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Amy (Other Amy) I inhaled the first half in one sitting (would have been the whole thing but my Kindle chose bedtime to die for lack of juice and I took it as a sign). The writing creaks in places, but the story is so good I don't care. I think you are going to like. (Much better than his short works.) I'm finishing it as soon as I get off work.


message 2: by karen (new)

karen i'm excited to see where i fall. half my friends are saying READ IT and half are saying DEAR GOD DON'T READ IT and i suspect half of the READ IT half want me to read it because they hated it and they want to spread the suffering around. i need better friends.


message 3: by El (new)

El I started reading this for the same exact reason as you. I only made it through one page last night, though, so not sure where I will fall. :/


Amy (Other Amy) So funny. I think this is definitely one of those love it or hate it books, and I think I know the dividing point. (I have my review half written in my head, which I try not to do while still reading the book, but I have been thinking about it from a cultural moment standpoint). I think the whole book is basically a long Macguyver or A-Team episode, with (probably) better science. So if a reader can enjoy those shows for what they are, they will enjoy this book.


message 5: by Brenda (new)

Brenda Ayala It's science-y technical and his characterization isn't very accurate (I expect someone to break down at least once if they're on a planet by themselves for like a year!) But I liked his nerdy jokes and I will concede that had a large impact on my rating!


Amy (Other Amy) Ridley Scott? Matt Damon? Jeff Daniels? SEAN BEAN!?! Good grief. I hadn't even looked at the movie yet. I guess I know what I will be doing this weekend.


message 7: by Bradley (new)

Bradley If you don't mind a bit of Heinlein and a bit of snark, you'll probably like this light read, Karen. The science bits were interesting to me because I'm interested in science, but it definitely wasn't THAT deep. It's pretty mainstream.

I can't wait to see if Mark's obligatory love interest in the movie is going to be homosexual and one of the crew that leaves him behind on Mars. Oh the angst when he finds out! (No, there wasn't a love interest in the book. But you know, we're talking the MOVIES, ya know, even IF it is the wonderful Ridley Scott.)

;)


message 8: by karen (new)

karen i am totally down with macgyver. i'm not sure what "a bit of heinlein" signifies, since i never did read him, but if by that you mean "on your dad's bookshelves" then yes, i am down with that, too.


message 9: by Linnie (new)

Linnie Movie seems intresting. I bet the book is too!


message 10: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Definitely need to know what you think... I'm on the fence about reading this one, and considering passing on it entirely... Not a big fan of the trailers, but as we all know, that could have nothing to do with the book.


message 11: by Anmiryam (new)

Anmiryam I definitely came down in middle on this one. Fun science driven plot, but lack of real character development made it feel flat. I think it will be great fun as a movie and it wasn't a bad read.


message 12: by Bradley (new)

Bradley Heinlein was all originally about using real science and explaining it very well in the service of pretty good adventure stories. Like this. ;)


message 13: by Ellen Gail (new)

Ellen Gail Totally jealous of your future seatmate. I would love to sit next to an astronaut.


message 14: by karen (new)

karen i will definitely tell you what i think. i am full of opinions! and i expect that my inflight shenanigans will make the news: crazy lady disrupts flight yelling 'bout some outer space nonsense.


message 15: by Haikufall (new)

Haikufall I loved this book and hope you like it as well. I can't wait for the movie.


message 16: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Huculiak Suspend reality for a while and dive in! I really loved this book.


message 17: by Delta (new)

Delta This is a great book. I suspect you will love it! Definitely better to read the book first...


message 18: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Gray One of the best books I've read this year. I was still thinking about it a week later. Sign of a well written story


message 19: by jean mac millan (new)

jean mac millan I want to see the movie too


message 20: by Amy (Other Amy) (new)

Amy (Other Amy) Finished. It is fun, fun, fun. Some of the science bogs, but not a major hurdle. And your fellow passengers are going to be entertained, at least!


message 21: by Stacia (new)

Stacia It's fun & perfect for reading on a plane. Maybe you should channel Mark Watney & read all his dialogue out loud while playing airplane astronaut? ;-p Stock up on some freeze-dried ice cream for snacking on the plane. Heeheehee.


message 22: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Stacia wrote: "It's fun & perfect for reading on a plane. Maybe you should channel Mark Watney & read all his dialogue out loud while playing airplane astronaut? ;-p Stock up on some freeze-dried ice cream for sn..."

I need to remember to do this next time I fly somewhere!


message 23: by Wendy Darling (new)

Wendy Darling Reeead ittt! Perfect airplane book. Also, (view spoiler)!


message 24: by Guttu (new)

Guttu Wonder why you have kept such a good book in waiting.


message 25: by Christine (new)

Christine Roberts I feel the same way about reading it before seeing the movie- this book has been on my TBR for a while, and now I'm feeling the pressure to get to it as soon as possible.


message 26: by Celeste (new)

Celeste I wish someone would take a video of it. I didn't even watch the trailer till i read the book. I loooved it, Im also too lazy to write a review for it, but I figure Andy Weir doesn't really need it anyway.


message 27: by Michał (new)

Michał Steier This book is like a fresh bun with butter and honey. Hard resist, impossible to stop eating ;)


message 28: by El (new)

El Michał wrote: "This book is like a fresh bun with butter and honey. Hard resist, impossible to stop eating ;)"

So it gets better? I have to admit about 60 pages in I'm not terribly impressed with the writing so far.


message 29: by Michał (new)

Michał Steier @ El
Writing is simple and it gets a bit technical at some parts (I did like it though) but there is great load of humour and fun. And yes, plot speeds up over time, just give it couple of chapters more. I enjoyed this novel greatly.


message 30: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] So far this book has been...okay. Aside from the genuinely cool science-stuff, it's a pretty paint-by-numbers story, the sort of thing you can predict as you read. Guy's stranded, struggles to survive, happens to have all the skills and tools necessary, but OH NOES! Author decides random disasters have to happen at exactly the places you expect them to! The characters are all pretty thin, though the protagonist is relatable enough. I'm not impressed, and i suspect the overhype has killed it for me, but i freely admit it's a perfectly fine turn-off-your-brain read (well, keep it on for the science, but turn it off for the characters, plot, events, etc.).


message 31: by Steve (new)

Steve You're already better astronaut material than Andy Weir is. He says he has a fear of flying.


message 32: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] Finished and, while I appreciate another rare entry in sci-fi which actually emphasizes the "sci" part, it's a 3-star read at best.

I've probably read too many of your monsterotica reviews, but as I zipped through the oh-so-predictable plot, I kinda found myself wishing he'd encounter an amorous space-raptor or something...


message 33: by Nadine (new)

Nadine Jones I look forward to hearing what you thought!! I never like books with lots of buzz so I wasn't expecting much from this, and I loved it. I see lots of reviewers felt there was too much science, but I'm an engineer, so there is never too much science! This book was right in my wheelhouse.


message 34: by Stacia (last edited Oct 02, 2015 08:40AM) (new)

Stacia You got the ice cream?!? :-D I didn't even know it came in pellet form.

Have fun with your hamster (uh, I mean, astronaut) pellets & I hope you enjoy your in-flight reading!


message 35: by Cecily (new)

Cecily [Name Redacted] wrote: "Finished and, while I appreciate another rare entry in sci-fi which actually emphasizes the "sci" part, it's a 3-star read at best."

You may not be the film's biggest fan. A huge amount of the science - and therefore most of the excitement - is left out; far more than is necessary to cut it down to a couple of hours on screen.


message 36: by Tom Barry (new)

Tom Barry Why do so many people think this film is based on a real life event, good film though


message 37: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Tom Barry wrote: "Why do so many people think this film is based on a real life event, good film though"

Do they really? Or is it more a case of people joking/trolling and others taking them seriously?

Then again, Capricorn One seems to have been the main trigger for widespread belief that the moon landings were a hoax, so maybe...


message 38: by [Name Redacted] (new)

[Name Redacted] Cecily wrote: "[Name Redacted] wrote: "Finished and, while I appreciate another rare entry in sci-fi which actually emphasizes the "sci" part, it's a 3-star read at best."

You may not be the film's biggest fan. ..."


Ugh. But the non-science parts were pure cliched hackeneyed Hollywood-style... Oh. Okay, now I understand.


message 39: by Jan (new)

Jan I wasn't a fan of this book either...your review reminded me why! Well said Karen


message 40: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante Well, hell. Might have to read this one after all.


message 41: by Abby (new)

Abby The SAT comment is so accurate!


message 42: by karen (new)

karen thanks!! but ugh - that second link put me to sleep immediately.


message 43: by Firebird (new)

Firebird don't read this stupid book


message 44: by Lena (new)

Lena You must see the movie. Best movie I've seen all year. It was all action from the first five minutes. I also have a soft spot for disco. abba was the first band I ever liked. I danced like a tiny little maniac to my mothers VHS of abba videos. Often she would dance with me :)


message 45: by karen (new)

karen i probably will, but tomorrow i gotta go to the 3d imax of the walk because eeeeeeee heights!


message 46: by Carmen (new)

Carmen YES. Zero knowledge of psychology. Too many calculations. Also, you are amazing.


message 47: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Abby wrote: "The SAT comment is so accurate!"

I agree with what Abby said. This is completely on-point.


message 48: by karen (new)

karen because of what an accomplished astronaut i am?? agreed. however, YOUR review cracked me up the most, especially your interpretation of the dialogue. here is a link to it, for people who enjoy laughter:

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


message 49: by Carmen (new)

Carmen Aw, thanks, Karen!


message 50: by karen (new)

karen you blinded me with science.


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