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I saw this on Chris list and it triggered an old, funny memory Now, I did read this book back in high school I went through a Michael Crichton phase and his books being as they are, I managed to read through his dare I say oevure in a summer don t recall which summer, tho The odd memory that Chris triggered however, has to to do with the movie Congo I had a good friend in high school, wonderful fella, still a great friend About the time we were seniors, he started dating or as the kids say, going steady with aI think she was a sopho at the time The point is, Saturday nights I d ask him What are you doing tonight We rented Congo You rented that last week And not lying we had the exchange roughly twice a month for the life of their relationship about the length of the school year Thus, when anyone in our circle of friends got lucky for most of us a rare occurrence , we referred to it as watching Congo To use it in a sentence You watch Congo on Saturday You know how I roll Etc., et.al granted, at the time, no one I knew said how I roll, but it sounds better In regards to the actual book, the only thing I remember is that I did not care much for it cpd 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. 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 quest 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unusual twists and turns given the jungle backdrop, the tribals and the gorillas The whole technical stuff appear a bit outdated today since this was written way back in the 80s Otherwise this is a good book to read.After reading Congo I will see monkeys and apes with a lot respect The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 302 13 31 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 require 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 bad.But 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 quite naturally expected that Crichton would begin the 1990s with his authorial decline.But then In 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 wits.So, for me, Congo is a very good work, but not a great one However, perhaps this is only if we measure Crichton against himself.And it does not change the fact that Congo, Sphere, and Jurassic Park should be considered a required trilogy for all geeks sorry I meant required reading for all techno thriller enthusiasts. 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 Milquetoast academics forced by circumstance into acts of badassery Sky diving gorillas An ancient lost city called Zinj A volcanic eruptionand a flipping hot air balloon.So what do you think I think It was really fun. German review here.A 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 correctly.So, thank you aunt Ilona I became a fan of the author immediately.Reading 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 1995.In 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 human.A second expedition is hastily prepared, because the company is in a race with a Japanese German 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 stake.Primatologist 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 reasons.The 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 rainforest.The 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 is.If 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 quite interesting And from a historical standpoint the computing part might be interesting for some as well, even though it wasn t for me.What 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 hesitation.I can still see why this book made me a fan of Michael Crichton all those years ago. If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Battle of the Sexes Congo by Michael Crichton Original Review, 1980 11 15 Here is how Michael Crichton describes Amy, the principal love object in Congo She could be coy, she responded to flattery, she was preoccupied with her appearance, loved make up, and was very fussy about the collar of the sweaters she wore in the winter Although she is quite short, Amy weighs 140 pounds She has a vocabulary of 620 words, which is remarkably good for a gorilla Karen Ross, the other female in Congo, is almost six feet tall, attractive but ungainly She is a mathematical prodigy, brilliant but insensitive, determined to succeed at any cost Her feminine wiles have been confined to technology. 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 together.Reading books and watching movies about big apes helps me reconnect with those experiences I will always hold dear to me.I 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 equivalent of a Stephen Hawking like computer voiceboxBad movie, Amy, Bad movieYeahwe were little shi s then just like most guys that age, I guess.Just 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 it But, 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 equipment, 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 question I ask whenever I expect to see of something, or, when there s an element sorely missing throughout what I m reading Here 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 here It 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. 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 And Torn, Equipment 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 Signs, The Most Ever Learned By A Primate, And She Likes To Fingerpaint But Recently, Her Behavior Has Been Erratic And Her Drawings Match, With Stunning Accuracy, The Brittle Pages Of A Portuguese Print Dating Back To 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 Michaelcrichton