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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
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Sep 07, 11

bookshelves: adult, adventure, animals, classic, dystopian, fiction, horror, science-fiction, suspense, thriller, social-commentary
Read from August 27 to September 01, 2011

John Hammond aspires to to build an amusement park like none other in the world. An amusement park featuring real live animals. But not just any ordinary animals. Hammond's stocking his park with biologically engineered prehistoric dinosaurs and species ranging from the docile brachiosaurus to the deadly velociraptors.

But before Hammond can open his park, worried investors demand that the park gets endorsed by professionals. So Hammond invites paleontologist Alan Grant and paleobotanist Ellie Sattler, along with the famed mathematician Ian Malcolm. In fact, Hammond is so sure his park will be a money-making hit that he invites his two young grandchildren Tim and Lex.

What begins as a fascinating, mind boggling trip for the group, turns into a nightmare when an unexpected storm and a sabotaging computer programmer (Dennis Nedry) leave the island without any security mechanisms. Soon the group must race for cover from the ruthless t-rex and evade detection from the wiley velociraptors. They're sure to be in for a wild ride.

My Thoughts:
A frighteningly realistic tale, Chricton's nearly prophetic novel warns of a future in which biotechnological advances, in the hands of greedy capitalists, threaten to wreak havoc on the planet.

Dinosaurs have always been a topic that fascinated me and I remember watching Spielberg's Jurassic Park and being both thrilled and terrified by the prospect of dinosaurs come to life to terrorize humans. Spielberg made many changes to the novel when he directed the 1993 megahit film adaptation. These changes ultimately made for one heck of an awesome movie. And after reading both the novel and watching the movie, I must say the movie still reigns supreme with me.

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