posts on 1/5/2005 4:28:01 AM
What happened? I frequent this BBS once or twice a year, but really only after I get seriously involved a tad after Christmas, every two years (thanks to M.C.'s predictable publishers, who are obviously not working for Mr. King..as he has numerous titles coming out the woodworks, God knows when)
Anyway, this is my first time back here in a while. This is terrible. Absolutely horrific. I don't know, its like..trying to compare Jules Verne
to Star Trek. Crichton has had some screw ups (please read my last post two years ago about Prey..if you can find it on this monstrosity), but he's up there with King, Clancy (possibly Baldacci and Patterson) as the great novelists of our times. Keep in mind what people thought of Dickens and company when they were getting paid pence for the word (which is why most of Charles novels are soooo long).
Star Wars is a great trilogy, it will alway have a place in my heart. But I don't like seeing Darth Vader's face hanging on a banner dedicated to my favorite contemporary author. How about Elijah Wood's?..I can live with that. But this is sci-fi, not fantasy..even though I'd prefer it to be about literature.
And I guess that's my point. M.C. does not deserve to be brought down to the level of Luke and Kirk (no offense diehards, really). I feel in a hundred years he will be remembered for his literature, not his sci-fi (i.e. Jules V.)
I think this website has become a tarnish on a great reputation..
And I can only say that because that man has redeemed himself..above and beyond.
As a diehard fan whose read all his books repeatedly, this is by far, BY FAR, something all of us Crichton heads have been waiting for. And if you think Im being biased, go look up (if you can it on this dreadful site, it took me five minutes to find a way to post a new message) my review of Prey. It was his worst.
Im prepared to defend "State of Fear" as either his second best, or a tie for best. All MicCri fans know that "Sphere" was the best, but there he tackled an obstacle with
metaphysics.. In "S.O.F", he tackled a whole new (much needed to be addressed) beast of socio-politics, (with a good helpin' of media)
If anyones interested (on either the new website format, or State of Fear) I'll be happy to discuss, debate, argue, agree
Hope to hear from someone