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Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
Last holiday I reread Jurassic Park. It starts out as trying to establish an erie atmosphere in which threatening situations are a constant. The book looks for the extreme in what is believable in the developments in gene technology, which makes the reader wonder about the credibility. Crichton has done his usual amount of research and uses his well-known writing style of not spanning more than a week (in this case, only a few days) of very intense events leading up to a climax. In this case the climax isn't that much of a climax. In the book version quite a number of people die, and it gets very noticable (to me) that all the 'good people' survive, and all the 'bad people' (who have in common that they don't really understand the dangers) die.
Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
Crichton's book is fun and I understand that it made a good movie and a lot of
money. Crichton, however, came under a fair amount of fire for insisting that
the book was close to reality. Those in the field stated that Crichton did not
know as much about DNA as he thought he did.
Crichton doesn't know an awful lot about computers either. A number of the
programming bugs that he cites/proposes could have been lifted from the
RISKS.FORUM Digest, but that is why no software house would touch a realtime
development project like that without being able to see the hardware. An
"assumption" is made that hides an important factor in the story, but this also
assumes that, during the whole test period, no animal was ever out of sight of
the monitors, that no count was ever done after animals died, and that the
veterinarian didn't notice that some of the populations under his care doubled.
Crichton also has to fall back on chaos theory to explain what every programmer
knows already: some projects are too big. This was amply demonstrated during
the "Star Wars" debacle without recourse to black-robed eccentrics. It is
likely that the mathematician, Ian Malcolm, is Crichton's alter ego. Although
Crichton kills him off, Malcolm is right, cheerful, and personable for all his
hurling of jeremiads. He also gets the best speeches, and most of the best
One of the speeches Malcolm gets, though, is exceptionally applicable to the
hacker community. On page 306 of the paperback version (about midway through
the "Control" chapter of "Fifth Iteration") there is a speech about how
scientific knowledge is a form of inherited wealth and is acquired without
discipline. There may be a germ of truth in that, although it may come as a
surprise to many scientists who have put long years into their discipline and
research. In the computer world, however, it is very definitely true. The
subtitle of Steven Levy's "Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution" may not
be true of all of the computer community, but it certainly seems to be the
general attitude that the public holds. The computer community has very few
"grand old men" but a substantial number of young icons whose only prodigious
achievement lies in being able to so trivialize their focus that they can
believe that flying toasters are important.
(Crichton also doesn't know anything about boats. In a last minute-what else-
attempt to prevent an escape of animals to the mainland, Crichton has the
Captain order, "Full ahead stern." I guess that means you paint a scary face
on the bow before you rush the dock.)
Reviewer Koos van den Hout wrote:
Well-known for the movie, but the book is a much better story. The shocking possibilities of gen technology being used without control and chaos happening.
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