Books - Review


Showing all books by: Michael Crichton

Timeline
A brilliant physicist invents a time travel device, but a history professor sent back to 14th century France gets stranded and his team of archaeologists has to go back to rescue him.
Really good - read it almost straight through, only took a day. In fact it would have been less than a day if Mr Reach Sopeap hadn't come round to drag me off to his fish station! Mind you, it cost $8 at the London Book Centre! There was just one bit where the rescuers seem to spend the whole time escaping from one place to be caught just down the corridor when it seemed a bit silly. I would guess he is expecting a film! Re-read this in a skimmy kind of way in early December as there wasn't much else in the house.
Score: 8.5
Published: tbc
Read: September 1st 2001

The Lost World
More dinosaurs on another island off Costa Rica. More small children who turn out to be computer geniuses. More baddies trying to collect dinosaurs for their own nefarious purposes. Bit like the first one really.
Still quite enjoyed it though.
Score: 6.5
Published: tbc
Read: January 4th 2002

Sphere
A strange artefact is found deep under the Pacific Ocean, and a team of scientists is sent to investigate what could be a flying saucer, crash-landed on Earth hundreds of years ago. The navy hopes to find futuristic energy weapons, but it becomes apparent that the main danger to the scientists is the scientists themselves. And the giant squid of course.
The giant squid was good - very convincing, unlike all the rest of the characters.
Score: 6
Published: 1987
Read: January 22nd 2003

Prey
A naughty US company blends biotechnology with nanotechnology and some nifty programming to create a replicating swarm of tiny things that kill other things. Oh and imitate them too.
Not great, but it was a bit of a page turner, although that's partly because I was in a hurry to finish it so that I could stop reading it. There's some logic there I think. Freebie from Kelloggs/Amazon! Re-read in May 2005.
Score: 6
Published: 2002
Read: September 30th 2003

Airframe
An accident on a Norton widebody leads to 2 deaths and many injured - yet the plane has a good safety record - could it be pilot error? Casey has to find out before the company sale to China is jeopardised or the union hard-men squash her with something big and heavy.
Jolly good - the usual non-stop action and lots of aero engineering. And the smug news/media girl gets her come-uppance on the test flight too! This could be the third time I've read it I think.
Score: 7.5
Published: 1997
Read: December 2nd 2005

Next
Some vaguely/not at all interlinked stories around the perils of genetic engineering including a smart parrot and a chimp that talks.
Not great. Jumped around too much and some of the threads were a bit incongruous. (Not like bringing dinosaurs bcak to life then, eh?)
Score: 6
Published: 2006
Read: July 15th 2008