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The Martian Child: A Novel About a Single Father Adopting a Son

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

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    The Martian Child - David Gerrold

    I absolutely LOVED this book. I saw the movie several times before I read the book, and fell in love with both of the main characters. Of course, the book is completely different. David is gay and you get to see more of David's family (which is totally enjoyable - and you get to see how he became such a unique personality). Dennis is not quite as perfect as he appears to be in the film. There is definately more acting out which creates greater problems than shown in the movie, and David handles them, not like a saint, but more realistically, like any human with self-doubt, interior argument and thoughts of doing the easy thing, but ultimately not the best thing. He and Dennis muddle through somehow to create that elusive and rare thing, a happy family. It's a wonderful, sentimental, heart-rending read, that inspires you to look at your own family and try harder.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    A very good book!

    I really enjoyed this book and was interested in what happened. I am interested in the foster system and know some foster children who have been bounced around quite often. This is the story about David who feels like he would like to help a child. He sees David's picture in an adoption album and ends up deciding that this is his son. Dennis has a lot of baggage coming from eight foster homes in eight years. Dennis was abandoned as an infant. This is their story as father and son. We need more David's. So many children need homes and unconditional love. These children feel shuffled around and so unwanted.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    Okay read

    I read this book without ever seeing the movie beforehand, and I felt the book was wholesome and cute. On the other hand I felt the ending could have been more complex and worthwhile. I doubt I would rent the movie after reading this novel.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2007

    An easy but deep read

    After seeing this movie, I have decided to try the read. I finished David's vivid and honest story on a plane to Asia from LA. His honest and straight-foward story-telling style has moved me many times throughout the whole experience of adoption of his Son, Dennis. I believe it will encourage more people to appreciate our feelings and love for our own kids or parents and maybe made-to-be families. Although the movie version has changed David from a gay character to be a straight Dad, I thought this little changes does not affect its originality too much. I recommend this book to all ready-to-be parents and everyone else. go see movie too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    reprint of a fictionalized account of a true adoption

    In California, David wants to be 'a dad'. However, he has a slight obstacle about the size of the Sierras, as the adoption system still leans heavily towards potential fathers with wives as a gay person the chance of a female wife is somewhere near zero if that high. Still he works his way through an obstacle course that should be adopted by the White House to keep Congressman Waxman bewildered and frustrated. Finally he finds a picture of the child he decides he wants to adopt. The caseworker explains that eight-year-old Dennis is a ¿problem child¿ with plenty of issues ranging from hyperactivity to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome to Emotional Abuse having been abandoned by his alcoholic biological mom as a baby, Physical Abuse as part of his eight foster homes, etc. In other words this child was at the point of ¿hard to place¿ meaning ¿unadoptable¿. Learning that Dennis insists he is the offspring of Martian might pose a problem if his Red Planet relatives show up with giant alien slugs (parking is at a premium). This is the account of the first two years together as father and son adjust to being a loving family unit in spite of a system that insists both the dad and son are losers. --- This reprint of a fictionalized account of a true adoption is moving and poignant, but readers will wonder why Mr. Gerrold did not provide a true account as THE MARTIAN CHILD is based on a real adoption as are the earthquake events between the dad and son. Still the author makes a strong argument that with love, tolerance and persistence as the pair goes through the Tuckman phases of groups forming, storming, norming, and transforming, a deep bond can overcome seemingly impossible problems all it takes is a Job-like patience. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2007

    sometimes

    sometimes life hands you something you feel like you cant handle. theres always a way to handle it sometimes its hard to figure out and sometimes its right in front of you all it take is a little believing in yourself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2007

    Short and Sweet

    This 'easy read' is appealing in its subject matter and in the humorous way a very serious subject is handled. It broaches the question of why someone would want to adopt a child, and ultimately makes you think about the reasons anyone wants to have a child.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2007

    A reviewer

    Sometimes it feels like we don¿t belong. As if we were different for the crowd. Like we don¿t fit in. Good news. There is a place were everyone belongs. All you have to do is find it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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