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Title:   Odss On
Author:   John Lange
Times Read:   1
Last Read:   07.12.14

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07.12.14 Unbeknownst to me, Hard Case Crime published a couple of Michael Crichton's early novels (written under pseudonym) before he died, and since his death re-published all 8 under his name. I actually had one of them from back when I subscribed but had no idea. Now I bought all 8 and will make my way through them soon. These were written I guess while he was a med student in the 60s. OK let me take just one second here. god damn. So he's in Harvard medical school... acing his classes becoming a doctor... and he's writing these pulpy paperbacks on the side!? What kind of fucking superman was he?? Doctor, writer, director... peak physical shape, high IQ... hopefully he had like a 2 inch cock or something just to bring him down a notch. OK. so I wonder if I would've guessed if I read this as a John Lange book rather than a Michael Crichton book. It starts out with some brilliantly accessible description of early computing and programming and the whole book involved a cerebral approach to a luxury resort heist. It's very much his voice, or the beginnings of it anyway. But what's weird is all the sex. The women are terribly one-dimensional and all seem to exist purely as sexual creatures for the macho male leads to enjoy... These parts are kind of embarrassing really... it makes me wonder if he was writing to a typical type or genre that was expected of paperbacks back then or if he was just young and horny and felt like getting some rocks off with his prose. Either way it's something that definitely went missing in his "legit" work and feels different here. All in all it was a fun enough read. I liked it and actually it makes me feel much better about his career because what I always thought was his first book: The Andromeda Strain, is fucking incredible so it's good to learn he didn't just sit down and start with such a great success. Yeah I liked it for sure. And I'm really happy to have 7 more Crichton books to read all of a sudden!



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