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Michael Crichton Compendium

Robert Carroll
 
A Case Of Need
A Case Of Need
"A superb medical 'who done it'.  Surpisingly gripping."
The Andromeda Strain
The Andromeda Strain
"Top notch sci-fi thriller.  Perfect blend of action, characterisation and scientific detail.  An absolute classic."
The Terminal Man
The Terminal Man
"In stark contrast to the Andromeda Strain, has dated badly.  Still a good read if you can get past that."
The Great Train Robbery
The Great Train Robbery
"The slow build up that is required for a caper book is totally at odds with Crichton's usual style.  By half way though, you're hooked.  More a caper book than a Crichton book."
Eaters Of The Dead
Eaters Of The Dead
"Chrichton does Beowulf.  At times a hard slog (like Beowulf!) and at other times it flows perfectly.  Interesting but not gripping."
Congo
Congo
"If you've seen the film, be ready for a pleasant surprise.  Example: Karen Ross was an action hero in the film, here she is a cold, ruthless business woman.  Damn Hollywood, damn them all to hell!"
Sphere
Sphere
"My favourite Crichton, despite the movie. Perfect horror/sci-fi mix.  Scientists investigate a gaint spaceship, with 300 years of barnacle growth, at the bottom of the ocean. Then the murders start..."
Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park
"Magnificent.  From the atmospheric prologue, to the intruiging hints and investigation, to the action at the park itself.  Perfect."
Rising Sun
Rising Sun
"Complex detective story.  Absorbing from beginning to end.  How he keeps the pace so high in this genre without resorting to pantomime villains and brainless thugs is beyond me."
Disclosure
Disclosure
"Thomas Sanders isn't having the best of luck.  Passed over for promotion then accused of sexual harassment by his new boss and ex-lover.  Can he save himself from ruin?  Damn good read."
The Lost World
The Lost World
"Vastly underrated.  Superb pacing with engaging dialogue mixed successfully with exciting action scenes. Let down by a weak, rushed, ending.  Nothing like the film.  Thank God."
Airframe
Airframe
"A story which, looking back, should be tedious, is instead both thrilling and intriguing.  A gripping read."
Timeline
Timeline
"Pulp Crichton.  The time travelling part of the plot will probably date terribly, but it won't matter.  This is basically an exciting medieval romp."
Prey
Prey
"The first person narrative takes a while to get used to but once the action begins to heat up things move fast. Perhaps too fast. After the usual (excellent) slow build up, the action does not let up."
Binary
Binary
"Written under the pseudonym John Lange.  This early short story is a thrilling cat and mouse game played against the clock, as a terrorist plans a poison gas attack."