Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Today I would like to talk to you about my latest read. Without giving too much away, it is the book that inspired a blockbuster trilogy and took the world by storm with use of the latest CGI and animatronics since Jaws in 19

The book that I am talking about is Jurassic Park of course, which was published in 1991. When Stephen Spielberg heard that Michael Crichton was writing a book about recreating dinosaurs, he knew it was going to be a hit and he wanted to be a part of it, however, many others did too.

Michael Crichton did not want a bidding war but decided to give the rights to the film to the person who thought that they would get the film made and out to the public and that person, of course, was Stephen Spielberg.

Plot

Strange things were happening on a remote island off Costa Rica, a doctor had been instructed to assist at a ‘construction accident’ and a ‘lizard’ had attacked a little girl; but before Dr Grant and Dr Sattler could examine it, John Hammond makes them an offer they cannot refuse.

On arrival, Dr Grant, Dr Sattler and Dr Malcom are overwhelmed as it seems they are out of a job, as John Hammond has gone where no scientist has ever been and recreated Dinosaurs.

Recent investors have been a  little bit scared and they are needing reassurance. There is so much that can go wrong as no one knows truly how the dinosaurs will react. John thought that anyone who was going to appreciate his work would be palaeontologists.

The book then follows the storyline as we know it – just with a few differences, for example, Dr Grant was older, and Dr Sattler was younger. During the film we see a small selection of dinosaur but in the book, there are hundreds with the velociraptor’s running free.

Despite objections from Dr Malcolm, Dr Sattler and Dr Grant, Hammond is very optimistic about his park and plans to open as originally planned. Although he did not see Denis Nedry’s espionage coming.

Biosyn was jealous of Ingen’s recreation of Dinosaurs that were extinct over 65 million years ago. Nedry felt he was underpaid for what he did, after all, he was in-charge of all the computer systems. Cleverly he made himself a trap door, so no one would be able to suspect him of spying, and so when Lewis Dodgson offered him a large amount of money for frozen embryos he could not refuse.

Giving himself 18 minutes to get the frozen embryos to the dock and back, Denis ‘debugs’ the computer systems which took the some of the systems offline as he needed to go through undetected.

Everything was going to plan but there was one thing Denis Nedry could not count on    and that was the storm.

Sadly for Denis Karma got the better of him, as on his way to the East dock he lost his bearings and got eaten by a Dilphosaurus.

Wu, Hammond, Muldoon and Arnold were desperately trying to get the systems back online but with no success, whilst Dr Grant and Hammonds grandchildren were out trying to get to the control room.

It was a long way and since the systems were down, no-one could get in contact with them.

Do they get back safely? Does Karma get Hammond too?

 

Characters

This book made a very interesting read. I was intrigued as to whether what parts were kept in and what parts were taken out and if the book was just as good as the film and it is.

Jurassic Park, the novel is divided into seven interactions with a maths quote at the bottom from Dr Ian Malcolm.

Michael Crichton does tend to waffle on about chaos theory, maths and the science of engineering. I get the feeling he is passionate about it as the details are amazing.

As you can imagine there were a few differences but not enough to worry about. For example, there is an incident where a little girl is attacked by Compy in Costa Rica, this part was actually saved for the beginning of the second film Jurassic Park 2 but a British family discovered an Island which was actually site  B.

Jurassic Park, the novel is like the film – a Classic, one that I would recommend you add to your reading list

 

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