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Bug Park

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  163 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Kevin Heber had it good. He had his own lab, a colleague he could trust, and an idea that could make him millions. Using his father's breakthrough technology in direct neural interfacing, he and his friend Taki have created a new entertainment media - live action adventure in micro mechanical scale. Bug Park: The ultimate out of body experience. And Taki's uncle wants to t ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Baen Books (first published 1997)
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Tannie Olsen
Jun 14, 2008 Tannie Olsen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Tannie by: Found it at the bookstore
Did anyone ever read "Tom Swift" while growing up? Tom Swift and His Giant Telescope, Tom Swift and His Planet Stone or Tom Swift and His Sky Train? Well, James P. Hogan has created what I consider the next generation of Tom Swift style story. It is a pity he did not follow up with a subsequent novel.

The basic premise of the story is that a technology is invented called 'direct neural coupling' where an individual can control mechanical devices with their mind. Miniaturized devices called 'mecs
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Erik
Great book from a great author. This one is focused on the children of ground breaking engineers. The two boys have taken micro robots cast off by the parent and created a battle game they play against each other.

Troubles arise when the bad guy tries to drive the father out of the business and contemplates/tries using the microbots as tools of assasination.

Themes: Engineer's as heroes, not cannon fodder. Smart children making smart decisions.
Ben
I can't understand why this book isn't better known. It's one that has been passed through me and both my brothers again and again. I think its YA, and its not a super sophisticated plot, but the imagery is crystal clear. I still remember it practically scene by scene and I haven't read it in years.
Jason
I really enjoyed this book. It deals with miniature mecha-type robots and industrial espionage. It had lots of good action and the story kept moving at a good pace. I would love to see this made into a movie.
Foxtower
While it drags a bit at time with too much detail, this s a fun book with a feel good ending thats hilarious!
Redneck Koon
this book is awesome!!
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James Patrick Hogan was a British science fiction author.

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