The Andromeda Strain
The United States government is given a warning by the pre-eminent biophysicists in the country: current sterilization procedures applied to returning space probes may be inadequate to guarantee uncontaminated re-entry to the atmosphere.
Two years later, seventeen satellites are sent into the outer fringes of space to "collect organisms and dust for study." One of them fal...more
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All that long introduction is to explain that my very reason to give only 3 stars to this very good book is because I happened to read it after of reading Sphere (see review of that book: HERE), that I find quite similar in the general premise.
Both books have the calling of a expert scien ...more
As with most entertainment, this book pulls you in by asking some questions. "What is it?" "How does it work?" "What happened?" While those questions are still being asked, this book is a fairly thrilling read.
If you don't like books that get too technical about things, though, this isn't the book for you. It's full of pages from government documents, computer readouts, and the like. That only helps the book go by quicker, because I just skippe ...more
The movie wa ...more
It's a methodical, slow burn thriller that's heavy on the ...more
The plot of ...more
Dialogue is sparse and flat. Characters aren't much better. Crichton seems more intent on showing off his research than about telling a compelling story. The who ...more
First of all, let me say something. I read some criticism that this book didn't developed any characters. Well my thoughts are the same BUT Michael Crichton in the beginning of the book says that this is a report and every single chapter/day was from a report of some sorts. There are several instances in each chapter that our narrator tells us important details, and say "how wrong they were..." or "If only they had don ...more
The villain here is a microbe of extra terrestrial origins and one that is ruthless in the devastation it brings about.A crack team of specialists sets to work on it and in the end the ...more
The construction of the events and the execution feels very real - rather than an elite team of geniuses who use super spy powers to do whatever they want, you get a feel for the bureaucracy created by a government organization made to address an unknown threat, and the hodge-podge nature of a ...more
The Andromeda Strain is the greatest book ever!!! The movie was on TV a couple of times this year, but always at like 9 o'clock and mom won't let me s ...more
The Strain That Started It All
(A Book Review of Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain)
Where others credit classic writers like Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, I forever owe my first real taste of science fiction to Michael Crichton — long before I was even made aware that such a classification exists — and perhaps, as I think of it now, even more.
I still remember the day I borrowed Congo from the high school library during my junior year. What made me pick me the book is this vague idea that’s i ...more
I suppose if I was a scientist, or a biologist, I wouldn't feel that way. Probably, if I was a researcher, I would have found this book riveting, fascinating and terrifying. As a human of roughly average intelligence, I found it none of those things, and I felt like I should have.
The premise is excellent: a satellite ...more
Having said that, I was impressed to see that even as far back as 1969, Crichton had prepared all of the ingredients that would make up his later work. The Andromeda Strain challenges our faith in science. It ridicules the objectivity of scientists. Carefully managed systems fail elaborately to create suspense. A crack team is challenged under harsh conditions.
Unfortunately, The Andromeda Strain reads like little more than a blueprint for Crichton's lat ...more
He's a very good writer with captivating storylines, dead on science, compelling plot and in depth characters, but...I feel like he gets tired of writing the same story or can't properly tie things together at the end so he has som ...more
I did not really know what to expect from it. It started off with a great premise, a satellite falling on a small town and not too long after, the people in that town are all found dead of mysterious cause. So far so good. Then we are introduc ...more
I remember seeing the beginning of the movie based on this book decades ago, but don't think I ever saw the ending. All I remembered from the movie was the scientists finding the old man and the baby as the only survivors of the town. I knew nothing of what happened after that. So I am happy to now know how this story ends. A fun, entertaining, eng ...more
English 3H Period 2
8 December 2009
The Andromeda Strain
The genre of this breath-taking and awe-inspiring book is classified as a Science Fiction novel, one with many technological and medicinal terms. I chose this book because I am a huge fan of Michael Crichton and I love Science-Fiction novels. I love the feeling of mystery and fear throughout the books and love to see what the characters do in the situations of peril and disaster. The setting takes place in t ...more
Crichton has great ideas, but his writing is pedestrian at best, his characters lack char ...more
It's a shame. I love Michael Crichton and he is listed as one of my favorite authors. I will say, however, that there is definitely a growth to his writing. With The Andromeda Strain one of his oldest books and having read NEXT, one of his newest, the blend of scientific fact with gripping story lines and h ...more
I had few options for a novel to teach to my summer school English course, and this book was among them. It had been on my list of books to read for awhile, so I grabbed it. The short version- I loved it, and the kids got really into it. These aren't the honors kids getting ahead, either. They're the ones who are "recovering credit." The fact that they like it, in spite of the s ...more