I have only ever seen the Jurassic Park movies with my friend Christine. I watched it for the first time on vacation with her in Florida, then we watched it when it came out in the theaters in 3D, and this summer we watched it outside at Tulsa’s Guthrie Green. Before she moved away in August (insert sad, crying emoticon here), we fit in Jurassic Park 2 and 3 on DVD. After watching all three movies, I decided I needed to read the book, because Christine assured me that it was better than the movies.
I started reading Jurassic Park as an ebook from the library. Then, just as it was getting good, I opened it up on my desktop to find that it had expired someone else had already checked it out. Thank goodness I work at the library where we still have more than a few printed books. We had a paperback on the shelves, which I checked out immediately.
In Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, eccentric businessman John Hammond has paid a lot of money to bring dinosaurs back from extinction. With detailed explanations, Crichton convinces you that the science behind this crazy idea could actually be plausible. Throughout the book, you also meet a cast of interesting characters, who may or may not survive to the end of the story. And of course, there are dinosaurs. Lots of dinosaurs.
After watching the movie adaptation and reading the book, I have to say that I enjoyed both and can’t rank one over the other. Jurassic Park isn’t my typical read, but it was certainly an enjoyable one that kept me on the edge of my seat. It’s a great book to choose if you’re looking for a little adventure in your reading life.
Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton, 4-stars, suspense fiction, dinosaurs