Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Having been on vacation this past week, I borrowed some books from my friends and coworkers. I had been interested in reading Jurassic Park for awhile, now that I’ve seen all the movies, and so I requested that as a loan from someone. When she handed it to me, she told me that she hoped I had better luck with it than her; she said that she couldn’t get into it, and that really bummed her out. A similar statement was made by my boy, a huge dinosaur fan, so I was really quite worried when starting Jurassic Park. But all my worrying turned out to be for naught.


Jurassic Park came out about 3 years before the movies started, and is a fair bit different than them. Though it includes bits from both movies, it kept me on the edge of my seat in an entirely different way, and I loved it.

Jurassic Park the book follows the same characters; Dr Alan Grant, Dr Sattler, John Hammond, Malcom the mathematician, Lex, and Tim, but in a bit of a different way. The first big difference that really struck me was a simple statement, “Alan liked kids.” In the First Jurassic Park movie, Grant made it very clear, early on, that children were not his cup of tea. They also switched the children”s ages in film, along with a bit of their personalities. There also ended up being some parts that were included in later movies right in the beginning of this book.

I believe that having seen the movies first helped me understand the book better, because it is a fair bit more technical than the films. There’s a good amount of code to read (or skim through), and a good amount of technical talk about dinosaurs and cloning. Since I don’t really have much background in code (and none in dinosaur or cloning), I found this information to be very interesting. I won’t take any of it to the bank though; I’m not sure how much of it is accurate.

I really enjoyed reading Jurassic Park, and definitely recommend it. But you have to be prepared to realize that it’s not for everyone. I found it refreshing to read a book not aimed solely at young adults or children, but also one that featured something that’s fun and incorporates a bit of child-like wonder; dinosaurs. I had a great time reading it poolside, and staying up late to finish chapters. If you’re up for a rad book that one of the coolest film franchises is based on, give it a shot, and let me know what you think!











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