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Michael Crichton
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Book Description

6 Aug 2007

The Number One international bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Congo and Sphere blends fact and fiction to create a near-future where genetic engineering opens up a whole new world of terrifying, page-turning possibilities…

Is a loved one missing body parts?
Are blondes becoming extinct?
Has a human already cross-bred with a monkey?

We live in a GENETIC WORLD. Fast, frightening – and potentially VERY lucrative. There are designer pets; a genetic cure for drug addiction; a booming market in eggs and sperm. But is there also a talking ape in Borneo? Has a 'master' gene for controlling others been found? Could an innocent man and his family be hunted cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes …

Are you ready for what comes NEXT in Michael Crichton's stunning new thriller?

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; paperback / softback edition (6 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007241003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007241002
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,606 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 ‘Next’:

'A wonderful farrago, energetically stirring up a lot of scientific, medical, business and legal issues… marvellous.' Evening Standard

‘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

‘One of the most reliable purveyors of brain-engaged fiction at work today… he is too good a writer not to nail us… diverting stuff.’ Daily Express

‘Crichton has certainly done his research… his alarm is hard to dispute… compelling… extremely funny.’ Sunday Times

‘Be very afraid… expertly blending science fact with fiction, Crichton sets up mind-boggling scenarios where doctors, lawyers, scientists and big business play God… the pace and intrigue last to the final page.’ News of the World

‘“Next” is ‘The Da Vinci Code’ with smarts. Own up, your guilty pleasure holiday reading awaits.’ SFX

‘Gripping’ Zoo

‘If you’re curious about the world of genetic engineering, this is the novel for you… thought-provoking and at times frighteningly real, ‘Next’ is a demanding but enjoyable read.’ Woman

‘A satiric polemic… a convincing and scary warning from Crichton’ Sunday Times

From the Publisher

Devishly clever, NEXT blends fact and fiction into a
breathless tale of a new world where nothing is as it seems and a set of
new possibilities can open at every turn.
NEXT challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing
the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, NEXT
shatters our assumptions and revels shocking new choices where we least
The future is Closer Than You Think. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a let down 14 Feb 2007
I absolutely love every Michael Crichton book I've ever read, and was so excited when this came out. However I feel quite let down, it didn't have a really good story like Timeline, or Airframe, the characters jumped from one to the other too much, and you had to keep thinking, 'now who's he again'. The plot was disjointed and I felt like I was being preached to too much.

There were bits that were excellent, and it wasn't completely awful, just not as good as his other books.

Read Jurassic Park and you'll see how good he can be, whilst still warning us about the misuse of genetics.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly, boring and unattractively bitter 26 Feb 2007
By Johnentwistlespout VINE VOICE
You always used to be able to guarantee that a Michael Crighton book would have a team of specialists investigating a corporations Frankenstein concept. I don't want to shock you, but there is NO TEAM in Next. Instead we get a bewildering array of characters that are all coincidently interconnected by an immoral genetics company. It took me a 100 or so pages to work out who was who, and by the time I had done I realised that I couldn't care less, especially because the story involved super-intelligent parrots and the difficulties of schooling a monkey. It sounds stupid and it is. This is a comedy with intellectual pretensions from the Ben Elton school of writing, and like that English scribe Crichton's nasty streak is constantly bubbling under the surface. There's about 50 pages of Crighton-esque page-turning brilliance near the end but nowt else.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Genetics obsession 9 May 2007
Having been a fan of Michael Crichton's for years, this book was most disappointing. He has allowed the strength of his feeling on genetic research to dominate the need to write a reasonable novel. The plots are very weak, and only loosely related, serving as little more than simplistic examples of the points he is trying to make. If I wanted to read a book on the dangers of genetic research, I would read one of the widely available treatises on the subject.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost the plot? 3 Dec 2006
I am a great fan of Crichton's books, and I don't want to describe this as a bad book by any means, but I can't honestly review it as a great book.

This seems to be a personal open letter of complaint against the Biotech industry. There is no plot as such, but a dozen or so loosely connected stories covering various horror scenarios of genetic modification.

The transgenic parrot is such a painful attempt at comic relief that it beggars belief.

Anyway, I did read the book within 24 hours of getting it, and enjoyed the pace and character situations, but I'm not in a hurry to recommend it to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed 14 Sep 2007
By Leven1
I tend to read books which are less mainstream but having read a couple of mainstream books which I enjoyed I thought I was maybe being a snob and should try some big names (they must be big names for a reason). The last 3 books I've read have been "Corner of his Eye" by Dean Koontz decent story but one of the worst endings ever; Cell by Stephen King very familiar story for King (he has written this book before with only a few differences) and another disappointing and unbelieveable ending and now Next by Mr Crichton.

This is the first book by him I have read and on this evidence it will be the last. It is very well researched with lots of interesting facts that do make you think but it lacks one (very important) thing.......a story. Yes Crichton has forgot to include the story part. What story there is is very disjointed with too many characters and takes way to long to go anywhere. If I had wanted to read a dry academic book on genetics I would have bought one.

Only recommended if you are really into genetics. Maybe I got unlucky but the mainstream seems to suck. I'm off to read something a bit different.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed...again 26 Sep 2007
I am a fan of Michael Crichton. I feel I have to drop the word "big" as I feel I could not be excited by news of Crichton launching another title anymore. However disappointed I was with his recent works namely Prey and State of Fear, Next just nailed the coffin shut.

Multiple plots that led to nowhere left me confused and wanting. Wanting for, if it is too much to ask, a decent climax to the plot and then a reasonable ending.

The opening scene was not continued. Only when I reached the half way point did I realise that Crichton is not going to develop that thread. I had to re-read that segment, this time, knowing that the end of the chapter is the end of that plot. Frustrating!

This book feels like one of those modern movies where you get inter-woven sub-plots running through the one and half hours of your life. Only where the movie stacks up nicely, Next falls flat like a pack of cards.

Not worth investing your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Pity, but I think Michael Crichton has lost his way. I didn't enjoy Prey all that much but I have to say that Next could even be worse. The subject matter is a great one to be writing about now with all that's going on in the world with gene and DNA manipulation but he lost his chance with this. The characters are bland, the best one I thought was the intelligent parrot, but that's about it. I just hope he can pull something out of the hat for his next one.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly book, important subject 6 Aug 2007
If you are looking to this book to get you updated on some current ideas and issues regarding genetic research in a somewhat entertaining way, by all means read it - especially if you are already used to Crichton's style of writing. If you are looking for a literary masterpiece, look elsewhere.

Crichton does do his research, and while you have to take his opinions with a grain of salt, his books are never short on facts. His ability to build gripping storylines and believable character descriptions is a bit lacking, though.

In this book, several disjoint storylines, each one illustrating its own rather obvious point, are woven together near the end in a rather contrived way.

I will continue to read Crichton despite Prey and Next, but then I know exactly what to expect from his books and I don't mind reading fictionalized science reports. He's not really a bad storyteller - it's just that he spends more effort on the political messages than on the storytelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 21 days ago by MR S DEVINE
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by gerry finch
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
This was wrong on soo many levels - the plot was very weak, and put together in a patchwork fashion, but the stitching didn't hold. I wouldn't recomend this.
Published 3 months ago by Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction that may already be reality
It is increasingly difficult to review a book by Michael Crichton, on one hand because you are likely to repeat the same things, on the other hand because every book I read is one... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anakina
1.0 out of 5 stars terribly written
This book focuses on the issues raised by novel genetic therapies. The book follows several (heavily stereotyped) characters through their lives with no aparrent direction or... Read more
Published 5 months ago by H. Speight
5.0 out of 5 stars His recommendations brilliant - and the US finally acted!
Many characters, and about six consecutive stories. The session of the talking parrot with the monkey very funny. Read more
Published 9 months ago by TriciaB
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
Absolute pathetic, i have enjoyed so many of crichtons books so expected the same with this book but it was a complete let down, the research he provides through the bookis clearly... Read more
Published 10 months ago by jonny
1.0 out of 5 stars interesting read but poor research
I agree with Crichton's end note against patenting genes and the commercialisation of scientific researc. Read more
Published 12 months ago by adepink
5.0 out of 5 stars A great present
Very fast delivery, bought it as an early Christmas present for my Dad so I haven't listened to it yet but I loved the book when I read it.
Published 13 months ago by Melissa
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining hooey
As you can expect from a Michael Crichton techno-thriller novel, Next is packed with lots of hyper-intelligent musings on biotechnology and genetic engineering, throwing in a dash... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Luke Edwards
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