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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (22 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007350031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007350032
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Michael Crichton embarked on a career as a writer and filmmaker, whose credits include 'The Andromeda Strain', 'Westworld', 'Jurassic Park', 'Rising Sun', 'Prey' and 'State of Fear' and the TV series 'ER'. He has sold over 150 million books which have been translated into thirty-six languages; twelve have been made into films. He is the only person to have had, at the same time, the number one book, movie and TV show in the United States.

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Praise for Michael Crichton:

'One of the most ingenious, inventive thriller writers around … Prey sees him doing what he does best – taking the very latest scientific advances and showing us their potentially terrifying underbelly. Another high-concept treat … written in consummate page-turning style' Observer

'This is Crichton on top form, preying on our fears about new technology and convincing us that we aren't half as afraid as we should be' The Times on Prey

'Mixing cutting-edge science with thrills and spills, this is classic Crichton' Daily Mirror on Prey

'A satirical black-comedy thriller… Crichton writes likes Tom Wolfe on speed… completely brilliant… Crichton's treatise on how breakthroughs in genetic science have been hijacked by science is anything but dull… top form' Daily Mail on Next

'The pages whip by. Does exactly what you want the prose in a thriller to do' Telegraph on State of Fear

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Michael Crichton has sold over 200 million books, which have been translated into thirty-six languages; thirteen of his books have been made into films. His novels include Next, State of Fear, Timeline, Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain. Also known as a filmmaker and the creator of ER, he remains the only writer to have had the number one book, movie and TV show simultaneously. At the time of Crichton’s death in 2008, he was well into the writing of Micro; Richard Preston was selected to complete the novel.

Richard Preston is an internationally acclaimed bestselling author of eight books, including The Hot Zone and The Wild Trees. Many of Preston’s books have first appeared in the The New Yorker. He has won numerous awards, including the American Institute of Physics Award and the National Magazine Award, and he is the only person not a medical doctor ever to receive the Centers for Disease Control’s Champion of Prevention Award for public health. He lives with his wife and three children near Princeton, New Jersey.

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Firstly, I am a massive Michael Crichton fan, and was very sad to hear of his passing. 'Timeline' is my favourite book of all time. I have read it three times, which for me, I am always looking for new authors and adventures, is saying something.

So it saddens me to say I was disappointed by 'Micro'. The story never really seemed to to gain momentum. The principal conceit of the story, a science facility set on the beautiful island of Oahu, experimenting with nano technology and being able to shrink everything from planes to humans to pin size, was fascinating and held promise. However, once the main protagonists the students from Harvard who are invite to visit the facility are shrunk and lost in the flora and fauna of Oahu, it is just man versus bugs, and it got a bit like and then there were none. It was the island itself that kept me going, I have visited the city of Honolulu, and found myself as a result of the books descriptions of the area reliving the Waikiki beach experience, and the stunning view of Diamond Head.

Although once I had reached about halfway through the novel I had became very bored of the gratuitous descriptions of each character being disembowelled. I also felt a little like I was being given mini studies on each insect that the group encountered, it felt as if I had stepped out of daylight and paperback reading, into a college lecture, mistaken for a cinema auditorium. Anyway, I skipped to the end just to see who survived, ultimately.

In fairness to Mr Crichton, this book wasn't completed by him, and although the flow of the story was seamless, each writer has their own style of storytelling.

Anyway I am still glad I read this book, and would recommend it to anyone interested in the author, and science fiction.
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I have been a fan of Michael Crichton and his fantastical and yet somehow believable technothrillers since I leapt on Jurassic Park back in 1990. Since then, I don't think there's been a title I've missed - with the exception of Pirate Latitudes (I have an aversion to books about pirates). Crichton's death in 2008 was a great loss. It was an unexpected pleasure, then, to hear that he left more than one novel in a near completed state. The first of these, Micro, was finished off by scifi writer Richard Preston and published yesterday. I've read it already and that's because I was counting the days until Micro came out and I wasn't going to let a little thing like work, eating, sleeping, communication with fellow humans, get in between me and this book.

I'm delighted to report that there are no pirates in Micro - at least, not the sort with one leg who sail around in boats. Instead, we're back to what Michael Crichton does so well: taking a hugely attractive and exciting idea (here deadly nanorobots - bots - and humans shrunk to about an inch) and putting them in an environment that catches the imagination (here the Hawaii jungle complete with every creeping, crawling and wriggling critter you could try not to imagine), all carefully slotted into a tight plot that will keep those pages turning.

Seven graduate students, including Peter Jansen, leave their studies (ethnobotany, arachnology, venomology, biochemistry, psychology) in the NE US to join Peter's brother Erik who is Vice President of a hi-tech company in Hawaii called Nanigen. They have been headhunted. Nanigen doesn't have enough scientists. It's not too long before we realise why. From the moment of their arrival, nothing goes to plan.
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As someone who enjoys the books of both Michael Crichton and Richard Preston, the potential offered by this team-up overrode my innate suspicion of posthumous novels as little more than craven attempts to cash in on a deceased author's popularity. Having felt that the first of those posthumous Crichton books, Pirate Latitudes, read like a half-finished manuscript tidied up and rushed into print, I was reassured by the fact that, this time, Preston would have filled out and finished off Crichton's work with a dash of style.


Micro just feels like someone has cobbled together a 'greatest hits' package from Crichton's earlier works: a bit of the nanotechnology from Prey, a bunch of the robots from his screenplay for Runaway, people being chased through the jungle by big beasties just like Jurassic Park... been there, done that. But whereas Crichton would have built up at least a reasonably plausible scientific basis for the story, here we just get told "Oh yeah, we've built this big magnet that shrinks people. Not quite sure how it works, but it's neat!" Except, of course, the shrinking process has weird physical side effects - just like the time machine does in Timeline.

All of which might have been forgiveable had there been even a shred of interest in the characters. But all we have are seven equally dull postgrads (each of whom luckily specialises in a narrow field of research that just happens to come in incredibly useful when they have to, say, repel a snake purely by smell or work out which particular spider venom will counteract the effects of a wasp sting) and a villain straight out of a lesser James Bond movie.
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