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Book #80
Book Title: Next
Author: Michael Crichton
Genre: Sci-fi
# of pages: 415
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: B-
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): 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.
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 chromosomes. . . .
Devilishly 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. 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 reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.
The future is closer than you think. Get used to it.

My Thoughts: The beginning of this read was interesting, but after about the first half, the story just didn't seem to come together. IMO, I thought that there were way too much sub-plots going on at the same time, and the read (at times) got to be a bit on the tedious side. I had to give it a B- though for its effort. Plus, I really do like Michael Crichton...

Book #81
Book Title: The Myth of You & Me
Author: Leah Stewart
Genre: Fiction
# of pages: 276
My rating of the book, F- [worst] to A [best].: C
Short description/summary of the book: (taken from amazon.com): Stewart peers into the complicated heart of friendship in a moving second novel (after 2000's Body of a Girl). Ever since a cataclysmic falling out with her best friend, Sonia, after college, Cameron's closest companion has been Oliver, the 92-year-old historian she lives with and cares for in Oxford, Miss. Oliver's death leaves Cameron alone and adrift, until she discovers that he has given her one last task: she must track down her estranged best friend (whose letter announcing her engagement Cameron had so recently ignored) and deliver a mysterious present to her. Cameron's journey leads her back to the people, places and memories of their shared past, when they called themselves "Cameronia" and swore to be friends forever. It was a relationship more powerful than romantic love—yet romantic love (or sex, anyway) could still wreck it. Stewart lures the reader forward with two unanswered questions: What was the disaster that ended their friendship, and what will be revealed when Cameron and Sonia are together again and Oliver's package is finally opened? The book is heartfelt and its characters believable jigsaw puzzles of insecurities, talents and secrets, and if Cameron's carefully guarded anger makes her occasionally disagreeable, readers will nevertheless welcome her happy ending.

My Thoughts: Well, to be honest, it seems that there was not much of a story here. It really did have potential, but the story seemed to fizzle, especially when the reader finds out why Cameron is no longer Sonia's friend...it was disappointing! Anyways, the plus side was the style in which this novel was written. I would like to read her other work, if I knew it had a better plotline to it.

Currently reading: Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

X-posted to my book community, book_it_2006 and a whole lot of other places! ;P


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
ooh, ooh, you are reading Jeff Lindsay? :O)
Did you read Dearly Devoted Dexter? Wait, that's the 2nd one, isn't it? *bonks forehead* I love the Dexter novels. There is a new one coming out soon, Dexter in the Dark, coming out in August. I cannot wait, I liked those books.
Dec. 29th, 2006 04:04 am (UTC)
OOOOH!!!! I cannot wait to read the rest of them! I am in the first chapter of this book (this is the first one)...I need to watch the show too! :D
Dec. 29th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
Wait? there's a show? where?

I am so uninformed.....lol
Dec. 31st, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
HEHE! It's a show on Showtime. I haven't seen it yet, but I am going to watch the first few eps. on the website. It stars Michael C. Hall from Six Feet Under
Dec. 29th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)
You must watch the show! It's the best drama on TV in my opinion. The show is better than the book, although I'm not on #2 yet.
Dec. 29th, 2006 05:55 am (UTC)
OOH! I will definitely watch it then! Thanks! :D
Dec. 29th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC)
I saw Next in the bookstore and almost bought it, but then I remembered how technical his books are and how I still need to read State of Fear.
Dec. 31st, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
I have that book and need to read it too! Thanks for reminding me :)
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