Outside Reading Midpoint Review for Themes Across Literature & Film Course
TWO THINGS I ENJOY OR APPRECIATE - The science isn't too dry or heavy-ha...moreOutside Reading Midpoint Review for Themes Across Literature & Film Course
TWO THINGS I ENJOY OR APPRECIATE - The science isn't too dry or heavy-handed at all. Weir has struck a good balance here that I especially appreciate. - The pacing of the book is gripping when it needs to be, but doesn't spend to much time in the panicked OMG STRANDED narrative.
ONE THING ABOUT WHICH I AM CRITICAL - While it's not a critique of the book, I wish I had more time to read this than before bed every night. While it's certainly not heavy or dense reading, it is totally SCIENCE! all the time, which, while awesome (because YAY SCIENCE), it's not a breezy sleepyheaded read.
ONE LITERARY ASPECT - The protagonist is imminently likable, and I suppose this has to be the case, considering dude's stranded on Mars. The book would certainly be more of a challenge or unpleasant read were he irascible or unpleasant...which he has every right to be considering he's stranded on Mars. I'm loving this so far and appreciate Weir's ability to carefully space out the suspense, humor, adventure, and "desert island narrative" devices.
ONE DRAMATIC ASPECT - Weir has done an admirable job with the setting, especially since it's such an enormous part of establishing and maintaining the plot and dramatic tension. I feel like I have a good understanding of the landscape, dangers of the (lack of an) atmosphere, and Weir has accomplished this without seeming pedantic or overly professorial...in fact, it's quite the opposite.
ONE CINEMATIC ASPECT - This book is imminently adaptable and certainly reads like it's born to be a film. Not to say I think Weir wrote it with that in mind, but it reminds me a lot of Duncan Jones' amazing film, MOON, starring the always wonderfully quirky and awesome Sam Rockwell. Much like Rockwell in MOON, I would imagine the actor cast to be Mark Watney would have to be alternately funny and seriously able to communicate the dramatic gravity (pun not intended) of the situation. One suggestion was Paul Rudd or Chris Pratt, both of which would be great choices.
MY PREDICTION FOR THE ENDING - It would be an incredibly bold move to have all three hundred and something pages culminate in the extinction of our hero. I would hope NASA finds a way to get to Watney before his food stores run out, but Weir is a great writer, so I'm enjoying the tension as Watney plays McGuyver/Walter White/Everyman likability all the way to the end.
I am so delighted to review Removed. I have read it a few times now and it's really such a fully-realized world with wonderful characters that it's di...moreI am so delighted to review Removed. I have read it a few times now and it's really such a fully-realized world with wonderful characters that it's difficult to put down- and so depressing when those last pages are turned! I read a lot of YA/NA books and love a good, realistic strong female protagonist, but there are a lot of cliches out there that so many books fall into. Pajonas has avoided these and created a character I adore, respect, and kind of wish I could be. There are lots of great things here- a totally immersive and believable world with sensory delights (the food descriptions are unreal), some steamy scenes, and badass sword stuff. I love this book and it's my new "recommend to anyone that will listen!" (less)
Bray isn't quite yet on my "can do no wrong" list, but damn this is another incredible book! I adored Beauty Queens but The Diviners is the best book...moreBray isn't quite yet on my "can do no wrong" list, but damn this is another incredible book! I adored Beauty Queens but The Diviners is the best book I've read in ages. I devoured it in three days or so, and this should say *a lot* since it's massive and I have a toddler. ;-)
Bray writes again with feminist conviction, humor, and wryness that I adore beyond words. She's created more real heroines that are just that, but without the incessant and worshipful fawning over a hot guy business- I'm looking at you Cassie Clare. (less)