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message 1: by Leo (new)

Leo Robertson AHAHAHA!! That first gif... pure artistry on your part! I totally agree.

Weir has made engineering sexy for a generation of youths- and they're gonna need it! #PotatoFTW

At work, even when someone is very passionate about what they're explaining, I often wonder why it's so easy for them to make engineering tedious! So I was surprised/glad to see this book so popular...


message 2: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda Haha! That's a coincidence. I was just reading your review of this book when you liked my review...


[Name Redacted] So what you're saying is that Weir did about as much research as Dan Brown did? XD


message 4: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao Leo wrote: "So I was surprised/glad to see this book so popular..."

i am distinctly pro-science and pro-knowledge, so i feel the same way. i'm really glad this book has made an enormous audience very happy—but fucked if i understand how.

i think he's got the writerly chops of a rutabaga.


message 5: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao MandyM wrote: "Haha! That's a coincidence. I was just reading your review of this book when you liked my review..."

i always try to read everyone's reviews after i've written mine—i love opinion, especially dissenting opinion, and i love the act of trying to make sense of a text, and how different people go about it. it's one of my favorite aspects of goodreads culture :-)


message 6: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao [Name Redacted] wrote: "So what you're saying is that Weir did about as much research as Dan Brown did? XD"

i'm saying that a couple chemistry jokes and a smattering of poo humor does not effective characterization make. mark watney read like stoned lab assistant, not a man MAROONED ON THE BRINK OF DEATH ON A LIFELESS PLANET MONTHS BEYOND THE REACH OF MAN.


message 7: by Ami (new)

Ami *with teeny tiny voice*

... but I loved Dan Brown (well, I only read The Da Vinci Code) which naturally I loved this one

*runs away from the wind machine*


message 8: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao you don't have to run away! that was a crazy fun story.

basically, i had the exact same problem with the writing in that book as in this one—amazingly good ideas (great movie)—but the writing was...

gosh.

i didn't like it at all, ami. at all.


message 9: by Lady*M (new)

Lady*M This book gave me so much joy. It's a feel-good story that makes you think: 'wow, there are people out there actually using their brains' and 'maybe humanity is not a cesspit of destruction and hate'. Plus...



And, I cannot wait for the movie. :)


message 10: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao yay! i'm glad you enjoyed it. i know certain parts of it kept me flippin' dem pages long into the night...

and as for the movie—woot! almost here!!!


message 11: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] julio wrote: "you don't have to run away! that was a crazy fun story.

basically, i had the exact same problem with the writing in that book as in this one—amazingly good ideas (great movie)—but the writing was...."


But that book's ideas are as historically and academically accurate as is the pricing of the space-ship in this book! XD


message 12: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda I'm really impressed that you guys are debating about the current cost of a spaceship. That's way more research than I do for a review! ;)


message 13: by Rappelle (new)

Rappelle Did someone say....POTATOES?
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message 14: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] Rappelle wrote: "Did someone say....POTATOES?


"


Boil 'em! Mash 'em! Stick 'em in a stew!


message 15: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao [Name Redacted] wrote: "But that book's ideas are as historically and academically accurate as is the pricing of the space-ship in this book! XD"

well, yeah. but I dinged that book much less for that than for horrendous perversions of the language.

i got hella ragey analclench trying to read that puppy. just terrible.


message 16: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao MandyM wrote: "I'm really impressed that you guys are debating about the current cost of a spaceship. That's way more research than I do for a review! ;)"

I am an aeronautics nerd—

*waits for raucous laughter to subside*

—fine, I am an everything nerd. so I happened to know how much an f-22 raptor cost, or a Boeing 787, or GulfStream 650.

no research required; just a memory for how much that huckster creflo dollar wanted his congregation to "tithe" to pay for his new private jet.


message 17: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao Rappelle wrote: "Did someone say....POTATOES?"

IN SPAAAAAAAAACE.


message 18: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] julio wrote: "[Name Redacted] wrote: "But that book's ideas are as historically and academically accurate as is the pricing of the space-ship in this book! XD"

well, yeah. but I dinged that book much less for t..."


That's fair. I'm a scholar of Ancient Judaism & Early Christianity, so I get that way about Dan Brown. I've had colleagues who kicked students out of class because they kept asking inane questions about things from the Da Vinci Code which were historical inaccuracies but which students assumed were FACT! because, like, they were in a book and a movie, right?


message 19: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao I'm going to get in as much trouble for this as I am for the software engineer joke, but—

once you tell me the plot involves biblical arcana, my mind automatically re-shelves the book as 'fantasy'

I felt no need to hold the story up to any particular standard, after that.

and seriously, software engineer buddies, it was just a joke, I love you guys, I am a Mac guy and when I read Microserfs a part of me wanted to move to Redmond, please don't send me malware to scrape dick pics from my phone and attach them to bogus audition videos sent to Malaysia's Got Talent, ok


message 20: by Igor (new)

Igor Ljubuncic I like your quiet rage. It's energizing!
Igor


message 21: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao thank you, Igor. I aim to please.

angrily.


message 22: by Lena♥Ribka (new)

Lena♥Ribka Oh yeah, this one...I tried to read it too, but didn't come too far to discuss the plot, I know only that I couldn't get warm with the writing. My only reason I decided to come back to it some day in the future was because many readers, and among them my GR friends whom I normally trust, enjoyed it.


message 23: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao you are not alone. it was sometimes difficult for me to feel engaged with it, also


message 24: by Racheal (new)

Racheal "mark watney read like stoned lab assistant"- THIS. Fun as shit story, but you can't be in that situation alone for that long and not have it take a major emotional toll. I felt the lack of world building too, but this was the biggest problem I had with the story..


message 25: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao you guys, check out the latest trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej3io...

now THAT is evocative.

all of that.

that's what was missing from the actual writing.

i can't fuckin' wait.


message 26: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao Racheal wrote: "I felt the lack of world building too, but this was the biggest problem I had with the story."

i commented on someone else's review: it had the emotional impact of a set of IKEA instructions.

thank god for filmmakers.


message 27: by Mandapanda (new)

Mandapanda julio wrote: "you guys, check out the latest trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej3io...

now THAT is evocative.

all of that.

that's what was missing from the actual writing.

i can't fuckin' wait."


Got chills!!! Can't wait....


message 28: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao *dances around nakedly*


eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!


message 29: by Susan (new)

Susan May I can't wait for the film either. I actually liked the book. If it's a good idea, I don't pay as much attention to the writing. Dan Brown, a case in point for sure. However, someone did point out recently about the potatoes, like how did he water them and why did he have to plant the all at once? Why couldn't he just plant a whole bunch, then replant after he'd eaten? Possibly an editing issue with his book, more than him.

Love the memes! lol. I think SevenEves might be going to read The Martian next, according to him, he's been to Mars, done that and thinks it's quite the bore. And says the weather is atrocious.


message 30: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao *gasps*

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message 31: by KimberlyRose (new)

KimberlyRose Dan brown syndrome. Exactly. I couldn't understand WHY I didn't like his books, which sounded so awesomesauce. But, that's exactly it.

Enjoyable and informative review, Julio.


message 32: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao thank you very much for saying so, kimmy-coo!


message 33: by Natalie (new)

Natalie Dude. Do you have any problems with software engineers?


message 34: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao nah. I juz keeeeeeeddeeng. see comment 19


message 35: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Your review is accurate and on-point, Julio. I felt the same way.


message 36: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao thanks. sorry you didn't enjoy it either :-/


message 37: by Lostaccount (last edited Oct 05, 2015 05:50AM) (new)

Lostaccount I started reading this long before it was being made into a movie and I didn't think enough of it to bother reading more than about twenty pages. Just another Robinson Crusoe on Mars story and badly written. You can tell the guy isn't a writer but a typist, to paraphrase Capote. Now all of sudden, it's everybody's favourite book. WTF?


message 38: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao he wrote it as a series of blog posts first, and it shows.


message 39: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] julio wrote: "he wrote it as a series of blog posts first, and it shows."

Huh. I don't know if that's true, but it would certainly make a LOT of sense...


message 40: by Lostaccount (new)

Lostaccount julio wrote: "he wrote it as a series of blog posts first, and it shows."

Ah, I didn't know that. Well, that explains a lot.


message 41: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Thank you for this!


message 42: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao cheers :-)


message 43: by Ayanna (new)

Ayanna Friends of mine who've experienced The Martian recommended I listen to the audiobook instead of trying to read it because of the way it's formatted, in an audio-log format. They said that it can get tedious trying to read it, partially because it's not really formatted to be read.


message 44: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao I can totally see that working out much better. also, hey, you ❤️❤️❤️


message 45: by Laxmama (new)

Laxmama That was a wonderful review, personal, containing emotion and actual humor- none of which I got out of reading the book.


message 46: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao oooooh, burn.

and thanks :-)


message 47: by arfic (iro) (new)

arfic (iro) Great (as in highly entertaining) review as always! But what I wanna ask is: Where can I find this avengers queer fanfic? Cause I've run out of things to aid my procrastinating and we can't have that. I may end up doing stuff I should be doing, become successful and the world isn't ready for that...
plus I could use some queer Toni Stark any day


message 48: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao I loved this one—and many, many others by the same author:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...


message 49: by arfic (iro) (new)

arfic (iro) Thanks julio!


message 50: by Julio (new)

Julio Genao anytime :-)


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