Wowie, wowie – what a wild ride this book is! The action starts on the first page, and doesn’t let up until the last one. Sci-fi is not a genre I normWowie, wowie – what a wild ride this book is! The action starts on the first page, and doesn’t let up until the last one. Sci-fi is not a genre I normally read, but I really enjoyed this book. I’ve heard this described as a mashup of the movies, Apollo 13, and Castaway. I agree with that assessment.
Mark Watney is part of the crew sent on a mission to Mars. On the sixth day on Mars, he has an accident, and his crewmates leave him for dead and start their return journey to earth. Mark wakes up to find himself stranded on Mars, and from there it’s a race against time to survive until someone can figure out how to get back to Mars quickly enough to save him.
Even though there are a lot of scientific explanations, and discussions involving botany, physics, computer stuff, and math – the book made me think about those concepts, but didn’t they derail or distract from the fast-paced narrative. Be forewarned, there are a few ‘F’ bombs at the beginning of the book, but they tail off quickly, so if you’re sensitive to strong language it doesn’t last too long. I mean, this guy is stranded on Mars, I supposed I’d drop a few expletives at first too. This was a great tale about the power of the human spirit to continue to persevere.
It's hard to be thrilled by a thriller when you already know the premise, and the eventual outcome. But in spite of that, this book was worth the timeIt's hard to be thrilled by a thriller when you already know the premise, and the eventual outcome. But in spite of that, this book was worth the time invested to read it. It wasn't bit investment since the book is so short. But now I know what REALLY happened (as much as the author let's us know what happened) to Dr Jekyll.
The real question probably is how much of our "Mr Hyde" will any of us allow to have free rein at any time in our lives? It really is an intersting question. If you let your evil side rule just a little, just once in awhile -- will it eventually take over all aspects of your life? ...more
I gave this a fairly low rating because a) I'm not a big sci-fi fan, and b) it was just a pretty silly book. I think 12 year old boys would really getI gave this a fairly low rating because a) I'm not a big sci-fi fan, and b) it was just a pretty silly book. I think 12 year old boys would really get a kick out of it. I have to give Douglas Adams props for having a great imagination though. Some of the things he was writing about at the time were cutting edge technology. He imagined some pretty cool stuff, some of which we actually now use in our everyday lives.
How fun would it be to just kick back and let your imagination run wild thinking up quirky names and odd situations and then building a book around those things? It's just not my cup of tea to read such goofy imaginings.
I did LOVE the narration by Stephen Fry in the audio book format I experienced this book in. I don't think that I would have enjoyed the book at even a two star level if I'd read it on my own. ...more
I can't believe I haven't read this book before. It was amazing. It's a small little gem, but it really made me stop and think. It revolves around a sI can't believe I haven't read this book before. It was amazing. It's a small little gem, but it really made me stop and think. It revolves around a society that is more interested in doing things, keeping busy, and being 'happy' and avoids even bans reading or thinking. Divergent thoughts are enemies to this society so they've collectively decided that the best way to combat that is to burn books.
Firemen now set fires instead of putting them out in this society. Guy Montag is the protaganist of this story, and as a fireman he has burned books, and the houses that contained them for 10 years. It's a really compelling read to watch Guy change from an enthusiastic fireman to a fugitive that is hoarding books. It's a classic story about censorship, war and the shutting down of the intellect. ...more