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, Hammond has invited several people indirectly involved with his overambitious dream to witness what he believes is greatness; Jurassic Park, a living amusement park and "zoo."
"'He said he was hiring a number of academic consultants, and named them. There were paleontologists like me, and a mathematician from Texas named Ian Malcolm, an a couple of ecologists. A systems analyst. Good group.'" (41)
There are a number of hidden factors that tend to go against the project from the start. Lewis Dodgson, a geneticist in competition with Hammond's findings, plans a way to steal the dinosaur genes: "...he was the head of product development at Biosyn, which supposedly consisted of 'reverse engineering': taking a competitor's product, tearing it apart, learning how it worked and then making your own version." (72) Taking on Dennis Nedry, the project supervisor of InGen, as an inside man, the embryos that Dodgson demands are in reach. This alone sets off a number of problems, as Ian Malcolm's (the mathematician) proposed Chaos Theory predicts.
"'Theory tells me that the island will quickly proceed to behave in unpredictable fashion... There is a problem with that island. It is an accident waiting to happen.'" (84)
The Chaos Theory, also known as the Butterfly Effect, is a dynamic principle that basically states that anything (non-linear) can be influenced by any amount of variables that in effect render any long-term outcomes or predictions impossible. Natural systems are the best example of this phenomenon, meaning Jurassic Park is no exception and that it's vulnerability to fail (especially with what the park contains) can and will be catastrophic.
Another factor involved with the mysterious Jurassic Park is a question of how the Compy's (small chicken sized dinosaurs) are getting to the Costa Rican mainland and attacking people. Hammond is suspiciously trying to cover himself and the park by saying that it is impossible form the small dinos to have come from Jurassic Park because of it's intense security; he then proceeds to try to manipulate the park's systems to prove so. Hammond and his geneticist Dr. Wu, has explained that even if (and that's a strong hypothetical "if", according to them) an animal were to escape, it wouldn't last more than 24 hours out in the wild because they were genetically altered to exclude the lysine amino, which is essential to life and they could only receive through supplements on the island. Another precaution they claimed to have taken is by making sure the animals couldn't reproduce. They make sure that they only grow female animals, and they irradiate them for further prevention. Or did they? With the stubborn Hammond in control of this operation Jurassic Park, how far will the chaos theory travel?
I loved Jurassic Park from beginning to the end. The research, statistics, science, math and just overall knowledge contained in this book, albeit a fictional journey, had be pinned to the book with enthusiasm and wonderment. This fantasy action adventure fueled by the chaos theory and people wanting to play God, is a mastermind in it's ability to trust it's curious readers with how to interpret the message of Jurassic Park; that life, full of consequences and hope, is unpredictable.
"'Life is actually a series of encounters n which one event may change those that follow in a wholly unpredictable, even devastating way.'" (191)
Although a lot is going on throughout the book, the plot's tempo is being driven by a simple boat. That is to say, it's a race against time to get into communication with a boat that is unknowingly carrying Compy's from Isla Nublar toward the Costa Rican mainland, no doubt the reason for the recent lizard attacks there. To me this is a great way to keep the book organized and on point. As Jurassic Park deviates from tourist attraction to potential disaster, readers are left to wonder how much damage could be done and if there is any way to eradicate the problems created from this chaos. I loved the movie as a little girl, but this book is on another level. If helped, this Jurassic Park should definitely be read before seeing the theatrical picture, because it conveys so much more with the imagination than any screen possibly could. I give this book a firm five stars, and am pumped to start on the next book of the series.
"'Because the history of evolution is that life escapes all barriers. Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way.'" (178)
First Line: "The late twentieth century has witnessed a scientific gold rush of astonishing proportions: the headlong and furious haste to commercialize genetic engineering." (Introduction)
Last Line: "And then he turned, and walked back toward the entrance of the hotel." (448) ----------------------------- Quotes
"'In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper, but we actually banished thought.'" (80)
"'All major changes are like death,' he said. 'You can't see to the other side until you are there.'" (351)
"Hammond shook his head. He would do better next time." (428) (less)
“I know zoos are no longer in people’s good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusions about freedom plague them both.” (23)
A beautiful and remarkable story of faith and endurance. Provided with meticulous detail, this book pushes it's readers to the depths of human conviction and explores the journey for the will to live.
I found this story sensational with it’s wonderful descriptions and meticulous research on even the smallest detail. Whether discussing zoological history, or a daily routine, Yann Martel makes us feel like we’re thrashing right along with Piscine, his misfortunate and what led up to his building beliefs. A seed was planted with Piscine and his investigative and curious mind in different religions and how, not only can they relate to one another and dwindle down to one central factor, but also how the elements of each religion benefit the soul in a variety of ways.
“Things didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to, but what can you do? You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.” (120)
Zoomorphism. It is foreshadowed (page 110,) and yet when we experience this trait with Pi Patel, it’s still incredible. Faith wasn’t the only factor in this plot, Pi’s education and experience with zoo’s and animals provided him with the patient skill of dealing with the animals on his boat, as well as the mysterious island he encounters. In essence, Faith provided him with the will to survive, while knowledge provided him with the tools.
Offhand, I understand (for it is mentioned in the story; page 381) that the author needs the story to last 100 chapters, but some parts seemed unnecessary. I’m not just talking about the 1-2 sentence chapters, but also some of the deeply researched and extreme detailed parts of chapters. At times it made it difficult to focus and made me want to skim through parts of the chapter. This is the only main drawback I had with the novel.
This being the illustrated version of the book, I can’t continue on with the review without stating how extraordinarily beautiful the illustrations were. I would buy and re-read the book again for the illustrations alone. Tomislav Torjanac is truly a master, his art in bright bold colors, depicts the scenes with perfection. I’m now a huge fan of his!
“Life is so beautiful that death has fallen love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can.” (4)
In all this story has the ability to lift spirits when you think about all one can endure in a span of seven months. Seven months. A divine number, seven is.
First Line: “My suffering left me sad and gloomy.” (1) Last Line:"Very few castaways can claim to have survived so long at sea as Mr. Patel, and none in the company of an adult Bengal tiger." (425) --------------- Quotes
“When you’ve suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.” (4)
“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.” (35)
Intriguing and treacherous. This is like "The Little Mermaid" with macabre elements of the mystical and paranormal variety. I love this book. I love it's uniqueness and it's horrifying descriptions. I love it's ability to cover both the beauty and the hideous aspects of "mermaids." I love the split timelines and plot lines and how they converge to fathom Hester's familial curse.
This book took me by surprise with it's brusqueness (considering that it is a young adult book) and I was pleased by how it breaks the genre mold. Love is still a driving factor in this book, but it's hemingway in how the author directs the story. To believe in love, Hester must find love. To find love, she must lose love. With an unknown mysterious macabre past, and a delicate fatal future, Hester must find a way to break the disease of a curse that is her soul.
Putting together the pieces of historical romance, mystery, fantasy, and the paranormal, Monstrous Beauty is writhing in dark transcendental passion.
First Line: "Syrenka wanted Pukanokick." (3)
Last Line: "Minutes later, the last evidence of her human existence danced up through the ocean as air bubles, softly breaking on the moonlit surface of the water." (295) -----------
"She had dared to love, and she had lost everything." (8)
"How strange the world was, that a necklace should exist virtually forever, and a human life, worth so much more, should be short." (159)(less)
Here we go through the life, or afterlife, of Samantha Kingston as she peels back, layer after layer and day after day, the understanding of not just other peoples lives, but her own as well.
“I’m dead, but I can’t stop living.” (220)
This book left me speechless, or perhaps full of so many different thoughts, as it’s hard to put into words. Samantha wanted more than anything to change the outcome of her death, only to learn that it goes much deeper than that, to the point of Sam wanting more than anything to change the outcome of other people’s lives. She’s seen the mistakes she made over and over again in different angles, situations and impacts. Sam’s learned more about her friends and their impact on other’s. She’s learned that the root of people’s treatment of others evolves from others treatment of them, to the point that it’s passed along like a virus, infecting and affecting everyone.
“Most of the time one night blends into the next, and weeks blend into weeks, and months into other months. And sooner or later we all die.” (58)
Juliet. I feel like Juliet. All throughout the book I know it hit home in some way or another. I too remember and hold on towards the things that wronged me, but it’s something deeper; it’s not just me who is Juliet, my life is Juliet. It hit close to home as I saw my life through her eyes. Before I Fall made me feel... I don’t know, not understanding, maybe a bit more accepting of my helplessness of my mom and sad’s suicidal state of mind. In that instant, I then felt like Sam, wanting to stop things, rewind them and try again. Failing and feeling helpless. Sam’s moment of thoughtless sacrifice. Don’t worry about yourself, just the way you affect others in life, hope you did the right thing and then pray that it’s good enough.
“My point is: maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten... But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.” (268)
Lauren Oliver first impressed me with Delirium, when I first experienced her wonderful way of putting forth an image to her readers. Her writing style is fluid, descriptive and poetic as she takes us through Sam’s troubled mind. As Oliver gives out, day after day, a life equation that throws in and out several variables towards the understanding of a different, hopefully better (but not always) outcome, Before I Fall takes on the challenge of changing how we perceive others, and how our actions can become a catalyst not just for our own lives, but others as well.
“...because of course, I haven’t been falling all this time. I’ve been flying.” (416)
First Line:"They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that's not how it happened for me." (3)
Last Line:"The rest you have to find out for yourself." (470) -------- Quotes
"The whole point of growing up is learning to stay on the laughing side." (5)
"The melody starts repeating in my head and I know I'll be singing it for days. Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya tomorrow. A beautiful word, when you really think about it." (77)
"A good friend keeps your secrets for you. A best friend helps you keep your own secrets." (107)(less)
originally posted @ Novel Reveries I'm actually quite speechless! So many ups and downs in this book, from the beginning to the epilogue, it's amazing!...moreoriginally posted @ Novel Reveries I'm actually quite speechless! So many ups and downs in this book, from the beginning to the epilogue, it's amazing! If you haven't started on the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series yet, start, because reading to get to this book alone is reward in itself. It starts off really tame as the characters just go through the motions of travel, but advances a little over halfway through, dramatically. There were several times when I had to stop because I felt all the emotions between sadness, bitterness and, well, angry. GRRM plays with his readers like kids play with toys, as he directs us to believe things one way, and then jerks us to believe the opposite. A Storm of Swords could really be alternatively titles A Mock of Marriages, as there are so many in the book. The development of his characters in this book are astounding and in depth as he delves forward to releasing more of the truth of their souls.
Thoughts on A Storm of Swords main characters:
Arya: Arya is all over the place. Once people find out what she may be worth she unknowingly starts moving all over Westoros, when all she wants to do is go home; that is if her mom will take her. This seems to be her constant worry, that her mother and Brother Robb won’t accept her if they knew all the sins she’s committed. I believe she’ll be alright in that aspect... she’s only trying to survive after all. She seems to be well in control of her life choices and actions. I have loved seeing Arya’s character grow within the last two books, A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings, and her adventures in this book didn’t fail to astonish me as well.
Davos: I didn’t care for him in A Clash of Kings, and I don’t care for him in this book either. I assume he’s being introduced into this series because he later has a large part in everything, other than being GRRM’s puppet to show what’s going on in the realm of Stannis Baratheon and Melissandre.
Sansa: If Arya’s trying to survive with sins (as she believes), Sansa’s trying to survive with good deeds. Also, in contrast to her sister, Sansa seems to have no control over her life whatsoever. She’s grown on me so much within these last two books, and I admire her for her strength and pity her for her constant downfalls. I was a bit peeved at her character for being so stuck up in A Game of Thrones, but I’ve now come to the realization “What would I do if I were in her position?” Honestly, I can’t see myself pulling an Arya and daring to escape the walls of King’s Landing, so I’m sure I’d end up in Sansa’s position. I do, however, feel she’s a bit superficial in her daydreams of love and being a wife and should mature in that factor, but upon further thinking: she’s young, and being in her hostage situation daydreams are all she really have.
Tyrion: Tyrion is always an interesting character, and puts himself in interesting, if not compromising, situations. Having to follow the orders of his Father, Lord Tywin, and knowing more of his familial back history, I sympathize with him. With all he’s been through he’s seem to lost a lot of his power in the realm as well as, dare I say it, his wit. I somehow feel he’s getting a bit depressed, and not just because he’s an ‘imp’. I’m really quite glad that he’s appearing in all the books so far, because I’d feel quite lost in the book without him.
Catelyn: A strong mother who keeps taking hit after hit. Everybody is leaving her, whether through death, war, shunning or maturing. All of her faith in this book lies in hands of Brienne, but even she has no contact with the gallant woman. She cares for her son, Robb, but knows she must let him make his own decisions, and obey him as he tries to find a way to win the war. Although she witnesses the mistakes of her loved ones, Catelyn tries to go for the positive and inwardly think of solutions to mend the situations. Everything Catelyn does and thinks of is out of an act of love and vengeance for the family she has left, although there are situations that even she cannot mend.
Bran: Bran is searching for a three eyed crow. As absurd as this sounds, I see the symbolism in that Bran is actually looking for himself; learning more and more about himself as the journey continues. His gift is very useful in the survival of Jojen, Meera, Hodor, and himself, as he channels his inner wolf, among other things.
Jon: Apparently Jon Snow doesn’t know anything, still. As it is repeated over and over and over again in this book. Perhaps Jon is still clearheaded on his goals, which leads him to temptation and deception. I do believe Jon wants to be an honorable man of the Night's Watch but in reality, if he wasn’t so caught up on him being bastard-born, he would like to have a wife and family one day. Towards the ending of his storyline I was thinking, wow, this is like Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire lol! But I'm sure Jon will get it together.
Daenerys: I feel Daenerys is becoming very arrogant, although I do love seeing the display of Women Power. I think she feels she can do whatever she pleases, even if it means hurting those most loyal to her to obtain her prize. More so, I feel that she should think more before she acts. Going off of the visions other’s have set for her are not enough; she needs to have visions of her own.
Jaime: Seeing things from his perspective has brought me to really like Jaime. What goes through his mind, and how he evaluates situations are interesting and can be quite endearing. I’ve started to see him as sort of an emotional wreck when it comes to Cersie, as she just uses him like a pawn in her game. Strip The Kingslayer of his walls and you’ll find a man of heart, yearning and family pride.
Samwell: I believe he can be courageous, he’s just afraid of bravery. I can see that he can be quite smart, when it comes to things unrelated to fighting, and if he could stop and think once in a while instead of surviving off anxiety, he can be somewhat of a leader. He needs to put the past abuse of his father behind him to find his courage and strive. There are more than just the physical type of brave, there’s mental as well.
------------- Quotes: "'Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens.'" (50)
"'A fat man always sits comfortably, I am thinking for he takes his pillow with him wherever he goes.'" (112)
"Gendry looked almost a man grown, and dangerous. Hot Pie looked like Hot Pie." (145)
"'Old stories are like old friends, she used to say. You have to visit them from time to time.'" (279)
"'Sometimes I think everyone is just pretending to be brave, and none of us really are. Maybe pretending is how you get brave, I don't know.'" (370)
"'Wedding have become more perilous than battles, it would seem.'" (711)
"Robb had become a hero king; if Jon was remembered at all, it would be as a turncloak, an oathbreaker, and a murderer." (830) (less)
"The Shunning is the first book in a trilogy set in a quiet Amish community. On the eve of her wedding, Katie Lapp watches as the only life she has ev...more"The Shunning is the first book in a trilogy set in a quiet Amish community. On the eve of her wedding, Katie Lapp watches as the only life she has ever known begins to unravel, leaving in its wake a furrow of pain but also a future of hope." - Blackstone Audio Inc.
I was deeply interested in this book (audiobook) from the beginning. I had not expected to like it as much as I did, and I am definitely going to read/ listen to the next two books of the series. The suspense of hearing (as I said it was an audiobook) about the little satin dress and the repercussions that arose from finding it became evident clear from the prologue. I became enthralled with the secrets and emotions involved with this amish community set book, and I absolutely loved the surprise ending! This book has made me a clear Beverly Lewis fan and I can't wait to read her other Amish series.(less)
A great short read. The story was infinitely better than what I thought it would be. The connection and symbolism between Candy & his Dog and Geor...moreA great short read. The story was infinitely better than what I thought it would be. The connection and symbolism between Candy & his Dog and George & Lennie came as quite a shock and made me view George and Lennie in a new light. The book situated around different aspects of loneliness (of how some long for company, and others long for solitude) and how sometimes ridding yourself of burdens, no matter how painful and emotional it may be, is the only way to move on. The book was very moving and I definitely recommend this to any and everyone.(less)
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Told from the omniscient narrator of Death, this story is full of love, hope and heartbreak. Seeing Na...moreOne of the best books I've read in a long time. Told from the omniscient narrator of Death, this story is full of love, hope and heartbreak. Seeing Nazi Germany and WWII from a different point of view was quite interesting as well.(less)
Beautifully written. This book reminds me of my own extended family that lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and a couple of my aunts that go around cleaning...moreBeautifully written. This book reminds me of my own extended family that lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and a couple of my aunts that go around cleaning other people's houses and sitting for people at the hospital. The point of views do a great job of showing the different personalities of the characters, as well as giving an inside view of their own lives. While reading this book I became very aware of how relatable it is to me, and to my extended family and others I've seen (I used to attend the University of Alabama) and although I still see a lot of the issues discussed in the book still there today, I'm very glad that it has gotten a lot better.(less)
"She fantasized about a gasoline can and a match." (710)
Such intense suspense! The tables are turned and the search is on for Lisbeth Salander, wanted in a string of murders. With several groups looking for her, (The Millennium crew, The Milton Security firm, some thugs and of course, The Police,) her image is being dragged through filth as she is on the run to save herself. With a plot weaved in murder, sex trafficking, and conspiracy we get a more in depth view of Salander's life and how she got to where she's at. Is she guilty?
"Nobody was innocent. There were only varying degrees of responsibility." (583)
I really love how this book really got up and personal with everyone, explaining just about every person in the book's backstory and relationships. When Lisbeth Salander became the main focus, that's when the plot really took off. Although this book's plot is entirely different from the first book, I enjoyed the continuity of the characters. I enjoyed how it began with a seemingly complex mystery of murder and exposure before dwindling down to a simple person connecting everything, especially Salander. There were a lot of surprises and thrills that, especially since we get to know the characters so well, rocked my emotions. That ending is tortuous and makes me want to immediately pick up and read the next book of the series. If you loved The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, then you need to read this!
"Salander was the woman who hated men who hated women." (667)
First Line: "She lay on her back fastened by leather straps to a narrow bed with a steel frame." (3) Last Line: "He put it on the floor, took out his mobile, and dialed the number for emergency services." (724) -------------
"She felt that some fundamental change had taken place or was taking place in her life. ... Maybe it was the adult world which was belatedly pushing its way into her life. Maybe it was the realization that, with her mother's death, her childhood had come to an end." (120)
"Lisbeth was ready. She threw a milk carton she had filled with gasoline into the car. Then she threw in a burning match." (667)(less)
Wow! Just when I thought Agatha Christie couldn't get any better, I read this! I'm truly in awe with the mystery master :) It's a good thing I read th...moreWow! Just when I thought Agatha Christie couldn't get any better, I read this! I'm truly in awe with the mystery master :) It's a good thing I read the epilogue and the end note; I admit I don't always do with books, but now I definitely will. Great read!(less)
I found the book very engaging and suspenseful. I was initially uninterested in the book after reading the first couple of chapters, but as I read on...moreI found the book very engaging and suspenseful. I was initially uninterested in the book after reading the first couple of chapters, but as I read on things became a lot clearer. With several mysteries, conspiracies, and stories going on I thought it would be difficult keeping up with everything that was going on, but the author's writing and organization style kept all the events in check.(less)