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Stefanie Fraser

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Meh. (Reserving the rights to change my mind).

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-08-17

I’ve been on a Michael Crichton kick recently - and had super high hopes for this one, given how Jurassic Park is in my top 10 fave books of all time AND it’s currently a global pandemic. (Another book in my top 10 is The Stand...and I’m very well versed in the apocalyptic/pandemic genre). The Andromeda Strain did not measure up to my expectations. Not enough “scare” or stress. Not enough paranoia, or social implications of the discovery of an alien “virus”...if that’s what it was. What would the military be planning - or doing - if contact is the case? How would the media be suppressed or the story leak out after a town is (to quote Stephen King) “cancelled” to control an outbreak? What HAPPENS with the alien cells once the mechanisms are discovered? What about the families of the scientists who up and go? Do they care their spouses are gone with a phone call? Do the scientists care? These questions are not answered in this book. This book was like being a fly on the wall where a handful of scientists, who lack any charisma or wit or camaraderie run a bunch of experiments and discover...something. What comes out of it, I didn’t really care by the end. I’m not returning this book - because I wonder if the Andromeda Evolution answers some of my questions...and it was an okay read. Just don’t expect Jurassic Park. (And - read Jurassic Park. It’s stellar.).

Solid Apocalyptica

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-11-15

Good story - good characters, and they weren’t too archetypal, which was nice :). I wanted more grit, though - more collapse of society, more terror and panic. There were some chilling bits - don’t get me wrong, I devoured this book in 2 weeks time (and it was chunky!). My husband misses me lol.

Solid True Crime

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-06-18

This book was a good piece of true crime literature, told from the perspective of a casual friend of Ted Bundy. I think the author did a great job describing the tension between reconciling the man she knew with the man capable of such violence. I do wish there had been more emotional exposition of various characters - particularly the law enforcement on the hunt. The author worked closely with them, and so often they were relegated to overly simplified quotations as “we took the search to the ground” or “we were stumped”. But maybe I’m being overly critical and asking for what this book was not - I just wanted more from the world! Ann rule seems like a great author and I’m sure I’ll try another if her true crime novels, if just to see what her writing is like on a less personal narrative.