The Andromeda Strain Hardcover – Unabridged, January 1, 1969
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The climax of the story, in my opinion, kind of comes and goes without a whole lot of memorability and the story ends pretty suddenly. I found myself thinking, "Wait, is that it?" towards the end. Felt like a lot of build up for a kind of mediocre finish.
As usual, Crichton did a ton of research while writing his book and it shows. There's no lack of very specific terminologies and procedural descriptions.
One thing that may not affect other people like it did me - sometimes my wife and I like to read together with each of us taking turns reading sections out loud. We started this book that way, but had to stop because of the many graphs and charts that we kept having to try to describe. Curious how an audiobook version would handle this.
Overall, I'd read it again in several years but it didn't leave much of an impression.
If I can manage to get to the end by next year I'll update this review.
I finished the book 27 days after starting it. Things pick up during the last 80 or so pages and you think hey maybe it's worth it.
But then you read the end.
The ending just did it for me.
This novel,is of medium length. Generally I do not like reading condensed or abridged versions of novels. This novel is an exception. This novel could be condensed by perhaps one third and most of the story would remain intact for the average person simply seeking an entertaining light reading experience.
As described above, the novel is of medium length with a good deal of scientific jargon and procedures. On the other hand there is little character development. I really did not care about various characters. Also there were some tangential incidents that were more or less glossed over that could have been more interesting to me than the heavy scientific chapters. That is all a matter of taste and it really comes down to what one is looking for in a novel.
I liked the novel and am glad that I read it, but except for a few episodes I was not really enthralled by the novel. It was OK. At this particular time in American History, I have often thought about this novel and wondered why it was not being mentioned more. Having now read it, I can see why. It is a pretty good, but not great novel that seems more of a scientific fiction than a science fiction.
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It is written in documentary style as though recording a real event. The novel comes complete with a full technical introduction, acknowledgements to professional contributors from 'Project Wildfire' and a Reference section quoting scientific sources.
This 'cinema verite' syle extends to the text itself with use of 'official' documents, maps,transcripts, charts and graphs. This is either a strength or weakness depending on your viewpoint as other reviews testify. Indeed Mr Crichton is aware of this himself in his intro, '..if the reader must occasionally struggle through an arid passage of technical detail, I apologise.'
This novel hits you like a punch in the stomach and from then on I found it one long adrenalin rush to the finish.
j. evans harries