I first picked up “Jurassic Park” when I found out that Steven Spielberg was considering making it a movie.
It was the first book I ever picked up that I couldn’t put down, and the first book I read multiple times.
It was the first book I ever sought out a hardback copy of well after the hardback had come and gone.
It is and will likely remain my favorite book of all time.
The writing in it was brilliant and it helped a visual person like myself imagine a world where dinosaurs once again roamed the earth, and made science so much more fun.
After I finished Jurassic Park I then devoured every Michael Crichton book I could get my hands on.
“The Andromeda Strain”, “Congo”, “Disclosure”, “Rising Sun”, “Sphere” , “Terminal Man” I read them all, and loved them all. I went on to read everything that he put out after that as well.
Each book was written with incredible intelligence and concepts, but they were never overly intelligent, or went over my head.
Today I am sad to see that the brilliant author of those books and one of the key minds behind “E.R.” has lost his battle with cancer.
You can read more about this wonderful author here – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081105/ap_en_ot/obit_crichton
If you haven’t ever picked up one of his books I recommend that you do. His writing style was a special one that will be missed.
My copies will forever have a special place in my library, especially my worn and tattered copy of “Jurassic Park” which I am sure to read many more times in my lifetime.
Thanks Michael for all the great stories! You will be missed, and be sure to tell Stan we all said “Hi!”.