July 11, 2004

An Unlikely Story


The Idea That Bush's Definitive Guard Records
Were "Accidentally" Destroyed Is About As Believeable
As the Plot of "Mutation".

I have such a nice set of cards from Steve Jackson's awesome old collectible card game "Illuminati: New World Order" that I thought I would use some of them for my blog illustrations. The card above refers to the gap in the Nixon White House oval office tapes he submitted to Congress in response to questions about the Watergate scandal. Nixon submitted tapes, but they had suspicious gaps in them because they had edited out all the bad stuff. And so "18 1/2 minute gap" has become a standard reference to anything the government conveniently deletes (like Bush's complete national guard records).

About 95% of the time on this blog, I review books or authors that I've liked. It's not that I haven't read any bad books. I've read a lot of really mediocre books, and those are just too boring to talk about. Today, I'm going to talk about one of the few books I've read in the past 10 years or so that I just loathed: "Mutation" by Robin Cook.

Cook is the author of numerous best-seller-list potboilers, along the same lines as Michael Crichton (the difference being I really like most of what Crichton has written). Maybe this is just one of his bad ones. The premise is that a geneticist decides to create a son as an experiment. The son is incredibly brilliant and (muhahahaaaa) insanely evil.

I can't recall exactly how old the kid was during the main action of the novel, but he was definitely less than about 10 years old. He starts up a Nobel-prize-worthy genetics lab of his own about 500 yards away from his father's workplace in some kind of concrete tunnel using stolen equipment. On top of that, he's also the feared leader of a notorious drug cartel. Oh, and his mother, who is a child psychologist, doesn't notice any issues and thinks he's a perfectly normal boy.

It was such a horrible and unbelieveable book, I've never wasted my time with anything else Cook has written.

As a side note, I am sad to report that I couldn't find my "Evil Geniuses for a Better Tomorrow" card, which would've been a more appropriate illustration for today's entry.

Posted by Observer at July 11, 2004 07:53 AM
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