Well that was about as depressing as I expected it to be. That said, it was very eye-opening and refreshing in a way. You hear about North Korea and wWell that was about as depressing as I expected it to be. That said, it was very eye-opening and refreshing in a way. You hear about North Korea and what people think is going on there, but to hear about it from the mouths of defectors is something else entirely.
It's weird to read about a people that are like everyone else, and yet utterly alien at the same time. ...more
It's been awhile since I've read a book as enjoyable as this.
Hell let's be honest, it's been awhile since I've read anything, but that's beside the poIt's been awhile since I've read a book as enjoyable as this.
Hell let's be honest, it's been awhile since I've read anything, but that's beside the point.
The Martian is a solid book. The writing is engaging; the plot is as plausible as any manned mission to mars can be; The pace is well done. It's a great read!
I was hesitant to read this at first, not because I dislike sci-fi (I don't), and not because it's a new author (at least to me). I was worried that The Martian was going to be overly technical. As much as I appreciate science and all it does for me, I cannot stand to read about it when it gets into itself. An entire book about a scientist (okay, a botanist/engineer hybrid, whatever) having to science his way into living on Mars using potatoes and determination... well I assumed it was going to be a pretty dry read.
Thankfully I was wrong.
The Martian is as engaging as it is enjoyable. The main character, Mark Watney, is probably one of the most realistic reads I've ever encountered. His log entries read like what I would actually expect the logs of a stranded person to read like. The humour feels real. The stress feels real. You really do want Mark to survive, because you want to buy him a beer at the end of it all.
I could give a long meandering explanation as to why I wasn't a big fan of this book. I could. I won't though, because I've just finished reading a loI could give a long meandering explanation as to why I wasn't a big fan of this book. I could. I won't though, because I've just finished reading a long, meandering story and I'd start to feel somewhat redundant.
To start: this isn't a bad book. It's not badly written; it's not overly contrived; it doesn't feature sparkly vampires. The story is fine. The characters are fine. It's all fine, which is my main problem. I found it boring. No ups or downs. I didn't find it engaging. Hell, it took me 2 months just to get through it.
The writing style is probably what was hardest for me. I am unsure if it's a result of the translating, if it's just how Swedish writers write, or a conscious stylistic choice. Regardless, It felt rambling, and I found myself skipping chunks of text because there were whole paragraphs of nothing being said. It was painful.
My biggest takeaway from this book is that it was basically Forrest Gump, but in Sweden. Except without the emotional journey, and Gump didnt get those other, terrible books written about him, yet still lived to be 100.
The book was fine. The story was fine. I wanted more than fine. ...more
A rather interesting look into the man who made the company, and simultaneously the company that made the man. Given I currently work for G AdventuresA rather interesting look into the man who made the company, and simultaneously the company that made the man. Given I currently work for G Adventures, you would think that I would be biased in reviewing this book, but that isn't the case.
It is a legitimately interesting story about how approaching a company structure sideways, you can create not only a company unique amongst its competitors, but unique from almost all others. It's refreshing to read about a company that can focus on achieving happiness for its customers and its employees can be successful. It proves that money doesn't need to be a primary goal, because when you run it right, the money will come. ...more