep re-reading the book. I don't feel too odd now....more
I'm wavering between 2.5-3 stars on this. It's a cute, amusing little book. Some of the images made me laugh out loud but some I passed by without mucI'm wavering between 2.5-3 stars on this. It's a cute, amusing little book. Some of the images made me laugh out loud but some I passed by without much of a reaction.
I wonder if this is because I'd seen a lot of the images before and was very familiar with the blog (T-Rex Trying started out as a Tumblr blog), so the novelty factor wasn't there for me. I do remember the first time I came across the blog and some of the images, I couldn't stop laughing. The t. rex's tiny arms are a joke for eternity.
Okay, so my rating might be a bit unfair to this book. But you have my reasons. I would definitely recommend this book if you haven't heard of the concept before (and I'd probably have rated it higher myself if that had been the case with my reading). And really, if you can't laugh at this, then we can't be friends:
I don't expect a lot from these dinosaur/prehistoric creature books, based on bad previous reads. But I still read them, because they're amusing for aI don't expect a lot from these dinosaur/prehistoric creature books, based on bad previous reads. But I still read them, because they're amusing for a short amount of time. (I can amuse myself by yelling at characters in my head.)
Surprisingly, this book was not only entertaining but the characters weren't infuriating. Well, I should amend that - their actions didn't seem utterly ridiculous in the face of what they were experiencing. My first impression was that the characters were acting real. Did they do stupid stuff? Yes, but it seemed natural for the most part, not just done to move the story forward in some contrived way, like other books I can think of. *cough Fossil River cough*
The science was... maybe not quite present, but nonetheless, this book kept me engaged and was a nice, short diversion for a couple of hours....more