Reading this book was a totally different experience for me. Usually I read the book before the movie. On rare occasions I watch the movie once, and then read the book. But with Jurassic Park, I grew up with the movie. I would have watched it at least once a year since I was five (I have three older siblings-2boys,1tomboy). It is one of my all time favourite movies, so instead of critiquing the movie to the book like normal, this time I was critiquing the book to the movie. Literally, I did it the whole way through...
For those of you who aren't familiar with Steven Spielberg's masterpiece of a movie, firstly, what the hekk are you doing with your life?! And secondly, seriously, what?! It is about a private cooperation that has a vision to genetically modify DNA to re-create dinosaurs... and they succeed. You may be thinking, how is that even possible?! Well considering there aren't any dinos walking around, its not. But they make it seem very, very possible in the story. Crichton uses very realistic scientific language, which mostly, I was totally able to comprehend *cheers*. So yeah, an island of previously extinct animals, a team of paleontologists, mathematicians, scientists and of course, kids, makes a terribly bad, but exciting mix.
I loved the book!! It was so similar to the movie, and most things that were eliminated from the movie were explained in other ways. The ending was different too, it was really well suited to the book, but I see why Spielberg changed it for the movie. I am so excited to pick up book two as I know that it is going to be totally different to the sequel movies, considering quite a few main characters died in the book, but not the first movie. I know, I was devastated too.
Happy Jem. :) xo
Favourite quote (of pretty much all time): "Because the history of evolution is that life escapes all barriers. Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way" - Ian Malcolm, p. 160
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Acquired from: The Mobile Library
The Lost World
Well hello twist! You may remember me saying in the previous book that I knew this book would be different because some peeps died... Well technically one wasn't dead, so the story followed the sameish trajectory as the film. The whole start part was different though, as one of the leads is a headstrong and arrogant paleontologist named Richard Levine. Never heard of him? That's because he isn't in the movies, like at all... Pretty much he goes and gets lost on the island and Malcolm and Harding, plus a bunch of others, including two hiding kids have to go rescue him (movie number three much)?
And voila, as Malcolm predicts, they are set for disaster! I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH, LIKE HOLY CRUDD!!! CAN I READ IT AGAIN???!!! Okay, I am breathing again now.
I just adore Crichton's writing style so much! His language and dialogue are so real, and it truly felt as though I was there! It terrified me! Literally, I had to read five chapters of Fangirl to calm myself down. Also, I just found out that there are comics for this series! Put me down for that please!
The only thing this book lacked was Ian Grant. I miss him...
Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Acquired from: New England Library Branch