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Michael Crichton the 1 New York Times bestselling author of Jurassic Park comes an astounding eye opening look at the world of genetics as it’s happening now told as only Michael Crichton can tell it with lightening fast pacing and thrilling chasesWelcome to our genetic world Fast furious and out of control This is not the world of the future—it’s the world right now Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes is that why an adult human being resembles a chimp fetus? And should that worry us? There’s a new genetic cure for drug addiction—is it worse than the disease?We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps a time when it’s possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars test our spouses for genetic maladies and even frame someone for a genetic crime We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomesDevilishly clever Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn

10 thoughts on “Next

  1. says:

    It had so much potential it could have expanded the Biopunk genre a whole series would have been possible but Chrichton failed epically after a promising beginningYou certainly know that the human brain memorizes negative and traumatizing experiences much better because it´s better for survival to avoid them in future and I still vividly remember reading being fascinated reading some articles about genetic engineering inspired by the novel to start wondering and to be completely disappointed after reading itWell Chrichton had his 2 to 3 good books and the rest is average to trash in this case it´s a hybrid of a good idea a good first half and a prime example of how to get completely boring waste a perfect plot and leave the reader angry and dumbfounded just thinking„Why no subplots? Why no action no further development of the genetic enhancement ideas? Why are the premise and the motivation of the main characters so unreliable? How could Chrichton be so popular at his time was it just the lack of alternatives or did they think in 2007 that this is a good novel?“Don´t read it it will just disappoint you Or get it free or cheap and just read the first halfTropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique

  2. says:

    NEXT BY MICHAEL CRICHTON I’m still trying to figure out how this manuscript landed in the hands of an editor and actually got the go ahead to be published in time for Christmas I can’t help but think about all those dads that are going to be so disappointed on December 26th when they crack open the book and find a collection of plot lines with confusing characters and stories that seem to go nowhereIn Prey and State of Fear Crichton did what he does best in providing a well researched book with a riveting and thrilling plot thought I felt the latter a little heavy handed with a viewpoint I didn’t necessarily agree with Compared with Next I seriously wonder what happened? The book seems barely half finished even though if runs on for four hundred pages There are around five to seven plot lines each with their own vague characters that the reader has to struggle to keep straight going on in their own seemingly inane direction Near the end of the book a few of these plot lines cross over forcefully at the author’s hand and then the book ends and the reader is left wondering where the rest of the book is What happened to the basic rule of a story? Instead of a beginning middle and an end the reader gets a weak infrastructure of a beginning with part of a middle which suddenly endsCombined with this is the overarching philosophy of this novel which I hope Crichton doesn’t subscribe to himself where every person is one who sees life only for personal gain to be rich and feel constant pleasure The women are always bombshells to be used and discarded while the characters in general will stop at nothing to satisfy their pathetic personal whimsAs for the learning portion of the novel – with Prey it was the risk of nanotechnology with State of Fear global warming – Crichton is very heavy handed in the risks of gene therapy and engineering running the gamut from talking and by this I mean with extensive vocabularies parrots and orangutans to the risks of human cloning to bounty hunters trying to kidnap and steal tissues from innocent people who simply happen to possess the same DNA as a family member who had his cells declared property of UCLA in a court of law While Crichton is trying to make the blatant point of “Watch out this is what can happen” it comes off as over the top farce and tomfoolery And if it wasn’t made clear for you he ends the novel with his note about how patenting genes is bad as well as a list of other matters involving gene therapy followed by a bibliography just to show he did the work supposedlyIt is sad really for I’d hoped Next would be the return to the great author who gave us truly brilliant novels like Jurassic Park Sphere and The Andromeda Strain but Next can’t really be considered an actual book now because of its failure in the rules of a novel on so many levels If you liked this review and would like to read go to BookBanter

  3. says:

    Oops Finished this yesterday and forgot to reviewI enjoyed this book even though it was a bit spastic Basically Michael Crichton learned everything he could about the state of gene research and politics and combined it into a series of fictional stories to make separate points Some of the stories ended up crossing and some did not If you read this don't expect any cohesion just appreciate the anecdotes within

  4. says:

    Next by Michael Crichton is a ridiculous silly book But I bet a lot of people said the same thing about Brave New World Dune The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Stranger in a Strange Land and 1984 when they came out No Next can not hold a candle to these science fiction classics but it is the same kind of book and it is poignant for its time The fact is Crichton writes satire and the general perception of him does not accept this Next is both silly and excellent More importantly I learned quite a bit from reading it I did not know that genes can be patented human tissues can be used in any way by whomever happens to end up with them and that gene testing results can be hidden in such a way that deaths have been covered up because they were trade secrets Crichton shows the extreme possibilities of these insane laws In Next a man has a gene that could be a groundbreaking cure but when the company that has the patent for it is sabotaged and loses all its samples it believes it is within its rights to hire bounty hunters to track down this man's daughter and grandson and surgically take some of their genes since they are the company's property This is just one story that intersects the others in Next Oh by the way there is a transgenic chimpanzee human in the book Will it happen? Probably not But do we only produce children in test tubes like in Brave New World? Have we colonized the moon like in The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress? And while surveillance gets scarier and scarier are we actually being watched all the time like in 1984? No Satire by definition is trafficking in exaggeration to warn people about where we are going Crichton might be mentioned frequently in a list that includes John Grisham and Danielle Steel then with the likes of Aldous Huxley and George Orwell but he is a satirical science fiction writer and a pretty good one His popularity and high quantity output is making people think he is for thirteen year old boys only He is better than that Give the man a chance Start with Next

  5. says:

    I'm giving the five stars not because of how it is written but what it's about Crichton was trained as a medical doctor before he was a novelist And he died of cancer recently at a relatively young age I am supposing he wrote this book after he was diagnosed He knew there could be all kinds of ways of treating his disease that have not yet emerged from clinical trials He was certainly angry at the medical establishment at the research community at Big Pharma and at the government's policies regarding intellectual property rights for genetic discoveries Crichton's books often have bibliographies but this one also has an appendix containing his recommendations on legislative reform in the area of genetic researchAs to the book as literature he interweaves multiple plots that converge here and there It's a compelling drama of ideas but it lacks the strong narrative thread It won't make a good movie without sacrificing a lot of the interesting side issues There's no single strong main character no single ominous threat with ticking fuse Oddly enough my complaint about some of his commercially successful books is that the plotting was too simplistic too lean as though designed for the movie script to simply fall out I assumed he listened to CAA too much about how to structure his books because his agents cared not at all about them as literature only about how much they would fetch for movie rightsThe best Crichton book by far is The Great Train Robbery Not sci fi at all just meticulous research loads of detail and great storytelling

  6. says:

    15 Next is a very well researched book And that’s the only good thing I can say about itThe characters were too many and too unmemorable I forgot nearly all of them as soon as they were mentioned The stuff on stem cells and genes and biotechnology was excruciatingly boring The story was over exaggerated silly and unintentionally funny A swearing chimpanzee and a transgenic ape who goes to school?? Are you kidding me??I’m still trying to figure out why I read Next instead of Jurassic Park

  7. says:

    Actually I liked this book Don't know why majority readers thought this book was overrated I was hooked from the word go Well researched book the author has taken pains to learn about genes and weave a story around it The book was also interspersed with articles and essays on biotechnology related subjectsTo make it short the book is about genetic technology and experiments around it including the discovery of various genes with behavioural traits There are three or four plots in the book which are unconnected There are greedy tycoons unethical scientists and immoral health workers and abundant technical jargon thrown in to make the book interesting to the reader Simply put a very engrossing book

  8. says:

    Occasionally I pick up a book completely outside of my usual genre just to see what others are reading and what's actually out there Plus a local charity shop sells 3 books for £1 I'm obviously aware of this author due to Jurassic ParkOffensive content aside I'll come back to that this was a page turner I noticed that other reviewers found the numerous sub plots and multiple characters confusing I was also worried about that at first but I found that the key was to stay fully immersed in the book and to read it in as few sittings as possible Although when starting the chapter I didn't always remember the characters being referred to it was quite easy to pick it up from the details However I wouldn't recommend reading this a chapter a dayThe book deals with the dangers of humans meddling in genetics from all different angles We have a chimp who can talk feel and reason and could virtually pass as a human child but for his abundance of hair A parrot that also talks and has high intelligence An experimental gene that makes people mature quickly A company that obtains a court ruling that it owns the DNA genes of a man who has an extraordinary immunity to cancer A man whose bones have been stolen in the grave for research purposesThe author has created a world where genetics have gone haywire as things that wouldn't even have been thought about twenty years ago are actually happening People are playing God as they experiment with lives and the consequences are unknownA scary prospect even so when the sources at the end of the book in the author's note document cases where some of these things have happened in the real worldAs a Christian I liked that the author highlighted the dangers of messing with these things Although he was speaking about it from a mother nature point of view I agree that there are things that should not be tampered with Some of his scenarios seemed far fetched or unlikely However we know from books like 1984 that we can never say neverThe language was seriously offensive throughout with a lot of strong swearing and blasphemy There were sex scenes that I skipped over as they were explicit There wasn't too much violence I didn't like that every male character was sleeping around despite mostly being married as if this was and is the norm Nor the way the men were lusting after all the women all of the time and being loudly vocal about it Perhaps this is what happens in some segments of society but I'm sure it's not the case everywhere At least I hope notSo what did I learn from my diversion into secular science fiction? That popular authors have to write R rated material to keep an audience entertained That a lot of readers wouldn't bat on eyelid at the content as it's become commonplaceI can't give this than two stars

  9. says:

    Fast paced story with a ton of subplots that plays like a popular soap opera of your choice Topics range from legal battles over human tissue including the right to have bounty hunters go after the descendants of said tissue transgenic apes one transgenic parrot that talk tough if provoked biotech espionage vs competitors gene patenting and a lot of angry people There's some scientific info woven into this tale as well but not too much yet I still learned about some new things like chimeras and how close animals and such are closer to us than we want to admit Tons of moralistic questions and ones that should concern us as we aren't terribly far from this possible future Although the book is long the chapters are short with cliffhangers so it flows nicely The ape kid is one of the best top four characters in this novel CHARACTERSDIALOGUE B plus to A minus STORYPLOTTING A HOTNESS OF SAID TOPIC AND FUTURE DISCUSSION A NEW WORLD EXPOSURE B plus WHEN READ October to January 2011 review formatting change 8232012 MY GRADE B plus to A minus

  10. says:

    So I was like really broke towards the tail end of last month But you know broke or not I still needed something to read I was just going to have to content myself with one of those trashy 799 paperbacks And lemme tell ya pickings are slimSo I got a Michael Crichton book I'm very ashamed More so because I actually well liked itCrichton I think resonates so well with middle of the road audiences because his takes on science and technology tend to play to the common man's fear that it's all spiraling out of control It feeds the idea that scientists are unscrupulous insane dirtbagsNext really isn't that different There's a lot of unscrupulous science going on here And it's a very didactic book a lot of exposition a lot of information and a clear bias Just like most other Michael Crichton sci fi thrillersThe difference here is that well he might actually be right When you talk about things such as corporate ownership of portions of the genome patenting of individual genes ownership of cells being given to someone other than the person those cells came from this is all stuff that's happening right now And it's stuff that cannot in any way be goodAnd yeah there are some subplots about transgenic animals They're fun mostly because hey who doesn't love a talking animal but they're not what this is about The concern here isn't even necessarily about the science it's about the greed that has warped the scienceSo thematically it's terribly compelling In actual execution well few writers are as talented at the craft of forcing you to turn the page as Crichton even if what's on the next page is kind of hackneyedAnd that's the problem with the 799 mass market paperback isn't it? Even when you have interesting themes they're really just the window dressing for chases shootouts mistaken identities unbelievable coincidences and yeah talking monkeys