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Jordan Bravado’s #CBR3 Review #5: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

“Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton”

Pushing thirty is not necessarily the best age to be watching Jurassic Park for the first time. I did so this year, after reading Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name. How little often I can say this, but I enjoyed the movie more, but I’m glad I read the book first. I knew what to expect, in a way.

Jurassic Park is a fantastic and clever idea from Michael Crichton, who’s famous for his creative mind. The story is stocked with full, rich characters and locations, all intricately detailed and looked over with a fine-toothed comb. Crichton’s at his best when the obvious happens and his characters who are all well-informed of the consequences, become trapped and have to fight their way through.

Crichton, however, is also a scientific master and that always seems to translate poorly into action-adventure literature. The annoying Professor Ian Malcom who tells the rest of the characters of the consequences of a park full of dinosaur clones, treats them like their idiots. Crichton does the same to it’s readers. All he needs to do is explain a little Chaos Theory in one or two pages, and we’re all good to go. Instead, he has one character spewing scientific drivel from his mouth for pages on end without helping the plot move along. We know the dinosaurs are getting out and that’s the reason we’re reading it in the first place. Tone down the science and I’m perfectly fine.

But tone it down, he did not. Luckily, for the sake of the story, the characters are fantastic. There’s a really great connection with most of them. Dr. Alan Grant is a grizzled leader and protector with such incredible gumption that he’s totally likeable in every way. The kids aren’t annoying, the female roles are fleshed out, and even the annoying characters get their comeuppance.

So, if you don’t mind a little science in your word-diet, than Jurassic Park is a fantastic choice, especially if you know the story already. If you’re like me, and just can’t read dry text of explanations that seem obvious to a smart reader, then you may not enjoy this book as much.

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