Not really lighter than air
This passed the time on the bus. I don’t really have much of an opinion. Crichton is an intelligent and skilled writer, so even this very flat, lifeless story never fell into any wretched traps. The characters were pretty lifeless, but not so much that it made me sick. The archetypal baddies were predictable, but there was enough going on that I wasn’t certain I was right in my prediction until it was finally revealed. Crichton handled some technical material in a way that seemed thoroughly possible and accurate, even though it probably wasn’t.
If *Airframe* is disappointing, it’s because it’s entirely forgettable. Certainly not because it was either unpleasant or insulting to read, because it’s neither.
So four down, forty-six to go in my 50 book challenge.
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Your tag line about
Your tag line about Bicycling to Afghanistan reminded me of one of the great athletes of all time: Göran Kropp. Nobody has ever heard of him, but in 1996 he rode a bicycle from Sweden to Mt Everest, pulling a trailer with all his gear. He did a solo ascent without Sherpas or oxygen, and then bicycled back to Sweden. He was on the mountain at the time the 12 people died in the Scott Fischer/Bob Hall attempt that was written about in Jon Krakauer’s book “Into Thin Air.” You might like to read that, or “Everest” by Reinhold Messner, the first man to reach the summit without oxygen. I just finished “Pattern Recognition” by William Gibson of “Neuromancer” fame. I read “Neuromancer” twenty years ago and thought it truly awful. I reread it last year and found it hadn’t gotten any better over the years. I don’t know what possessed me to pick up “Pattern Recognition”, but I found I enjoyed it. His writing style has mellowed a little over the years and there is an interesting plot. I think you’d like it. I’ll mail it to you if you like. Dad
Finally someone who noticed
Finally someone who noticed how overrated Neuromancer was!
I remember when Michael Chrichton was kinda cool… it’s been quite a while.
Oh, of course I’ve heard of
Oh, of course I’ve heard of Mr. Kropp. Although I might have to admit that I probably heard his story from you. =^)
Although I enjoyed Neuromancer and others of Gibson’s early works, I agree that Pattern Recognition was a leap forward for him. Pattern Recognition’s characters were much more real; even his caricatures had some nuance. A very refreshing change from his earlier novels. I read it a few months ago, but thank you for the offer. I did like it a lot.
Since your mail server is
Since your mail server is down, I thought I’d send this to you here. Saw this in AARP magazine: http://www.citysegwaytours.com/ Though you might be interested, if you weren’t already aware.