All-in-all, I'd recommend Crichton's book for anyone looking for a classic read. I wouldn't say it's for everyone as it really dives into a lot of science fiction and extreme possibilities. But if you're like me, you enjoy the roller coaster ride.
Another great read is Stephen King'sDreamcatcher. Now I'm not going to do this one justice as it's been awhile since the last time I read this. To be honest I saw the movie a few years back on the USA network which is now headlining timeless classics like, Temptation Island and What's Cooking with Julie Chrisley. Sadly that was my last experience with it. But in writing Pedirol, I couldn't deny the fact that this book and movie came to mind. The general feel to Dreamcatcher for me was one of almost constant confusion. Much like dating in college. No appearance of any real direction, unclear commitments, occasional action, and somehow I end up with less money. This isn't to be said as a negative necessarily, but it does promote the idea of chaos. In one of my recent posts I spoke to this effect about how one of my goals in writing Pedirol was to cultivate chaos in its arc. As such, I felt drawn to Dreamcatcher's story line. So I stuck it out. The movie rendition is a grotesque take on an alien infection and invasion. I enjoyed its strange appeal on the interaction between, what is earth's repellent forces, and the strange aliens themselves as they infect some The Fourth Kind-type location. Real estate prices in arctic hell-holes have never been better. King's method of storytelling is also very appealing to me on certain levels as I feel like he makes characters real. They behave as you'd might expect and respond in equal measure to the chaos that's unfolding in the storytelling. This creates some very interesting dynamics between characters and the plot.
But what really drew me to Dreamcatcher? In all honesty, it was the organized chaos. The odd sense of reality you experience as you dive deeper into the oddity of the world. I never felt at ease while reading this book. Contrary to The Andromeda Strain, I felt like I could revisit this and still feel a fresh sense of fear as each scene was compartmentalized in its own unique fashion. This did derive some other connotations to what things meant. But this to me is a good thing. Anything that entices thought is always a positive. Unless it's partial differential equations, they can die a fiery, demon, death. But ultimately I feel like the mind-blast of an ending sort of rushed things together. That was the only part that I really scrutinized was the ending. It was a surprise but it also seemed expedited. I thought over it many times after reading the book and watching the movie to try and grasp it better. Eventually I gave up on this notion and embraced the chaos of it all much like you'd embrace a crazy uncle. Cautiously, with-witnesses, but like family. But I didn't let that ruin the rest of the style and appeal of King's book. I can appreciate King's approach to something like this as divulging too much early on can take the edge off of things. I felt like the twist at the end produced even more questions, which is exactly what I was going for in Pedirol.
I liked the character development that at times felt a bit slow but still relevant in both the book and movie. I'm trying to remember the last time I've heard Dustin Hoffman whisper so much? Maybe when asked about his role in Tootsie? But that's our little secret. Some of the books I've read rush so quickly through things that I barely feel any connection to the characters at all. Sphere didn't do that for me. It provided me with enough emotional attachment to each person that their fear and terror were more palpable. This made the oddity that was the sphere more relevant to me as it was relevant to the characters. With this connection, things then fell in line and the chaos was far more palatable than just being thrown at you in waves like the Onbashira festival in Japan. You're welcome. The style of this book left a lot in its wake to resonate on. This made leaving it, then picking it back up, relatively easy. I didn't feel like it was a chore to work through the action. It felt clean and well executed. I'd definitely recommend this book for anyone looking to delve into the realm of possibility or the human psyche without the added burden of lamplight, street-corner, meetups with some guy named Lenny who's got the good stuff. I'd also recommend it for writers looking for a wonderful execution and build ups.
I'd strongly recommend anyone who's trying to delve into a chaos-driven, sci-fi, writing endeavor to take a look at the styles of these two books. I wouldn't say you even have to like them to derive out the brilliant substance in the set up and execution. I spent countless hours working through Pedirol's story line and creation to try and deliver on the ultimate execution that would leave the reader wanting more. Having the inspiration from these amazing authors was a great boon to have in the critical delivery for the final knock out blow in Pedirol.
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