Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Science Fiction - "Jurassic Park"

"Jurassic Park" is a typical Micheal Crichton book. It starts little slow, but then you are in a whirlwind of action and suspense, and the book becomes impossible to put down. I usually finish his books in a day or so (I read "Sphere" in one night).

The basic plot of the book is that some very rich guy manages to clone dinosaurs from pieces of DNA found in insects in amber. These dinosaurs are kept on an island of the coast of Costa Rica, where they will sever as a main attraction in Jurassic Park.

As the story starts a group of people visit the park to certify that everything is safe for an opening to general public. But it turns out that the dinosaurs are not on the plan - instead they like to chase and eat people.

The bulk of the action of the entire book takes place over a single weekend - which I suppose makes it easier to adopt to the screen (the movie made from the book was quite good).

This is the third time I read the book - it was a selection of our local SF book discussion group - and I still enjoyed it, even though I knew what would happen.

My favorite character from "Jurassic Park" is the mathematician Ian Malcolm, who explains how chaos theory predicts that a Jurassic park cannot be controlled.

This was probably my favorite of Micheal Crichton books. His later novels follow a similar pattern as "Jurassic Park" and as result are too predictable.


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