The new thriller from Michael Crichton, one of the most famous authors in the world, will be the most exciting, anticipated publication of Christmas 2006. Is your loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? It's 2006: do you know who all your children are? Do you know ...
The new thriller from Michael Crichton, one of the most famous authors in the world, will be the most exciting, anticipated publication of Christmas 2006. Is your loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? It's 2006: do you know who all your children are? Do you know humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes? And why does an adult human being resemble a chimp foetus? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction -- is it worse than the disease? Ever want to design your own pet? Change the stripes on the fish in your aquarium? Ever think to sell your body fat -- or donate it to charity? Or sell your eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars? Did you know one fifth of all your genes are owned by someone else? Come to think of it, could you and your family be pursued cross country just because you happen to have certain genes in your body? Welcome to our genetic world. Fast, furious, and out of control. This is not the world of the future -- it's the world right now. Most of the events in this book have already happened. And the rest are just around the corner. Get used to it.
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Mr. Crichton provides us with another "state of the art" and a tremendous insight into what we call "science." You will notice he has evolved into not only our window on time, but, also, our sage of wisdom for "what to do next." His last two novels have provided us with insightful opportunities to seriously re-evaluate our social consciousness and provided a "road-map" for those who are desperately seeking advice on which "path" to follow. If there is one person who has the depth, understanding and wisdom to provide us a truer understanding of where were going, I don't know who it is.
Jul 20, 2007
I am a fan of Michael Crichton, but this was not my favorite. The plot was fascinating and the characters were very interesting. That said, I think he could have gone a little deeper. The book is made up of several intersecting story lines which all could have made a wonderful novel on their own. When combined not enough attention is paid to any one plot line. I believe that it would have made several great novels or one exceptional epic novel, but as one novel of average length it was just so-so.
Jun 28, 2007
Interesting subject matter
I think the subject and story are very interesting, but certain aspects were just too far fetched. I had no trouble with Jurassic Park and cloning dinosaurs, but one of the story lines in this book wasn't believable. I don't want to give anything away, so if you don't want to know, don't read the next paragraph.
*SPOILER* The whole talking monkey boy story line was just too much. The monkey didn't need to talk to make it compelling. Monkeys don't have the right organs to speak for one thing, and it was just too much of a reach to suggest that the first and only time this guy tries his experiment he ends up with a talking monkey. Just the fact that scientist would use his own genetic material in primate experimentation would have been enough to shock readers. I think a more intelligent, hairless monkey would have been a better idea.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-02-26 Do you own your body's cells? If a doctor develops a cure for a disease using your cells in the process, are you entitled to a share of the profits? These are some of the questions Crichton explores in his latest science-as-boogeyman polemic. Baker does all he can to give life to the characters, but they are little more than tools to convey the plot, so the author leaves him little to work with. Baker subtly shifts the tone of his voice to distinguish between characters and deftly alters the cadence of his speech to keep the narrative flowing. Despite his best efforts, though, Baker cannot turn the nonfiction interludes between chapters into anything remotely interesting. As if these weren't distracting enough, the multiple subplots make it quite difficult to keep track of what's going on, or how one plot line relates to another. Reading a book that goes in this many directions would be difficult enough, but on audio it's almost impossible to follow. Baker's performance is excellent all around, but listeners hoping Crichton would return to Jurassic Park form will be left wanting. Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover (reviewed online). (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-12-11 Bestseller Crichton (Jurassic Park) once again focuses on genetic engineering in his cerebral new thriller, though the science involved is a lot less far-fetched than creating dinosaurs from DNA. In an ambitious effort to show what's wrong with the U.S.'s current handling of gene patents and with the laws governing human tissues, the author interweaves many plot strands, one involving a California researcher, Henry Kendall, who has mixed human and chimp DNA while working at NIH. Kendall produces an intelligent hybrid whom he rescues from the government and tries to pass off as a fully human child. Some readers may be disappointed by the relative lack of action, the lame attempts to lighten the mood with humor (especially centering on an unusually bright parrot named Gerard), and the contrived convergence of the main characters toward the end. Still, few can match Crichton in crafting page-turners with intellectual substance, and his opinions this time are less likely to create a firestorm than his controversial take on global warming in 2004's State of Fear. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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