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Next Hardcover – 28 Nov 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (28 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007240996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007240999
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 3.7 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Praise for ‘State of Fear’:

‘A gripping, impeccably researched thriller…we don’t get much politically engaged fiction these days. Here is a fine example.’ Evening Standard

‘Exciting…a master storyteller.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘Terrific fun. The pages whip by.’ Independent

‘An enviromental adventure of truly global proportions…it’s intelligent, readable and guaranteed to get the grey matter going.’ Mirror

‘An action-packed page-turner.’ Daily Mail

‘An entertaining thriller stimulating debate.’ Time Out

Praise for ‘Prey’:

‘One of the most ingenious, inventive thriller writers around… another high-concept treat…written in consummate page-turning style…fascinating.’
Observer

‘This is Crichton on top form.’ The 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
expect.
The future is Closer Than You Think.

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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Good book but not as good as previous Crichtons. Just a few to many characters and just a little thin on story. Still, it's way above the generality of novels - just not up to Crichton's very high standard.

I wondered to myself whether I was just reading a storyline which backed up Crichton's rationale for a law-change on whether you can patent anything from nature that you haven't invented.
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Format: Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
Warning!!! Reading this book is a criminal waste of time. It is not so much that the science behind this book feels fantastical - that can be taken as in a science fiction book. It is the careless mindless way in which he insults the reader's intelligence by dispensing with even a modicum of a sensible storyline. The way he populates the book with a host of purposeless 1-dimensional characters just shows the contempt he has for his readers - "I have made my millions, got my huge house, yacht, cars, so you can read this or stuff it!!!".

After State of Fear, this is another poor effort from Michael Crichton. Beware, he is heading for the place reserved for millionaire authors who take their readers for granted. If he doesn't believe us, he would do well to have a chat with Tom Clancy (3 poor Ryan books.....and counting!!).

PS: Note to Amazon - Pleeeeeease allow us to grade books with zero stars. Books like Next are crying out for this honour.
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Format: Hardcover
Next is not a typical Crichton novel. It's full of the high tech, cutting edge science of genes and how their misuse in medical procedure will affect the world we live in. The central theme is very sound and will keep you captivated. This is just as well, since there is no strong plot line to keep you reading. There are too many characters, very vaguely (and improbably) connected, all with connections to the gene modification industry or affected by it in some way. Next is not a book that can be picked up and put down since it's difficult to keep up with the plethora of story-lines, and because only the animal based strands stand out, it is difficult to remember where the other threads are going - in fact, there are quite a few dead ends. Crichton is shoehorning in stories to emphasize his viewpoint on the wayward use of gene experimentation, it's interesting reading, but there is none of the compulsive reading that he has created previously.
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