What To Do??

My wife and I were in a bookstore this weekend and I noticed a book that I didn’t know was out there. Now, I’m torn about whether or not to get it, and I’ll explain why.

Michael Crichton was one of my favorite authors. He wrote such classics as Jurassic Park, Timeline, Sphere, The Lost World, and State of Fear. Unfortunately, he passed away from throat cancer in 2008. When he passed, two of his manuscripts were found. One was Pirate Latitudes, which was completely written by him. This was released shortly after his death. I bought it, read it, and thought it was great.

The second was called Micro. This one wasn’t finished, so they brought in another author (Richard Preston, who I have never heard of) to complete it. This is according to Wikipedia:  “Approximately a third of Micro was completed by Crichton. Preston completed the book according to the author’s remaining outline, notes, and research.” Micro was recently released in hardback.

Now, I’m torn. I know I’m going to read this eventually, but I don’t know if I should get it soon, or wait until it’s released in paperback. I have loved everything that Crichton has written (with the exception of the last book he published before his death, Next). After reading the blurb on the cover of Micro, it kind of looks like it might be a lot like Next. Strike 1. It wasn’t completely written by Crichton. Strike 2. I don’t know how good this Preston guy is. Strike 3.

But, it’s still a Crichton book. I don’t know. I’m probably going to wait to get it, but I’d rather read it sooner than later.

 

The Lincoln Lawyer

This review is going to be a little bit different in that I’m going to tackle the book and movie all at once. I’m going to start with the book first, then go into my thoughts on the movie adaptation.

THE BOOK: Written by Michael Connelly, the novel follows defense attorney Michael “Mickey” Haller as a big money case falls into his lap. The defendant, Louis Roulet, is a Beverly Hills rich kid who is accused of beating and attempting to rape a woman he meets at a night club. After hearing Roulet’s version of events, Haller starts to think he has something he never thought he would ever see: an innocent client.

The Lincoln Lawyer, like all of Connelly’s novels, is a well written book that is constantly throwing twists and turns at the reader. Just when you think you have it figured out, something new comes up, forcing you to have to rethink everything. Anyone who enjoys mysteries, or just reading in general, should read this book.

THE MOVIE: Matthew McConaughey plays Haller. I’m not really a fan of his, but he did a pretty good job in this movie. Ryan Phillippe is also very good as Louis Roulet. Marisa Tomei gives a decent performance, but she looks really old in this movie.

The movie follows the book pretty closely. There are a few minor differences, but nothing worth complaining about. Overall, it’s a very good movie. Anyone who likes the book should definitely check it out.

Sleep No More

Sleep No More is a book by Greg Iles. Greg Iles is a really good author. I’ve read most, if not all, of his books. He is someone that everyone who enjoys reading should check out.

The main character is a man named John Waters. He’s a husband and father of a little girl. He also owns an oil drilling business. His life is pretty normal until one day, at his daughter’s soccer game, a strange woman walks up to him and speaks a code word that only his dead ex-girlfriend knew. Now, he has to try to figure out how she knew their code while preparing his company for an upcoming EPA investigation.

While I like this book, it’s not his best work. It gets a little slow in places. There’s also a few very descriptive sex scenes in it that I could’ve lived without.  However, the characters are compelling and you have to keep turning pages throughout most of the book. Overall, I’d grade this book a B. If you’re going to start with Greg Iles, I’d recommend either Spandau Phoenix or Black Cross. Both of those are excellent books.

The Black Echo by Michael Connelly

I first discovered Michael Connelly by accident. I was walking through a Barnes and Noble just looking around. I looked at the back of one of his books, thought it sounded good, and bought it. I’m so glad I did. Michael Connelly is one of the best writers out there. I have almost all of his books. His books are well written, suspenseful, and make you want to keep reading. Most of his books center around LAPD Detective Harry Bosch, although he does have a few stand alones and books featuring other characters. Harry Bosch is a homicide dectective who joined the police force after getting back from being a soldier in Vietnam.

The Black Echo is the first book in the Harry Bosch series (it’s also the first novel Michael Connelly had published, back in 1992). It starts off with Harry getting called out to a crime scene. When he arrives at the scene, all of his co-workers are writing the body off as an accidental drug overdose. When he looks at the body, he realizes that the corpse was a man who was in his old Army unit back in Vietnam, so he digs deeper. What he finds is something far more sinister than a simple overdose, and it forces him to team up with the FBI. In the process, he angers other members of the LAPD and it makes him have to constantly watch his back.

This book gets you hooked right away. As you keep with it, as Harry uncovers more and more of the mystery, you can’t help yourself. You have to keep reading. You find yourself needing to find out what happens next and, ultimately, who did it. The tension of the story continues until you reach the explosive ending. By the end, you’ll not only be rewarded with a great story, you’ll start to understand the character of Harry Bosch. He’s one of the most complex characters I have ever read.

On a scale of 1-10, this book is a 9. To me, this is a definate must-read.