I finished The Martian by Andy Weir and I have to say, damn, that’s a good book! I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. The main character, MaI finished The Martian by Andy Weir and I have to say, damn, that’s a good book! I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. The main character, Mark Watney was charming, intelligent, witty, and a bit vulgar. But, hey, he’s the only human on Mars and facing almost certain death, so, if he wants to cuss a bit, I’m good with it.
The story is hardcore science fiction. There was talk of titration, creating water from hydrogen and oxygen, and lots of mathematical calculations. As a person with a background in physics, chemistry, and mathematics, I loved the science in the book because it had a level of authenticity that you just don’t see in many mainstream stories. Heck, I am half wanting to check the news to see how Mark’s rescue progress is coming
However, it was not over the top on the science. Mark’s character had enough levity and humor in the face of such a daunting tasks that you really wanted to see him succeed. And the technical details were often explained so that you would understand what was happening even if you did not have a chemistry degree.
The story is set in the near future and a 6 person team is sent to explore Mars for a short duration of just over 30 days. However, once on the surface, a dust storm on the 6th day threatens to damage their return craft and they are ordered to evacuate. Unfortunately for Mark, he is hit with flying debris and the rest of the crew believes he is dead. With time running out and visibility too poor to find his body, they launch, leaving him behind.
As you might have guessed, Mark was not killed. When he awakens, the launch vehicle is gone and the main communication dish is missing, leaving him unable to communicate with the orbiter or Earth. He knows there will be another manned mission to Mars in about 4 years, but that site is several thousand kilometers away and so he has to find a way to survive with the meager resources he has as well as traverse the Martian surface to the other landing site.
The story covers his various attempts at survival and the catastrophes that befall him as he tries to stretch the equipment designed to last for a limited amount of time out to a point where rescue might be possible. All the while, he is giving us his commentary on everything happening to him. I give it a solid 5 out of 5 stars. It is a must read if you love hardcore sci-fi.
Now I have to wait a couple weeks for the movie and hope that it is done with as much attention to detail....more
It was a toss up between four or five stars and I went with five in anticipation of what is to come in the next books.
It is another book with a numberIt was a toss up between four or five stars and I went with five in anticipation of what is to come in the next books.
It is another book with a number of strong female characters, which is what appealed to me. I have enjoyed Katla's determination and willful behavior. The only thing I wish the story would have done is wrap up more of the plot points before ending. This was more the first half of a larger novel and not a single story in and of itself. Fortunately, all three books in the series have been available for several years, so I would not have to wait to continue the story.
Another item to be aware of is that there are multiple characters driving the story....more
I really enjoy the Avatar cartoon series, both the original and The Legend of Korra, so my ratings of the books will be a bit biased because of that.
EI really enjoy the Avatar cartoon series, both the original and The Legend of Korra, so my ratings of the books will be a bit biased because of that.
Even still, I enjoyed these three books. The drawing reminds me of the cartoon and the quality is good, even if it is a very quick read. Even more, I loved the fact that next year they will be releasing another series, The Search. Which will be about Zuko's quest to find his mother....more
I really like this series. The stories and artwork is very good.
My only complaint about this one would be the last issue/chapter in this Omnibus doesnI really like this series. The stories and artwork is very good.
My only complaint about this one would be the last issue/chapter in this Omnibus doesn't exactly fit with the rest of the story (sometime comics do deviate a little). It was also a "Part 1" so I need to hunt up the rest of the story....more
I picked this up because started reading the Ghost series reboot that recently came out. The story line appealed to me and I wanted to see what had alI picked this up because started reading the Ghost series reboot that recently came out. The story line appealed to me and I wanted to see what had already been done.
The main character, Elisa, has a strong internal struggle as well as external ones. I think that may be one of the aspects that drew me to the series.
The art is well drawn and while the villains are somewhat typical of comic books, with a quick introduction and right into violence, they were a match in some way for Elisa.