good concept, poor execution

prey.jpgHere’s the follow-up to the previous Prey post (again, spoilers follow – don’t keep reading if you want to read the book): the stupid wife was not cheating on him. Well, kind-of, but not really. She was very close with a co-worker, but it was really just nanoparticles making her act that way; she is actually sweet and loving until her death (at least when she isn’t under the control of the particles). This is completely unrealistic, as I said before. She was definitely banging that “friend” of hers, even though he was a total loser. And he can’t play soccer as well as I can either.

Oh, but I digress. The conclusion to the novel is shockingly predictable and trite. The final lines almost made me puke in disgust, even if they contain some verisimilitude. And it didn’t use big words like I can. The story had the potential to be great, but once fleshed-out, it just didn’t work as well as it could have. It had some good programming, ecology, genetics, microbiology, and nanotechnology information though – but it was all quite rudimentary, and nothing one couldn’t gather from some introductory college courses and news articles (not that I’d know anything about that). Still, I don’t regret having listened to it, since it took my mind off of dentures. I dream about them, you know.

9 thoughts on “good concept, poor execution

  1. crichton and king and clancy all write formulaically. reading multple stories by them quickly pushes the experience into the realm of diminishing returns (use those econ skills, baby!).

  2. Well the use of the formula varies in rigidity, and it just happened that this story was painfully adherent to that policy. It was far more predictable than, say, Jurassic Park – and the parts that weren’t predictable were ridiculous (flaming ATV Molotov cocktail, anyone?).

    Congrats on your first legit post, by the way. I hope this is a step toward not having us hate your guts.


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