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- ASIN : B007UH4FK2
- Publisher : Vintage; 1st edition (May 14, 2012)
- Publication date : May 14, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 2064 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,716 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Like most of Crichton’s works, the science in the science fiction is very plausible and the story is interesting; it pulls the reader along and held my interest throughout. It is well plotted, suspenseful, and exciting to read. Overall this is a very good book and I recommend it.
The problem with this however is the same as with several others of his works.
May stop reading now...
Unless you’ve seen the movie already...
Read the book before...
Heard about it...
Or just want to keep going...
It is like Crichton sometimes can’t figure out how to tie everything together sometimes to wrap up a good novel, so he just uses an unimaginative way to destroy everything and end it that way. A volcano blows up and destroys everything, or planes bomb things, or explosions happen. He employs this device to end several of his novels including this one. So 5 stars for the story overall, minus one star for the weak ending.
(1) has a focus on technology, usually extrapolating into the future
(2) drives the plot forward with ambitious and often unscrupulous people
(3) puts sympathetic people in danger and forces them to be very creative
I would strongly recommend all the mature Crichton books, especially to young people, not so much
to show the dangers of technology, but instead to show how fascinating science and technology can be.
Yes, there are invariably people who are misuse technology, but that is needed to drive the plot
forward, and give the heroes challenges to overcome if they are to survive.
This story is interesting in its own right - but provides an additional benefit of a history lesson into the Silicon Valley mindset of the computer high-tech world, in 1980 during the beginning of the Microprocessor Revolution (at the height of the Z-80 based CP/M and Pac-Man computer era, just before the world-changing introduction of the IBM PC using Microsoft DOS the next year... other than with specialized Video Games built for expensive, Arcade-based consoles, costing a quarter for just about 3-4 minutes of playing time, it was a "text-based" computer screen world - with Windows based computers not gaining a full foothold with Windows 3.1, for another dozen years).
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Herkermer Homolka, the character brought to life by a spirited Tim Curry, is not a creation of Crichton and his lesser qualities are a part of Karen Ross here in the novel. I guess they split the attributes to give us a justifiable kill and make Laura Linney's character more sympathetic. Ernie Hudson's character is also written as a white man ("I am your great white hunter, though I happen to be black", has an in-joke meaning within the movie) by the name of Charles Munro instead of Munro Kelly. Hudson's interpretation is better, and I chose to imagine him in my head instead of Crichton's description. I have to give the screenplay adaptation credit for streamlining a lot of the excessive detail and plot baggage though. This novel knows its final destination but spends a lot of meandering journey time getting there only to fudge the ending. Crichton writes the climax as taking place over several days! Sorry, this is an ending that should have been written to fit into an hour time span. It gets so boring toward the end that I put off reading it. I knew nothing exciting was happening and nothing would bring me back to finish it until I felt like filling up some free time between household chores and work.
Congo runs at about 117,000 words when it really should have been about 80,000. Crichton pads out so much that it stops being a page-turner.