Went between liking and being bored and hating it but the tearjerker nature of the end just somehow got the better of me, shameless though it was in i...moreWent between liking and being bored and hating it but the tearjerker nature of the end just somehow got the better of me, shameless though it was in its execution.(less)
Really, really good book. No Man's Land has always been a particularly interesting part of the Batman arc for me. This wasn't even my book but my boyf...moreReally, really good book. No Man's Land has always been a particularly interesting part of the Batman arc for me. This wasn't even my book but my boyfriend's and after listening to him propound it's awesomeness for the umpteenth time, I decided to read it. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this novel, how well the characters, especially Arkham's favorite psychopath The Joker and Two-Face were depicted. All the characters, even Barbara Gordon, are realistic and well written and the book has good flow and a solid plot. Would recommend!(less)
For some reason, this was required reading for a class my high school decided to make up for the advanced program. This pseudo class mostly consisted...moreFor some reason, this was required reading for a class my high school decided to make up for the advanced program. This pseudo class mostly consisted of fake job interviews, taking personality tests like the Myers-Briggs and for some reason reading this book. (And of course watching the movie afterwards, how ingenious). I really, really like Michael Crichton and I feel like I would have enjoyed it a lot more if a) the movie hadn't been such a staple of my childhood and b) I was being tested on the book. And when I say tested, I mean TESTED. Crichton goes into detail about the cloning process and has quite a bit of science in this novel, including computer diagrams and such. We weren't tested on the story but made to memorize detailed aspects the scientific components and even fill in the blank labels of one of the diagrams. -_- ...obviously this made it a less than enjoyable experience.
There is a lot however that I do like about the novel. The premise is amazing, a great stride for science fiction about biological tinkering and its effects. There are a lot of good scenes in the book that you experience in the book only as they were cut from the movie for one reason or another. The T-Rex is essentially stalking them in the book and so there's some more face time there including a fantastic river scene.
Also, some of the characters are different which is neat. John Hammond is really glossed over in the film, making him more child friendly and less dark. To see him as a power-hungry tycoon and not a dotting old man who just loves dinos is darker and more realistic and it's interesting to see the difference...and the bit with the tiny elephant quite captivated me.
One thing that endeared me to this book was it's surface plausibility and although yes, there are some inaccuracies in regards to some dinosaurs I think it's neat that since they are genetically engineered and not "real" dinosaurs, this can be somewhat overlooked. I would recommend this to others even if you have seen the movie (if you can repress the 'but in the movie I liked it better when they...' impulse) and will read it again in the future to see if I can recapture some of the excitement that was somewhat denied me by that silly assignment.(less)