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June Books 12) Sphere, by Michael Crichton

One of the few remaining sf books available on Bookmooch that I vaguely felt like reading; a Big Dumb Object is found on the ocean floor, and though it turns out to be of future human manufacture it also contains another Smaller Dumb Object which is alien. (I see that there was a film version starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson as the three surviving scientists, which completely passed me by.) It teeters on the edge of becoming interesting, especially when it seems like the psychologist who is the viewpoint character may be an unreliable narrator, but basically all of this has been done better before, and Crichton's desperate attempts to address race and gender are rather painful to read. You can skip this one in good conscience.

And that brings me to the end of my travel reading catchup. Though I am also well behind in writing up the Doctor Who audios I have been listening to...

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unwholesome_fen
Jun. 11th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
I happened to catch the film on television the other day. It's not terrible, but the territory has been thoroughly covered before (kind of a combination of The Abyss and Event Horizon, say, neither of which were particularly good films either).
gareth_rees
Jun. 11th, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
You can skip this one in good conscience.

As opposed to Rising Sun (modernized "yellow peril"), Disclosure (sexual harassment is a problem for the menz) or State of Fear (climate change denialism), which are must-reads, I take it?
nwhyte
Jun. 11th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
I defer to your dearly-bought knowledge of Crichton's books. Myself, I don't plan to read any more of them.
inuitmonster
Jun. 15th, 2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
I think it was Stephen Byrne who said of the film that it was more like two spheres, pushed together, that you sit on.
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