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Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian
by Andy Weir
Crown Publishers (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3902-1
Buy from Indigo

Description: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he's stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission 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 get 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. But will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Random Thoughts
  • Do you know how bloody hard its going to pick only 3 favorite passages (ok spoiler - I won't)
  • Mark is a truly wonderful character that will make you laugh your ass off (if you are upset by the word ass, I'm thinking this isn't the book for you) and you will cheer him on and hope he will make it (and nooo I am not telling you if he does or not)
  • Some of the science is a little much for someone simple like myself, but most people won't mind it - I actually learned a few things though : )
  • I could not put the damn thing down, I just wanted to find out what would happen next. And after it was all over, I honestly just wished it was longer
  • Best opening paragraph I have read in a long time
  • Made me snort out loud with laughter. In other words, reading on public transit might get you attention
  • As my co-worker Connor mentioned, it is the perfect blend of science and story
  • The humour is fabulous and used perfectly.  This book could only be made into a movie though, if Joss Whedon was in charge
  • Love the mentions of disco music and 70's tv
  • Would love if it there was more scenes with the secondary characters
  • Duct tape!!!!! Trust me, great mentions of that amazing invention
  • Even astronauts can do stupid stuff - think hard resin and hands
  • The world needs more Mitch's
  • The use of the word Pirate-Ninja as a scientific term - trust me that scene is hilarious
  • A truly fascinating man vs nature thriller with a unique and sarcastic hero.  And best thing, lots of laugh your ass off moments. 
  • Going to buy the audio book, but sorta wish I could have picked who the voice was done by.  Who do you guys think should narrate?
  • My friend, Christa, suggested Mark is a space MacGyver - which I would say is a bang on description of him!
  • Ok and I have had that damn David Bowie song stuck in my head since I started reading the story
Favorite Passages

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

"The data transfer rate just isn't good enough for size of music files, even in compressed formats. So your request for  "Anything, oh God, ANYTHING but Disco" is denied. Enjoy your boogie fever."

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

"I can't wait till I have grandchildren. "When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill. In an EVA suit| on Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!"

5 Dewey's

I borrowed this from my co-worker at Chapters. And FYI, everyone who has read it gave it a huge thumbs up

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