Unless your species evolved sometime after 1993 when Jurassic Park hit theaters, you're no doubt familiar with this dinosaur-bites-man disaster tale set on an island theme park gone terribly wrong. But if Speilberg's amped-up CGI creation left you longing for more scientific background and ... well, character development, check out the original Michael Crichton novel. Although not his best book (get ahold of sci-fi classic The Andromeda Strain for that), Jurassic Park fills out the film version's kinetic story line with additional scenes, dialogue, and explanations while still maintaining Crichton's trademark thrills-'n'-chills pacing. As ever, the book really is better than the movie. --Paul Hughes
The Movie is Better, September 14, 2003 Reviewer: A reader from Hong Kong Okay, so the book does a better job at explaining the characters' feelings and explains more of the "amusement-park" idea, but I must conclude that the movie is superior. The book's sequences with Grant and the kids are somewhat dragging and caused me to lost interest eventually, and the beginning is much less logical. During the beginning, we learn that the raptors have gotten off the islands and are antagonizing those on mainland Costa Rica, but how the heck were they able to get across the ocean? C'mon Crichton, be realistic!