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Jurassic Park

By Michael Crichton

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 June 2010
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On a remote jungle island, genetic engineers have created a dinosaur game park. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now one of mankind's most thrilling fantasies has come true and the first dinosaurs that the Earth has seen in the time of man emerge. But, as always, there is a dark side to the fantasy and after a catastrophe destroys the park's defence systems, the scientists and tourists are left fighting for survival... With this masterful cross of science fiction and action-adventure, Michael Crichton created one of the biggest bestsellers of all time, turned by Steven Spielberg into the highest grossing blockbuster ever in 1993.

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The multi-million copy bestselling thriller that inspired the major motion picture.

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Michael Crichton was born in Chicago in 1942. His novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Airframe, Jurassic Park and Disclosure. He is also the creator of the television series ER


An island off Costa Rica will soon be the world's most ambitious theme park--a dinosaur preserve. A visionary financier's biotechnology company has succeeded in cloning these extinct reptiles. Fifteen different species, presumably incapable of breeding, are now placidly roaming around, but Jurassic Park's resident mathematician, an expert in chaos theory, predicts that the animals' behavior is inherently unstable. When a rival genetics firm attempts to steal frozen dinosaur embryos, things go haywire. Two cute American kids, eight-year-old Tina and 11-year-old Tim, a safari guide from Kenya and a Denver paleontologist set things aright--almost. Though the dinosaurs here are more interesting than the people, Crichton ( The Andromeda Strain ) ingeniously interweaves details of genetic engineering, computer wizardry and current scientific controversy over dinosaurs to fashion a scary, creepy, mesmerizing techno-thriller with teeth. It can be read as a thought-provoking fable about technological hubris and the hazards of bioengineering. 150,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; movie rights sold to Steven Spielberg/Universal Pictures . (Nov.)

YA-- Massive sums spent on biotechnology, 24 Cray supercomputers sent to a fog-shrouded island off Costa Rica, and expert advice bought from paleontologists have combined to produce the most incredible amusement park of all time. Jurassic Park is inhabited by real dinosaurs, over 200 of them, all cloned from snippets of ancient DNA. Crichton is a master at blending technology with fiction, creating a tale all the more terrifying because it could happen. And the terror is heightened when dinosaurs escape from their barricaded area on the island, an event occasioned by the foolhardiness of relying on technology to control their range. Readers can just imagine being caught in the open with these dinosaurs after there's been a massive power outage on the island. Suspense, excitement, and good adventure pervade this book--and few YAs will be able to resist it.-- Pam Spencer, Jefferson Sci-Tech, Alexandria, VA

"Crichton's most compulsive novel to date" * Sunday Telegraph * "Breathtaking adventure... a book that is as hard to put down as it is to forget" * Time Out * "Wonderful ... powerful" * Washington Post * "Full of suspense" * New York Times *

EAN: 9780099282914
ISBN: 0099282917
Publisher: Arrow Books
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 2.6 centimetres (0.22 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Liz on
Loved this book more than I loved the movie. I had to read this as part of a University Unit and have never been interested in science fiction per se, but I thought the technical aspects in cloning and scientific descriptions and theories where well and truly in laymans terms so that I could understand it!
An excellent work of fiction and a story that makes you ponder on what limits and boundaries there are to science. Much scarier than the movie! I couldn't put it down and am looking forward to reading the sequel.
Jonathon on
The best seling novel that led to the hugely popular movie, Jurassic Park is a great read. The major difference between the novel and the movie is that this novel is for adults, and therefore contains a lot more detail in the making of the park itself, and the scientific attributes to cloning. Fans of the movie will most likely enjoy this book, as it makes for one gripping story.
Simon on
This is an un-put-downable (is that a word?) thriller... unlike the film, the Tyrannosaurus Rex is the real baddy rather than the Veloci-raptors, but Crichton makes you actually believe that this is possible, that you could have dinosaurs running around in a theme park no worries... it's thrilling and darker than the film, but well worth the read; highly reccomended!
Jenny on
The movie version of this book was excellent but I definitely enjoyed reading this very original and entertaining book just as much. Michael Crighton writes intelligently and with keen knowledge of his subject matter. The genetics and technological elements in the book are absolutely engrossing and I was totally fascinated by everything. The action and thrills are edge of the seat stuff and will leave you breathless. This is one clever and terrifying roller coaster ride of a story.
Laura on
this book Jurassic Park by michael crichton is a great read. when i first read it it couldnt put it down and read half the book in about a night. Set in a time where we hav technology and dinosaurs, this book which is in kind of a fantasy genre just lures its readers in and doesnt let them go till the final words! I love this book and its great for kids too

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