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From Library Journal
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.
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.?)
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.
In BUG PARK, James P. Hogan similarly develops another excellent novel around the idea of using telepresence to create a new type of amusement park ride: people battle actual insects in their own miniature world while, in effect, putting their controlling 'consciousness' inside tiny bug-sized, man-shaped "mecs".
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 also allows Eric Heber, one of the young protagonists, to control the movements of "Taki," one of his mecs as if its limbs were his own limbs. The neurology of DNC is explained and extrapolated quite a bit, but I would have preferred even more. (I have been an avid reader of James P. Hogan's works since his first novel, the classic INHERIT THE STARS. The more science he puts into his novels the better!)
In BUG PARK, however, the S&T (science and technology) are as fully explained as most people would ever want it to be. My own tastes should not rule you in this case.
Most 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.?)
Buy and Enjoy!
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2002 by R. Wallace
Bug Park was a really fun read. As usual, Hogan comes from a base of hard science, which helps makes the premise believable. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2002 by Tom Wright
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002 by M. A. Ramos
Although somewhat lacking in serious plot and character developement, and in technical details (admittedly there couldn't be a lot,as this is an excursion into "fantasy... Read morePublished on March 16 2001 by GRIZZLY