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First off welcome to 2015Let s kick this year off with a eview of a book about a guy who deserves to survive than anyone I ve ever known This book has been lurking around in my Goodreads feed gaining hype and all the positive eviews from my friends eventually got too much for me so I had to check this out for myself I m glad I gave inThe Martian has so many good things going for it First and foremost it is a classic tale of survival against very huge odds In this book Mark Watney becomes one of the first people to walk on Mars but after an accident causes him to be believed dead and abandoned by his crew it looks like he will be the first person to die there Like Cast Away x a million Mark must battle extremely foreign territory the likelihood of starvation and the possibility of technical failuresIt s pretty hard to see an outcome where he isn t totally screwedThe best thing about this book is the juxtaposition between the very scientific nature of everything Mark must do to survive gave me a enewed level of espect for how damn smart astronauts have to be and his absolutely wonderful personality Mark maintains his sense of humour throughout every hardship he faces it s pretty much impossible to not be charmed by himHere are some uotes The screen went black before I was out of the airlock Turns out the L in LCD stands for Liuid I guess it either froze or boiled off Maybe I ll post a consumer eview Brought product to surface of Mars It stopped working 010 As with most of life s problems this one can be solved by a box of pure adiation This book is part serious science fiction part an hilariously dark comedy that imagines a horrifying situation infused with humour and the overwhelming human desire to stay alive It s hard to imagine that anyone who picks this up won t find themselves dragged into Mark s world desperately needing to know what will happen to himBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr I have never wanted so badly for the characters in a book to be eal I want to meet them all the way I want to meet the president or Taylor SwiftThis story is perfectly told It is perfectly paced it is brilliantly written it is beautifully craftedAndy Weir does this incredible thing where he make the eader feel the isolation that Mark Wagner feels and he does it so subtly we don t even ealize that he s doing it until it s doneThe Martian completely captivated me I couldn t wait to find out what happened next and I never wanted it to end So that is the situation I m stranded on Mars I have no way to communicate with Hermes or Earth Everyone thinks I m dead I m in a Hab designed to last thirty one days If the oxygenator breaks down I ll suffocate If the water eclaimer breaks down I ll die of thirst If the Hab breaches I ll just kind of explode If none of those things happen I ll eventually un out of food and starve to death So yea I m fucked When I ead the line kind of explode I couldn t help thinking of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Total Recall face contorted eyes bulging as the oxygen deprived atmosphere of Mars was about to detonate his head I ll wait for the next mission to a blue planet thank you very muchMark Watney Mars astronaut has a lot to worry about It is hard to say if he has to worry about than Douglas uaidHauser Arnold s character in the movie At least he doesn t have people trying to kill him on Mars In fact when his fellow astronauts left he effectively becameEMPEROR OF MARSIt might be the shortest eign in history Mars keeps trying to kill me He amends that thought with Mars and my stupidity keep trying to kill me Watney is far from stupid He scavenges like a futuristic version of Robinson Crusoe from the left over debris of the Hermes crew s hasty departure The incident that ended Watney s life had them in a panic Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated He finds a whole memory stick of seventies sitcoms to keep him occupied and importantly stuff to keep him alive Watney becomes the first farmer on Mars He knows he doesn t have enough food to last until the next mission to Mars is scheduled so he has to improvise Luckily the crew was to be there over the Thanksgiving holiday and for morale purposes NASA sent along potatoes with those all important eyes intact My morning piss goes in a esealable plastic box when I open it the over eeks like a truck stop men s oom I could take it outside and let it boil off But I worked hard to make that water and the last thing I m going to do is waste it I ll feed it to the water eclaimerEven precious is my manure It s critical to the potato farm and I m the only source on Mars Fortunately when you spend a lot of time in space you learn how to shit in a bag And if you think things are bad after opening the piss box imagine the smell after I drop anchor When he finds a way to communicate with Earth in one of his spectacular MacGuyver moments they tell him that he is going to have to drive to another site where there is a ocket ship already delivered waiting for the next mission He will drive on terrain that looks like this The ship is in Giovanni Schiaparelli s crater Watney being Watney has a few juvenile observations about his arrival at the crater Tomorrow night I ll sink to an all new lowLemme ephrase thatTomorrow night I ll be at ock bottomNo that doesn t sound good eitherTomorrow night I ll be in Giovanni Schiaparelli s favorite holeOkay I admit I m just playing around now The science is unbelievable and since Andy Weir was a fifteen year old prodigy and is obviously still extremely bright in middle age I have to believe him that he has this all figured out Watney injects humor as he explains his innovative scientific brilliance which at times had my eyes glazed over trying to keep up So even as you are getting overwhelmed by the science Weir will elicit an eye oll from the sophisticated eader He might even inspire an outright chortle if you are of the low brow variety of humor lovers I must be of the pan humor variety as he elicited a wide ange of sniggers snorts and aised eyebrows from me I tested the brackets by hitting them with ocks This kind of sophistication is what we interplanetary scientists are known for The one thing that might save your life on Mars Earth or any other planet you might want to visit is something that NASA didn t invent Also I have duct tape Ordinary duct tape like you buy at a hardware store Turns out even NASA can t improve on duct tape Watney worships duct tape and given the hairbrained ideas he puts into practice he needs miles and miles of it It turns out duct tape has a variety of uses for providing additional support We are such an ingenious species Weir convinced me that Watney could live on Mars for over a year while awaiting escue With mangled euipment a harsh unforgiving terrain and the ever present one thing going wrong depression that Watney has to overcome everyday this eader started feeling the pain of failure and the elation of success ight along with him As the world learns he is alive humanity began ooting not for the American to live but for the human species to triumph In the 1970s when I was old enough to watch what NASA was doing and marvelled at our ability to do the impossible It was a time when absolutely anything seemed achievable We d had leadership that insisted that we needed to go to the moon We still built things now it feels like the monuments of our times are being built other places I do think we all miss having a common goal Something that we all feel we are a part of something larger than ourselves With a space program gutted and the idea of a manned mission to Mars staggeringly expensive it makes me ealize how lucky I was to grow up in a time when it eally felt like the impossible was possible I m probably the last of the optimists who still believes that we have to go see it we have to put our foo Unpopular opinion time I don t like how this book is written Watney s journals ead like a nerdy blog ather than a dramatic survivor s diary It s hard to find something harrowing and traumatic when the protagonist is saying yay a lot and making incessant corny puns 36 pirate ninjas Yay oxygen Lol gay probe lol1 Bad over no Scooby snack111 LOL craaaaaaap1 For me those aren t funny they e almost embarrassingNo matter what horrible thing is happening to Watney he s sure to pull though but not before laying a smug cutesy zinger on us It sucks all the tension out of any situation which is the complete opposite of what I want in a book that s supposed to be a thrillerNow don t get me wrong Andy Weir is a great technical writer When Watney isn t being a wacky douche he s going on and on about some technical or mechanical or biological process that with me not being a scientist usually goes over my head And that s fine I have no fault with a book that s factually complicated like that In fact it s eally admirable and cool that Weir is able to pool all of his expertise into a book about survival on Mars That being said other aspects of the book suffer According to the author s bio on the back of the book Andy Weir was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen an. I’m stranded on MarsI have no way to communicate with EarthI’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 daysIf the Oxygenator
D has been working as a software engineer ever since He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like elativistic physics orbital mechanics and the history of manned spaceflight If I can stereotype here it shows My guess is that he doesn t eally know how people behave or interact in the eal world The dialog is stilted and awkward The characters are all one dimensional and flat They almost seem like an afterthought The emotional and psychological trauma endered by all these near death experiences and complete and utter isolation What trauma There s no mention of that anywhere Watney is apparently that cool and awesome of a guy as evidenced by all his canned laugh track one liners and grating sarcasmBut hey maybe that doesn t bother some people obviously considering that people actually watch The Big Bang Theory and they e in for a technologically driven funny space thriller Because I have to admit it s a terrifyingly cool premise It just wasn t what I was expecting I was hoping for an emotionally taxing horrifying survival drama but instead got a cutesily witty astrophysics manual Just because something is nerdy doesn t automatically mean that it s good Adult science thrillerLove it love it A meticulously esearched briskly paced and surprisingly funny story about an astronaut left behind on Mars presumed dead who must now figure out how to survive and let the folks back on Earth know he is alive and needs escue This is hard science science fiction Parts of it ead like eally complicated but amusing word problems juggling mass and time and weight etc But all of that adds to the ealism You can tell Andy Weir loves his space exploration and knows a ton about it He totally had me convinced anyway The Martian is a fast ead and the main character s irrepressible sense of humor will have you cheering for him as he tries to survive against impossible odds I will also never eat another potato again Long story If you e looking for a fast paced believable space adventure set in present day this is your book I m so happy that I andomly decided to pick this book up I did find that the story dragged a bit towards the end and some of things went over my head a little bit but for the most part this was a fantastic ead I m pretty much fucked Ok show of hands How many of you have uttered these exact words or words to that effect Not everyone I see we have some liars out there How many have said them at least twice Three times Four Those with hands still up you probably need to make some adjustments to your approach find a safer line of work hobbies that do not entail long drops stop trying the weekly specials at McBlowfish or seek out people to date who are into less extremeumsports These are the opening words of The Martian Astronaut Mark Watney is definitely screwed than most of us have ever been Dude missed his ide and there will not be another along for oh four years Supplies on hand were only meant to cover a few weeks maybe months And that Martian atmosphere is definitely no fun lacking stuff like oh breathable air and a easonable ange of temperature It does offer however extremely harsh good for scouring that burned on gunk from sauce pans and long lasting as in months dust storms And if that was not enough he faces an array of other challenges unfriendly locals No Kibby the 12 year old kibitzer who infects my brain no Mars Attacks brain beasts or that other guy even though I know he is your favorite Real challenges For example the music he has for his stay consists of disco The viewing options include 70s TV Most of us might give serious consideration to minimizing the guaranteed pain frustration starvation and inevitable death by maybe taking a short hustle outside sans that special suit It would be a very very short last dance Watney is either a cock eyed optimist or an idiot I m going with the former as he is indeed made of the ight stuff He is ard and well supplied with the sort of can do designer genes that might make the est of us feel like the can t do sorts we are He is the poster boy for positive attitude It does not hurt that he is way smart with expertise in a wide enough ange of things scientific to matter It does not hurt that he is an engineer who gets off on taking apart putting back together figuring out thinking through testing trying and pushing envelopes But his crew is headed home and what hope is there eally The Martian tells of Watney s attempt to survive in a literally alien environment using only the tools on hand and his wits It is a gripping story with one of the most adorable heroes you are likely to encounter on this planet or any other No Kibby not a kitten How could you not oot for a guy who scrapes through Thanksgiving dinner for potato parts to plant for food Of course one might think been there done that particularly as 1964 s Robin Crusoe on Mars offered a etelling of Daniel Defoe s classic tale in a contemporary notion of a emote locale A 1905 novel used a different classic traveler in the same sort of format Of course those tellings had a lot in common with the Barsoom of Edgar Rice Burroughs as seen by Frank Frazetta than they do with the vision we have of the Red Planet today or say eality RealityOr is itOne of these was a shot of you know where The other was taken at Death Valley which was used BTW in the filming of Robinson Crusoe on MarsMost of the tale is spent on Watney s very compelling attempt to survive going through all the challenges he faces trying to make air preserve and maybe generate water make his food last get some sort of communication set up deal with things like exploding air locks biblical level dust storms toppling ground transport vehicles you know stuff most of it life threatening The other end of things is how the folks on the ground deal with this GInornous OOPS There are technical elements of course but interesting for me were the political considerations To tell the crew or not Imagine how bummed out embarrassed and guilty you might be on that ship the Hermes eturning home knowing you had left one behind Might it affect your ability to take care of necessary business for the next bunch of months Another uestion is whether to tell the public and if so when How about getting help from other space capable nations Are any international dealings simple There is also some in house NASA staff maneuvering that is wonderful to seeAndy WeirIn her fabulous book on writing Bird by Bird Anne Lamott writes Having a likeable narrator is like having a great friend whose company you love whose mind you love to pick whose unning commentary totally holds your attention who makes you laugh out loud Probably the greatest strength of The Martian is the narration of Mark Watney He is engaging and funny optimistic and capable I suppose there are some who might find him lacking in sharp edges but I thought he worked great Matt Damon as Mark Watney enjoying the view from the film The new earth based shooting location was Wadi Rum Jordan I am sure they did plenty of color adjustments in post but boy o boy does this place look like an alien landscape GripesYes eally there is too much scientific detail It is not that it is beyond the comprehension of a lot of eaders although it will skip by a fair number it is the share of time the number of pages the sheer volume of obstacles to be overcome and the very detailed explanation of so many of them that tilts the book a bit too much towards the MacGyver demo Weir writes very well about the other elements of the story Repetition of DANGER WILL ROBINSON with the subseuent amazingly clever epair du jour does get a bit old after a while I had to fight an urge to scan at times But that is eally it Otherwise The Martian is an absolute delight to ead Watney is lovable as well as capable and makes excellent use of his sense of humor to look on the bright side of life in a very dark circumstance Whether he makes it out on time or not not gonna spoil that one you will cheer him on hope for the best and fly past those pages with considerable if maybe not interplanetary speed Is there life on Mars There will be while you ead this book Review posted 11615 Updated and trotted out there again on elease of the film 10215 This eview has been cross posted on my site CootsreviewscomPublication date self pub in 2011 Bought edited and published by Crown 10282014PS Saw the film on 10915 and it kicks ass Go see it if you haven t already It is very true to the book with the improvement of not getting bogged down in details has a great cast looks amazing and does a fantastic job of promoting science EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal and FB pages 52416 Weir wrote a short story preuel to The Martian called Diary of an AssCan I posted a eview this week It includes a link to the story so you can ead it for yourselfAndy Weir s second novel Artemis while IMHO not uite up to this one is also pretty darned goodAugust 2016 At the Hugo awards Weir wins the John W Campbell award for best new writer and the screenplay for the film wins for Best Dramatic Presentation long form The Martian Chronicles on Gutenberg Gullivar of Mars by. Reaks down I’ll suffocate If the Water Reclaimer breaks down I’ll die of thirst If the Hab breaches I’ll just kind of.
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Edwin Lester Linden Arnold on GutenbergFor a eal Martian experience check out NASA s Mars page For a ealer Martian experience and ideal for those trying to keep one step ahead of creditors andor the law you might want to consider applying to be on a Mars mission no joke There is on this project below but the above link is for the selection process just in case you don t mind a strictly one way journeyA nifty article from the NY Times 10515 about the woman at NASA esponsible for seeing to it that we do not bring Earth germs you know where Mars Is Pretty Clean Her Job at NASA Is to Keep It That Way by Kenneth ChangI bet you thought I d forgotten these guys No chance I just an out of time to figure out how to stuff them into the eview So sorry I am stuffing them here That sounds so wrongIf you want to experience Mars while still on earth it is indeed possibleA general National Geo article on MarsPlanetaryOrg has an excellent list of all Mars missions to date and some that are in processWhen you are checking your ancestry some of that unusual DNA might come from a place far far away Two scientists look at the unfortunately named notion of Panspermia view spoilerthe natural esult of guys watching eally good porn A bad eview of ineffectual seed An unspeakable fried dish hide spoiler Crap My astronaut crewmates accidentally left me behind on Mars I m fucked I m going to die Oh wait I just thought of something highly logically unlikely and technically complicated that I am sure to pull off without a hitch because did I mention that I am Plucky and Ingenious It sure is a good thing that I am super talented Yay That worked I m not dead Next chapter But wait Disaster has struck Shit happens when you e stuck alone on Mars Whatever shall I do OMG I just had a great idea It s a good thing I m so naturally optimistic because it sure would make for a bummer book if I ever showed any signs of being depressed or having any kind of mental deterioration after spending nearly two years in total solitude Nah I ve got the fightin spirit I can create a life support system out of duct tape What does Mars actually look like Is there anything interesting from a scientific perspective about it Who cares I m busy growing potatoes in shit and watching Three s Company Did I mention that disco sucks RepeatFor a whileI do not get the hype I go so emotional at the end so good i have finally seen the movie so i added some notes at the bottomthis book is basically just a eally long SAT uestion and i so hope the movie is just matt damon sitting at a table doing euations for two and a half hours oh but first as promised here are the photos of me being an astronaut this past weekend zooooom i am orbiting the eeeeeeaaaarttthh i did a eally good job at astronauting and i didn t need to do math even once although i started experiencing cramped space madness after about 6 hours so i doubt i m going to mars anytime soonso many people i know LOVED this book and so many people i know HATED this book and as is usually the case with abidly divisive books i find myself smack in the middle perplexed but pleased by the passion on both sides it s a fine book a pretty good balance of things i enjoyed and things i enjoyed lessthings i enjoyed lessthe eason i don t ead a lot of sci fi is because my grasp on sci is pretty slippery and this book is one long celebration of math and chemistry and physics and etc and also airlocks i don t like airlocks which is a weird thing to not like i suppose but the same way Moby Dick or The Whale bored me when melville fangirled over ope for a million pages this one izza lotta descriptions of spacecraft bits and the mechanics of airlocks and stuff that s wicked important if you are being an astronaut but is boring to me eading about it and i totally glazed over whenever anything had to be secured onto an airlock and depressurized but what s eally frustrating is that for all the attention to detailaccuracy when it came to the math i assumei trust the book s pretty flippant with the psychology watney is all elentless optimism and unflagging can do attitude and dick jokes with very few signs of depression or fear that isn t phrased in the form of a joke weir tried to blanket over this lack of meltdown with that brief mention that watney is the class clown whose jokiness becomes heightened under stress but seriously there are tears in any given episode of project unway than in this book about a man abandoned on mars and left completely alone for 2 years facing ever escalating dangers and setbacks and the writing is definitely problematic there is so much epetition and so many times watney starts off a paragraph with emember as in emember when i mentioned this and that well now it is coming back into play in this situation azzmatazz it s not great for narrative flow and it s a little insulting to assume your eadership can t emember things that happened during the course of the book and this tic is doubly perplexing when you emember emember that watney s entries are ostensibly directed at other astronautsscientists who wouldn t need science explained to them and certainly wouldn t need the prod to emember it the ending is bad and too abrupt there s not much else to say about thatbut there are also things i enjoyedi love survival books so all the high stakes DIY macgyver lemme fix it with glue stuff was entertaining when it didn t euire me to ecall stuff i learned failed to learn in high school i also love lateral thinking puzzles so i appreciated watney s process of arriving at unconventional solutions to problems i will never face bonus points for when the fix was some unpretty punk ock janked up solution especially when it freaked out the scientists on the ground and i like watney s blithe attitude to a point To them euipment failure is terrifying To me it s Tuesdayi preferred it when he was being cowboy practical to when weir was forcing the humor which i know a lot of eaders have a problem with the uality of the humor but as someone who says that s what she said pretty often daily the juvenile nature of the humor didn t bother me and i did giggle at his consumer eview of his laptop Brought product to surface of Mars It stopped working 010but it just felt like wherever weir could stick a joke he d stick a joke and it became over bedazzled with humor although considering this book treats watney s situation as eality tv for those still on the ground and eality tv tends to amplify its participants with must be entertaining at all times fervor this isn t entirely inappropriate after allanother frustration i had was how much i enjoyed all the stuff that was happening on the ground and in the Hermes it was much interesting than euation boy and his boob doodling and it was better written the humor was successfully integrated the characters were convincingly human and that s frustrating because it shows he can do it so that s a thing i enjoyed buried under a complaint i guess but i did genuinely enjoy all the non mars scenes and when it would cut back to watney i would groan like it was a bran chapter in ASOIAF so that s me middle of the oad karen who sees the book s flaws but mostly enjoyed eading ittl dr a fun book interrupted by math so i saw the movie a couple of days ago and i can finally weigh in on a comparison of the two i m definitely glad i ead the book first but at the end of the day i m not sure if there s an answer about which is better book winssome of my favorite harrowing OH NO moments from the book did not make it into the movie like that sudden ealization which sends him scurrying outside for a long time and also some of my favorite solutions were absent hair and while there were way fewer perilous moments in the movie there was a zillion times emotional esponse to the problems that did occur which is points for ealism but watching people cry or otherwise emote on the big screen is as boring and time wasting as eading about math so one negates the other but overall the most interesting stuff got cut from the movie stuff on mars stuff on hermes stuff on ground etcmovie winshaving a montage to look at while math goes on and on in a voice over is way interesting than me kidding myself eading the math paragraphs several times like suddenly i m gonna get it also matt damon delivers the jokey bits in a way that seems natural and there are fewer jokes overall although in some cases they cut the wrong ones auaman and i guess that iron man scene that was pretty cool so it s kind of a tie the movie is basically the cliffs notes version of the book it gives you the basic gist of it but you ll miss out on some eally great scenes if you are like book too boring tl dr and if you just ead the book you won t get to see the airlocks in all their glory i want to see this movie but i know it ll kill my motivation to ead the book so it looks like this puppy is gonna have to be my airplane book this weekend as a bonus with my window seat i can pretend that i am an astronaut myself albeit a eally incompetent onei apologize to my seatmates in advance book checkastronaut ice cream pellets checkand off we gocome to my blog. Explode If none of those things happen I’ll eventually un out of food and starve to deathSo yeah I’m screwed back cov.
ANDY WEIR built a career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel THE MARTIAN allowed him to live out his dream of writing fulltime He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects such as relativistic physics orbital mechanics and the history of manned spaceflight He also mixes a mean cocktail He lives in California Andy’s next book ARTEMIS is