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
*1990 Jurassic Park
*1992 Rising Sun
*1995 The Lost World
*2004 State of Fear
*2009 Pirate Latitudes posthumous publication
2011 Title not yet revealed (Techno-thriller) posthumous publication
1970 Five Patients
1977 Jasper Johns
1983 Electronic Life
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!
why do books have so many words... cannot someone tell me the ending.
I remember reading Jurassic Park in less than two days, it was that good!
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.
I hanent read his works in awhile. But I enjoyed them when I did. Thanks for reminding me.
wow- he's written many and has some great titles. I'll check him out.
Hmm. I must admit, I've only read NEXT. Maybe I should try some more!
happy letter C-day.
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.
I've never read any of his books. Now I'll have to read his books. Have a great day!
awesome c tribute post. he's always been a fave of mine.
happy c day!
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.
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.
I have read the bulk of his books, some of them more than once. Great writer indeed
I read Sphere last summer and thoroughly enjoyed it. Jurassic Park, not so much. The Great Train Robbery on audiobook was pretty good.
What a great tribute. I love your choice for 'C'
*hangs head* I shamefully admit I have never read any of these books. I obviously need to. Just by the titles they seem awesome! :)
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...
I've read Airframe, which I liked. Hmmm. I wonder why I haven't picked up more Crichton?
Wonderful choice for C. Great job. Thanks for the list, too.
I love his books... I've only read about half of them... so I'm planning on spreading them out.
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