This is not a technological fairy tale like Jurassic Park or Sphere: it is a bitter, sometimes nasty accusation against excesses of political correctness. I don’t know whether its theme is so relevant now as it seemed to be when it was released; for sure, in Italy we still miss that awareness on harassment: the principle “no means no” remains beyond our grasp.
Still this is a good read: due to Crichton well-known ability in spinning a breath-taking yarn, to the insights in high technology industry at its beginnings (when we cared for how many bauds a modem could handle..), but luckily also because the fascination of technology as today’s magic is still present: the strolls in the virtual reality environment, with their unexpected encounters, are enthralling, even if that fad is gone for twenty years now.
You probably saw the movie with Michael Douglas (I think!). The book is a lot better (Isn't it always?). This is about sexual harassment. It is Michael Chrichton at his galvanizing best.
I was just entertained. I like when someone explores how power is handled in big companies. And this is what this book is about. It’s mainly about power in workplace. And it'is not (only) about sexual harassment.
I haven't seen the movie yet which stars Michael Douglas and Demi Moore. Crichton brings to the fore two old lovers who are now competing for the top position in a technology company. Meredith invites Tom over to her office for a meeting and the next day both of them accuse each other of sexual harrasement. Into this mix, Crichton adds computers, databases, networks, virtual reality and cellphone technology (remember that the book was published in 1994) for an intriguing thriller which I couldn't stop reading until I hit the last page. Good....Continua
I fell in love with audiobooks thanks to this book. I'd grabbed it because it was a Crichton novel, and I'd just read Jurassic Park and a few others. I happened upon an edition at my public library read by John Lithgow, and he was absolutely amazing--able to switch smoothly from his "reader" voice to voice the female, Hispanic lawyer character. Unbelievable.
If you see that version at a bookseller or at your library, it's worth buying/checking out just for his performance alone....Continua