Sunday, July 12, 2015

Fortnightly Book, July 12

Having driven through a third of the Arabian Nights, I am very much in need of something that can be handled easily with a light stroll: something lighter, quicker, and, of course, shorter. A re-read rather than a new read would not be amiss, either. So the next fortnightly book is Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park, the book that touched off Crichton's juggernaut decade in the 1990s.

There's a chance that this might actually be a one-week 'fortnight', which, if so, would actually be helpful in terms of scheduling, as I enter the busier last half of summer; but given that I have several things to do this next week, I make no promises.


  1. We just re-read that, as a family. My strongest thought is that the restraint that made "Andromeda Strain" so powerful had been completely lost. Should have been a sign.

  2. branemrys5:58 PM

    The book does seem a bit heavy-handed, but it has been very long since I've read Andromeda Strain, so I couldn't say how they compare.

  3. Enbrethiliel12:31 AM


    I haven't read Jurassic Park yet, but a lack of restraint is one of the impressions I got from State of Fear!

  4. MrsDarwin4:23 PM

    Jurassic Park is Hot Stuff here with the three oldest since we bought a VHS of the movie at a yard sale. Eleanor has been trying to read it for a while, but she's way down on the hold list at the library, so maybe I'll just buy a copy and read along.

    I remember enjoying The Andromeda Strain well enough to re-read a few times as a teenager, but it's been almost 20 years since I set eyes on it. I wonder how well it would hold up.

  5. branemrys11:02 PM

    It's definitely a swift and easy read. I may have to dig out the VHS player (since I only have it on VHS myself!) to compare the book to the movie.

  6. MrsDarwin4:04 PM

    I've seen JP three times this summer (like I say: Eleanor's favorite) and the raptors in the kitchen are never less than scary.

    True confession: I saw Jurassic World and liked it a good deal more than I thought I would. The last big fight between the dinos was definitely not just fake-awesome. I believed, man, I believed.

    Of no relevance to this conversation, but: I finally saw Star Trek: Into Darkness, and it was even more incoherent than you made it sound, if that's even possible. Fake-awesome rating: 8/10.


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