Really, I don’t like to make fun of authors just because they are successful, but I laughed out loud at this review and felt I must share. The review–Crichton Mad: A review of the distorted plot and politics in Michael Crichton’s State of Fear–is GREAT in that it not only pokes fun at a book that takes itself too seriously, but also reveals the potential errors and assumptions:
State of Fear presents two scenarios, one fictional and one allegedly factual. Crichton spends too much of his time lecturing at us, trying to convince us of the second. Meanwhile, the first is tossed off, sloppy and flat. In the end, neither is remotely plausible.
The result is a 15-page political pamphlet of questionable scholarly provenance bloated into a near-600-page novel of minimal literary merit.