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Her behavior has been erratic and her drawings match with stunning accuracy the brittle pages of a Portuguese print dating back to 1642 a drawing of an ancient lost city A new expedition along with Amy is sent into the Congo where they enter a secret world and the only way out may be through a horrifying death michaelcrichtoncom. Michael Crichton's work should be considered the epitome of geek literature AKA science fiction genre fiction or speculative fiction but was somehow embraced by the mainstream so much so that even if the academic crowd doesn't take him very seriously Crichton still addressed Congress Genre fiction is such a dismissive term so Crichton was given his own genre it's not geek; it's a techno thriller Congo published in 1980 has all of Crichton's geekiest motifs including a heroine whose tragic flaw is revealed on get this a computer printout It's a pretty obvious way of characterizing one's hero but it works And give him credit unlike in The Andromeda Strain Crichton actually has characters with personalities and internal conflicts in Congo Clearly this is an author on the rise Congo works in the same way that Sphere 1987 and Jurassic Park 1990 my favorite Crichton titles work A team of scientists is sent on a dangerous mission that will reuire technical expertise ingenuity and a conflict between ambition and responsibility I love that Crichton takes the ideal neutrality and benefits of science and juxtaposes them with the realities of funding application and career ambition These three works also serve to map out what I believe is Crichton approaching and reaching the peak of his writing My only wish is that I would have read Congo first rather than third Congo was not only published first in this thematic and structural trilogy but it is clear that Crichton was consciously improving his writing in each of these novels In Congo he establishes the pattern by opening with a cool setting and a cool premise jungle ruins and highly trained attack gorillas Not badBut he can do better Sphere features the ocean floor and an alien technology that tests humanity's character The characters are also complex and engaging in Sphere and I especially enjoyed Crichton's decision to make psychologist Norman Johnson the hero Sphere is great so everyone must have uite naturally expected that Crichton would begin the 1990s with his authorial declineBut thenIn Jurassic Park dinosaurs are brought back to life through cloning technology on a privately owned tropical island Unbelievable And let's not forget about Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm arguably Crichton's most memorable academics battling dinosaurs don't gorillas just seem so small potatoes in comparison with nothing but their witsSo for me Congo is a very good work but not a great one However perhaps this is only if we measure Crichton against himselfAnd it does not change the fact that Congo Sphere and Jurassic Park should be considered a reuired trilogy for all geeks sorry I meant reuired reading for all 'techno thriller enthusiasts'
review Congo by Michael Crichton
Nd torn euipment scattered in the mud alongside dead bodies all motionless except for one moving image a grainy dark man shaped blurIn San Francisco primatologist Peter Elliot works with Amy a gorilla with an extraordinary vocabulary of 620 “signs” the most ever learned by a primate and she likes to fingerpaint But recently. German review hereA little over two decades ago this was my introduction to Michael Crichton It‘s also the first novel that someone had ever gifted to me if I remember correctlySo thank you aunt Ilona I became a fan of the author immediatelyReading this again in 2019 this time in it’s original language it was once a lot of fun Even though much of it is very dated and in fact was already dated when I first read this back in 1995In 1979 a Congo expedition gets attacked and killed in a matter of minutes The video transmission from the geologists‘ camp that their sponsor studies back in Houston is disturbing The camp is completely destroyed there are dead bodies everywhere their skulls crushed and for a short moment there’s something moving in front of the camera And it is not humanA second expedition is hastily prepared because the company is in a race with a JapaneseGerman consortium to find the Lost City of Zinj which they believe is buried somewhere in the dense tropical rainforest of the Congo They are looking for a scarce type of diamond that’s of tremendous value as a semiconductor and is expected to push computing to another level Billions of dollars are at stakePrimatologist Peter Elliot who works with Amy a Gorilla that has learned sign language and has a vocabulary of 620 signs is planning to go to the Congo as well Recently Amy has told him of nightmares that she’s having and a couple of pictures that she‘s painted resemble a Portugeses print that is showing the Lost City of Zinj But how can that be The print is from 1642 and they’re not even sure the city it shows does really exist Enter the aforementioned Congo expedition and the fact that the company is contacting Elliot for spoilery reasons and off to the Congo they are Taking Amy with them and trying to find the lost city albeit for very different reasonsThe main story is still an exciting thriller in an exotic setting as the group of people is facing lots of different obstacles from warlords and cannibals to wild animals thunderstorms volcanoes raging rivers and the generally unforgiving nature of the rainforestThe technical parts of the book though even though they are incorporated reasonably well take up too much room Epecially from today’s perspective as they have not aged very well Which is to be expected since the book is almost 40 years old by now and the computer industry has advanced so much that what was once intended to be science fiction is now almost kinda cute in how backward it all isIf you are able to look past this fact there are still enough interesting things to learn from the several infodumps Especially the parts concerned with the early exploration of the African continent and the ones about animal research I found uite interesting And from a historical standpoint the computing part might be interesting for some as well even though it wasn’t for meWhat makes this a four star read still for me personally is the great setting the thrilling adventure and the lovable Amy The adorable mountain gorilla is by far the best character in this book and I completely fell in love with her and would adopt her without hesitationI can still see why this book made me a fan of Michael Crichton all those years ago
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Deep in the African rain forest near the legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj an expedition of eight American geologists is mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter of minutesTen thousand miles away Karen Ross the Congo Project Supervisor watches a gruesome video transmission of the aftermath a camp destroyed tents crushed a. i'm having a little trouble with myself right now i just gave this one 4 stars and Inner Snob Mark is getting very twitchy almost trigger happy ready to take control of my favorite hand and bump this one down to 3 stars never fear i have a tight rein on Inner Snob Mark and have carefully compartmentalized him away tonight but he does have a few good points my God i gave the timeless classic The Last Unicorn 3 stars i gave Room which wrecked me emotionally and had me crying like someone died the same 4 stars and Congo gets only 1 star less than either Picnic at Hanging Rock or The Thin Red Line two books that i think are perfect from beginning to end eh so fucken what stars are stupid rightokay so that's the disclaimer it will probably be longer than the actual reviewi LOVED this book it was one of those immersive experiences one that i dived into and stayed deep Crichton is not known for having an interesting writing style but his prose is clean straightforward dry without being off puttingly clinical ack Inner Snob Mark just had a spasm when i used the words Crichton and prose in the same sentence no complaints whatsoever about the uality of writing Congo is not corny and it is not emotionally manipulative and there aren't stupid lines where i start breathing loudly in frustration what it does have is a superbly brisk narrative that does not falter despite the very dense level of information surrounding it and that's another great thing the very well done infodumps i'm going to sound a little schoolboy ish here but i learned so much about the Congo of course but this being Crichton i also learned a lot about apes and technology and corporate philosophies and tons of other interesting shite the author makes sure all of his research is on the page and yet it didn't feel didactic and it didn't take away from the plot if anything it drew me in furtheroh yeah and it had one awesome thing in my GR friend Bill's words The big star in this story is Amy a gorilla with a 620 sign vocabulary After reading this you will want a gorilla for a best friend ah Amy i know we would be fast friends