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Micro: A Novel de Michael Crichton
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Micro: A Novel (2011 original; edició 2011)

de Michael Crichton, Richard Preston

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Three men are found dead in the locked second-floor office of a Honolulu building, with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up. Nanigen MicroTechnologies dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open a whole new scientific frontier. But once in the Oahu rain forest, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals profound and surprising dangers at every turn. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they find themselves prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power. To survive, they must harness the inherent forces of nature itself.… (més)
Membre:joesphroth
Títol:Micro: A Novel
Autors:Michael Crichton
Altres autors:Richard Preston
Informació:Harper (2011), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 448 pages
Col·leccions:Llegit, però no el tinc
Valoració:***1/2
Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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Micro de Michael Crichton (2011)

  1. 10
    Parc Juràssic de Michael Crichton (JoshMock)
    JoshMock: The book was sort of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" meets Jurassic Park.
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    Richard Matheson's The shrinking man de Richard Matheson (AngelaJMaher)
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As usual Michael Crichton doesn't dissappoint. Summary in short:
The plot follows the usual Crichton style - a high tech technology (a shrinking machine in this case) somehow results in a disaster and people start to die left and right as a result of it. ( )
  pinaki.s | Jul 12, 2021 |
DNF- Lost interest 1/3 of the way through. ( )
  ABQcat | Jun 19, 2021 |
After having read a few of Crichton’s posthumous novels, I think that they’re generally not worth reading because they seem to amplify his faults without the redemption of his creative science fiction. However, if you were determined to read one of Michael Crichton’s posthumous works, I think that one should be Micro.

In many ways, Micro felt like a rebooted, not-quite-as-good version of Jurassic Park. It had adventure elements that kept the story moving forward, something I have found lacking in a few of his other novels. It also features Crichton’s trademark “company on the breaking edge of science that does terrible things for greed”. The paces of the story didn’t feel particularly original, but it was interesting.

Okay, if I were to do a quick pitch of Micro, I’d say it’s Jurassic Park meets Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. It’s two 90s blockbuster hits that would sure as heck be entertaining together, but may not be as thrilling today as it would have been twenty-five years ago.

Even when the science is interesting and well-thought out, I have similar qualms with Micro as I do with many of Crichton’s other novels. It’s flat. The characters are two-dimensional, their actions are predictable, and when people die it’s not even a surprise because it’s consistent in Crichton’s formula. these stories make far better films than they do books because even though the ideas are fascinating, the execution is lacking From a literary standpoint, the kindest thing I can say about the writing is that it’s boring. The characters fall into archetypes and I didn’t keep reading so much because I cared about them. Okay, okay. Except for Danny’s arm? I wanted to know what in the world was going on there. … Until I DID find out, and then I really wished I didn’t know because ew, ew, ew.

Still, Micro is interesting and in this particular case, I think Preston did a good job finishing Crichton’s work. However, you can tell Crichton was a good deal into this one because it feels much more like his traditional adventures than other posthumous novels, so it was edited decently. It stays suspenseful and engrossing despite the lack of depth in the characters because the micro-world is lush and interesting. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be half an inch tall and struck in a Hawaiian forest… here it is.

This is great for people who are interested in very science-driven science fiction and suspenseful adventure stories. It’s certainly not as good as Jurassic Park or Timeline (in my opinion), but if you have a free afternoon and want something that is going to keep you entertained but not ask too much of you as a reader, Micro is fairly decent. ( )
  Morteana | Feb 13, 2021 |
Not really written by Crichton, finished after his death by Richard Preston.

You can see the skeleton of a Michael Crichton novel here, which is what Preston started with. But what he constructed around that skeleton is one of the most godawful stories I can remember reading.

Characters don't develop over time, they undergo complete personality changes between paragraphs. Some are clearly caricatures of people we met in previous Crichton novels.

The main plot point is straight out of the 1960's Batman TV series - "I'll do something incredibly complicated and by no means sure to work, then leave them alone and hope they die!"

The world would be a better place, and Crichton's legacy would be much shinier, if this book had never been published. ( )
  mattwa33186 | Jan 2, 2021 |
Some great stories from Michael Crichton. I always think that this is my favourite ... until I read one of the others! I love them all. ( )
  KarenCollyer | Oct 26, 2020 |
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Three men are found dead in the locked second-floor office of a Honolulu building, with no sign of struggle except for the ultrafine, razor-sharp cuts covering their bodies. The only clue left behind is a tiny bladed robot, nearly invisible to the human eye. In the lush forests of Oahu, groundbreaking technology has ushered in a revolutionary era of biological prospecting. Trillions of microorganisms, tens of thousands of bacteria species, are being discovered; they are feeding a search for priceless drugs and applications on a scale beyond anything previously imagined. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, seven graduate students at the forefront of their fields are recruited by a pioneering microbiology start-up. Nanigen MicroTechnologies dispatches the group to a mysterious lab in Hawaii, where they are promised access to tools that will open a whole new scientific frontier. But once in the Oahu rain forest, the scientists are thrust into a hostile wilderness that reveals profound and surprising dangers at every turn. Armed only with their knowledge of the natural world, they find themselves prey to a technology of radical and unbridled power. To survive, they must harness the inherent forces of nature itself.

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