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Saturday, January 15, 2005

Fearful Coincidence!

Till two days back, I had not even heard of Crichton's latest book, State of Fear. Reading it on the flight, I was struck by the chilling coincidence that the tsunami disaster happened just a few weeks after the book was released.

The book takes a stand much closer to my heart, questioning global warming, and the motives and scientific temperament of environmentalists the world over. It is refreshing to see this approach from a mainstream author.

The book itself, is not one of Crichton's best, and spends too much time in describing chases. It has the usual "tall-smart-athletic" heroine, who was now become a cliche in Crichton's books. However it conveys the message quite clearly, using proper references.

By the way, in case you haven't, read this article of Swami's - Tsunami, the road to Extinction