Thursday, December 1, 2011

MICRO by Michael Crichton

John Bedford Lloyd narrates Crichton's last and unfinished story, MICRO, written by Richard "The Hot Zone" Preston in a similar tone and (slow buildup of) style.  Set in Hawaii, the novel explores nanotechnology, with murderous tiny robots and bugs terrorizing the principals.  Beware, arachnophobes!  The book is perhaps a bit padded with simplistic dialogue and characterization, plus a credibility-stretching Fantastic Voyage subplot, but none of that will trouble Michael Crichton fans who will never get another novel.  The science, though fictional, is mostly plausible, and the action does have its payoff in the end, and without the relentless (and less reasoned) approach taken by most slasher serial killer novels.
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For a new collection of lost stories by Daphne du Maurier (author of Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, and the superbly narrated Frenchman's Creek) try THE DOLL.  These lost (and also last) stories are narrated by Wanda McCaddon, and contain O. Henry type tales ranging from gothic horror to romance, and are well told with an innate sensitivity.  The stories were originally published in magazines in the 1930s, and are just now available on audio.




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