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The Martian

A Novel

Weir, Andy

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Martian
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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?" --
Publisher: New York, N. Y. : Crown, [2014], c2011.
ISBN: 0804139024
9780804139021
Characteristics: 369 p. :,map ;,24 cm.

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List - 2014 Favorites by: JCLAmyF Dec 09, 2014

This book was laugh out loud funny, painstaking in its scientific detail, and suspenseful. What else could you possibly want!?

List - Upcoming Books to Movies by: JCLAmyF Sep 11, 2014

November 2015 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3659388/

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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Dec 12, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Heard good things about this, but have to disagree with most of the commentators. The main problem with this book is how poorly written it is. The bio of Andy Weir describes him as a "space nerd" with a background in computer programming and, not to sound like a snob, it's clear that has little experience writing fiction. The narrator's voice is glib and annoying, like something you'd read on an internet message board. Typical statements are "In your face, Neil Armstrong!" and "Gay probe coming to save me." The plot is also overly familiar, drawing more from films than sci-fi lit: "Apollo 13," "Castaway," "Armageddon," "Gravity," and the 60s movie "Robinson Crusoe on Mars," which could've been the title of this.

The writing focuses a lot on the "how-to" of staying alive on Mars, so folks who like engineering or figuring things out with number will probably like it. Good twists and turns. And I like most any book where NASA plays a big role.

Nov 16, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_AmandaG rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This novel was fascinating! The characters and the story were great. I had a hard time putting the book down, because I just had to know how it would all end. Surprising for me, I even loved the sciency parts, I didn't understand like half of it, but it was really cool.

Nov 05, 2014
  • EricaReynolds rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Crazy good. And I had such high expectations going in as everyone, EVERYONE told me I had to read it. And yet...it was better than I thought it would be. Loved the characters, loved the story--one of the best books I have read all year.

Oct 26, 2014
  • gendeg rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The Martian is a solid book that hits all the sweet spots to get your adrenalin pumping. What could be more compelling than watching our hero-astronaut Mark Watney, left for dead on Mars, try to figure out how to stay alive on the barren red planet and get home.

And still… something was lacking. This could have been a really terrifying book, the ultimate portrait of survival, but Weir does away with any extraneous psychological exploration, and the characters all end up like the stripped down vehicles and machines our stranded astronaut tinkers with on Mars to keep his shelter running.

Mark Watney never despairs, he stays level-headed, and even when all things go to hell, he keeps his sense of humor. He's down on Mars for almost 18 months, alone, utterly isolated, just a teeny mistake away from imminent death, and his mood never changes. It's amazing. It's baffling. I know astronauts are extraordinarily stalwart people, but still. Come on. Some vulnerability would have been interesting and realistic; maybe a breakdown or two would have been a nice touch. The sarcastic, gallows humor is great but its irksome after a while, especially when it never varies and downshifts into 12-year-old-boy territory. I kept hearing a laugh track playing in the background as I read. Why does Watney, a super trained mechanical engineer and botanist, need to be a cutesy standup comedian all the time in his logs and communiques? And I guess I just really wanted the storyline to go into darker places. But for all the thin air in this book, The Martian is still a thrilling story. I had fun. It gave me a new appreciation for NASA and our space program, and the people and all the moving parts that go into getting human beings closer to the cosmos.

Oct 17, 2014
  • notthatjenn rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I know other people who loved the snarky voice of this character accidentally stranded on Mars, but it didn't resonate for me. I wanted either more depth to the character or a better sense of how he's using humor as a defense mechanism. The middle road of narration that was taken instead is, in my opinion, not terrible, but fairly bland.

Sep 29, 2014
  • m1kenyc89 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The was a good fast paced novel. Not exactly sci-fi but completely enthralling. Like others I stayed up way too late reading because I couldn't stop reading.

Sep 26, 2014
  • danomcd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent book that at numerous times I stayed up WAY too late reading. I loved the way that you couldn't predict where it was going. I also loved the explanation of science and chemistry in it - although it requires a little suspension of your disbelief to enjoy.

Sep 25, 2014
  • danomcd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent book that at numerous times I stayed up WAY too late reading. I loved the way that you couldn't predict where it was going. I also loved the explanation of science and chemistry in it - although it requires a little suspension of your disbelief to enjoy.

Sep 05, 2014
  • meg1534 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's not literary fiction but it is plenty fun.

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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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