Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

"An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park  for children. Until something goes wrong...and science proves a dangerous toy."
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton was originally published in 1990 when I was just 3 years old. This exhilarating sci-fi novel will leave you grateful that these beasts don't walk among us, but also curious about the future of genetic engineering. It is the first of the series that sparked the dinosaur craze and became Crichtons' signature novel, which quickly turned into a blockbuster movie by Steven Spielberg.
Off the coast of Costa Rica Mr. Hammond has created an amusement park full of prehistoric animals. In his mind it is very safe and secure, these animals are his pets, to say the least. He is giddy with the idea, and can't wait to open it up to the public, mainly kids. To get permission for the park to open he needs to get it approved first, and that's where all our main characters come in. As well as Hammonds two grandchildren. (One of which will drive you crazy. Lex is a 7 year old girl who really doesn't understand the words "be quiet". It's just frustrating but necessary for her to be in the story because she adds to the suspense).
I've always heard of Jurassic Park, even saw a little bit of the movie, but I never cared to read the books. Until I read Michael Crichtons' Timeline, and I liked his style of writing. Quick to the point and with a lot of imagination. My boyfriend kept telling me to read Jurassic Park so I finally bought it and started to read.
Playing with science is dangerous, what seems like harmless research, can lead to devastating results. Babies being eaten by lizards and men mauled by a 'raptor'. All in the name of science, and all the result of one mans' dream to bring joy to children. I guess when they say "back in the day when dinosaurs ruled the world" they're not kidding. Those things will take over and destroy anything that comes in their way.
I guess with todays science and technology anything is possible, and the idea of taking DNA  from fossils and than growing dinosaurs in test tubes could be the thing of the future, but it is a little far fetched. But than again this is sci-fi fiction so no need to try to make it real right. As little kids we all wish to see real dinosaurs but a lizard the size of a house trying to eat you never crosses a kids mind.
As far as the characters go, I think they could use a bit more developing, they are well introduced and they all have specific roles in the book. And most of the characters get to tell the story from their perspective. But we don't get to learn much about them as people and their history, other than what is necessary to tell the story of the park. Which is fine as well, it all depends on how well you want to feel connected to them. I thought they were fine they way the were.
The first few chapters really get you hooked and then it dies down a bit, and then once again it picks up speed and keeps you on this roller coaster ride till the end. The action keeps getting interrupted by science talk, and sometimes it just gets annoying. I don't care about chaos theory or the math side of it. I just wanted the story. Not to say that the book was bad, I liked it quite a bit, it just has too much useless information, but that just might be because I'm a girl, and I think this book was intended more for guys, girls enjoy a tiny bit of romance or at least something more than just science. There is plenty of action and teeth grinding moments to fill your adventurous side and keep you reading.

Timeline by Michael Crichton

This was the first novel by Michael Crichton that I read, it was recommended to me by a co-worker, and I gotta say, I loved it. Who doesn't like time travel, especially when it's well written. Crichton gives enough scientific details that you might think parts are non-fiction. He bases his writing on actual scientific studies, and lots of research, so you do end up learning something too. And personally I like the way he explains quantum theory and why this would work. But maybe it's just because I like science. Others might get confused with all the science talk. The story comes alive with all the details, and the characters take turns in telling their part of the journey. It's a great way to get to know everyone on a deeper level. 

The story is set in 1400's France, after a team of archaeologists is sent back to find their professor who accidentally got left there. Now they must not only find the professor but also stay alive, as France is in the middle of a 100 Year War. I found the ending a little bit predictable, not much, but if you really pay attention to the characters personalities you might guess what happens at the end. I still loved the book, will have to check out some of his other work.  I watched the movie after I read this book, but it was so awful I'm not even gonna go reviewing that.