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Chock! by Michael Crichton

Chock! (original 1972; edition 1973)

by Michael Crichton, Lars Ekegren

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Harry Benson suffers from violent seizures. So much so that he requires a police guard when entering a Los Angeles hospital for treatment. Dr. Roger McPherson, head of the prestigious Neuropsychiatric Research Unit, is convinced he can cure Benson through a procedure known as stage three. During this highly specialized surgery, electrodes are placed deep in Benson's brain, sending monitored soothing pulses to its pleasure canyons. The operation is a success-until Benson discovers how to get the pulses with increasing frequency. He escapes from the hospital, a homicidal maniac with a deadly agenda. A computer specialist who suffers from violent seizures has electrodes implanted in his brain to soothe his impulses and he soon learns to program the implants himself.… (more)
Authors:Michael Crichton
Other authors:Lars Ekegren
Info:Stockholm : Norstedt, 1973 ;
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The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton (1972)

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this book is seriously dated....between the views of women in the medical field, gays, and the "newness" of computer used in society. that being said it is still cutting edge potential and possibilities in both medical and computer science fields. why? a man named Harry comes in to get help stopping his violent seizures by being hooked up to a computer that is attached directly into his brain. ( )
1 vote tabicham | Jul 22, 2017 |
Spoiler-free review: I thought it was a fairly interesting book. I just finished reading Sphere by Chrichton. I thought Sphere was much more profound and less predictable. The plot of The Terminal Man was was somewhat predictable, but I still enjoyed reading the book. In my opinion, the ending wasn't terrible, but it wasn't immensely satisfying either. Overall, it was an okay book. I'd recommend it to fans of thrillers with a bit of sci-fi mixed in. 7/10 ( )
  mckzlve | Mar 28, 2017 |
More of a novella than a novel, Crichton’s work runs at a mere 261 pages. An author known for science-fiction related horror laden with advanced technology in scientific fields, Crichton’s Terminal Man doesn’t delve into the ocean and alien life as in Sphere, or in the wild pits of the jungle as in Congo, but instead deep into the tangled mess of the human mind. Harry Benson has a form of seizure that induces black-outs, ones accompanied by uncontrollable rage and violence. Thinking they have found their poster boy for a new experimental treatment, a team of specialists work with the police to have the offender receive a new type of operation. Electrodes are planted into his brain, where when the seizure is coming on, the electrodes (ran by a main computer system), are activated, instead sending pleasure responses to his tissues. The operation works, until Benson discovers how he can turn on the pleasure nodes with more frequency, resulting in a frantic rampage that turns this tale into one a modern Frankenstein.

Loaded throughout with social commentary, this book gives one food for thought. Beginning with a 2 ½ page introduction from the author, Crichton cites a brief history of man using technology to modify brain behavior through psychosurgery. In the book he uses a psychologist, and touches a little on psychotherapy and non-physical brainwashing, but the real scope of his work explores, points out the good, and then warns against the dangers of man becoming overly arrogant with technology. The plot premise is nothing new (nothing is anymore, though), being done long ago with such works as Frankenstein, Jekyl & Hyde, and so forth. The updated version here uses more modern-day tools, but the story is the same.

Crichton writes with a serious, impersonal style, keeping scenes short and sweet. Real action in terms of violence doesn’t gear up until the end, but it’s not needed until then either. Of course, as with his other books, tons of medical and technological jargon is used, with a few pages illustrated on what the imaginary computer print-outs would show. If you’re a person who doesn’t crave serious pieces, this ones not for you. It’s not boring though, far from it, and while the characters are not delved into deeply ­ it’s told from multiple points of view from a observing manner ­ they seem realistic enough to make things worse. Suspense is high at the end, but this thriller isn’t devoted solely to this response. Instead, it enjoys making people think, much like his others books did.

The Terminal Man is interesting, absorbing, and worth reading. It’s not worthy of five stars simply because it’s not exciting enough after it’s done, but it’s still a good read, especially with those who enjoy shorter works. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
I thought the ending was too abrupt, left room for more ( )
  petrichor8 | Jun 6, 2016 |
Really good story, and as he usually does well he melds science with a good story. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
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Capriolo, EttoreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Giralt, PilarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gudynas, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matignon, M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Eerste man gekoppeld aan een computer....en die man is een krankzinnige moordenaar
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