The clarity with which Stephen King writes makes all the details clear in your mind in a way that you really don't need a movie to enjoy it (though I'The clarity with which Stephen King writes makes all the details clear in your mind in a way that you really don't need a movie to enjoy it (though I'm yet to see the latest 2013 movie of Carrie, and the old one(s) too). I love the way the same details are explained in the view-points of different characters, even ones that are barely a character in the major viewpoint of the story.
I like the way the novel is written - small snippets of mini-stories or events taken from viewpoints of different characters, and post-event snippets taken from fake books or articles, all integrated in a seemingly chronological manner. The overly detailed explanations, despite being great in its own way, might seem dragging just a teeny bit. But, overall I enjoyed the book a lot that I really look forward to watching the Carrie movies. Hopefully it stays faithful to the novel, even though I'm not really sure how it can include all the post-event snippets in the movie (maybe it's not, which would be a shame).
In my viewpoint, I think the whole point of the novel is to show the impact of what human ignorance and cruelty can do in a paranormal way, and how much people will tend to see things that happened by assigning some kind of logic to it, while making themselves believe in the ignorance of the existence of paranormal activities (which is true, but say it weren't).
EDIT: After watching the 1976 movie, then the 2013 movie... I feel like the newer movie was pretty much almost similar to the previous one - as far as the story goes. They were faithful to the book, but the storyline isn't what the book is excels in. There are numerous other factors - the main one being that the book isn't even chronological. It talks about the story that might or might not have happened in viewpoints of people in the timeline, or people, articles and journals (fake ones) from the future - just to lead to the end. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie - but I just don't think you'll enjoy the book after watching the movie....more
You could summarize what happens in this novel in maybe, a few paragraphs, and not leave anything out. Despite that, the Andromeda Strain is one hellYou could summarize what happens in this novel in maybe, a few paragraphs, and not leave anything out. Despite that, the Andromeda Strain is one hell of an experience. It's the descriptions that captivates you. Michael Crichton seems to have read a lot of science reference papers to make this truly epic. Infact, sometimes it feels like a science textbook.
Sometimes you even think it's all real, it actually happened, and it is a non-fictional re-count of a real event.
*** Update Aug 18th, 2011 Honestly though, when I think about it now, nothing really happened in this book, it was just the tone of the book and the way it was written (the way it made it all too real) that attracts you... But I'm not changing the rating, as, like I mentioned, something in the tone......more
When you are truly alone, how much does one friendship mean, and how much can it change the way you live? This is one novel that captures that. Left mWhen you are truly alone, how much does one friendship mean, and how much can it change the way you live? This is one novel that captures that. Left me in tears in the end....more