Archive | July, 2018

Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton

31 Jul

Jurassicpark

Synopsis – On a remote jungle island, genetic engineers have created a dinosaur game park.

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now one of mankind’s most thrilling fantasies has come true and the first dinosaurs that the Earth has seen in the time of man emerge.

But, as always, there is a dark side to the fantasy and after a catastrophe destroys the park’s defence systems, the scientists and tourists are left fighting for survival…

With this masterful cross of science fiction and action-adventure, Michael Crichton created one of the biggest bestsellers of all time, turned by Steven Spielberg into the highest grossing blockbuster ever in 1993.

 

My Thoughts – This is one of those books that I’ve wanted to read for a long time but never picked up. My little boy is absolutely obsessed with Dinosaurs at the minute and loves the film franchise so I managed to finally pick this book up.

This was amazing! As I’m already familar with the film it did take a little bit of getting into as I was seeing the characters as they were in the films and as the characters and events differ a little in the book then this did prove a little bit hard to start with.

The actual process of how the dinosaurs were made and the whole debate on nature will find a way was also totally brilliant. I loved how it was all explained and especially liked the chaos theory behind it all.

Reading it now also makes you think that it could possibly happen one day. THe fact that we have such brilliant technology and this could happen one day is quite a scary thought!

Also the characters are a bit different in the book – Lex is younger than her dinosaur obsessed brother and Hammond came across as more of a harsh buisnessman than a lovable Grandfather that Richard Attenborough portrays in the films.

Overall a fantastic book and one that I will read again. I already have brought The Lost World to read asap!

Rating – 5/5

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Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare

16 Jul

9781406373585

 

Synopsis – Ten illustrated stories following the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Simon has been a human and a vampire, but after the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, he isn’t sure who he is any more. When the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whoever this Simon might be… Join him on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray and Magnus Bane. The series features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, Dark Artifices and the upcoming Last Hours series.

My Thoughts – The Shadowhunters universe has become one of my favourite fantasy places to escape to in recent years and I think Cassandra Clare is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Her writing style is so good and so full of plot twists that you just dont ever know where the story is going.

This book is made up of 10 short stories that I think were orginally e-books? but they work really well as the author has collaborated with others on each of the stories. This goes more into depth on Simon who was very prominant in the Mortal Instruments series and his life. The other characters do pop up every so often but its written from Simons point of view.

Although it is a very long book as its short stories you can keep dipping in and out – which is what I did. There are also characters from the Dark Artifacts series in this book – which I will confess that I hae only read the first book in the series as the others are currently in storage – but more about that in another post!

Overall this was a very good read – lots of things happen that you dont expect and and also it makes you revist the mortal instruments series all over again – I really must re-read this series soon!

Rating = 5/5