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The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
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really liked it
bookshelves: favorites, science-fiction, suspense

Last night Trish and I watched the 1971 Robert Wise movie. And while I did like it better than the first time round, I still prefer Crichton's book.

This might be due for a re-read and a proper review in 2019.

In short, a returning space probe brings something with it that instantly kills almost all the people in the small town nearest to the landing site. But what is it? And why are there two survivors?

A team of scientists is put into the Wildfire installation, a zero contaminant facility that's buried in the Nevada desert, and are tasked with sciencing the shit out of it.
Can they do it?

If you think about picking this up, be prepared for a lot of science and a lot of scary.


The book: 4.5 stars
The movie: 7/10
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Reading Progress

January 6, 2017 – Started Reading
January 7, 2017 – Finished Reading
February 5, 2017 – Shelved
June 10, 2017 – Shelved as: favorites
October 8, 2017 – Shelved as: science-fiction
October 8, 2017 – Shelved as: suspense

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message 1: by Adrian (new)

Adrian Never read the book, hmmm ! Saw the movie when it came out ha ha.

Dennis When it came out?! You're really old, aren't you?! ;P

The book is very technical and therefore a little dry. But I loved it.

message 3: by Trish (new) - added it

Trish Bwahahahaha, Adrian. :)

The movie really wasn't bad although the age was of course visible.

message 4: by Adrian (new)

Adrian Unlike my age, which of course is not at all visible ha ha

message 5: by Trish (new) - added it

Trish Adrian wrote: "Unlike my age, which of course is not at all visible ha ha"

Bwahahahahahaha! I wouldn't know. All I can say is that your cats look good. ;)

message 6: by Adrian (new)

Adrian My cats take after me of course *lol*

message 7: by Trish (new) - added it

Trish Uhm ... uh-huh, suuuuure. *pats your head like I would a cat's*

Cathy (cathepsut) Oh, I love that movie! One of my all-time favourites... The remake doesn‘t even come close. I read the book much later and TBH can‘t really remember much.

message 9: by Dennis (last edited Dec 17, 2018 01:57PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Dennis All-time favourites even?! Wow! It is a good movie tho.

P.S. Never seen the remake.

Cathy (cathepsut) Dennis wrote: "All-time favourites even?! Wow! It is a good movie tho."
It‘s a pretty long list. One of the top spots is The Abyss. And Jaws. So we‘re back to underwater settings!

Dennis I like those two as well. Jaws however a lot more than The Abyss. Did you read the books?

message 12: by Trish (new) - added it

Trish The Abyss was great though not on my favourites-of-all-time list. Remake?!

Cathy (cathepsut) I read Jaws, but not The Abyss. I didn‘t know there was a book! Remake? Not as far as I know.

message 14: by Trish (new) - added it

Trish No *lol* I meant I didn't know about the remake for Andromeda Strain.

message 16: by Trish (new) - added it

Trish Wow, go figure.

Dennis That trailer alone. 🤦‍♂️

message 18: by Adrian (new)

Adrian Ooh a remake, looks interesting

Dennis Okay, since nobody said it till now, I'm going to take one for the team here.

Seriously, Ade? You like that trailer?

message 20: by Trish (new) - added it

Trish Nah, I don't know ... maybe Ade is on to something.
*burst out laughing*

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