Throwback Thursday (September 20) – The Andromeda Strain

Welcome to Throwback Thursday, a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books!

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!

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Thanks for participating, and we look forward to seeing which books you choose to remember!

My Throwback this week is…

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

I’ve tried to be varied in my Throwback Thursday picks, but the truth is, I am limited to what I read in years past, and in high school and college I read a lot of Michael Crichton. As in, all of his books. So he’s just going to have to be a recurring theme in my Throwbacks.

The Andromeda Strain is very heavily focused on the “science” part of science fiction, as the vast majority takes place in a top-secret lab where a bunch of scientists are conducting experiments on a tiny piece of alien rock that managed to wipe out an entire town. And if you don’t like lots and lots of techno-babble and science-speak in your sci-fi, then this book (and Michael Crichton, in general), are probably not for you.

I, however, am a big nerd and think that sort of stuff is awesome.

Even though this book has a claustrophobic setting and a tiny assortment of characters, and even though most of it is devoted to science experiments involving monkeys and microscopes, I love this book. Michael Crichton really was the master of weaving enough half-truth and near-plausibility into his sci-fi to make it seem like something that could actually happen.

Also, this book has been made into both a film and a mini-series, and neither one did it justice (although if you must watch one, the 1971 film is marginally better). Hollywood, please do it again, and do it right this time.

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3 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday (September 20) – The Andromeda Strain

  1. Awesome Throwback choice!!I Love The Andromeda Strain my 10th grade teacher had us read it for a project. It was my first book by Michael Crichton. This was my first sci fi book and instantly I was a addict. That year I read all of Michael Crichton’s books. I was sad to see him pass away.
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  2. While I enjoy science fiction and other nerdly things, I have bizarrely never read The Andromeda Strain nor watched either of the adaptations. It’s not like I’m avoiding them, I’ve just never…encountered…them.

    To be fair, I haven’t read much Crichton. Keep meaning to, knowing the book will probably be great, but am leery of how much I’d have to suspend my disbelief.

    • Honestly, with books like Andromeda Strain, you don’t have to suspend it all that much. It’s one of the reasons I really like his sci-fi; it doesn’t feel like such a huge stretch to pick up what he’s putting down.

      Jurassic Park, yes, but he still writes it in a way where if you don’t think about it to much, you can believe they could clone dinosaurs that way 🙂

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