Well I signed up so I could chat about books I read and I’m finally getting around to it!
I just finished Crichton’s Terminal Man. I actually think he’s an OK writer except I think he’s disgustingly against a) technology and b) likeable characters, Let’s break it down.
Jurassic Park. Grant & Ellie are mostly likeable. Hammond is an old son of a bitch that gets irritated with his grandkids because they are broadcasting the T-Rex roar, he yells at his employees, doesn’t listen to their advice, doesn’t keep enough weapons on the island even though the dinos are dangerous, man. Malcom is a snot who comes to the island as a guest, and goes around telling everyone how the place is going to fall apart any moment. (and I still kind of liked him, but damn if he wasn’t annoying). The little whiny girl is annoying and distracting, I wanted to slap her silly. The fat guy at least we were supposed to dislike. And the lawyer is a skank. The world is on its way to being destroyed because of misuses of technology- this time because of meddling with genetics.
Lost World. I barely remember this book except - there wasn’t one character in there that was halfway likeable. Everyone was arrogant, snotty, stuck-up, assholish, etc. The world is on its way to being destroyed because of misuses of technology- also meddling with genetics, but this time the meddling’s already been done.
Andromeda Strain. All the doctors think they know absolutely what’s best. The only one I really liked is the one who does the autopsies on the rats, and he is shown to make a major screw-up. (Slight hijack: I loved the electronic doctor, I’d rather go to that than any real doc). Anyway, they’re completely arrogant to the old guy, the babyl Also to the ‘fifth man’ because he wasn’t a scientist, just a doctor - the one who was unmarried and therefore crucial to the nuclear shutdown switch (or whatever it was). The world is on its way to being destroyed because of misuses of technology- this time because of the hunt for a biological superweapon.
Terminal Man. I liked Ross, the female doctor. I didn’t hate anyone else but man they had no personality, so how could I? And the book totally tricked me - there was a large bibliography at the end so I thought I still had several pages to go when she shot him. The world is on its way to being destroyed because of misuses of technology - this time because we are trying to control the violence caused by psychomotor epilepsy.
Why do I continue to read him? Well, I keep hoping. The concepts are very cool, and I am 110 % for technology. But Chrichton acts like he’s the only thing holding us back from excesses of science. Does anyone feel this way?
Also, why do authors think they can write bad characters and people will like them. Notice I don’t buy Crichton books, I borrow from the library. The only one I’ve ever bought was Jurassic Park, because that truly was a very good book.