Saturday, April 11, 2015

A to Z Challenge: J Reviews - Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton/Joni by Joni Eareckson





Today I have another well known science fiction book to share, along with a memoir/biography from when I was in middle school I believe.


First is Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.  I remember picking this up my Junior year in college when I was taking Historical Geology.  Probably why I really got into it as well as my other paleontology classes that I took in college.  I won't necessarily include the blurb here from Goodreads because I'm pretty sure everyone and their mother knows the story of Jurassic Park.  The movie was really pretty good, other than all the things that were left out.  The book, as always, is so much better than the movie was.  I loved how technical the science was in the book.  Probably the book, its sequel, and the movie, are a big part of the reason why when I graduated from college my parents gave me a trip to go be a part of a dinosaur dig in Montana.  I still think about that experience today.  I'd love to go do it again some day, but back in 1995 it cost like $1,000, so I'm guessing it would cost a lot more today.





Second is the memoir Joni, written by a girl who had a diving accident and became a quadriplegic.  While she was in recovery she learned how to paint with her teeth, and also really became a very faithfully religious person.  When I was in middle school I believe, the Lutheran school that I attended took us all on a field trip to see the movie.  I immediately had to get the book, I remember having my mom take me to the mall and buy it at one of the small bookstores.  It was a book I read a lot.  If you haven't heard of her story, here is the blurb from Goodreads.com:
The award-winning story of a young woman who triumphed over devastating odds to touch countless lives the world over with the healing message of Christ. Includes photos and illustrations by Joni.

In a split second on a hot July afternoon, a diving accident transformed the life of Joni Eareckson Tada forever. She went from being an active young woman to facing every day in a wheelchair. In this unforgettable autobiography, Joni reveals each step of her struggle to accept her disability and discover the meaning of her life. The hard-earned truths she discovers and the special ways God reveals his love are testimonies to faith’s triumph over hardship and suffering.


So those are my two reviews for today.  Also the last two till Monday.  Are you a fan of Jurassic Park?  If so, are you as excited as me for the movie this summer?  Part of my excitement has nothing to do with whether the plot is any good, but more to see how much technology has improved since the first movies, along with all the new stuff we know about dinosaurs and having it put up on the big screen of a movie theater.  Had you ever heard of Joni's story before today?

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13 comments:

  1. I love Jurassic Park. It's a brilliant book and exciting story. It's told worth such conviction you're convinced someone is in a lab somewhere trying that very science. I enjoy Crichton books, but I wish he didn't give us such big info dumps. He's clearly done his homework, and he wants the whole world to know about it!

    The movie was wonderful. I remember being blown away by the scene where Dr Grant sees the dinosaurs for the first time. What irritated me was the way they switched characters around, like making the nerdy computer geek boya girl instead.

    TD Harvey
    A to Z participant
    http://www.tdharveyauthor.com

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    1. True, there were a lot of info dumps, but as it was the type of science I love, I guess I didn't notice it as I was soaking up new knowledge, or reveling in what I already knew! :-) I was the same with when he saw the dinosaurs for the first time. I hated the whole switching characters as well, and the dinosaurs that were left out. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Joni sounds like a book I would enjoy! Checking it out. Thanks! I'm visiting from your comment on my J is for Jealousy post. :)

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    1. It's a very emotional and inspirational book. Hope you're able to get ahold of it and enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks for returning the visit!

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  3. I loved Jurassic Park when I read it, ages ago. The science seemed real enough to be really scary. That book started me on a Crichton binge. I think I read everything he'd written up to that point in one summer.
    Elizabeth Hein - Scribbling in the Storage Room

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    1. That's what I loved, how real the science seemed in it. I think it was probably about that time I began the Crichton binge as well! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. Hi Lisa. I am also a fan of the book, Jurassic Park, so much so that I'd also highlighted it for my J entry during the 2013 A to Z Challenge. I am looking forward to the new movie too, mainly because of Chris Pratt who it seems is on a blockbuster winning streak. :)

    Michael Abayomi

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    1. It is one of my favorite books! I'll have to go check out your post as well. And I do love Chris Pratt, thinking he'll make the movie. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I love the movie of Jurassic Park but I do think the book is better because there is so much more depth. As a stepfather of a child with a disability, I admire anyone who can defy the odds like Joni did.

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    1. I think at a young age that the story of Joni really inspired me. And as always, the books are better! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Oh yeah, I'm curious too for what Jurassic park now has to offer after so many new technological advancements.
    I've never heard of Joni's story but it does sound quite inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yeah, can't wait to see the new technology, hoping they do a good job with it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Jurassic Park is, to this day, one of my favorite reads!

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy
    http://pensuasion.blogspot.com

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