Monday, April 4, 2011

Promo Monday: C is for Crichton

Michael Crichton
October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008

Michael Crichton will forever remain one of my favorite authors of all time. I’ve read almost all of his books, some more than once. Michael Crichton taught me the value of research. When I read one of his books, I believe it could happen. Dinosaurs are alive, and if you want to travel to a parallel universe, you can.

I also remember the day Michael Crichton died. It was one of those deaths that you remember exactly what you were doing at the time. I was playing ping pong with my sister. We had the downstairs TV on to the CBS evening news. When I heard the news, I felt like I had been punched in the stomach. My entire body went numb. No more fantastic stories. No more to believe in. It’s how it felt. I still get teary-eyed when I think of him and what his books meant to me.

So today I’d like to mention his books.

Read highlighted, own *
Year Title   Notes
1966    Odds On        as John Lange
1967    Scratch One as John Lange
1968   Easy Go          as John Lange (also titled as The Last Tomb)
*A Case of Need         as Jeffery Hudson (re-released as Crichton in 1993)
1969    Zero Cool      as John Lange
*The Andromeda Strain     
The Venom Business          as John Lange
1970    Drug of Choice         as John Lange
Dealing          as Michael Douglas (with brother Douglas Crichton)
Grave Descend         as John Lange
1972    Binary            as John Lange (re-released as Crichton in 1993)
*The Terminal Man
*1975    The Great Train Robbery  
*1976    Eaters of the Dead  
*1980   Congo            
*1987    Sphere           
*1990   Jurassic Park           
*1992    Rising Sun   
*1994    Disclosure    
*1995    The Lost World       
*1996    Airframe       
*1999    Timeline       
*2002   Prey   
*2004   State of Fear            
*2006   Next   
*2009   Pirate Latitudes       posthumous publication
2011    Title not yet revealed (Techno-thriller)             posthumous publication

Year Title
1970    Five Patients
1977    Jasper Johns
1983   Electronic Life
*1988   Travels


Ellie Garratt said...

I am also a massive Crichton fan. The Andromeda Strain was the first book I read of his, after watching the film. I found it quite hard-going but so worth the effort!

Ellie Garratt

Jeremy [Retro] said...

why do books have so many words... cannot someone tell me the ending.
jeremy [iZombie]


L. Diane Wolfe said...

I remember reading Jurassic Park in less than two days, it was that good!

Laura M. Campbell said...

Jurassic Park was the first Crichton novel I read, and I loved every minute of it. I then read Pirate Latitudes. Less impressed with this novel. It felt unfinished and undeveloped. I'm sure it would have been stronger had it not been posthumously published. Good luck with the challenge.

Retired Knitter said...

I hanent read his works in awhile. But I enjoyed them when I did. Thanks for reminding me.

Summer Ross said...

wow- he's written many and has some great titles. I'll check him out.

Margo Kelly said...

Hmm. I must admit, I've only read NEXT. Maybe I should try some more!

happy letter C-day.

Elizabeth Twist said...

Chrichton was a suspense champion, a great example of a writer who has some obvious weak points but writes books that draw you in and don't let go. Although he couldn't really write characters worth a damn (especially women - yikes), he was chock full of big ideas and a complete master of setting up scenarios that go horribly, beautifully wrong.

I remember reading somewhere that he started writing novels as a way to pay for medical school. I mean, who can pull that off? Amazing. He also created the tv show ER.

In interview, he seemed like a great guy. I think he was taken way too soon.

Sherrie said...

I've never read any of his books. Now I'll have to read his books. Have a great day!

Just Books

Tara Tyler said...

awesome c tribute post. he's always been a fave of mine.
happy c day!

Jeff Beesler said...

I admit I haven't read any of Crichton's works as of yet, but I too couldn't believe it the day he'd passed away. His was a tremendous loss for the publishing industry. While there may be new authors to offer something in Crichton's absence, the world will never be the same again without this literary juggernaut.

Unknown said...

He was an amazing writer and the literary world is not the same. Terrific post on a wonderful author who opened the imagination of millions.

baygirl32 said...

I have read the bulk of his books, some of them more than once. Great writer indeed

Anonymous said...

I read Sphere last summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. Jurassic Park, not so much. The Great Train Robbery on audiobook was pretty good.

Ciara said...

What a great tribute. I love your choice for 'C'

Anonymous said...

*hangs head* I shamefully admit I have never read any of these books. I obviously need to. Just by the titles they seem awesome! :)

doreen said...

I am also a huge fan. What a creative 'c' post. I had not even thought of doing a post on my favorite author's...

Samantha Vérant said...

I've read Airframe, which I liked. Hmmm. I wonder why I haven't picked up more Crichton?

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Wonderful choice for C. Great job. Thanks for the list, too.

Unknown said...

I love his books... I've only read about half of them... so I'm planning on spreading them out.