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Author Topic: Michael Crichton dead at 66  (Read 1178 times)
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« on: November 05, 2008, 06:33:04 PM »

I saw on some tabloid sites (I know, I know) that Michael Crichton has died unexpectedly at 66.  Man that sucks I really enjoyed his books!

http://www.etonline.com/news/2008/11/67369/

EDIT: on CNN now too

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/books/11/05/obit.crichton/index.html
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« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2008, 06:47:43 PM »

Damn...sad loss.  Loved his books.  Rest in Peace Mr. Crichton.
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« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2008, 06:47:51 PM »

thats a shame,i loved some of his books,however i gave up on State Of Fear,as it was just getting stupid

but i loved the Jurrassic Park books and congo and enjoyed Coma
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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2008, 08:06:46 PM »

he probably saw the terrible sequels to JP and died as a result. I know I damn nearly did.
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2008, 08:08:03 PM »

Wow, that's pretty shocking.  Crichton has a soft spot in my heart because he was one of the first "adult" authors I read where who I felt could tell a ripping good tale that was still full of lots of interesting exposition about all kinds of subjects.  I still remember pulling an all-nighter to finish "Rising Sun".  Unfortunately it seems like the quality of his output has suffered dramatically since "The Lost World" and I find some of his recent creative decisions reprehensible.  
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2008, 08:22:29 PM »

damn.  he had a really good run of novels there, despite how he retconned "the lost world". 

he will be missed.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2008, 08:43:08 PM »

Jurassic Park, Congo, Sphere, Rising Sun...

He'd fallen off my radar, but I have some fond memories (mainly because I didn't watch some of the movies).
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« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008, 09:16:01 PM »

While not my favorite author, I did somehow happen to read some of his earlier work. You know, when I was younger.

Seriously though, I love the hell out of Jurassic Park, and ironically I grabbed it off the bookcase again last night and read a few chapters just because I saw it sitting there. Congo, Sphere, Andromeda Strain, Eaters of the Dead, and a Case of Need are the others that I've read and enjoyed. Oh and I can't forget Twister.

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« Reply #8 on: November 05, 2008, 11:44:28 PM »

It's okay, a mosquito bit him and promply flew into some tree sap. He'll be back in a couple thousand years.
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2008, 01:26:35 AM »

I hadn't read his stuff in awhile, but after seeing Jurassic Park I grabbed up a bunch of his books and read them all over the summer.  I actually have Prey and Airframe sitting around somewhere, but never got anything more current than that.

RIP Mr. Crichton.
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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2008, 08:58:59 AM »

I was shocked when I heard this.  He wrote some good books.  icon_cry
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2008, 03:22:53 PM »

Anyone who hasn't read them should try Eaters of the Dead and The Great Train Robbery. Easily his best books as they don't suffer the typical, "Crap! We're a week from deadline and I'm 100 pages out!" feeling you get from most of his works. Being based on another work of fiction and a true story, respectively, I'm guessing it made nailing the ending a bit easier for him.

That being said, he had a great creative mind that told interesting and entertaining stories. He just seemed to have trouble sticking the dismount.
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