Thursday, June 29, 2006


Summertime is the BEST season to grab an exciting book, hit the beach, and immerse yourself in a good read. Right now I am in the process of reading all of Michael Crichton's books. His JURASSIC PARK is one of my all-time faves, and I have since read THE LOST WORLD, THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN, STATE OF FEAR, PREY, THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY and now SPHERE......The last book I read was AFTERSHOCK by Chuck Scarborough. It mixed soapy elements with the fictional (?) reality of a major catastrophic earthquake epicentering in Manhattan. I enjoyed it, though it got to be monotonous at times....Three other authors I recommend are Clive Barker, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. If you like techno-thrillers and theme parks, you MUST read Lincoln Child's UTOPIA.


Blogger juliepadooly said...

THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN and SPHERE are awesome reads !!! I personally like the way THE STAND (Stephen King) reads too. Totally un-like his others. But it is about a GO-ZILLION pages long (fair warning).

When I finish AFTERSHOCK, I'll chat ya up about it! It just came in the mail a couple days ago.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Sean Storm said...

I see a lot of similarities in STRAIN and SPHERE. I saw the movie SPHERE years ago, so its interesting while I am reading the book because I am hearing the voices of Dustin Hoffman, Samuel L Jackson and Sharon Stone as I read their characters' speeches.

Hmmmn...there must be something genetically wrong with me, but I just cant seem to ever get interested in a Stephen King book. They kind of bore me.

I'll be waiting for your AFTERSHOCK viewpoints. Just have a friend nearby to talk to when four of the five kittens perish (okay, breathe: there arent any kittens in the book..i would never spoil something like that)

7:44 PM  
Blogger arfsocal said...

Sphere was good, glad I read the book, instead of hearing voices in my head though...

Sounds like you would like James Michener, if you like a good story. Try Hawaii, you can find it at about any used book store.

If you like that, you'll like Ken Follett as well

2:38 PM  
Blogger Sean Storm said...

I've heard of HAWAII...what is the story about? I will check into it.

Right now I am reading Walt Becker's LINK. I picked it up for $3.50 at a used bookstore and I have been pleasantly surprised by it's INDIANA JONES meets CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND hook. It's a little GEORGE LUCAS-STAR WARS- laughable in the romance department, but its a solidly told adventure beyond that minor shortcoming.

6:32 AM  
Blogger arfsocal said...

Hey Sean, good to hear from you.

Hawaii is really the story of Hawaii, from the first polynesians, to missionaries, to Pearl Harbor. What makes Michener unique is that he writes a story around characters, some who have ancestors that stretch back to the beginnings of Hawaii. So it makes for easy and enjoyable reading, but you also learn about the history of Hawaii, without feeling like you are reading a geography book.

Link looks good, I like those kind of books as well.

7:36 PM  
Blogger EL A. said...

I loved the Andromeda Strain...the Sphere was kinda weak I thought...

I've got a huge stack of books to read...bios mostly...Goldie Hawn, Jane Fonda, Linda Ellerbe, and the book for Wicked.

Have you seen the Broadway play Wicked yet?


1:53 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

I'm not a really big Crichton fan. The science in his scifi is done well, but his characterizations are pretty flimsy.

I'm on a Terry Pratchett kick right now. He's the author of the Discworld series, which spoofs fantasy novels. He has a really good understanding of human nature, and his characters are wonderfully written and vivid (the adjective, not the production company).

5:03 PM  

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