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The Martian by Andy Weir
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4.5 stars

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 supply of it in order to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Watney is also a funny, the glass is half-full kind of guy who gets repeatedly knocked on his ass but finds a way to get right back up again. And who doesn't love a fighter?

The Martian is being referred to as Cast Away in space and that's pretty accurate as those things go. It's definitely an adventure survival story (my favorite kind), and just like Tom Hanks, Watney finds himself stranded and completely alone. The only difference is rather than washing up on a deserted island with a plethora of unopened FedEx packages, Watney finds himself abandoned on Mars with....well, you'll have to read the book to find out.

There's a lot of geeked out science descriptions, but I found most of it to be pretty accessible, even to a softcore sci-fi gal like myself. There's a real balance and warmth to the story as Watney battles with the unforgiving Mars environment that wants to kill him every time he turns around. It's thrilling and edge of your seat stuff with lots of laughs built in to break the inexorable tension.

Add author Andy Weir to the growing list of self-published authors who have successfully transitioned to a traditional publishing house. And there will be a movie, and I'm betting it's going to be freaking epic.
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Quotes Trudi Liked

Andy Weir
“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”
Andy Weir, The Martian


Reading Progress

March 8, 2014 – Shelved
April 20, 2014 – Started Reading
April 21, 2014 –
page 128
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April 23, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Kemper Duct tape, bitches!


Trudi LOL -- I was also thinking: Eat a dick, Mars!


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Wilsooooooooooooooooooooooooooon!


Trudi Haha, yes, poor Watney needed a Wilson.


Stephanie *Very Stable Genius* I was thinking McGyver in space as well, now I can't use that in my review....damn!!

Great review.


Trudi Stephanie wrote: "Great review."

Thanks! I've been in a review rut and it felt good to knock one out.

Stephanie wrote: "I was thinking McGyver in space as well, now I can't use that in my review..."

Sure you can! I stole it from the back of the book, and there's no getting around the comparison :)


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Jason I am only half serious... but gravity the movie in book form??


Trudi Jason wrote: "I am only half serious... but gravity the movie in book form??"

It actually has a lot more in common with Cast Away with Tom Hanks than Gravity, but it's as exciting and just as much fun!


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Jason Trudi wrote: "Jason wrote: "I am only half serious... but gravity the movie in book form??"

It actually has a lot more in common with Cast Away with Tom Hanks than Gravity, but it's as exciting and just as much..."


Ok. I'll look into it. Looks like a summer beach read


Natasa Great review Trudi! And thanks for the link for the article, really enjoyed reading about the author as there is nothing here on GR about him.


Trudi Natasa wrote: "Great review Trudi! And thanks for the link for the article, really enjoyed reading about the author as there is nothing here on GR about him."

Thanks Natasa! I keep meaning to edit the review to add a movie link -- http://insidemovies.ew.com/2014/10/23/chiwetel-ejiofor-the-martian/


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Mara Didn't know about Andy Weir being a self-publishing Cinderella story. Yeah Science!


Trudi Mara wrote: "Didn't know about Andy Weir being a self-publishing Cinderella story. Yeah Science!"

It's nice to see it happen to a geeky guy like Weir peddling science rather than sub-par softcore fanfic porn (though I'm certain those ladies are laughing all the way to the bank and I'm just bitter).


Malia Great review! Cool to know he is self-published, gives us other self-pub authors hope;-)


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Leah Polcar YEAH SCIENCE!


Trudi Malia wrote: "Great review! Cool to know he is self-published, gives us other self-pub authors hope;-)"

Thanks! It does! This is a brave new world for authors and readers!


Trudi Leah wrote: "YEAH SCIENCE!"

Haha YES! Have you seen the movie trailer yet? I love the line: "I'm going to have to science the shit out of this."


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Leah Polcar I have not, but I think I am having to get that on a t-shirt. Plus something about magnets.


Trudi Leah wrote: "I have not, but I think I am having to get that on a t-shirt. Plus something about magnets."

And duct tape!


Rossmos I can definitely agree with everything in this review, from your opinion on Watney to the way you were left after. Nice review with good points!


Trudi Thank you Rossmos! That's very kind of you to say.


Ronyell Awesome review! I loved this book too!


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