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Martian Dawn

3.12 of 5 stars 3.12  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  4 reviews

“Reading Martian Dawn is like watching an ultracool comedy of the future where familiar movie types develop into idyllic interplanetary characters in order to make yet more movies. It’s as though Star Trek, Pretty Woman, and There’s Something About Mary had been sublimated in an unlikely fusion that is both comforting and hilarious.”—Harry Mathews
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Turtle Point Press
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Martian Dawn broke into my personal Top Five “Poet’s Novels” about here:

“Rinpoche was a great Tibetan Buddhist teacher. He lived in a 4,000-square-foot ranch-style house with an indoor basketball half-court in East Boulder along the thirteenth fairway of the Flatirons Golf Course.”

The book’s charms are all here in miniature—the studied flatness; the social commentary posing as value-neutral information; and the economy of a cartoonist’s line that leaves the shading in of irony to you. When poets
When I was a kid, I read This Place Has No Atmosphere about a teenage girl whose family moves to the moon, where her new school puts on a student production of the play "Our Town."

Martian Dawn, which had something to do with traveling to Mars, reminded me of that. Except more incidentally pornographic. This was good for some shared laughs.

Favorite quotes:

"Then Svetlana appeared in a silver lame jumpsuit."

"Wonderful!" Marty bellowed. "But tell me something..." he continued, his brow furrowing. "T
Closer to 2.5. I appreciated the succinctness of it, but it just didn't resonate with me.
This is the worst book I have read in a long time.
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I'm the author of a novel, MARTIAN DAWN (Turtle Point, 2006), and several books of poetry, including the collection of prose poems SPECIES (The Figures, 2000). I'm also cofounder of the journal SHINY. I have a new book, MARTIAN DAWN & OTHER NOVELS, forthcoming from Little A, the literary fiction imprint of Amazon Publishing, in May 2015. It's an omnibus volume that includes a reissue of MARTIA ...more
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