Review * Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

July 9, 2012 Reviews 15 ★★★★★

Review * Jurassic Park by Michael CrichtonJurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Series: Jurassic Park #1
Published by Knopf on November 7, 1990
Genres: Adult, Science Fiction
Pages: 480
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong...

What I Thought…

  • Jurassic Park is one of my all time favorite books.  I know that sounds strange because I’m not that into sci-fi but… whatever.  I like dinosaurs.  Y’all remember The Land Before Time right?  Best dinosaur movie ever.  Anyways, after a particularly crummy day I needed a comfort book and there is nothing more comforting than an old favorite.
  • The first time I read Jurassic Park it was the summer after sixth grade and the movie had just come out on VHS (yeah, that’s right, VHS) and that’s when I learned it was a book and of course I wanted to read it.
  • I was VERY ALARMED while reading it the first time because it is not really like the movie at all.  I mean it is… but it isn’t.  Basically in the movie they combined a few characters and cut out a lot of scenes.  (Note: It still really pisses me off that they changed the ages of Lex and Tim.  In the book Tim was older and it makes no sense to make the change!  None!)
  • I don’t even know how many times I’ve read it, Jurassic Park never gets old for me.
  • Michael Crichton is a fabulous writer.  He makes me feel like I am right there on the island, experiencing what all the characters did.
  • Jurassic Park is one wild adventure.  There is so much going on.    You have the bird cage, the river, a power outage, a crazy disgruntled computer guy, sick animals and more!
  • I’ve read Jurassic Park a ton but there are a few scenes that will probably always creep me out.  All of which have to do with Velociraptors.
  • There are so many characters, but of the main characters Alan Grant is my favorite.  Of the minor characters Dr. Wu was my favorite (disappointing that his scene near the end wasn’t in the movie, cause that would have been awesome).  Malcolm was my least favorite, he is even more obnoxious in the book than he is in the movie.
  • My favorite part of the book was when Lex, Tim and Grant were on the river travelling through the animal paddocks.  It still creeps me out.
  • The one thing that I didn’t like about the book is the technical side of how the dinosaurs were created.  It’s very, very boring.  And very, very over my head.  I always skip it because I just don’t care how they created the dinosaurs, I only care that they’re alive and on the island to create havoc.

Notable Quotes

“The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us.”

Overall Jurassic Park is a really good thriller.  If you enjoyed the movie I highly recommend the book, because it is so much better!


15 Responses to “Review * Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton”

  1. Jenny

    Not only have I never read this book, I’ve never even read a Michael Crichton book. I know, I know. Shame on me.

  2. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    I feel weird that I haven’t read this book. I’ve read a few other of his books, but to be honest… I’ve never even seen the whole movie from start to finish. Just not a dinosaur girl, I guess. I might make an exception for this book since you like it so much though!

  3. Bittner

    First of all, you earned major bonus points by referencing Land Before Time at the beginning of this post! I LOVE THE LAND BEFORE TIME!!! With Littlefoot and Duckie, and the tree star and the Great Valley! And don’t even get me started on the theme song! I can bust out some Diana Ross all over this place!!!
    Second of all, are you at all sad that Dr. Grant is doing Cox commercials now? Cause I am…just a little.
    Third of all, I’ve never thought about reading the book because the movie has always been enough for me. Plus I figured the book would be way too complicated. But maybe, just for you, I will give it a try one of these days!

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I LOVE your enthusiasm for The Land Before Time. I am soooo excited that my cousin’s kid is almost old enough to sit through full length movies, and that is the first one I plan on watching with her!

      The book is kind of complicated, but I just skip the complicated science parts and enjoy the “dinosaurs are chasing me and I’m an idiot and I’m going to do something stupid and get eaten” parts.

  4. fakesteph

    I totally want to watch this movie now! I haven’t read the book (I totally just wrote “I haven’t read the movie” I am SOOO tired, but I wrote 20 pages, go me!) but I read the sequel in 6th grade. DID YOU KNOW THEY ARE ACTUALLY BRINGING DINOS BACK TO LIFE WITH DNA? Well… Mammoths.. BUT STILL. DID THEY NOT READ THIS BOOK!!!???? I’m totally going to go when they have the real life amusement park though. And King’s Dominion has a bunch of animatronic (or wheaver) dinos. I just took my nephew yesterday.

  5. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    SO many things to say about this post!!!

    First of all, my brother was obsessed with dinosaurs for most of his childhood, and a lot of that rubbed off on me as well. And I LOVE The Land Before Time, although I’ve tried to watch one of the sequels and I really don’t know why they didn’t just realize that they weren’t the same and stop after 2. And at first, while reading this, I thought you said that Land of the Lost was the best dinosaur movie ever and I was about to have to rethink our friendship. ;)

    I also loved the Jurassic Park movie when it came out, and I went out and got the book soon after it came out. I then preceded to write the sequel. I don’t really even remember much about the Jurassic Park book, and I definitely don’t remember what my sequel was about, but I’m sure it was a masterpiece.

    And I loved Malcolm! I don’t know if it’s because I have some strange attraction to Jeff Goldblum or what… ;)

    And I totally agree with you and Steph about the Mammoth DNA. Sure it sounds cool, but surely that cannot be a good idea.

    Great review, Kim! I totally need to read this again, and watch The Land Before Time and Jurassic Park soon!

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      The Land Before Time sequels were a total bust. To me they don’t exist. I don’t write, but I totally used to pretend I was there. I even wrote “character additions” all over my book for my character (part of this stemmed from Dirty Dancing, where Robbie tries to give Baby the book). I eventually replaced my copy because I just couldn’t stand my writing in my book.

  6. Christina

    I like Michael Crichton too, but he does tend to bang on about science for more time than I am prepared to endure. Oh man, I am jealous of all you folks finding time for rereading.