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
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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