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At theBookPeople.co.uk, we love books and we want to share our love of reading with everyone. So, on 30 June we will be launching our free online book club, the Book People Book Club.
As with any book club, our online book club is a wonderful opportunity to share thoughts; discuss favourite, acclaimed and new literature; and enjoy huge savings on the chosen book of the month – with exclusive offers and discounts available on each month’s Book Club title.
Unlike some book clubs online, membership to the Book People Book Club will be absolutely free, you won’t need to pay a penny. The only thing you will need is a copy of the book and the time to read and discuss it with your fellow book-lovers at our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Join in the conversation with us and you can also have your say on which you think should be chosen as the next book in our free book club. We can revisit childhood classics, dive into some contemporary fiction, solve some crime thrillers, be introduced to debut authors – and it’s so much fun to enjoy the books together, discussing their themes, picking out favourite quotes and more…
Book Club launches on 30 June, so stay tuned for updates on our first title. We look forward to announcing our very first Book Club title.
As our offer-filled Week of Wonder is sea themed this time around, we thought this would be a ‘splashing’ time to make a list of the best books about life under the sea. From tales about fish to submarine missions and more, books about what happens beneath the tide are often classics and can sometimes be overlooked by readers, preferring to read about far-off planets, solar systems and galaxies. But don’t be put off by an under-sea book… there are some classics!
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
A mission to rid the seas of a monstrous creature becomes a terrifying nightmare when Professor Arronax, Conseil and Ned Land are thrown overboard. A huge marine animal that haunts the water is no living beast, but a spectacular man-made vessel, and the three men find themselves the helpless prisoners of Captain Nemo… A true classic, Jules Verne is one of the finest fiction writers of the last 200 years and Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is, without doubt, one of his finest works.
Shark Point is a beautiful rural reef community where different species of fish can live in harmony. Harry Hammer, a young hammerhead shark, would give his right fin to be as cool, fast or terrifying as a tiger, blue or great white shark, and determined to prove his worth, he dives in to some daring adventures, where his unique hammerhead abilities and loyal school of friends keep him out of trouble. A delight for younger readers, especially those who enjoy Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series, the books are packed with hilarious black-and-white illustrations that bring the stories to life.
Based on the 1989 film by Titanic director James Cameron, The Abyss is the story of the USS Montana, a submarine that sinks after an encounter with an unidentified object. As Soviet ships and submarines head toward the area to salvage the sub, and with a hurricane moving in, the Americans decide that the quickest way to mount a rescue is to insert a SEAL team onto an underwater oil-drilling platform, which will serve as their base. As the SEALs and the platform crew attempt to discover the cause of the Montana ’s failure, they spot strange creatures they cannot identify and discover that the creatures have intelligence… If you liked the film, this book is a must-read as it gives a much greater ‘depth’ to the characters, going as far to give them a backstory, which only adds to the enjoyment.
Written by bestselling author Michael Crichton, the man who brought us Jurassic Park and Prey amongst other wonderful science fiction books, Sphere is a psychological thriller that follows Norman Johnson, a psychologist who joins a team of scientists assembled by the government to examine an enormous spacecraft discovered on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The depth of coral covering the craft suggests that it has been lying there for over 300 years and so could only be of alien origin… Quite similar to The Abyss but with an enemy a lot closer to home, Sphere is a great read and keeps you guessing until the very last page.
If you have a child who loves Beast Quest, Adam Blade’s Sea Quest is definitely worth a look! With a host of under-sea robo-beasts to defeat, ocean wars to prevent and other forces of evil threatening the planet Nemos, each book stars a new terrifying (but not too terrifying!) foe for hero Max and his friends to defeat – and as the series continues they get bigger, ‘badder’ and scarier. Ideal for reluctant readers, Sea Quest takes the friendly format of Beast Quest under the sea for an action-packed adventure extravaganza! Really, really good fun!
With the cinema release of Jurassic World just around the corner, we thought that this would be a great time to revisit the book that inspired it all, Michael Crichton’s worldwide bestseller Jurassic Park.
As wonderful as Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Jurassic Park novel was, there were a number of things that the film missed out and/or dramatically changed, things that people who have only ever seen the Jurassic Park films will have no idea about. So, grab your raptor claw and come with us on a journey through the differences between the book and movie versions of Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton…
The Compys from The Lost World are more important than you think…
Do you remember those chicken-like fellows from the Jurassic Park film’s sequel, The Lost World? Remember? They had more than a playful nibble on a little girl at the beginning of the film and make a real mess of the guy from Prison Break when he decides to tase one in the face… Well, the Compys (or Compsognathus if you’re that way inclined) play a huge part in the Jurassic Park book but aren’t seen in the film at all. They do, however, have quite an impact in the Jurassic Park on-screen sequel…
John Hammond isn’t the nice guy, he’s actually a real piece of work
You can see him in your mind’s eye right now can’t you: his Santa-esque beard; his soft, white shirt and trousers combo; his amber-topped walking stick; his playful, ageless smile. Well, John Hammond is not quite the big softy he is in the film in Crichton’s Jurassic Park book. In the film he comes across as a billionaire CEO turned philanthropist, but in the book he is more like a cold, heartless, ruthless Walt Disney. Despite all this, though, Richard Attenborough’s poor attempt at a Scottish accent is much more hate-worthy than the actions of his literary counterpart.
Tim and Lex are different ages – and different characters
If you haven’t read Michael Crichton’s bestseller, you probably won’t know that Tim and Lex are completely different to what actors Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards portrayed in the film. Lex is a bit more of an outgoing, sporty type and is aged just seven or eight in the Jurassic Park book; and Tim is about 11 years old, wears glasses and is more of hacker-type intellectual than a bookworm. While we’re all for sticking to the original material of the book, we can’t help but love a bookworm!
Remember Donald Gennaro? He isn’t nearly as cowardly
In the Jurassic Park movie, Donald Gennaro meets a very unfortunate and cowardly end: chomped by a T. rex as he hides in the beach shack-themed outdoor lavatory (we can’t be the only ones who think he deserved it a little?). Well, in the book Gennaro is a very different character indeed. Actually, he’s a bit of a hero in the book: he takes on Raptors using nerve gas!!! Such actions can only be admired.
Dennis Nedry isn’t fully to blame for what happened at Jurassic Park
One thing you should probably know about the Jurassic Park book is that there is a bit more to the corporate espionage than in the 1993 film. In the book, Dennis Nedry is blackmailed by Jurassic Park owner John Hammond into making changes to the security system without payment. This then causes Nedry to make a deal with Biosyn (Jurassic Park’s parent company InGen’s main rival) employee Dodgson to steal the dinosaur embryos. The rest, as they say, is history…
The T. rex river escape
By far the most impressive scene in Jurassic Park is that which sees Lex and Tim battle for their lives as the T. rex destroys their car, eats Gennaro and gives Ian Malcolm a good going over. However, the book has more than just that: how does escaping on a raft down a jungle river with the Tyrannosaurus in chase sound?! Completely omitted from both Jurassic Park and The Lost World, we can only imagine how awesome this scene would have looked.
Alan Grant doesn’t hate kids
Though it would be hard to believe if you’ve only ever seen Jurassic Park and never read the book, Alan Grant (played by Sam Neill in Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III) doesn’t actually hate kids at all. In fact, he actually has a strong affinity to children and especially those who show an interest in dinosaurs. This is a stark contrast to how the character was portrayed in the film; remember the Raptor claw scene at the start of Jurassic Park, and the scene where he was trying to escape Tim’s relentless questions as they were getting into the Explorers (they are the vehicles in the image above for those who aren’t clued up on their Jurassic Park vehicle terminology)?
Ian Malcolm isn’t just the comic relief
In Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, Jeff Goldblum’s character Ian Malcolm is a bit or a wise-cracking, rockstar mathematician with a quick quip for each and every deadly situation. In the book, however, Malcolm is a little less of a comedy rockstar and a little more of a insightful, genius mathematician – and he knew what was happening at Jurassic Park before he got there, unlike in the film! Read the book and you’ll also find a lot more detail on Chaos Theory, one of the running themes of the movie.
The ending of the book isn’t all sunsets!
Don’t worry, we won’t be putting in any spoilers here. All we will say is that when you read the ending of the Jurassic Park novel, don’t expect to hear the perfectly pitched John Williams score in your mind as a helicopter takes the characters to their much-earned safety. While this is the perfect ending to the film, the book’s ending is much less friendly…
There you have it! So, when you’re watching Jurassic World when it’s released on 11 June, remember that there is a lot more to the goings-on on Isla Nublar than the film would have you believe. To read the book for yourself, visit theBookPeople.co.uk or click on the image below… Clever girl!
We’ve always supported debut authors here at the Book People so we’re delighted to bring you the first book from a very special new author –our very own CEO, Seni Glaister.
Submitted anonymously to publisher Fourth Estate and already praised by Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction-nominated author Laline Paull, The Museum of Things Left Behind is a cleverly constructed novel about life in the idyllic European country of Vallerosa.
Seemingly perfect on the outside, cracks are starting to show in the country’s exterior as politics and policies begin to take on more of an influence… However, an unlikely visitor is set to arrive and could provide the Vallerosian people with the change they desire. There is also a hostile group of Americans who realise the country may well be the perfect holiday destination and they’re making plans of their own…
Full of wit and charm – in a style that recalls The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, A Man Called Over or a Wes Anderson film – this beautifully written book covers the issues that affect us all, from politics to religion and economics to the value of a good cup of tea…
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