The Martian (The Martian #1)
A freak accident.
One man's struggle to survive.
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars' surface, completely alone, w...more
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So regarding your question: Apparently Weir wrote this book not really so he could make lots of money with it. He never really expected the audience for "The Martian" to grow much beyond the handful of fans who read it on his website, he said in several interviews.
I did read this book long before it got published as hardcover. One of the main reasons why I did pick up a hardcore science fiction book (which I normally really don't do) was specifically because of the promotion as "Apollo 13 meets Cast Away". I love watching science-fiction and survival or catastrophe movies like Apollo 13, Gravity, Space Cowboys, Armageddon or Mission to Mars. So for me (normally a reader of fantasy and romance novels) this promotion worked rather fine.
I know there are authors who get contracted to write a story based on popular fiction. This is really not one of them. I am especially happy for the author that his selfpublished book was so successful that publishers picked it up and that he could sell the rights in the end.
This is an entertaining read. If you get past the marketing blurb let me know how you liked it. (less)
In it, he mentions that he didn't have any contact with NASA…moreCheck out the talk Weir gave at Google here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMfuL....
In it, he mentions that he didn't have any contact with NASA until after publication, and that basically everything (math, science, etc.) he checked himself. He shows off a program he wrote to compute the orbital dynamics simulations in the talk. The major inaccuracy (of which there were few!) he pointed out was that the storm which set the whole plot in motion wouldn't actually have done much to push objects around (the atmosphere on Mars is really thin). Apparently he's just a space history/science enthusiast who did all the research into NASA history himself!(less)
No matter what horrible thing is happening to Watne ...more
This story is perfectly told. It is perfectly paced, it is brilliantly written, it is beautifully crafted.
Andy Weir does this incredible thing where he make the reader feel the isolation that Mark Wagner feels, and he does it so subtly, we don't even realize that he's doing it until it's done.
The Martian completely captivated me. I couldn't wait to f ...more
Love it, love it! A meticulously researched, briskly paced and surprisingly funny story about an astronaut left behind on Mars, presumed dead, who must now figure out how to survive and let the folks back on Earth know he is alive and needs rescue. This is hard-science science fiction. Parts of it read like really complicated (but amusing) word problems, juggling mass and time and weight, etc. But all of that adds to the realism. You can tell Andy Weir loves his space exp ...more
Let's kick this year off with a review of a book about a guy who deserves to survive more than anyone I've ever known. This book has been lurking around in my Goodreads feed, gaining hype, and all the positive reviews from my friends eventually got too much for me - so I had to check this out for myself. I'm glad I gave in.
The Martian has so many good things going for it. First and foremost, it is a classic tale of survival against very huge odds. In this book, Mark Wa ...more
I’m pretty much fucked.Ok, show of hands. How many of you have uttered these exact words? (or words to that effect). Not everyone? I see we have some liars out there. How many have said them at least twice? Three times? Four? Those with hands still up, you probably need to make some adjustments to your approach, find a safer line of work, hobbies that do not entail long drops, stop trying the weekly specials at McBlowfish, or seek out people to date who are into less extreme…um…sports. These a ...more
this book is basically just a really long SAT question. and i so hope the movie is just matt damon sitting at a table doing equations for two and a half hours.
oh but first, as promised, here are the photos of me being an astronaut this past weekend.
i am orbiting the eeeeeeaaaarttthh!!
i did a really good job at astronauting and i didn't need to do math even once! (although i started experiencing cramped space-madness ...more
Well, that was a journey.
I started this book in March, and put it down with no intentions of ever picking it back up. Skip forward to early October when I saw the movie (twice), and then immediately went out and bought another copy of the book (yeah, I was so sure last time that I gave it away. YEAH). FINALLY, I read the book. And it was awesome.
I had to dock a half star for the tiny reason that originally caused me to DNF the book: the writing can be a bit irritating. Don't misunderstand ...more
I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Hermes or Earth. Everyone thinks I’m dead. I’m in a Hab designed to last 31 days.If you think about it, Robinson Crusoe is kind of a whiny pussy, I say, while sitting in my plush computer ...more
If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.
So yeah. I’m fucked.
Everyone has been talking about The Martian. And I literally mean everyone. Since the moment I saw the cover and the raving reviews I knew I had to pick it up. There’s a reason people are talking about this book.
I just don’t fucking get it.
I think I am the only person on GR to give this pile a one star rating. I’m ok with that. This is a classic case of- it’s not you, it’s me.
I wanted desperately to fit in with the Goodreads community and love the shit out of this book a ...more
“I can't wait till I have grandchildren. “When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!”A book that makes me willingly turn my chronically sleep-deprived state into the acutely sleep-deprived one as I battle somnolence at 4 a.m. so that I can re ...more
Well, what a fix! The story is a fast-paced, compelling adventure across Mars and offered everything I wanted and more. I was behind Mark Watney the whole w ...more
Every year, thousands of critical readers around the globe roll their eyes in frustration at the science fails they find within their favorite fiction genres.
Extreme cases of literary frankenscience carry the risk of full-blown ocular gymnastics on the part of the reader. As a result, serious injury has been reported, to include corneal abrasions, iritis, and sprains of the lateral and medial rectus muscles.
Luckily, there is a cure.
The Martian ...more
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I will say that after a few chapters, I started skimming some of the more technical parts of what he was doing to survive. I normally love this stuff, and certainly I absolutely DID enjoy much of what was here and sincerely ...more
Everywhere I go, I'm the first. Step outside the rover? First guy to every be there! Climb a hill? First guy to climb that hill! Kick a rock? That rock hadn't moved in a million years!
I did get lost in some of the science o ...more
I see one hand up there towards the back! You! Yes, the one next to the potted fern.
Ok. Well, then this review is for you. Everyone else, feel free to hit the buffet!
Pile your plate high! I've been trying to get rid of that seafood salad for a few days...
Does The Martian really need one more glowing review?
No. No, it does not.
But I'm going to do it anyway. Because even though I'm the last person on the planet to read this one, I still feel the need to put ...more
This whole book left me stupid happy and deliriously impressed and I spent most of my time declaring:
Jesse would have loved Mark Watney. I love Mark Watney. He's super smart but not just in a poindexter nerd alert bookish kind of way. Watney's got some serious problem solving skills; he's McGyver in a space suit. Give this guy a toothpick, some tinfoil and a ziplock bag and he'll build you an airplane. But don't forget the duct tape. Duct tape is awesome and I will be putting in a suppl ...more
Time to start off 2015 with an unpopular opinion: I did not like how Andy Weir wrote The Martian. He writes science well, and his background in research and technical prose shows, but by page 100 the style of the book got repetitive. Watney discovers a problem. Watney worries for a sentence or two. Watney comes up with a solution. Watney enacts the solution with minimal struggle. Watney celebrates. Rinse and repeat.
I also have no idea how W ...more
I was really looking forward to reading this book. Everyone was so enthusiastic about it. I was saving it for myself as a little treat.
By page 27 I knew I was in trouble.
Here's the book:
Oh, wait! I have an idea!
Science, science science. Then if I science science science, science.
Great! [Insert lame joke here].
Now imagine this repeating 1,000 times.
Watney's stranded on Mar ...more
A six-person crew made the third manned landing mission on the red planet, but a severe wind storm forces them to leave just a few days after their arrival rather than staying for the planned month. During the emergency evacuation one of them is killed in a freak accident. The remaining crew members reluctantly haul ass back to Earth leaving ...more
When I was a kid still in the "oh god what will I do as a career when I'm a grownup?!" phase, I had the brilliant idea that maybe I'd be a mathematician. The Martian has just reminded me why that was a shitty idea. I love sci-fi and I'm super fascinated with space, but yeah, this one didn't particularly spark anything in me. It didn't leave me hungering for the next page. It was just another audiobo ...more
العيشة مع مارك ويتني جحيم..سلسلة من سوء الحظ والإخفاقات التي تلي كل محاولة بائسة-وعبقرية بنفس الوقت- للعيش في المريخ والنجاة من موت محقق
وبرغم أنها قصة نجاة، إلا إنك قد تتعجب، هل كان مارك ويتني 'شمال'؟
انه ذلك الشعور بأن كل محاولة ذكية دوما تنتهي بسوء الحظ..كأن المريخ يحارب فكرة ان يعيش بشري عليه
دعك من المتحذلقين كمن يحاول أقناعك أنه سيشرح لك نظريات العلمية بالرواية او الفيلم المبني عليها
Interstellar كما حدث مع فيلم
فأي عمل فني، فيلما ...more
• If trapped alone on Mars, I would defecate myself. A lot.
• I eat a lot of potatoes.
• I have a tendency to say inappropriate things at inopportune times.
That is all. Every other skill that makes Watney pretty much the best suited human being in the history of human beings to survive being stuck on Mars for a year and a half, I completely lack. Engineering know-how, unflappability in the face of life-threatening situations, ingenuity, problem-solving skil ...more
You're stuck on Mars? Suck it up, buttercup. The rest of us can only wish we had that kind of experience. Ok, I'm overracting. But y'all know how I feel about Mars. I grew up surrounded by science and astronomy is one of my passions. I went in blind not knowing what to expect. I am happy to report that this book is good. Believe the hype. This was awesomeee.
Get it? Because liquid water has been detected on the surface of Mars. And also because... you know...
Has anyone seen the movie? Is it an ...more
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