Saturday, November 26, 2011
Micro – First Thoughts
Just a few thoughts for now. As I wrote Thursday, Micro is the most enjoyable Crichton novel since Prey.
I was very happy to read the introduction Michael Crichton wrote, even if it was unfinished. I always wished he wrote more nonfiction.
By the end of Micro, I knew I wasn’t reading a Michael Crichton novel anymore. But I was enthralled by the story, and didn’t care. (How I knew I wasn’t reading a Michael Crichton novel is a discussion I’ll save for another time.)
The novel has been compared to Jurassic Park, even by Michael Crichton himself. But Micro is far more reminiscent of Timeline than Jurassic Park or Prey.
Micro is like a ship that changes direction so gently that you don’t notice. Then dawn comes and the sun rises in a different spot than expected.
You can gripe about the change or you can enjoy the sunrise.
Richard Preston took over as captain of Micro after Michael Crichton died. As the new captain, he had to sail the ship as best he could, using the former captain’s log to navigate.
Captain Preston gave the passengers a pleasantly exciting voyage, and then brought the ship safely into harbor.
What more could one ask?