By: Michael Crichton
My Rating: Four out of Five Stars
Best for: 16 and up
Ya…no. I’ll skip the African Jungle Tour. Thanks though.
Oh gosh. Please don’t read Michael Crichton if you aren’t interested in science info dumps. It’s what he does. It’s in every book, and if you’re nerdy enough it’s awesome. Don’t read it if you can’t handle it. Clearly your not as big of a nerd as me.
I’ve loved Michael Crichton since high school, science info dumps and all. Jurassic Park was my gateway, but since then I’ve read everything he’s written expect Congo and Sphere. Well…now just Sphere, cuz I just finished Congo. It was excellent!
Congo was an adventure in true Crichton style, and it was PACKED full of cool stuff. Primate communication and biology, the indigenous people of the African equatorial regions, geology of diamonds, ancient civilizations, 18 century explorers, even a 1980’s perspective of computer technology and satellite communication. The latter was particularly fascinating. Congo was originally published in 1980, and the way MC was able to incorporate such detailed tech with layman explanations in a day when home computers were only a dream–it’s just absolutely brilliant.
The way he’s able to incorporate all that science into an engaging adventure thriller is so satisfying! I felt the peril, the tension, the stress, the fear, the terror…it was real for me, and I loved it.
Thank you, Michael Crichton, for helping me know I will never, ever have any desire to explore the Rainforests of Central Africa.
You won’t find any language concerns or sexual content. You will find some gruesome deaths, some pretty intense thrills, and lots of scientific details.
Best for 16 and up.