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The Martian

A Novel
Weir, Andy (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old 'human error' are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?" --
Authors: Weir, Andy
Title: The Martian
a novel
Publisher: New York, N. Y. : Crown, [2014], c2011.
Characteristics: 369 p. :,map ;,24 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Originally self-published, in a different form, as an ebook in 2011"--T.p. verso.
Summary: "Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old 'human error' are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?" --
Local Note: 1 14
ISBN: 9780804139021
0804139024
Statement of Responsibility: Andy Weir
Subject Headings: Mars (Planet) Wilderness survival Fiction. Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc. Fiction. Astronauts Fiction.
Genre/Form: Science fiction.
Topical Term: Wilderness survival
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc.
Astronauts
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Near future and totally feasible science fiction. A man is stranded during a mission to Mars, and his adventure as he works with just a bit of equipment and his own inventiveness is one of the funniest (!) and most exciting things I've read.

List - My Husband's Ideal Bookshelf by: JCLBeckyC May 17, 2014

"Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no wa... Read More »

Comment by: JCLGreggW Feb 18, 2014

Wow. Just: wow. A novel that reads like a cross between the movies APOLLO 13 and CASTAWAY with a wicked sense of humor. This debut novel by Andy Weir is the story of an astronaut, Mark Watney, who gets left behind on the planet Mars after a manned NASA mission goes horribly, horribly wrong. Inste... Read More »


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Jul 30, 2014
  • nappunkkomah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What an excellent read! This was my first sci-fi but guess what? I LOVED IT. From the beginning 'til the very last page! I didn't even know I was going to like this book so much considering that this is about astronauts in space, blahblahblah...I thought it'd be too scientific and technical for me to get through the book. It indeed was quite technical and had quite a lot of science but didn't expect the humor in this book that would make me WANT to know what'd happen to this poor guy stranded in Mars while he uses his engineering and science to survive. Very enjoyable! In fact, I'm even getting my own copy.

Really awesome. I was tense reading this one, but the humour helped to get you over one problem and ready for the next epic catastrophe.

Jul 26, 2014
  • BrigidWilson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book from the first colorful sentence. There's a lot of profanity in this one, but quite understandable in Watney's situation. There's humor, there's science (all kinds), there's quite the gamut of emotional situations. It was fascinating to read how Watney fended for himself when he was out of contact with NASA, and then how he kind of resented the outside input (or interference, depending on his mood). I was hooked from the get-go and ran through quite a range of emotions myself; however, humor was the overriding one and it was great. I hope Watney got to Australia like he wanted to (to be as far as possible from potatoes):)

Jul 20, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In space, no one can hear you scream like a little girl. Also, Macgyver on Mars would have been an alternative title - - good read!

Astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars and must use his engineering experience, humor and limited botany experience to stay alive and try to contact NASA back on Earth.

Jul 14, 2014
  • walkermom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a two-sitting book. You'll pick it up and read the first 20 pages or so and think, "Oh, OK, I get it. I wonder what happens to this guy?"
Then you'll pick it up for the second time and you will get so drawn into it that you will forsake food, sleep, Facebook and your loved ones until you have turned the last page.

Probably the best novel I have read in the past 4 years.

Jul 06, 2014
  • donnamswan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An easy read for someone really into science and the space program. May be too technical for some.

Jul 05, 2014
  • waltzingechidna rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was worried that this book would be too intense--too Apollo 13--and indeed there is a strong element of that, of course, and of course those events are referenced here. Don't get me wrong: this book is definitely intense. But it's not *gratuiutously* intense. I didn't feel I was being played as I read it. And the protagonist's optimism and sense of humor kept things light enough that I never felt weighed down by the intensity.

This would be a fantastic book, not only for lovers of old-school hard SF, but also for anybody who likes a good, bare-knuckled but realistic adventure. This is science fiction purely because it hasn't happened yet, not because it couldn't or because it takes place in some fantastical far future. This could take place... well, with NASA's current funding, not next year, but certainly in the next decade. I loved this and I highly recommend it to nearly anybody.

I am not a science fiction fan ... however this book was excellent. I could not put it down! Highly recommend it.

Jun 24, 2014
  • srmechs rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Science fiction that I found fascinating. Unlike much that is written today, it does not involve fantasy, magic etc but science projected into the not too distant future. I only wish there were more of this type.

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Jul 26, 2014
  • BrigidWilson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Hell yeah I'm a botanist1 Fear my botany powers!"

"Remember those old math questions you had in algebra class? Where water is entering a container at a certain rate and leaving it at a different rate and you need to find out when it will be empty? Well, that concept is critical to the 'Mark Watney doesn't' project I'm working on."

Jul 06, 2014
  • donnamswan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped."

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