Jurassic Park

by Michael Crichton | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0099282917 Global Overview for this book
Registered by TheLostBook of Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on 1/11/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by TheLostBook from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, January 11, 2009
The novel behind Steven Spielberg's classic 1990s dinosaur movie.

We're starting a bookray for this and the sequel The Lost World. It's the wrong Lost World (the right one is, of course, Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World), but still contains dinosaur adventure fun! PM at any time, with your shipping preferences, to join.

Nell-Lu, UK (Int)
criminologeek Hong Kong (Int)
Bookworm-lady, Spain (Europe)

Bookray complete!

Journal Entry 2 by Nell-Lu from Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 20, 2009
An entertaining if emotionally manipulative read.

Crighton keeps the tension cranked up to maximum throughout this book. There's never an easy way out for the characters: the dangers within Jurassic Park (a theme park containing living dinosaurs produced via genetic engineering - everyone must have seen the film) are so huge that it seems no-one will get out alive. Not even the little girl. Or the attractive female paleobiologist. Or the nice paleontologist who can't work computers. And the corporate lawyer doesn't stand a chance.

The book manages to give a sense of the complexities of genetic engineering and of chaos theory, while highlighting the moral issues involved in science. Mathematician Ian Malcolm gets to monologue quite a lot about the problems that a scientific mindset can cause. His point is personified by genetic engineer Henry Wu: so focused on the achievement of creating dinosaurs that he doesn't have any idea where the DNA he uses to fix gaps comes from.

But, the big baddies have to be the money-driven corporations: John Hammond and InGen, the creator of Jurassic Park, and Lewis Dodgson (good name, by the way!) of Biosyn Corporation, whose attempt at industrial espionage is the catalyst for the book's disasters. Greed is definitely not good.

There are a lot of very visual uses of dramatic irony (characters turn away from the window just as something we the reader know to be important goes past; missing characters struggle through the jungle just metres from teams trying to get the park back to normal) that mean this book is only a small step away from a screenplay. The repeated image of a compy attack at the end of the book is also very Hollywood - particularly as the reprise involves a character getting his just desserts.

This isn't a book I'd re-read, but it was a good adventure to be taken on.

Journal Entry 3 by Nell-Lu at Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Monday, February 09, 2009

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Travelling to criminologeek in Hong Kong. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 4 by criminologeek on Friday, March 13, 2009
Received with many thanks! =)

Journal Entry 5 by criminologeek on Sunday, September 20, 2009
Sorry that I have forgotten to update the journal. The book was already sent to Bookworm-lady. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 6 by wingBookworm-ladywing from Madrid, Madrid Spain on Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thanks for sending this on, together with its "mate", Criminologeek; they arrived in perfect shape.
Thanks for the postcard, as well...
And thanks, TheLostBook, for sharing these books with us. Looking forward to reading them!

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