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The Martian

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

First, a big thank you to NetGalley for sending me an eARC of th

First, a big thank you to NetGalley for sending me an eARC of this book.

The Martian is described as Apollo 13 meets Castaway.

I had the honor of meeting Astronaut Jim Lovell, have a signed copy of his book about the Apollo 13 mission (which I've read 3 times) and I ...
First, a big thank you to NetGalley for sending me an eARC of this book.

The Martian is described as Apollo 13 meets Castaway.

I had the honor of meeting Astronaut Jim Lovell, have a signed copy of his book about the Apollo 13 mission (which I've read 3 times) and I loved Castaway!

And... One of my mild obsessions is Mars! I want to go to Mars. I talk to my grandkids about how they need to be astronauts when they grow up so THEY can go to Mars.

When I read the description of The Martian, the science geek in me that loves reading and/or watching everything I can about the Apollo program,and who loves Mars... well, you can say I got just a tad bit excited. Alright, maybe more than a tad bit.

And then I settled in to read. Wow!! Amazing, amazing read. It's completely believable and in my mind I was right there with Mark Watney as he solved one disastrous problem after another after another. This book was written so I was never bored with the science whatsoever, even though a lot of it was way over my head. Astronaut Mark Watney is a cheeky, oftentimes, hilarious botanist/engineer with a lot of McGuyver ingenuity. I seriously had a hard time putting this book down and even though it's been several days, I still cannot stop thinking about this book.

Author Andy Weir has really crafted a well thought out, exciting thriller of a story which includes all the science of NASA and space travel. I couldn't get enough and sure hope he continues writing in this genre. I will definately be first in line to pick up his future books!! Well done, Mr. Weir!

posted by Karen_Benson on February 13, 2014

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing.

After the rave reviews I expected a Stephen Baxter plot with Hugh Howey writing. Yes, the science is accessible if you have little understanding of science or do not read hard SF but it borders on the absurd for those who do. However, the worst part is the writing. It's...
After the rave reviews I expected a Stephen Baxter plot with Hugh Howey writing. Yes, the science is accessible if you have little understanding of science or do not read hard SF but it borders on the absurd for those who do. However, the worst part is the writing. It's cute, funny in places, irreverent and couldn't possibly be any further from the dialogue of a real astronaut or NASA manager. For anyone who has ever read an astronaut biography, watched a documentary, or read about the Mercury or Apollo programs, the unprofessional dialogue, the knowledge gaps and the stolen phrases from the Apollo program, "failure of imagination" and "steely eyed missile man" come to mind, will completely ruin a GREAT premise. Bitterly disappointing and NOT worth $9.99.

posted by AwayNGone on February 12, 2014

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