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Congo by Michael Crichton
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May 23, 09

bookshelves: thriller, africa
Read in May, 2006, read count: 1

Crichton’s 1980 jungle adventure story is very similar to all of his other books: there’s an overwhelming amount of technical descriptions and jargon, which no doubt had Crichton jumping up and down on his seat with excitement but frankly it does get very boring when reading. Obviously loads of computer technology gets Crichton going, but I’m afraid it gets in the way and spoils what is otherwise a fairly entertaining jungle yarn, with some enjoyable action to recommend it.

A couple of set-pieces are very impressive, as our heroes’ compound comes under attack by a band of super-intelligent gorillas in scenes which might well have inspired the James Cameron film ALIENS.

The best element of the book is the central relationship between nerdy scientist Peter Elliott and the gorilla Amy. The pair communicate via sign language, and Amy, in particularly, is a very sympathetic and likable – as well as understandable – creation.
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