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Bug Park [Turtleback]

James P. Hogan
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April 1999 0606161678 978-0606161671
Visionary teens Kevin and Taki realize that they can make millions from Bug Park, a micro mechanical entertainment park that employs direct neural interfacing, but a murderous saboteur forces them into a war of physics.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Having developed Direct Neural Coupling, the Neurodyne company is doing well?but someone may be selling its secrets to Microbotics and creating killer mechanical bugs. Hogan's (Paths to Otherwhere, LJ 12/95) tension-filled thriller is recommended for sf collections.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Eric Heber and his wife, Vanessa, are on the cutting edge of technology, using direct connection between the human brain and mecs--tiny insect-scale robots--to explore a whole new world of experience and knowledge. But someone is out to steal this bold new science and pervert it to their own uses. Eric's teenage son Kevin and his friend Taki are caught up in these machinations and must convert their skills at playing with the mecs to the deadly serious business of outwitting the criminals and saving the life of Eric's engaging lawyer, Michelle Lang. Hogan's talent carries the reader from peak to peak in the story, while his knowledge of science and the meticulously drawn Seattle and Puget Sound locales constitute a splendid backdrop for the nonstop action. Dennis Winters --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Telepresence in an Insect Microcosm Oct. 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In Charles Scheffield's excellent novel, THE NIMROD HUNT, micro-miniaturized man-shaped mechanoids battle live spiders and warrior ants. The human controllers become immersed in attacks on nests or anthills via telepresence. The electronic sensorium provided by the mechanoids' sophisticated sensors temporarilly replaces normal human senses.
In BUG PARK, James P. Hogan updates the same idea to create a futuristic amusement park game. People battle insects by putting their controlling 'consciousness' inside tiny bug-sized, man-shaped "mecs". When a mec is seriously damaged or rendered inoperable by an ant, the human operating that mec is unceremoniously thrown out of the game for "dying."
Hogan uses DNC, direct neural coupling, a technology yet to be invented, to pull this off. DNC shuts down our normal senses and replaces them with sensory input from the mecs. DNC allows Eric Heber, one of the teenage protagonists, to control the movements of the "Taki" mec as if its limbs were his own.
I have been an avid reader of James P. Hogan's works since his classic first novel, INHERIT THE STARS. Even though BUG PARK is a juvenile novel, the science and technology are as fully explained as anyone would ever want and most adults will also enjoy this book,
Readers will love the rapid, breath-taking pace of BUG PARK. Indeed, I can easily see how this novel could become a major blockbuster motion picture with its exciting mix of cutting-ege technology, kids in peril and corporate corruption.
(Are you listening DISNEY Corp.?)
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Bugs : Johnny Quest vs. The Evil Step-Mother Feb. 1 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mr. Hogan did a fantastic job with the physics in this book. That is the one thing that kept me reading more than anything else. What I was disappointed in, is that fact that with a title of "Bug Park", there are so few insects/arthropods of any kind in the story, it is like eating a McD's cherry pie, and finding only one cherry...very disappointing indeed. The story should be re-titled.
Also, one point to nit-pick, for scientific names of any organism, when spelling the binomial name out, the genus is capitalized and the species is *always* lower case. On page396, "Limenitis lorquini"is what I am referring too, and the editors should be ashamed of themselves, because this is not the author's fault.
The story was enjoyable, the plot moves well, but the family structure was almost a direct parallel to Johnny Quest, including Bandit, I mean Batcat. I kept becoming distracted from the story as I read "Hoggi" instead of Taki etc., and like any good J.Q. story, the villain perishes in their own nefarious trap, leaving the hero's hands clean.
Finally, I enjoyed the little "Microcosm" joke at the end, I'm sure you will too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good juvenile hard-science sf Aug. 5 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As I was reading this novel I thought, "This reminds me of Heinlein's juveniles." Sure enough, a few pages later Hogan uses the word, "Heinleinesque." Even though this book is ostensibly aimed at teenagers, it can be enjoyed by adults. Hogan does a wonderful job of describing reality from a bug's point of view. The hard science is good, and there is a great scene where the two boys, using nanorobots, attack a centipide the way a couple of knights would attack a dragon. And they're even saving a damsel in distress, although, since she is using a nanorobot, her body is safely someplace else. There's budding love, evil
villains, murderous nanorobots, two teenage heros, and all kinds of goodies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spielberg, make this into a movie! Aug. 4 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bug Park was a really fun read. As usual, Hogan comes from a base of hard science, which helps makes the premise believable. The only thing I found that bothered me was the contrived bit with one of the kid's tie to organised crime. Still, loved the book and it would make a great family movie. Someone needs to give a copy to Steven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bug Park a Fun Ride Feb. 27 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was nothing like I expected. There may not be a lot of character development, but what fun! I could not put it down. From a Murder story, to advance technology theme parks and corporate espionage. This is fast paced. A good light read. Hogan knows how to take you on a rollercoaster ride. Get this book for fun. And just relax and enjoy....
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