"Two or Three" Book Club, Meeting 81
Hello again, dear book club members! Are you all still around? =)
We took a break last month in order to read The Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson, which I've finally written about at Reading for Believers: The Death of the World. And so now it's back to business as usual over here! Well, sort of. I still intend to explore that radical idea of Reading Without The Internet, but it will have to wait until I'm done with (or to run in counterpoint to) something else I've been planning for months . . . and thinking about for years.
There is a popular writer whom I've been putting off reading for the longest time, and now I cordially invite you to help me to choose the novel with which I start . . .
Congo vs. State of Fear
I bet I know what you're all thinking now . . . "Enbrethiliel, why isn't Jurassic Park up there???" My dear friends, it's not up there for reasons.
A few months ago, I read a review which put Jurassic Park in the same context as two other early Crichton novels: what all three have in common, the reviewer said, is their juxtaposition of breathtaking scientific advances with the banal, bureaucratic realities which all-too-human scientists must deal with. This puts a spin on SF which we certainly didn't get in last year's representative of the genre! The other two novels are Congo and Sphere, and you can bet that I want to read them in the order in which they were written. (While there's a sense in which a vote for Congo will be a vote for Jurassic Park, I can't promise to blog about the latter as well.)
You may know State of Fear as Crichton's "global warming novel," and that's precisely why I want to read it, too. Not for the science behind climate change claims, but for the politics and the media manipulation that science has been stooping to for years, in this and other areas. If State of Fear is anything like Crichton's Caltech lecture Aliens Cause Global Warming, then it should provide a lot of food for thought and fodder for blogging.
So what do you think? Let me know before 1 February 2014. Remember that your opinion is welcome whether or not you plan to read along and that Twitter votes addressed to @Enbrethiliel are counted. Thanks!
Image Sources: a) Congo, b) State of Fear