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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


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10 thoughts on “Congo by Michael Crichton

  1. says:

    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 right?okay 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


  2. says:

    First off I've always gone bananas over books and movies that have giant apes big gorillas in them going way back to when I was a kid particularly with movie classics like King Kong and Mighty Joe Young that were a blast for me and my brother to watch togetherReading books and watching movies about big apes helps me reconnect with those experiences I will always hold dear to meI've been going ape over everything anything simian fiction related ever since When I first saw the preview for the movie Congo it was a no brainer that I would be seeing it as soon as it came out Anyone who may have seen the original advertisements for the movie may remember that the 1st preview centered on character Charles Travis played by fan favorite actor Bruce Campbell Ever since I first saw Evil Dead starring Bruce Campbell as Ash I followed every single film he did But if you saw Congo then you'll know that he was only in the film for about 5 minutes or less I rushed out to see the 1st showing on the 1st day of the film release with my best friend Doug at the time Before I read the book I knew it was gonna have a Jurassic Park sorta cheeziness to it but I was looking forward to that and otherwise not really knowing what else to expect The acting was a mixed bag of fine performances like Laura Linney and Dylan Walsh along with some of the worst acting since the very dawn of time Tim Curry an actor I've loved since watching his iconic legendary performance as Dr Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show many many times was just God awful As Herkermer Homolka his Russian accent defies logic as to why they would even keep the cameras rolling after his first line Which to me sounded like he got his tongue stuck in his throat Though by this point I wouldn't trade him in for the world though his is the worst accent I've ever heard Now that I think about it the way over the top French accent by Julia Ormond in Mad Men is definitely up there for debate I'm guessing that the Mad Men producers must've got confused thinking she was French actress Juliette Binoche when they brought her on since they look dead on identical to Congo As my buddy Doug and I watched the film we kept sinking lower and lower and lower into our seats until we were seriously nearly sitting on the floor Throughout all the impossibilities that could only happen in an 80's movie we burst out laughing in places where we weren't supposed to dozens of times much to the hatred of the rest of the audience I'm sure By the end of the movie as we were walking out I said in my best Amy voice the pet gorilla who had the female euivalent of a Stephen Hawking like computer voicebox Bad movie Amy Bad movie Yeahwe were little shi†s then just like most guys that age I guessJust so you know I've watched the film a few times since and it gets better every time It's a real hoot and now I think I love itBut back to the book In case it surprises anybody I don't think Michael Crichton wrote this one just so it would turn out to be a mega million buck movie And though it's a tech thriller it's also a throwback to the pulp adventure style books going on for over a century now Most notably King Solomon's Mines The difference? It's been updated everything moves faster there's better euipment and everybody's sarcastic and cynical than ever before No duh Really?I enjoyed this novel I'm pretty sure everybody has an idea what it's about so why go into it It was a good book HoweverSince most of the covers including the movie poster and dvd have a GORILLA on it you would expect there to be some damn gorillas IN IT I kept asking a common uestion I ask whenever I expect to see of something or when there's an element sorely missing throughout what I'm readingHere's one where you would want Michael Crichton to use his time machine from Timeline so he could fast forward to the future and take notes of the formula that worked so well in books he wrote later and were successful Jurassic Park had a great abundance of dinosaurs in it Too bad he couldn't have used that same formula hereIt is a well written nicely plotted book with good characters a great premise action packed and mostly a lot of fun It was just missing one thing for me MORE FREAKING GORILLAS This is one of those rare books that has many great artwork covered editions I hope you pick a good one Buying the bland books allows the publisher to think it's ok to skip the art department leaving us with a world of mediocre book covers to choose from So you know many of the cheapest editions have some very nice covers


  3. says:

    The book was interesting in the second half with the first half using lot of technical jargon which almost made me abandon it halfway Once you overcome the first half it becomes interesting and edgy The author has described the African jungles so vividly that you visualise it right before your eyes All about an organisation's uest to explore blue diamonds which sends a woman Karen Ross accompanied by a primatologist Peter Elliot who becomes the central character along with his pet gorilla Amy You feel for Amy when she converses with her handler Peter Elliot The expedition is led by a mercenary turned expert jungle guide Munro There are the unusual twists and turns given the jungle backdrop the tribals and the gorillas The whole technical stuff appear a bit outdated today since this was written way back in the 80s Otherwise this is a good book to readAfter reading Congo I will see monkeys and apes with a lot respect The gorilla is described to be far docile creature than the chimpanzees however fearsome they appear Don't judge a book by the cover pun intended I was actually surprised by such tidbits in the book regarding primate behaviour Enjoy the adventure


  4. says:

    Michael Crichton called this book a continuation of the tradition of HRider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines The book didn't impress me all that muchA field expedition dies mysteriously in minutesin the darkest region of CongoIn San Franciscoan extraordinary gorillanamed Amywith a 620 sign vocabularymay hold the secret to that carnageThankfullyhoweverthe gorilla does not speak EnglishAnother expeditionis sent to investigateAfter that comes the lost city of Zinjfights with gorillas and an exploding volcanoThese are the type of ingredients loved by HollywoodThe book was yet another commercial success for Crichtonand also became a major motion pictureI haven't seen itnor do I intend toStill remember how bored I was watching Jurassic Parkanother film of a Crichton bookYet another one of his bookswhich I struggled to finishand which at times literally put me to sleep15 starsrounded up


  5. says:

    DNF In this book there are too many technical expressions and descriptive parts; and little emotion and action This book sounds like an encyclopedia and not like a novel I've even tried reading this book with the help of the audio which usually gives me desire to finish a book; but this book is so annoying that though I read it while I was listening to the audio it hadn't me motivated


  6. says:

    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


  7. says:

    What did I think? What did I think??This book has Talking monkeys Sinister Japanese businessmen Lasers Laser guns The actual phrase laser gun Cannibals African revolutionaries Hippo attacks Blue diamonds Wildly inaccurate predictions about the future of supercomputing Supercomputers Speculation on the nature of language Gorillas bred to kill Miluetoast academics forced by circumstance into acts of badassery Sky diving gorillas An ancient lost city called Zinj A volcanic eruptionand a flipping hot air balloonSo what do you think I think?It was really fun


  8. says:

    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'


  9. says:

    A seriously good techno thriller which had me wondering for the most part Of course it being written in the eighties not all of the technology that Crichton uses to construct the story are still relevant but their canny placement in the narrative to resolve tangles or deliver surprise twists was simply too neat The characters where typical thriller material not sufficiently developed but not boring either Amy the talking Gorilla simply stood out and I learned a good deal about the tropical rain forests of the CongoMy only gripes with the book were to do with a few logical loopholes view spoilerthe logistics devised for landing the second team in Congo without anyone noticing wasn't convincing Elliot's reason to take Amy to the Congo wasn't sound enough the Gorilla trance during the final attack on listening to the recording was simply laughable hide spoiler


  10. says:

    Crichton loved to go into intricate technical detail with all of the little scientific specifics in his writing Often they’re informative and interesting But in a novel this only lasts so long before it actually gets a wee bit repetitive and even annoying One example in this book; at one point you’ll spend 3 pages reading about the biology habitat and behavior of hippos in order to build up to a 12 page confrontation with a bull hippo Often Crichton spends to much time on these lectures and not enough on his plot and characters In this book you learn a lot about gorillas animal husbandry African ecosystems and electrical engineering but this is all at the expense of plot build character development and good dialogue; of which there is none Completely lacking in all of the elements of a fun readIt did not hold my interest very well at all For a 316 page book it took me way to long to read Don’t get me wrong I’m all for learning something when reading a book but I need to be captivated first


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