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So, my girlfriend has turned into a big reader lately, and that means when we're hanging outside, catching rays, etc., she has a book open and I either just sit there, or continuously bother her.

So, I decided I needed to start reading again (as I used to read quite a bit).  The only problem was choosing what to read.

Way back in 1997, an unemployed first time writer, named Steve Alten burst onto the NY Times Bestseller List with his first novel, Meg, which was about the giant prehistoric shark, Megladon, alive and well, in modern times.

I bought the hardback, 1st edition and enjoyed it very much, even though Mr. Alten isn't really the best writer you'll come across.

Meg was optioned by Disney, and was supposed to be turned into a Blockbuster movie, but instead, we got tons and tons of cheap DTV ripoffs.  Finally, after 20 years of development Hell, Meg will make its way to the bigscreen next Summer with Jason Stathom in the lead role and a budget of $175 Million.  YEEHAW!!!

Alten wrote 4 sequels over the years to varying degrees of success or failure, as well as a couple other series.

So, I decided to reread the original Meg, and buy the 4 sequels, as well as another 2 book series, and get ready for next Summer's big budget adaptation.

Reviews of each novel will be following in the weeks to come.


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Yeah these are pretty good. I've read the first 3 and a big budget film finally would be cool.

But Alten's other novels are pretty average especially when he mixes the science fantasy with preaching


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The other series from him that I have is The Loch, with Vostok, being the sequel.

I've been waiting on the Meg film for 20 years!  Sure hope Turteltaub delivers the goods.


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Vostok was the biggest load of shit!  Great premise and the first bits were good then it changes to some preachy sci fi garbage!!  Didnt even finish it cos it was terrible


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Vostok was the biggest load of shit!  Great premise and the first bits were good then it changes to some preachy sci fi garbage!!  Didnt even finish it cos it was terrible


OH BOY!!!  Yeah, I have heard similar reviews, but I will give it the full read...but that is well in the future, as I have Meg to finish (for the 3rd time, but I need to get reacquainted with the characters), The Trench, Primal Waters, Hell's Aquarium, and Nightstalkers.  And then, the 6th novel in the series, Generations, will be coming out next year.

Damn...I better get reading!!



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