Ten thousand miles away, Karen Ross, the Congo Project Supervisor, watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath: a camp destroyed, tents crushed and torn, equipment scattered in t...more
Michael Crichton, like, Stephen King, is one of those authors that puts out more books than they probably should. You can't help but wonder if he's just writing the book so it will turn into a blockbuster movie he can ¢a$h in on.
Doesn't really bother me but writers like that usually write a few great books and a slew of others that have you shaking your head, wondering,"WHY!?".
Luckily, Congo, isn't one of these.
But let me say this first:
I've always gone bananas over movies and books that have...more
The odd memory that Chris triggered however, has to to do with the movie Congo. I had a good friend in high school, wonderful fella, still a great friend. About the time we were seniors, he started dating -- or as...more
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(view spoiler)[The "Amy" character is just too sweet for words...I had to take insulin. I love animals, really I do, not setting up a joke here about eating meat. (Though I do e...more
Congo, published in 1980, has all of Crichton's geekiest motifs, including a heroine wh...more
but don't read under this or it will ruin the story for you.
This book takes place in many continents starting in the USA. First with an American team of ERTS who search for important geological parts of the earth for which they can extract important minerals or deposits. They have anonymous companies hire them to retrieve these resources that they need in neutral and allied countries. In this book Congo they are searching for type 11b Diamonds with a boron coating on them....more
Stuck in O'Hare (again, shocker), I bought me another Crichton book to wile away the hours. I think this may become something of a tradition, as Jurassic Park was purchased in the same terminal H bookstore and with the same raging weat...more
So far, the books I’ve read of Crichton’s get me excited with intriguing concepts and storylines, but then leave me feeling that he didn’t do as much as he could have with the “ingredients” he had in place.
[spoiler alert…but do you really need the alert after this many...more
If you saw the 1995 film adaptation of this Crichton thriller, somebody owes you an apology. While you're waiting for that to happen, try reading the vastly more intelligent novel on which the movie was based. The broad lines of the plot remain the same: A research team deep in the jungle disappears after a mysterious and grisly gorilla attack. A subsequent team, including a sign-language-speaking simian named Amy, follows the original team's tracks only to be subjected to mor
I was totally enamoured with the adolescent gorilla, Amy. She was wonderful and quite ingenious, a little snarky and mischievous, but a good girl all the same. Crichton made the switch quite gently from allowing the reader to see...more
The story concerns an expedition sent by the company Earth Resources Technology, Inc., into the deep rainforests of the Congo in search of blue diamonds. The expedition discovers the lost city of Zinj, but on the night of the discovery is completely wiped out. The destruction is caught on video, which records a grunting, heav...more
This story takes place around the 1980's in Congo jungle. It is in the rainforest so it is very damp and moist. Because the story takes place around 1980 the technology is different which effects the story and makes it a little different from how it would have been in our...more
Few more quotes: (Internet was down or they'd be in my updates.)
Pg. 111: ....experts anticipated that by 1990 there would actually be *one billion* computers--most of them linked by communications networks to other computers. Such networks didn't exist, and might even be theoretically impossible. (A 1975 study by the Hanover Institute concluded there was insufficient metal in...more
It is known that the blue diamonds are somewhere in the Lost City of Zinj. The thing about lost cities is that they tend to be located in inconvenient places. This one is in the depths of the Congo jungle, in the sh...more
This novel mostly takes place within Congo Rainforest. Eight American geolog...more
A research team heads to Zaire in 1979 in search of diamond superconductors. They discover an ancient ruin guarded by unknown terrors. Crichton, as usual, chooses an interesting premise for this novel, exploring the boundary between human and animal in the context of a thriller. Well, the theme recurs at least, but Congo deals with it in the dullest way possible.
The scientist Peter Elliot's relationship with Amy, his pet ape, is well described, and it's one of the few interesting parts of th...more
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