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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
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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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Too much underwater to appeal to me. All that depth is like a reverse fear of heights. Plus, the suspenseful parts were predictable. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this book. I had a hard time puuting it down as I was interested in what was happening. It also has an interesting ending. I was wondering how things would work out in the end. The science of the book is a bit further hypothetical than most of his other books. ( )
  GlennBell | Nov 13, 2015 |
Started June 29th, 2013
Took me awhile, as I knew the film which I really like and have seen a few times and own on DVD and Blu-ray.
Both the film and the book have some problems, mainly both could have been shorter.
But the philosophical and psychological themes are well thought out and presented.
The ending might seem unsatisfying, but it is a deeply moral choice resulting of recognizing ones own shortcomings (and that of mankind as now).
Four stars as it could have been a little shorter and faster.
And the book is mostly one really long chapter, so no real breaks to pause. If you have not seen the film, this might be a book to read in one long setting, a risk which you should be aware of if you must sleep or do other things.
I strongly suggest, after reading the book to watch the film.
Recommended reading: other books by Crichton, [b:The Andromeda Strain|7670|The Andromeda Strain|Michael Crichton|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1298413298s/7670.jpg|997271] - old, but excellent and also a fantastic film. ( )
  Ingo.Lembcke | Oct 27, 2015 |
Very disappointed! Feel like Crichton was running out of time and threw the ending together.

On the back flap of the book is this quote, "The suspense is real...You know they're going to make it. Or do you? The last 10 pages are exactly what they should be." The New York Times Book Review. I mean this quote is crap. did they read the book?

A great book till the ending. ( )
  foof2you | Sep 14, 2015 |
I never read much Michael Crichton, but I did read Sphere back in the day at the recommendation of a friend. I remember very little about it other than looking forward to reading it on my lunch break. I also remember that near perfect ending. Gave me goose bumps. ( )
  Daniel.Estes | Sep 4, 2015 |
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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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