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Sphere by Michael Crichton

Sphere (original 1987; edition 1988)

by Michael Crichton

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Authors:Michael Crichton
Info:Ballantine Books (1988), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Your library, Read
Tags:science fiction, first contact, movie tie-in, read, in library, fiction, white author, aliens

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Sphere by Michael Crichton (1987)

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This is the first sci-fi book I've read, and the first book by Michael Crichton I've finished. I thought it was incredible. The plot was brilliant and thrilling; I felt my heart drop multiple times throughout the book. Not only was the plot interesting, detailed, and full of surprises, but it was quite humorous. Michael Crichton did a wonderful job of sprinkling humor in to a very understandable sci-fi thriller. I'll definitely be reading other novels by Crichton.

I'm surprised this book has an average of only 3.5 stars. I'm guessing the lower reviews are because a few parts of the story were difficult to imagine, but it's can be hard to describe events that involve technical aspects. I never had a problem understanding overall events, though.

I would definitely recommend reading this book. It may be 30 years old, but it's the best book I've read in a long time. ( )
  mckzlve | Mar 21, 2017 |
I can't believe it took me this long to finally read this. I really liked the movie and the book is even better. ( )
  oswallt | Nov 25, 2016 |
This book was a total mess. I got to the totally confused and frustrated. I'd recommend you steer clear of this one. ( )
  ramon4 | Oct 31, 2016 |
Almost equal parts a tale of the horrors that lie in the deep of the ocean, the condition of the human psyche, and the desire for us to contact an alien species. It's also a very grounded, scientific novel, full of interesting theories on contact with alien life as well as human behavior. Norman is a fun protagonist to view the story through, and everyone else aboard DH-8 are able to stand out thanks to some nice characterization. The story really twists and turns throughout the second half of the book, which is unstoppable. Great, great read. ( )
  TheTylex | Jun 3, 2016 |
I was I had seen the movie AFTER reading the book, but it was still a great read. I clearly need to go back and read even more Crichton after this! ( )
  DanaBurkey | Apr 10, 2016 |
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Een team wetenschappers onderzoekt vanuit een habitat op de oceaanbodem een "buitenaards ruimtevaartuig", dat een tijdreizend schip uit de aardse toekomst blijkt te zijn. Na opening van een geheimzinnige bol volgen talloze moorddadige aanvallen, gestuurd door de macht die de bol bevat. Bestseller-auteur Crighton doet zijn naam eer aan. Hij schrijft los en soepel en verlevendigt de wetenschappelijke verklaringen met het gekissebis tussen zijn hoofdpersonen, die psychologisch heel best aanvaardbaar zijn. Hij houdt de spanning er goed in en komt met een prettig onverwachte draai aan het eind. Het gewelddadig verscheiden van 6 van de 9 personen, gekoppeld aan het uiteindelijke waarom, kan voor een aantal lezers misschien wat veel van het goede zijn.
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For a long time the horizon had been a monotonous flat blue line separating the Pacific Ocean from the sky.
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Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton is possibly the best science teacher for the masses since H.G. Wells, and Sphere, his thriller about a mysterious spherical spaceship at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, is classic Crichton. A group of not-very-complex characters (portrayed in the film by Sharon Stone, Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Queen Latifah) assemble to solve a cleverly designed roller coaster of a mystery while attempting (with mixed success) to avoid sudden death and expounding (much more successfully) on the latest, coolest scientific ideas, including the existence of black holes. Somehow, Crichton manages to convey the complicated stuff in utterly simplistic prose, making him, as his old pal Steven Spielberg puts it, "the high priest of high concept." Yet there is more to Crichton than science and big-ticket show biz. He is also, as any reader of his startling memoir Travels knows, a bit of a mystic--he is entirely open to notions spouted by spoon-bending psychics that most science writers would scorn. Sphere is not only a gratifying sci-fi suspense tale; it also reflects Crichton's keen interest in the unexplained powers of the human mind. When something passes through a black hole in Crichton's fiction, a lesson is learned. The book also contains another profound lesson: when you're staring down a giant squid with an eyeball the size of a dinner plate, don't blink first.

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A group of scientists journey to the bottom of the sea to explore a sunken spaceship in this thriller from the author of The Andromeda Strain (1969). A group of American scientists are rushed to a huge vessel that has been discovered resting on the ocean floor in the middle of the South Pacific. What they find defines their imaginations and mocks their attempts at logical explanation. It is a spaceship of phenomenal dimensions, apparently, undamaged by its fall from the sky. And, most startling, it appears to be at least three hundred years old.… (more)

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