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The History of Jane Doe – Michael Belanger

Young adult, fiction.

Rating 6/10

A new girl comes to town by the name Jane Doe and she befriends Raymond and Simon. Raymond being a history buff tells her all sorts of history and Simon being obsessed with vampire books. Their interactions are told through past and present about the life of Jane and the aftermath of Jane.

Sorry to make this one short but this was an extremely tiny and packed book. I feel that this could have been reformatted into a bigger book with two parts divided rather than alternative chapters. I did not like this book much because it was sad and depressing. Sometimes depression is simply a silent killer, and no one can change the course of events because one cannot predict the outcome. I did like how Simon and Raymond dealt with her passing and I have to say at first, I was going to say unhealthy, but the problem is that everyone grieves differently. As long as one can reach out for help coping with a loss of a friend whether the circumstances be suicide or death from an illness. Never forget to take care of one’s self health and communicate with others.


a raving mad man on the loose…

The Terminal Man – Michael Crichton

Science fiction, horror, thriller, fiction.

Rating 7/10

Harry Benson is admitted to a hospital in hopes of curing his seizures after attacking two people. Harry Benson is under careful watch for a while. Before long, Dr. McPherson reads the file and thinks of the options. Dr. McPherson believes he can cure Harry Benson with this procedure. The procedure is a surgical experimentation that fixes these seizures. During the procedure, things take a turn for the worst. Harry Benson gets off the operating table and on the loose. Dr. McPherson calls security to find this man that escaped and if he was caught in the building to restrain Harry Benson. Security footage reveals that the man left the building. It’s a manhunt to find this man before he claims more lives.

This novel was moderately entertaining and had a balance of science as well as plot that were interconnected. I never doubted Crichton’s abilities to create literary works that were thought intensive and very intense. I did enjoy this novel though, but it was not as great as his other works. Not bad though, don’t get me wrong. I was expecting a more thrilling novel, but this was moderate thrill. I have a sense that Crichton loves to write about certain possibilities of playing with genetics, things that shouldn’t be played with in the first place, then having it turn horribly wrong to prove that playing God is never a good idea. That fits with this novel for sure but in its unique morbid way for sure.

An In-depth Breakdown and Thoughts

Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton

Science fiction, genetics, technology, dinosaurs, survival, fiction.

Dr. Carter finds someone bringing to her a person who was injured by a supposed construction accident, but she knows that the man who was carrying the injured person was covering up the real story with a lie. Dr. Carter knew that this young injured man was mauled by an animal. This was an incident that occurred offshore of Costa Rica, disclosed island, that was beginning the workings of what is to become Jurassic Park. Dr. Carter knew something was wrong and that the young man who died was defending himself. Nonetheless she didn’t pursue more information in regards of the accident. As we see here, there is existence of the island being worked on, but not to the nearly full completion that we see later in the novel. One of the present issues was the fact of this raptor attack proved them dangerous and potentially lead for their enclosure to have added security including electrical fences and higher walls. No one suspects nothing of importance with this incident.

Another dinosaur related incident occurs. Mike Bowman, his wife, and daughter go on vacation in Costa Rica and decided to find a secluded beach. His wife, Ellen, doesn’t think it is a good idea. Ellen has the right idea because going off trail to a secluded area that isn’t marked is a bad idea. Mike allows his daughter to go roam and discusses with his wife that she would be alright. The daughter goes to another part of the beach and lays down. She hears noises and then sees this lizard creature on its hind legs. She remains calm until it attacks her along with other lizard creatures. The father and mother come and find her then proceed to take her to the nearest hospital for treatment. The doctors tell her and her parents that it’s just a lizard, but the little girl swears that it was a dinosaur. Later that day, the doctor who treated her found a howler monkey partially eating the lizard. The doctor goes and darts the monkey with a tranquilizer and takes the specimen to send to a lab. Once that was received in the lab, the lab marks it as just another lizard, but one person, Alice Levin, believes that it is in fact a dinosaur.

This dinosaur related incident goes unnoticed, just as another animal attack, nonetheless. However, the two incidences involving some sort of animal doesn’t send any high alerts nor suspicion of something greater happening. Except the flaw of trying to create and maintain an island full of dinosaurs that the public isn’t aware about. What was going on? Why isn’t no one looking into these occurrences? Likely answer is the fact of not enough awareness to raise suspicion. Little concerns are silenced.

Alan Grant, a paleontologist, is at a dig cite with Ellie Sattler who is a paleobotanist specialist. A visitor shows up, Bob Morris to discuss some crucial information in regards of their cite and whose been funding their field research.  After their discussion they received an x-ray from a lab wanting Grant and Sattler to look over what species it is, and both are astonished. It’s a dinosaur no question. Alice Levin calls them to tell them of their finding prior to the fax of the x-ray. John Hammond calls Alan Grant and extends an invitation to come visit, as well to provide funding for their dig cite, to the island that he and InGen has been working on. Alan and Ellie agree to go and a few days later they get information in regards of the island they are about to go on. Hammond arrives to pick them up and they head towards Costa Rica.

Biosyn, a rival company to InGen, hears news of what InGen has been working on. Lewis Dodgson explains that John Hammond is a genius for creating this island full of dinosaurs, it would make bank because of the popularity and the downside is the patenting of dinosaur DNA usage. Once the patent goes through, no one can make dinosaurs, only InGen. Dodgson has an idea to find a way to collect DNA to replicate these dinosaurs and create their own park. Dodgson goes to a café to meet this guy, Dennis Nedry to hire him for the extraction job and plans to pay him handsomely to collect the dinosaur DNA. This works out because Nedry works at the island and can easily get the dinosaur DNA and no one would have suspected a thing. The deal has been made and Dodgson hopes that this goes well.

Returning back to Hammond, Sattler, Grant, and Malcolm are on the island and allows them to get situated in their living space that they will be getting to at some point after the tour. Hammond has his grandchildren; Tim and Lex, come to stay at the island. They meet a man who was to be their tour guide for the rest of the day, Ed Regis. Ed takes the group to do a tour of the laboratory that Doctor Wu tells them how they were able to find dinosaur DNA and be able to analyze and clone to recreate these dinosaurs. They found blood sucking insects, mosquitos, trapped in amber. They extract all DNA inside the insect and have the DNA coded onto the computer. The computer tells them the missing pieces and what can be supplemented due to an algorithm. The scientists find what they need and supplement the DNA. Wu takes them into the other lab that is in charge of the nursing part of the recreating dinosaurs which involved eggs and hatching. They get to see a baby velociraptor being hatched before leaving. Wu tells them that the dinosaurs on the island can’t reproduce because they are all female. What is neglected to be aware of that they used frog DNA which frogs allow themselves to change sexes to ensure reproduction. After that, the guests are to go on a tour of the actual park itself. They get into a vehicle that will guide them remotely throughout the park while a computer inside has a narrator to tell them the different sorts of dinosaurs there are in the park as well as information about each dinosaur and how many are on the island in total plus subtotal of each dinosaur on the island.

Meanwhile, Wu talks to Hammond about domesticating a version of the dinosaurs that are on the island and Hammond doesn’t want that because it feels too fake in his opinion. The group travel from each part of the park leading up to a stop at the tyrannosaurus rex enclosure. Dennis Nedry presets a virus that would shut down the park long enough for him to grab the dinosaur DNA and leave the island unnoticed. That is when the park goes into chaos that Dr. Malcolm predicted earlier when discussing his chaos theory. The security fences and electric wires are off which means anything can happen. Urgency to go retrieve the park visitors and bring them to safety is a must order. Especially since they are right next to the tyrannosaurus rex enclosure.

For the rest of the novel, it is just survival and trying to maintain safety of primarily the children. Protecting them and each other from the main threat, velociraptors and other carnivorous dinosaurs present on the island. One of the issues is power that was turned off at the park which someone has to go turn on the power after everyone is in a safe and secured spot of the island away from danger. Ellie goes to the power box building and attempts to restore power to the island. Immediately power is restored, and security is restored as well. They call for help and get the help they need to escape the island. All are shaken up and glad to be off of the island. The lesson that remains, never tamper with genetics of animals that have been long extinct. Playing god has its consequences and this was the result.

I love this novel because the author proposes the idea and tests the idea in such a way that educates the reader that recreating dinosaurs is not as easy and overly complicated idea it is. There are too much at risk and too much variables to consider when thinking of recreating dinosaurs. I did do the review, but my thoughts are still the same. I love this novel and the whole science fiction ideas that are executed inside the novel and the way it plays out. I have to say the novel is better than the films but sometimes re-watching the film series is just as good as the books.

Should’ve Been A Prequel To Jurassic Park

Dragon Teeth – Michael Crichton

Paleontologists, historical discoveries, science fiction, fiction, thrilling.

Rating: 8/10

Set in the year of 1876, William Johnson whom doesn’t wish to go touring of Europe wants to go with Paleontologist and Professor Marsh to the West to find fossils. After discussing with the professor to let him go, taking photography lessons, and convincing his family to let him go, William is ready to go West. Professor Marsh grows a bit suspicious of William, thinking that William is a spy that was employed by Edward Drinker Cope, Marsh’s was best friend into rival. Marsh abandons William behind because of paranoia. William comes across said “rival” and decides to go with him. This journey takes a turn for the worst.

I genuinely did enjoy this novel. Anything Michael Crichton writes is a masterpiece. However, I feel like this literature was a bit short and too quick paced. I prefer delayed gratification when it comes to thrilling science fiction. I feel as if maybe Crichton could’ve expanded this literature a bit more and go in depth. Otherwise it is phenomenal as Jurassic Park and The Lost World but sadly without the dinosaurs and playing with genetics. This feels as if this is a bridge to Jurassic Park since this is about strictly finding fossils and Jurassic Park explores the consequences of extracting DNA from amber to produce these extinct beings. Crichton should have mentioned like a familiar ancestor to John Hammond. I am not the author, but I feel like Crichton could have a lot of writing opportunities with this novel idea.

A Time Traveling Disappointment

Timeline – Michael Crichton

Science fiction, time travel, horror, thriller.

Rating 5/10

A man was found wandering the desert, speaking nonsense at first, then dies shortly after being admitted to the hospital. In another part of the world, an archeologist grad students comes across a shocking discovery at a current site that dates to the medieval ages, among papers, a letter from the professor who is assisting the archeologists. What the shocking twist is that the professor went missing. ITC, a company who is funding the archeologist grad students and their investigations, give them an offer. The team can go back in time to rescue their professor and be able to take note of history. Whether they come back or not isn’t the matter, surviving in the past is harsh and unbearable. Quickly the archeologist grad students fight for their lives and try to survive to come back to the present.

Michael Crichton sort of disappointed me with this book. It wasn’t as thrilling as his “Jurassic Park” and “Lost World”. However, this novel was good with the plot line and such. Just a slight disappointment that’s all. I’d had such high hopes for this novel, but overall time travel is a fun subject when paired up with history interactions. Its just this novel wasn’t piece of work.

Resurrecting Dinosaurs .. Good or Bad?

Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton

Scif, fiction, dinosaurs, technology, survival

Rating: 9/10

Jurassic Park, a place where dinosaurs are brought back to life from being extinct for a reason. John Hammond, a man with this idea brings it to reality with his company InGen. He invites a group of individuals to this island to see the park. Ellie, Malcom, and Grant see the wonders of the park, but Malcom predicts disaster. As soon as things begin to be successful, there is a storm that makes the whole park shut down. Now the dinosaurs are free to roam around, including the carnivorous ones. Survival and strategy are keys for survival when facing extinct and deadly beasts. Everyone struggles to find safety and escape the island. Some do survive but barely alive. Others do not make it out alive.

I had seen the movies but never read the actual book until recently. I do enjoy this book and like it. Very thorough with information for the storyline and doesn’t leave things out. The author really was in-depth and was highly creative. This gives a insight of should we come across technology to bring back these deceased beings of what the outcome would be. Personally, I would never want these creatures to be brought back alive. Extinction happens and there is a logical reason behind it.

Cornish, F. H., and Michael Crichton. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton. Macmillan, 1995.