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Sphere Mass Market Paperback – Jul 12 1988

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (July 12 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345353145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345353146
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 658 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,037,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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YA As in Crichton's Andromeda Strain (Knopf, 1969), the focus of this science adventure tale is humankind's encounter with an alien life form. Within a space ship lying on the sea bottom is a mysterious sphere that promises each of the main characters some personal reward: military might, professional prestige, power, understanding. Trapped underwater with the sphere, the humans confront eerie and increasingly dangerous threats after communication with the alien object has been achieved. The story is exciting and loaded with scientific and psychological speculations that add interest at no cost to the action, including an intriguing sequence in which human and computer attempt to decode the alien communication. As the story races to an end, suspicions of evil-doing fall as many ways as in a detective novel. Young adults should find this book both accessible and satisfying. Mike Parson, Houston Public Library
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As I wrote my Listmania best sci-fi list, I looked through my collection and found Sphere, and immediately wanted to review it. I have to say that while Michael Crichton has written some great (and not so great) novels, this one is my favorite. Admittedly I am slightly biased (with good reason, I think) because it has a special place in my thoughts above all of the other fiction I have read. This is the novel that really opened my eyes to reading. It was one of the first "grown up novels" that I ever read back in 7th grade, and ever since Sphere I have read insatiably. For me, no book had ever combined so many exciting scientific ideas with such burgeoning action, suspense, and artistry. As I read it now I still relive those feelings and have yet to find a novel that can top it.

Crichton isn't known for his flowing prose or incredible dialogue, but what he does well (maybe the best) is he combines scientific themes with a very readable and engaging plot, and this creates incredibly appealing and imaginative novels. If Crichton is the best at this type of novel, Sphere is Crichton's best at doing what he does best! The science makes it compelling, and the story line is absolutely engulfing. What sets Sphere a part from other novels though is its excellent plot twists. Until the end, questions such as "what is the alien?", "how will the characters deal with it and each other?" leave the reader frantically flipping through the pages. These will get answered by an outstanding plot twist which never disappoints. In contrast to many novels that contain plot twists but ultimately fail to satisfyingly wrap up the story, Sphere delivers. I would impel anyone who wants to read any science fiction, or wants to read some Crichton: start with Sphere, you won't be disappointed!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Intriguing as always, exciting from the first page, strong for the first 2/3rds and less "editorializing" than usual, but it's just not as good as his higher concept novels. But it's still very enjoyable all the way through, and as always makes you think. It feels a little dated now, but I re-read it last week and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Sphere should definitely be a part of any Crichton fan's library. Skip the movie, though. Here, the science is less "convincing" than in Jurrassic Park (which is mostly convincing, but stretched) and Prey (which is better writing and fun, but not convincing). But that doesn't matter, because Crichton can write an adventure like few others (as long as character isn't important--character's here take backseat to concept and science). Pace, as always is good. More a rollicking adventure than "something to think about" (typical of later novels) and quite enjoyable on that level. It's the kind of novel you'll tear through in a weekend at most. And that's a good thing.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
There are many science fiction books written and published to the public, but none with such detail and research as Sphere. This book is an excellent mixture of scentific fact and scientific fiction which makes it more real to read.
Synop: It starts out with a collection of people (4) who have mastered their fields of Physics, Math, Biology, and Psychology. They were recruited by the Navy to investigate an underwater vessel which is one mile in length and over 300 years old. What they find on the ship boggles their mind in engages them in an intellectual journey in understanding the human mind. In there struggle to understand the incomprehensible, they slip closer and closer into insanity as the pyschologist keeps everyone together.
Once you start reading this book you won't be able to put it down. You will be engulfed in a new world while your world fades away as you continue reading. Its thrilling, mind-boggling, and titilating to any avid reader with an active imagination. The ending is the best part of the whole book. The last 10 pages are exactly what they should be.
Unfortunately, the movie couldn't capture thr real suspense of the novel. The point of this book is to take your mind on an adventure, which will be different for everyone. A movie simply cannot capture the film being rolled in your head.
One of the best things about this book is the readability of the book. I could read this book about 10 more times and I still would enjoy it on many levels as I did the first time reading the book. You will also catch small details which are critical in understanding whats going on, so re-reading the book several times is a must. (Trust me, you'll enjoy it!).
Final thought: There is a reason why its New York Times bestseller with over four million copies sold.
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Format: School & Library Binding
I apologise to the reader and to Sir William Shakespeare for leaving that irresistable typo in the title bar. By the time I got to the section of Crighton's novel where the remaining characters began to realize that their subconcious was the enemy and the alien sphere was the facilitator, the words "Forbidden Planet" bubbled up. This great Sci Fi movie was based on the same theme--that man, exploring the unknown for more power, will find himself too imperfect to handle power, if he gets too much. "The Tempest," by Shakespeare, first explored this theme, perhaps based on his experience with potentates that obtained more power than they could properly use.
The plots of all three stories follow the same basic plan, with more than coincidental similarities between the characters of each, though in Crichton's novel the secondary explorers come upon the primary discoverers of the "power" after they have all killed themselves with it. The characters experience,in the body of each story, a discovery phase in which they come to realize that they have absorbed the power and that their own conscious (Shakespeare) and unconscious (Forbidden Planet screenplay and Crichton) lusts and dreads are wreaking havoc by "materializing," "manifesting," themselves through the power. (Shakespeare didn't have the benefit of Freud so he was limited to exposing the unintended consequences unleashed by Prospero's conscious use of the magic he discovered on a distant island.)
All three stories end with the survivors judging man too immature for the power they have experienced. Each set of survivors decides to deny the rest of us access to this power and commits the appropriate destructive act at the end.
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