1. Welcome to BookAndReader!

    We LOVE books and hope you'll join us in sharing your favorites and experiences along with your love of reading with our community. Registering for our site is free and easy, just CLICK HERE!

    Already a member and forgot your password? Click here.

Michael Crichton

Discussion in 'Author Discussion' started by marcuslee, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. marcuslee

    marcuslee New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2007
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Anybody like Michael Crichton?

    I read his book Next not too long ago. He certainly jumps into controversial topics. What do you think?
     
  2. regen

    regen New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2007
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    Currently Reading:
    The Passions of the Mind
    I read Michael Crichton when I was in school. Really liked it then.
    Leaving the controversies apart.. I think there is a lot of research that goes into his books.
     
  3. nickupton

    nickupton Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2007
    Messages:
    69
    Likes Received:
    0
    State of Fear is quite interesting. It's about Global warming being a conspiracy theory. I am not a sceptic of man made climate change (my degree is in conservation) but there are some interesting references to scientific papers that argue that climate change is not man made. I have read them and still think that the weight of evidence suggests that we are at least partly responsible - I digress.

    A good story and some thought provoking ideas.
     
  4. angerball

    angerball Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2005
    Messages:
    998
    Likes Received:
    0
    Currently Reading:
    The Famous Five series - Enid Blyton
    I prefer his earlier work; with his later stuff he seems to be pushing an agenda. I do think he has a lot of interesting ideas, but I think they would be better in a non-fiction book; if he were to write one, then I'd probably read it. :)
     
  5. Libre

    Libre Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2005
    Messages:
    582
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've read about 5 or 6 of his books, and I think most of them suffer from the same malady. A fascinating premise, a great beginning, and then a slow - or rapid - diminution of direction and plausibility.
    In other words what starts out as compelling fiction degenerates into laughable, pulpy, trash.
    The last book I read of his, Timeline, is a perfect example of the above.
    Jurassic Park is also an example, but it holds together a little better.
    The sequel to Jurassic Park (forgot the title already - is it Lost World?) is so bad I threw it down 1/3 of the way through. Really childish.

    The best book he's written was his first widely read book: The Andromeda Strain. He should have quit then, but then he would have lost out on a gazillion dollars, because apparently the public (and filmmakers) have an insatiable appetite for his work.
     
  6. VTChEwbecca

    VTChEwbecca kickbox

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2004
    Messages:
    1,465
    Likes Received:
    2
    Currently Reading:
    "The Most of P.G. Wodehouse"
    I enjoyed The Great Train Robbery, which was well researched and an interesting and fun read. Can't speak for his newer stuff, which seems to be very focused on his own agenda - have thus far refrained from reading it.
     
  7. nickupton

    nickupton Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2007
    Messages:
    69
    Likes Received:
    0
    Generally I agree with Libre, Chrichton's books are childishly written. Congo was one of the worst books I've ever read, in fact i don't think I even bothered to read the last few chapters.

    I enjoyed Sate of Fear mostly for the fact that it lead me to some interesting scientific arguments that I was able to use in degree assignments.
     
  8. Adele.Mighton

    Adele.Mighton New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2007
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    0
    I haven't read too many of his books, but the ones I have read are a lot of fun. He seems to have trouble ending them though. Sphere in particular, I felt, had a very weak ending.
     
  9. gallagher672003

    gallagher672003 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2004
    Messages:
    84
    Likes Received:
    0
    Currently Reading:
    Stephen King-The Stand
  10. Libra

    Libra New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    Messages:
    5,257
    Likes Received:
    4
    Currently Reading:
    Seth Grahame-Smith: Pride and Prejudice and Zombie
    I have only seen the movies.
    What saddens me is this disease that has taken so many lives.
     
  11. Anamnesis

    Anamnesis Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    2,093
    Likes Received:
    4
    :(. Read an article about this not too long ago; definitely didn't see that one coming. RIP Mike, you wrote some terrific thrillers.
     
  12. Ice

    Ice New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2004
    Messages:
    3,228
    Likes Received:
    0
    Currently Reading:
    Winterdance
    I couldn't believe it when I heard the news - very sad :(
     
  13. dele

    dele New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2004
    Messages:
    1,154
    Likes Received:
    0
    Currently Reading:
    in between books... waiting on the mailman
    I didn't even know he was sick! We've lost a lot of great authors this year.
     
  14. Robert

    Robert Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2005
    Messages:
    3,988
    Likes Received:
    22
    Currently Reading:
    The Odyssey by Homer
    He was so young. Very sad . . .
     

Share This Page