Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

by Michael Crichton
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Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park. Until something goes wrong...and science proves a dangerous toy....

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606011815
Publisher: Demco Media
Publication date: 05/01/1993
Pages: 399
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Crichton’s novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, and The Lost World. He was as well the creator of the television series ER. Crichton died in 2008.


Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 23, 1942

Date of Death:

November 4, 2008

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Death:

Los Angeles, California


B.A.. in Anthropology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1969

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Hawaiian More than 1 year ago
On a foggy, Caribbean island, scientists have ushered in the rebirth of dinosaurs. Now, dinosaurs roam the face of the Earth, but is this, mankind's greatest breakthrough or its worst nightmare? In a single phrase, Jurassic Park can be described as a thriller with dinosaurs, but it's so much more. Michael Crichton does an excellent job of forging a fast-paced, suspenseful plot with teeth. While the novel is an essence of science fiction, Jurassic Park brings back the childhood excitement of dinosaurs. The novel lashes out and grasps our imagination, all while morphing it into a fear of the unknown. We can only read, as we ricochet down this dinosaur rollercoaster, leaving us wanting more. Filled with facts, action, and dinosaurs, Jurassic Park is a necessary read for any teen. The novel also sports a wide spectrum of characters. Through them, Crichton weaves his message on the dangers of science into his masterpiece. Ian Malcolm, a character from the book, is Crichton's mouth that laments science and makes us ask the big question, "Is humanity as superior as we think it is?" The novel gives a great philosophical standpoint accented with suspense, resulting in a great read. Jurassic Park has sold millions of copies worldwide and there's a reason. Readers find themselves enthralled in Crichton's web and can’t get enough. Crichton expands and builds upon on his experience and sci-fi thrillers, as he adds Jurassic Park to his Congo and Andromeda Strain. In my personal experience with the book, I found myself turning page after page, with excitement and suspense. I managed to read the whole novel in the course of a week, proving that Jurassic Park is definitely a book you can easily pick up, but hard to put down. I strongly recommend this book to the scientists and the scientists-to-be in your lives. With such a unique setting and thought-provoking plot, Jurassic Park is the best dinosaur novel ever written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book for homework so I really didnt like reading but about 50 pages later I couldnt put it down. Sometimes I even skipped gaming for this book. It is the best novel ever!! Buy it and youll see. Sadly Michael Crigton died in 2008 : (
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe this book. I promise that if you read it you will agree with me when I say that the movie never had a chance of bringing justice to this literary masterpiece. The movie even missed all the different turning points and personalities in the book. When you begin be prepared to be blown away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only ten years old, sorry eleven years old, but this book is my favorite book of all time. The book has a lot of tense moments an it has a very unique beginning. For my fifth grade yearbook I am changing my favorite book to Jurassic Park. Only one flaw, some of the dinosaurs are from different periods, not the Jurassic period. Plus i am a girl my friends think it is odd i like this stuff. The first 2 movies are good the third doesn't have any real structure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton has yet again succeeded in writing an amazing and thrilling story. This novel is one of the most thrilling novels of its age because of its high level of suspense. Crichton is able to successfully snatch the reader into this world of fear through the third-person narration and descriptive writing that allows the reader to experience every ounce of fear that the characters in the book are feeling. Jurassic Park tells the tale of the investigation of the newest invention of the InGen Corporation, a zoo/theme park venture were the main attraction is real live genetically engineered dinosaurs. Since this new park's attraction is such a liability, John Hammond (the CEO of InGen) is forced to have the park investigated by a couple of professionals. But during the maiden tour of this island, something goes wrong that drags the people on the island into a horror filled weekend caused by animals that have been extinct for 60 million years. While this is one of the best thriller novels of its age, Jurassic Park is flawed by graphs and language that are shown in the book that not everybody would understand. Also, there are some parts of the book that it seems the characters are preaching to you about the types if ethical beliefs that you should have. But despite the pointless graphs, the hard to understand genetics lingo, and the apparent sermons that occur at points in the book, this is still one of the best thriller novels of the age that will keep you on the edge of your seat from page 1 to 399.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Thoroughly enjoyed the book, especially the part where.....well I cant tell you that. But it was the best, most thrilling novel I've read in months. COMPELLING!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, scientific, and most of all: INTERESTING, SUSPENSFUL, and did I say SUSPENSEFUL! Wow. Yeah this book was hard to put down. This was not like the movie because it was SO MUCH BETTER than the movie! It's actually almost erie in some points. Way less cheesy than the movie. BUY IT!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a truly great work of writing from a truly great author. I read it for the first time when I was 10 and ever since then I've read it about 20 times. Along with his other works.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im just about to read this book it seems amazing i love the movies lets just see how i like it...
Talekyn More than 1 year ago
This ended up on the To Be Read Challenge list when I mentioned to my friend Eric Bauman that despite having seen the movie when it came out, I remember absolutely nothing of the story and had never read the book. In fact, had never read anything by Michael Crichton. A few days later, Jurassic Park ended up in my hands. I can't say whether it's Eric's favorite Crichton book, but as we'd been discussing the movie, it made sense that this was the one he'd start me off with. And I wanted to love the book, I really did. But if I'm being honest (as I try to be in all of my reviews), I only kinda liked it; I've certainly read many of what (in my opinion) are better books this year alone. Merely liking the book is not enough to turn me off of Crichton, of course. He's such a well-regarded writer amongst my friends that I can't write him off. But I'm pretty sure my next Crichton book will not be the sequel to Jurassic Park. (Most likely, it'll be one of the eight crime novels Crichton wrote under the name John Lange, all recently brought back into print by Hard Case Crime.) What I liked about the book was the thriller aspect of it: Crichton crafts the novel very much like a high-tech amusement park ride: slow out of the gate, setting the stage, then picking up speed and whipping the reader around, disorienting, unsure where the next turn is going to toss us, only knowing the end is near because of the number of pages left between the bookmark and the back cover. And I did honestly feel that pretty much every character was in peril -- even the two kids, who under many authors' hands would be guaranteed safe from the start. I enjoyed the descriptions of the Park itself and of course had no problem picturing what the dinosaurs looked like. And the science sounded plausible to me, in terms of the cloning, the failsafes, and why the failsafes failed. I can't claim to have understood most of Malcolm's ramblings about Chaos Theory, but then again I've never been very good with science or math, so I didn't let that lack of comprehension influence my opinion of the book. My disappointment with the book, and I wholly admit that this is a personal problem and that I'm sure most other people's opinions don't agree, is the characters. Despite being given copious character history and opportunities to see them interact, I didn't really feel them as people, as compelling individuals. Yes, I was concerned about their fates, but largely because in a thriller like this you're supposed to be kept guessing as to who will survive and who won't (and Crichton, as I said, does an excellent job of building that tension, releasing it, and building it again), and you're supposed to feel bad if a good guy gets killed and cheer if a bad guy does. And that's how I viewed the characters, all of whose names I've already forgotten: The White Hats and the Black Hats, all chess pieces to be moved around so the rollercoaster Crichton is creating moves the way it's supposed to. The characters service the action, not the other way around, and I think I just expected a little less Trope and a little more individuality in the characters after the way I've heard people talk about the book. Hence, liking the book enough to give it three stars but not enough to give it a higher rating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 13 years old and I enjoyed this book massively. The only problem with the book is that not all the dinosaurs are from the jurassic period like the pteradactals. My favorite character is the mathmatician because he predicted jurassic park wouldn't work. The book is also way better than the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jurassic Park in my opinion is a very good a book. There are many parts of the book that create pictures of unimaginal dinosaurs with huge, sharp teeth and big claws. The suspense and excitment of Jurassic Park are enough to keep your will to flip the next page high. Overall I think Jurassic Park is a moderatly good book and I encourage people of all ages to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. It was exciting, thrilling and non-stop good time. I nearly screamed when i got to the waterfall scene. Made me cry like a baby! It's Micheal Crighton at his best. Can't wait to read 'Time Line', But my FATHER is being slow with it...Darn parents.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, quite an adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thrilling and rich in detail. The writing and adventure captivate you and make you lose track of time; it's a definite page-turner. Details are thorough and put you in the scene, sometimes painfully so when there are graphic moments. Fantastic read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way crichton writes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great expirement
Anonymous 27 days ago
This is agreat book but not for younger readers. There is constant profanity, and insanely descriptive violence. This book is great but it left me with some disturbing images. I reccomed 15+
ReadingOverTheShoulder 3 months ago
There are so many things I loved about this book! I'd have to say that the dinosaurs are probably at the top though. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the movie followed the book and all the parts I loved in the movie were all there and better in the book. If you were like me and some how managed not to read this, you should get on it right away. Full review at ReadingOverTheShoulder.com
Anonymous 8 months ago
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom!!! Ohmygosh, I cant wait!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in middle school and loved it. Having a background in genetics and microbiology helped me understand better.