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Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
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May 04, 11

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Michael Crichton's posthumously published 2006 novel "Pirate Latitudes" is a light and engaging book. Had he the chance to revisit this book before publication, it might have ranked with some of his best work. Sadly, it's apparent Crichton didn't get around to polishing the novel prior to his passing, and the book has a makeshift feel. Some of the characters are flat, others are merely stereotypical of the swashbuckler genre. Only a few of them have sufficient meat on their bones to hold the reader's attention and care. The plot sails quickly, but it's burdened with a bit too much prosaic piratical ballast that Crichton likely would have refined, if not deleted entirely, upon rewrite. Nonetheless, Crichton was a great storyteller and a skilled writer, and particularly for his admirers, the book's worth reading. I recommend doing so while reclining on a sunny shore, with warm sand trickling between your toes, and a vast expanse of deep blue sea stretching before you to a distant, cloudless horizon. "Pirate Latitudes" is a good beach read, but no more memorable than that.
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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Shaber I'm a major fan of Crichton's, and while I regret the work isn't polished, I also would love to read one last book of his! It's a toss up, I guess, whenever a beloved writer leaves behind an unfinished work, whether to publish or not!


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