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by Michael Crichton

Category: Fiction / General
444 pages; ISBN: 0712678255

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Luke Croll


Michael Crichton`s newest novel takes place at the start of the twenty-first century. Technology has advanced amazingly and now, time travel is possible. A group of historians is going to go back in time and see what life in fourteenth-century feudal France was like. What is going to happen to them?

As the book deals with time travel and Quantum Physics, there is a lot of explaining to be done in it. However, if you do not know the least bit about physics, do not be put off by this, as Crichton tries to explain it as easily as possible. This can get slightly long-winded at times, but if you ignore this, there is a good story here.

He includes a bibliography and so you can see just how widely he has read. I also know nothing about the France of the time, but he goes to great lengths to describe it and set the scene for the readers. The characters are very interesting, all with different strengths and weaknesses and I found it all mixed well to make a good novel with an interesting plot.

However, I did not like the loose ends. At the end of the book, I still found that there were quite a few threads floating about. I do not mind using my imagination to tie these threads up, but I always prefer it if the author has done it for me. It is his work and so, he should really be doing it. The epilogue was a good idea to tie up some of them and I found this last part of the book sad, especially the motto. That is all I can say without spoiling it.

Overall, Michael Crichton has written another good novel and one that I am sure will sell well. I wonder how long it will be before we see a movie of this?


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