Sunday, December 03, 2006

Crichton's Latest

Frankly, Michael Crichton is not a writer one turns to for rich characterization & intricate plots. His characters are often two-dimensional (the sinister industrialist, the idealistic scientist, the bored wealthy heiress who sleeps with her tennis instructor). People read Crichton because his novels are interwoven with the latest science developments. Reading his novels is like picking up Technology Trends for Dummies.

His latest offering Next returns to the subject of biotechnology, a topic he hit gold with in what must be his bestselling books Jurassic Park and The Lost World. In Next, Crichton weaves various narratives about characters whose lifes are affected by the latest breakthroughs in biotechnology. A young woman confirms her suspicion about her parentage when she obtains cell tissue from the corpse of the man she was told was her father. Tourists to an ape sanctuary in Indonesia encounter an orangutuan who curses in Dutch and French. A cuckolded husband in a bitter divorce proceeding requires blood tests from his soon-to-be ex-wife to confirm that genetically she may be an unfit mother.

I'm still reading. I'll keep posting as I read further.


Rachel said...

I like your review. I'm curious to see how you like it when you finish it. I had to throw out his one on global warming because writing was so insulting.

Ilm said...

Crichton is a modern day’s maestro. The way he has moved around with plots and sub plots was very smart. I did read State of Fear and it was extremely thought provoking about the environment. However with the general environment it often led me to question whether Global warming was really a farce.
Anyways but talking of Next i would definitely rate it at A-. The promos and the sex were just so as to say a welcome break to some under-read’s like me!