There has been an interest in starting a thread like this for a while but we still haven't started one yet so i'm starting one. We can begin with the most recent book we've read and what we thought about it and then see where the thread goes. Ok, I don't know if 'rate' is the right term here but its a start and we can always change it to something more appropriate. After years of reading 'required' reading materials, i've been free to read fiction/novels in the last 6 months or so. It seems like i'm trying to make up for lost times because i've read about a dozen books in the last months or so. The most recent one i finished reading is "State of Fear" by Michael Crichton. Its an intriguing book. A very unusual novel with footnotes and citations and I might add, very selective in what the author chose to back up his opinion. Some think that the references take away from the suspense of the book, bogging it down with 'facts' that support the authors opinion. To me, it was actually somewhat refreshing that Crichton actually supplies the sources of his argument. Although, he misinterprets some of his sources or at times ignores parts of the arguments in those sources. It is a very one-sided take on the issue and piles on the environmentalist activists. Ironically he seems to do exactly what he accuses the environmentalist zealots doing. Overall, although i don't agree with his take 100%, i enjoyed reading it and there are lots of wisdom to take from it, things to consider and look into further.