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    Michael Crichton

    has anyone ever read any of his books?

    if so which ones? and what did you think of them?

    any favourites? let me know. Imo he is one of the greatest authors in the world and raises some great points and theories about very important issues, please get back to me.

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    His theories aren't as good as Wodehouse's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudeep
    His theories aren't as good as Wodehouse's.
    have you even read any of crichtons novels ?

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    Prey and Rising Sun.

    Have you read any of Wodehouse's books?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudeep
    Prey and Rising Sun.

    Have you read any of Wodehouse's books?
    no but i have been meaning to actually,

    if you liked prey and rising sun then i reccomend state of fear which is recently released, sphere which is great, and jurassic park which is good and is given a huge injustice by the films.

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    I put down Jurasic Park, maybe a quarter of the way through.

    My reading taste keeps on changing freqently. At the moment, I'm too into reading classics to bother getting anything else.

    I'm currently reading Love in the Time of Cholera, which seems to be a masterpiece.

    Plus, I need my regular dose of Wodehouse - the guy was a genius, without doubt the best writer, IMO.

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    i have seen couple of films based on his books ,i dont read much
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    Quote Originally Posted by biased indian
    i have seen couple of films based on his books ,i dont read much
    its a shame but the films havnt done the books justice, the films are innacurate to the plot of the books and offers a distorted interpretation of the storyline, this can be said of sphere and congo which did this slightly, jurassic park did that a tad more, the lost world was a horrendous film and a huge distortion. and that crappy 3rd jurassic park film was a load of bull as well.

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    HUGE fan here. Read all of his books except Electronic Life,Five Patients and the new one - State of Fear. My favourites among his 'SF' books are Sphere (His best book imo), Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shankar
    HUGE fan here. Read all of his books except Electronic Life,Five Patients and the new one - State of Fear. My favourites among his 'SF' books are Sphere (His best book imo), Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park.
    exellent stuff. state of fear is pretty decent actually iv just finished reading it, but yes sphere and jurassic park are my favourites, although like the lost world and prey as well.

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    My favourite Chrichton (and I've only one read two or three) is Airframe. Damn that's a good book.
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    he is my favourite author without much doubt, im curious to read timeline or eaters of the dead. thinking about going back through prey again as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger
    he is my favourite author without much doubt, im curious to read timeline or eaters of the dead. thinking about going back through prey again as well...
    Timeline is pretty good - but more history than SF. Eaters of the Dead is not one of his better books, but I liked it. Also you should read Andromeda Strain and Congo if you havent already.

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    I've read some of Michael Crichton's stuff. As a writer he's just "competent", but he has some interesting ideas. A lot of his tech-stuff seems completely bogus, but some of it's interesting. They've certainly made some crap films of some of his books. "Sphere" and "Congo" were decent reads, but the films were godawful (particularly Congo, which was hilarious in it's badness). Looker, a film he wrote in the 80's starring (I think) Alan Finney and Susan Dey was pretty good, about advertising - the bits with the "time loss" gun were fairly hokey though. He can be a bit pulpy.

    His political material doesn't hit the mark as much - I thought that "Rising Sun" dealt in kind of ludicrous stereotypes. "Disclosure" was actually pretty good though, even if it was very reactionary and over-the-top. The film wasn't half as good, although it did have that dynamite scene with Donald Sutherland and Michael Douglas in the elevator (if you've seen the film, you'll know which scene I mean).

    Jurassic Park was a good fantasy flick, but the book was actually WAY better - perhaps some of the occurrences in it were judged as hard to communicate to an audience by way of a script.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Love™
    I've read some of Michael Crichton's stuff. As a writer he's just "competent", but he has some interesting ideas. A lot of his tech-stuff seems completely bogus, but some of it's interesting. They've certainly made some crap films of some of his books. "Sphere" and "Congo" were decent reads, but the films were godawful (particularly Congo, which was hilarious in it's badness). Looker, a film he wrote in the 80's starring (I think) Alan Finney and Susan Dey was pretty good, about advertising - the bits with the "time loss" gun were fairly hokey though. He can be a bit pulpy.

    His political material doesn't hit the mark as much - I thought that "Rising Sun" dealt in kind of ludicrous stereotypes. "Disclosure" was actually pretty good though, even if it was very reactionary and over-the-top. The film wasn't half as good, although it did have that dynamite scene with Donald Sutherland and Michael Douglas in the elevator (if you've seen the film, you'll know which scene I mean).

    Jurassic Park was a good fantasy flick, but the book was actually WAY better - perhaps some of the occurrences in it were judged as hard to communicate to an audience by way of a script.
    i agree that the book of jurassic park is way better. crichton directed a film called westworld in the seventies that although looks rather dated now its still pretty good. i agree the film of congo is dreadful and the film of sphere is poor, both being good books. althouhg i see sphere as a novel that is very similar to lord of the flies in many ways.

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