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From the author ofJurassic Park,Timeline, andCongocomes a psychological thriller about a group of scientists who investigate a spaceship discovered on the ocean floor.

In the middle of the South Pacific, a thousand feet below the surface, a huge vessel is unearthed. Rushed to the scene is a team of American scientists who descend together into the depths to investigate the...more
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Back in 1993, after reading Jurassic Park (see review of that book HERE), I was like in Crichton-mode actived! ;)

So, my next novel had to be by Michael Crichton!

I went to the bookstore and this one was the first book that I checked and after reading the premise, I found it promising. ;)

So, I bought it and started to read it.


Since the beginning I was in shock amalgamated with happiness since the style and mood of the novel was astonishing good. (Of course, by then I hadn't read yet The...more
Jul 10, 2007 Jamie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 7th graders and anyone else
First, an overlong apologist's review of Michael Crichton. Then, a very short review of Sphere.

(Life update: I am procrastinating).

In my opinion, you can only truly rate a Michael Crichton book by a) the depth and originality of the concept and b) the lucidity of the monologue/essay that will always occur, usually as a rant from some broken visionary genius or another, approx. 4/5 of the way through the book.

Rating Michael Crichton on his prose, either its subtlety or execution, is sort of po...more
Read this when I was in high school, and was one of the few times I've been up nearly all night reading, saying to myself every hour, "I need to go to sleep," but then couldn't put it down. The movie adaptation was atrocious, so don't judge this story based on the film (I always pictured Ted Knight in the role of Ted, not Liev Schreiber [though Mr Schreiber is a talented actor]). The story has a very tense, claustrophobic feel, and rightly so, as the characters are trapped at the bottom of the o...more
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Feb 20, 2008 Victor rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldnt wish this on my worst enemies
Words cannot express the contempt I harbor for this book.
My hatred for it knows no boundries. There are few pieces of literature that I cannot come to appreciate in some way, even fewer that compel me to demand the time back that I spent reading it so that I may do something more productive like piss on the third rail.

It was rather suprising, considering Michael Crichton has published some excellent work. I guess he pulled this one out of his ass while drunk/high/stoned/oncrack/bordering on suic...more
Arun Divakar
It is fun to imagine how we would deal with extra terrestrial intelligence if we were ever to find one. What would they look and think like ? Will they be similar to Close Encounters or to War Of The Worlds ? Since they come from a totally different region of space, it would be logical to assume that even the concept of intelligence would be drastically different from how we have imagined it to be. Crichton's take on such an intelligence appears down at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and like v...more
Ho letteralmente adorato questo libro. Nel suo genere, è il migliore che io abbia mai letto. Esprime delle teorie sulla vita extraterrestre innovative e tutt'altro che banali e scontate. Il fatto che ci sia molta introspezione psicologia lo rende molto avvincente, e inoltre lascia alcune cose non del tutto spiegate, che sono quindi soggette all'interpretazione del lettore. La tecnica narrativa è magistrale, Crichton è bravissimo nel suscitare l'attenzione del lettore, che non riesce a smettere d...more
A team of people have been called to a ship in the middle of the ocean. No one knows why they have been called, or exactly where they are. All they have been told, is that something has been discovered under the sea. As the team embarks on their journey, they wonder what they will find, and why all the secrecy? Soon, they will find out.

Michael Chrichton has done it again! Although this particular peice of work may not be as believable as his other novels, it exceeds his other books in thrill, a...more
after reading Sphere i thought of the things that had happened in the book. Of how he just maid diffrent charicters disappered as if they had no major role at all. What I did like was that there was a mistery that keped me interested on the last one houndred pages. I learned that we the human species will never be ready to contact an alien species because we will know nothing about them. I also learned that after a certan depth oxigen becomes toxic to humans and we must breath exotic gases. i wo...more
Ed G
Jul 11, 2007 Ed G rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crichton fans, adventure fans, mystery fans
All I'm going to say about Crichton is that he has a knack for what I call the "miracle ending". In one summer I read Congo, Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Terminal Man, The Great Train Robbery and Sphere. I felt the same about each of them when I finished each.

He's a very good writer with captivating storylines, dead on science, compelling plot and in depth characters, but...I feel like he gets tired of writing the same story or can't properly tie things together at the end so he has som...more
Ever since I was aware of my existence, I always wondered when and if we will ever get in contact with extraterrestrials and whether they will be friendly or vengeful. Will they think we were just small parasites to kill or will they think we were highly intelligent and evolved forms of life? Whatever they think of us, one thing is for sure; we will be scared shitless when they contact us, not knowing their intentions.

While I thought the premise of the book could have been explored more, the wa...more
Portia S
It was awesome. Review to come when I move the laptop.

EDIT: (Review)

This book tells the tale of a team put together by the US Navy to investigate a phenomenon discovered 1,000 metres below sea level in the Pacific Ocean.

The team includes Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, and Liev Schreiber.

Hahaha. I couldn't help that, honestly as I read, they were the people in my mind, and they fit perfectly. Except Samuel L. Jackson, his character supposed to be younger. I instead imagined Is...more
John E. Branch Jr.
As with The Andromeda Strain, I was reluctant at the time (and still am) to place this in the category of genuine science fiction as I think of it, although I admit that it resembles what many people call SF, first in being fairly strong on the science and decidedly weak on the fiction, second in that it does present what one reviewer here called a "thought experiment" built on a more or less scientific idea. To account for my rating, one star less than I gave to The Andromeda Strain (my reminis...more
Archana Chari
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L'abisso come scenario per scendere nella cripta della mente, luogo che mostra il lato oscuro, ma di cui è necessario prendere coscienza per riequilibrare la propria personalità nelle sue manifestazioni interiori ed esterne.
Crichton prende come tema il concetto di Ombra secondo la Psicologia Analitica di C.G.Jung e ne ricava un thriller psicologico con caratteristiche iniziatiche, verso la scoperta di sè sconosciuti sempre in agguato quando le condizioni ambientali scatenano all'improvviso situa...more
Jul 08, 2010 mark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Crichton and The Law of Attraction
Shelves: favorites
The Sphere (1987) is Michael Crichton’s metaphor for his own mind. The novel preceded Travels (1989); Crichton’s autobiographical work that attempted to explain himself and his beliefs. The plot of Sphere, the characters, the style, the action, the setting, the monsters, the technology, the science are all mostly irrelevant. Nevertheless, that’s what people focus on. And that is Crichton’s conclusion—that people, humans, do not want, and cannot, function effectively if they (we) truly engage the...more
Zach Judkins
Jul 26, 2011 Zach Judkins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pretty much anyone, but mostly high schoolers
Shelves: favorites
This is my favorite book by this author. Michael Crichton doese a great job coming up with innovative book ideas while making them fast paced and readable. this one blows the others away. It begins with an expedition to research an alien craft more than a mile beneath the ocean surface. A team of navy personal and specialists that have been assembled for just such an occurrence descends to a "habitat" set at the bottom of the ocean for them to live while they investigate the craft. And of course...more
Disappointing. It is certainly fast-paced and full of action. Short chapters and a constant barrage of stuff happening makes it a page-turner. Unfortunately, there's little payoff. The ending is weak and leaves open a million questions while resolving nothing. The plausibility of several other parts is also suspect. Yes, it's science fiction, but when you discover an alien spacecraft that's been sitting there for hundreds of years, you don't just go opening it up williy-nilly within hours of arr...more
John Wiswell
Aug 17, 2007 John Wiswell rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci fi readers, pop readers, teen readers preparing for complex fiction
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This book definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. It's climactic chapters and suspenseful situation kept me up for nights trying to find out what will happened next. The book is about a mysterious vessel that was found at the bottom of the ocean. And that's only the beginning of the great enigma. Within this vessel is a huge sphere and the purpose of it is...Well, that's the main question which drives the reader to continue on through the book.
Marts  (Thinker)
A strange object is discovered on the Pacific sea floor, judging from the mass of coral engulfing it, this thing has got to be over one hundred years old, but what the hell is it really.......

So a bunch of scientists and military personnel are sent down to investigate this, I don't know, phenomenon? What they find, and all that occurs is one whole damn nightmare........
I loved this book, i don't know, there was just something about it. I couldn't put it down and re-read it like 3 times because i couldn't get enough. I was in High School and new to Crighton's novels.
This was a good book until the end. The end, though! OH MY GOD THE END. So terrible. So utterly terrible.
Phew. Ok. This might be the most mind-boggling book I've ever read from the Science fiction category.

It's not about time travel exactly, nor is it about aliens, but the suggestiveness of both certainly made Sphere a page turner. I really admire authors who can walk that thin line between mystery and absurdity. Reading about the concepts suggested in the book aroused some kind of curiosity and primitive urge to know, and at the same time I get a feeling that Michael Crichton knows exactly what t...more
Austin James
One of my favorite movies as a kid was Jurassic Park. I read the novel (which is by Michael Crichton) a couple years ago and thought it was pretty good.

I've been told by more than a few people that if I liked Jurassic Park, I should read Sphere – that it is Michael Crichton's best work. Now that I've gotten around to reading it, I'll tell you what I think...

Without spoiling anything, it's about a group of scientists who explore a crashed spacecraft deep underwater.

That's what I like about Michae...more
This week, here in the UK, we had a national referendum on whether to change our voting system from the one currently in use to one which would hopefully have more accurately represented the views of the electorate. There were many good reasons for changing to this new system, but there were also good reasons to stick with our current system. The campaign to keep our current system did not, on the most part, point out these good reasons. Instead they used ad hominem arguments and made claims tha...more
Sphere is a psychological thriller, and a science fiction novel that opens your mind to new ideas about the future, or about life among the stars. The story begins with the military finding something odd and never seen before, on the bottom of the ocean. The government, wanting to know what that strange spaceship looking object was, sends four highly intellectual people: A biologist, a mathematician, a psychologist, and an astrophysicist along with a few people from the U.S. Navy to explore the...more
Scientists discover a sphere at the bottom of the Atlantic, and quickly learn that it's an alien spaceship, over three hundred years old. So they start trying to study it and get into it, of course. And at the end, you learn... Well, that's where the bottom drops out.

This book was surprisingly dull when the ball finally dropped. The book was good, the characters were pretty good, and the story moved along quite well. I was pretty interested in what was inside that sphere. But what we ended up wi...more
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Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his generation, admired for his meticulous scientific research and fast-paced narrative. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels. He also wrote as Michael Douglas...more
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