Next Hardcover – 28 Nov 2006
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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.’
‘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
The future is Closer Than You Think.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a fan or should I say was a fan of Michael Crichton. This book is rubbish, there must be a zillion characters,with everyone suing everyone else, talking apes,a chimp that goes... Read morePublished 6 months ago by CRSH
Once again, Michael Crichton has open my mind to a part of Academia that I knew nothing about. This book is an exciting story that shows how Gene Patenting is a terrible idea; how... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Pauly Pops
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 on 24 July 2014 by Noel
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