Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park

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 when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.Cover il...

Details Jurassic Park

TitleJurassic Park
Release DateDec 1st, 1991
PublisherBallantine Books
Number of pages399 pages
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Thriller, Adventure, Fantasy

Reviews Jurassic Park

  • Alejandro
    This is one of my favorite books of all time!!! I was way excited back then, 20 years ago, about the movie (minus the controversial scene portraiting San José, Costa Rica with a beach in the middle of it). Trust me. I am from Costa Rica and I live precisely in San José and we don't have a dang beach around.I am sure that Spielberg wouldn't do that kind of mistake if he'd need to portrait Paris, France, but a dang capital city in a third world c...
  • Wendy Darling
    Rereading for obvious reasons. :D :D :D :D
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
  • Brad
    I always seem to forget how good Jurassic Park is. I blast through it once every few years, throw it on my shelf and the distance slowly makes me derisive, and then something forces me to pick it up again when my brain needs a little peanut butter and jelly dipped in hot chocolate, and I am forced to admit that Jurassic Park is a damn fine novel. Sure it's packed with Michael Crichton's usual band of screenplay-adaptation-friendly archetypes, sur...
  • Simeon
    Science-at-the-brink-of-chaos fiction. Nonlinear dynamics had barely been invented, and yet here it was, gracing each chapter with a foreboding message of disintegration.Not literature, not amazing prose, but a true edge-of-your-seat thriller.
  • Lola Reviewer
    DNF. The movie is better.
  • Zora
    At the risk of offending what looks to be all my male goodreads friends who loved this (none of my female friends have read it, which is remarkable but probably not random), I couldn't finish it. It wasn't the multiple viewpoints or so-so prose, it was the science. I worked for awhile as an assistant paleontologist--field, prep, and curating--and I promise you, pretty much everything in the first 50 pages on this topic is wrong. I wasn't loving t...
  • seak
    I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book. I guess I've always had my reservations because of what an impact the movie had on me as a kid. I was about 9 or 10 when the movie first came out and it blew my mind. As the book likes to point out, boys love dinosaurs and that was true.As a side note, I'm loving how much my son (5 y.o.) loves dinosaurs. He knows so much more about them than I do, in fact his favorite is the Giganotosaurus, a dinosaur...
  • Luffy
    So, straight to it. Jurassic Park, the book, is inimitable, apart from a few clumsy attempts. One thing that differentiated it from its wannabes is that, unlike books about sharks, snakes or let's say, zombies, dinosaurs come in very varied shapes. This means that the way the casualties meet their end is just as variable. Michael Crichton props up his last act with inspired flair and experienced cunning. He knows that the action in this book will...
  • Nandakishore Varma
    What do you say about a concept that has become iconic? Jurassic Park has grown beyond Crichton's novel, into a movie, into a theme park attraction, into a thousand types of paraphernalia... In fact, it has become so popular that we forget the original work this concept came from.I saw the movie first. It is a marvel of special effects and unbearably suspenseful. The book is nothing like that.This novel is a serious work of science fiction. As wi...
  • Will M.
    Another masterpiece by Crichton. Can't believe it took me years to finally pick this one up and read it. I watched the movie adaptation when I was a kid, so I can't really remember much of the plot other than dinosaurs gone wild, and I'm sure I remember an elevator scene. Aside from those, I had no idea what was in store for me before I read this. I wasn't hesitant on reading this, but my really long TBR list was the reason why I didn't read this...
  • Vane J.
    Originally posted on Books With ChemistryWell, everyone knows what this is about, but for this review to make sense, I’m going to suppose you all live in caves and have never heard about the existence of Jurassic Park.Everything starts with a billionaire that wants more money. It has been discovered that extincted animals can be cloned and, in a way, brought back to life. He uses this to buy a remote island in Costa Rica and build a theme park ...
  • Kostas Papadatos
    Σίγουρα ένα μέρος το οποίο θα ήθελα να μεταφερθώ έστω και για λίγο, είναι ο κόσμος του Jurassic Park που έχτισε ο Michael Crichton. Ναι, γνωρίζω πως ανά πάσα στιγμή θα μπορούσαν να ρουφήξουν τους χυμούς μου κουνούπια με μέγεθος πελεκάνου, ώστε να ικανοποιήσουν τ...
  • Brandon
    "Scientists are actually preoccupied with accomplishment. So they are focused on whether they can do something. They never stop to ask if they should do something."In 1993, Steven Spielberg brought dinosaurs to life on the big screen. At the time, Jurassic Park was so immensely popular that I would be shocked to find someone today who hasn't seen it. Now, with the forthcoming release of Jurassic World, dinosaurs are all the rage again. During a r...
  • Lyn
    As is most frequently the case, the book was better than the film.And it was a really cool movie. Directed by Stephen Spielberg.The section of Universal theme park in Orlando is fun too.Michael Crichton’s 1990 genetically powered biological thriller combines an action packed adventure story with a cautionary tale of corporate, capitalistic greed gone wrong and rolls it all into a humanistic story with excellent characterization and that could b...
  • Veronique
    Like many, I loved the film, and indeed its sequels. Who doesn’t like dinosaurs and rip-roaring adventure? I hadn’t however read the book that started it all...Going through the pages, I couldn’t help trying to find the scenes that I knew so well. Most are there, but indeed in a different form due to the medium, the same applying to the characters. What fun to hear Malcolm’s Chaos theories and witness Grant’s survival!This is a compelli...
  • Jr Bacdayan
    RAWWWWWWWWWWWWRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Imagine yourself a prey, being hunted by the one of the most deadliest predators that ever roamed the earth. The Tyrannosaurus Rex. About 30 feet of pure muscle with a massive head that contains the biggest set of teeth that could turn your flesh and bones into mush in one bite.You are trapped. You have nowhere to go. Your entire body is shaking. RAWWWWWWWWWWWWRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR...
  • Mike
    Ah, Jurassic Park, a keystone moment in movie history where dinosaurs were brought to the silver screen in such an indelible way. I don't think it would be inaccurate to say the movie franchise (especially with the most recent entry of Jurassic World) has significantly overshadowed the book. Heck, I only just got to reading it now, 23 years after the movie was released. Having recently seen the movie, I was struck by the differences between the n...
  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    I originally noticed this audiobook as a Youtube upload off to the side as I was listening to Prisoner of Azkaban for the umpteenth time. I've got The Lost World at home and I've never seen the films (not completely, anyway), so I figured Why the hell not? I haven't been a ginormous fan of dinosaurs since I was about ten, but this book cured that so quick. I was instantly back in my kid-mindset when they were first discussing the park. Just the t...
  • Dany Burns
    Before I start my book review a have to say that i have never seen the movie, Jurassic Park. I have no idea how I haven't watched it yet, and I definitely want to watch it now that I have read the book, but this review will not be comparing the two since I have not seen the movie. I did really like this book a lot. I thought that the idea was really well executed and very entertaining. I know not everyone may like this but I loved all the infor...
  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    I just realized that I hadn't rated or reviewed this book. I read it several years ago.To be honest, I couldn't finish this book. The writing had an inescapable pattern to it: Introduce character, character gets killed or in some horrible way or eaten by a dinosaur. I hate collateral damage in books, movies, or tv. Big turn-off. Plus, I don't like the creation of sacrificial lambs to be killed, paper-thin to the point of having no personality pra...
  • J.G. Keely
    With Crichton, it is always a gamble whether whatever strange and new idea has latched onto will overcome his overbearing personality. His assurance that science will always go wrong makes for easy potboiler plots, but you do get the feeling that if he were a caveman, he would mistrust a sharpened stick.Crichton's sensationalism and misuse of scientific concepts has made him untrustworthy as a guide on any serious issue, but in the case of runawa...
  • Wanda
    I figured that it was time to read the original Jurassic Park, as I recently went to see the fourth movie, Jurassic World. Basically, JW follows the same pattern as previous movies—people create dinosaurs, dinosaurs get loose, much running & screaming ensues. Still it was worth every penny just for the scene in which the Mosasaur leaps out of a pool in a SeaWorld like setting.In many ways, this novel, which started the whole franchise, is bette...
  • Ler com Lobos
    Poupei-me desta leitura durante anos porque tinha medo de me desiludir visto que o filme foi dos mais marcantes da minha infância.Ainda me lembro dos pesadelos que tive!Radiante fiquei por encontrar esta edição na Feira do Livro de LisboaQue acho muito bonita e que, por acaso, foi publicada no ano em que nasci (em 1993 estreou o filme por isso faz sentido).Uma das coisas que adorei foi a forma como a narrativa começa lenta mas logo a criar o ...
  • Tom M
    I have never been terribly impressed with Crichton's work, but I have always been told that I must read Jurassic Park to really appreciate him. I was not expecting much from this book, but I was disappointed nonetheless. The whole story seemed fragmented and disorganized. This was supposed to be about a sort of fantasy world created by an eccentric, wealthy man, but throughout the book I felt like It was more Michael Crichton's fantasy than anybo...
  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    "Welcome... to Jurassic Park!" Stars, I loved the movie! And yet it took me 3 whole months to finish the book.Now I don't remember much, just waiting for it to end. Maybe that's because I saw the movie as a little kid, and numerous times growing up. So every time I read it, I just wished to see the film again.What I did like was the ending which is quite different from the movie. John Hammond's fate felt as some kind of payment for all he did an...
  • Dyuti
    Once upon a time, we would find books like Jurassic Park in a typical high-schooler's bag -- a book with liberal doses of scientific information, imagination, suspense and thrill. Today however, all that floods the Young adult book market are wimpy love triangles between werewolves, vampires and humans!What a degradation! What a shame!This is just my second book by Micheal Crichton, after The great Train Robbery, and I've already turned into a fa...
  • Ryan
    Jurassic Park is Michael Crichton's masterwork. The academics are cooler, the science is hipper, and the monsters are badder. So why haven't you read this novel?Let's look at the premise: We can use cloning technology to bring dinosaurs back, and now the fabulously wealthy Mr. John Hammond is going to sell glimpses of those dinosaurs in order to make money, "a lot of money," as Mr. Hammond would remind us. Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malco...
  • Ryan
    The Good:You’ve seen the movie. It’s obviously a brilliant idea for a story. This book is exciting, tense and so well paced. A proper roller-coaster. The characters are interesting and manage to be archetypal without being cliché.The Bad:As we now know, there is some bullshit science here, along with some liberties taken (these raptors are actually rebadged Utahraptors using a much cooler name from a much smaller dinosaur). The philosophy-of...