Years ago I was on holiday on Maui, Hawaii when I took an old book from a communal bookshelf near the swimming pool area and start to read it. Dinosaurs, genetics engineering, and chaos theory. It all drew me in despite not really representing the style of book I would normally read and I loved it.
When I finished I reread the back cover and saw the book was to be made into a movie. I sighed and shrugged. I must has missed it, without looking at the publication date I assumed this passed around book was years old.
The following year Jurassic Park hit the screens.
This was my introduction to Michael Crichton and, funnily, I went on to complete my study in a molecular genetics laboratory.
Michael was an extraordinary man that sometimes I am still surprised to recall he died. Starting a career having graduated with a medical degree from Harvard, he became a best selling author with talent spread across the entertainment sector (E.R.!).
Two of Michael's novels have been published since his death, this first was found on his computer. The second, Micro, was completed by co-writer Richard Preston and published by Harper Collins. Funnily for me, it is set in Hawaii where I first discovered the author's work.
This one is going to be purchased as an ebook (available here) in our household and added to the Christmas reading list.
What's on your list?