Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianWhat’s it about?

 I’m stranded on Mars.I have no way to communicate with Earth.

I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.

If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.

So yeah. I’m screwed.

My thoughts

Upon glowing reviews from 3 of my blogging friends I picked this up from a local charity shop in perfect condition; a bargain at £1.50! I had anticipated keeping it for my book club choice but then I discovered the movie is released at the end of September and wanted to read before then so in I went.

Once you get your head around all the 3 letter acronyms in the first few chapters it’s a steady read although initially I did find myself constantly checking back to the beginning to remind myself what they were.

I will admit I got a bit lost and a bit bored with all the science-y techy stuff; for example when he was trying to make water. I had no idea what was going on or how he was doing what he was doing, I just had to appreciate the sense of urgency, the importance and the danger from the procedures.

I really enjoyed the humour of Mark Watney’s character and hope that this will translate to the big screen.

“I just had to get something to stand on. I used a geological sample container (also known as “a box”).”

“Then I got a medium flexible sample container (“Ziploc bag”)”

If you breakdown, get lost or get stranded on Mars for eighteen months, he’s the guy you want to be with. The majority of this book is the urgency to save Mark but I never actually felt it was fast-paced in terms of its writing, in some areas it was quite slow. Although I read the last couple of chapters in about 10 minutes!!

If you love movies like Apollo 13, Mission to Mars and Red Planet you’ll enjoy this book, even if (dare I say it) you’re not a reader or a sci-fi lover as you’ll be routing for Watney’s survival from page one.

The movie adaptation is out in the UK at the end of September; you can watch the trailer here:

But read the book first!!!!

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WWW Wednesday (September 2nd)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

TenacityTenacity by J.S. Law

50 or so pages in and my summation is that I’m reading the Devon version of NCIS. There’s nothing wrong with that, I enjoy watching a bit of crime tv. I also like reading books that are set in places that I’ve lived or visited and there’s quite a few south coast towns mentioned that I recognise; this just makes it easier for me to visualise.

The blurb

Suicide must be investigated.

Especially when a Royal Navy sailor kills himself on a nuclear submarine, only days after his wife’s brutal murder.

Now Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, the Navy’s finest Special Branch investigator, must interrogate the tight-knit, male crew of HMS Tenacity to determine if there’s a link.

Isolated, and standing alone in the face of extreme hostility, Dan soon realises that she may have to choose between the truth and her own survival.

Justice must be served, but with a possible killer on board the pressure is rising and her time is running out…

I recently finished reading…

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir

I really enjoyed the humour of Mark Watney’s character. If you breakdown, get lost or get stranded on Mars for eighteen months, he’s the guy you want to be with. The majority of this book is the urgency to save Mark but I never actually felt it was fast-paced in terms of its writing, in some areas it was quite slow. Although I read the last couple of chapters in about 10 minutes!! 🙂

The blurb

 I’m stranded on Mars.I have no way to communicate with Earth.

I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.

If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.

So yeah. I’m screwed.

What’s up next?

The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

My first read for Netgalley Challenge is a book that I first saw over on Cleo’s blog and was also lucky to be approved for a copy. I really like books set in book shops or around books so am really looking forward to this.

The blurb

Sara is 28 and has never been outside Sweden – except in the (many) books she reads. When her elderly penfriend Amy invites her to come and visit her in Broken Wheel, Iowa, Sara decides it’s time. But when she arrives, there’s a twist waiting for her – Amy has died. Finding herself utterly alone in a dead woman’s house in the middle of nowhere was not the holiday Sara had in mind.

But Sara discovers she is not exactly alone. For here in this town so broken it’s almost beyond repair are all the people she’s come to know through Amy’s letters: poor George, fierce Grace, buttoned-up Caroline and Amy’s guarded nephew Tom.

Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps a little romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop.

Do share what you’re reading this week in the comments below

My month in books – August

What’s happened in August?

August has been a bit of an uneventful month really but I did receive this lovely tweet from Christine, author James Hannah’s wife:

IMG_1304This totally blew me away; my little blog mentioned in a real life paperback book! I’ll be off to buy a copy this weekend 🙂

If you’ve not read the book The A-Z Of You and Me, check out my review here, it’s absolutely worth the read.

Books read: 4

The Paying GuestsThe Truth about the Harry Quebert AffairThe Tea Planter's WifePlainsong

 

 

 

Books added to the TBR: 1

The Martian

Currently reading: The Martian by Andy Weir

Favourite book for August: The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

What’s coming up in September?

  • Taking part in Sophie & Suze’s Netgalley challenge – Sept 1st – October 12th – sign up here
  • Waterstone’s Book Blogger Bonanza, Birmingham – September 12th

How was your August and what are you looking forward to in September?

WWW Wednesday (August 26th)

Gosh Wednesday comes around pretty quickly doesn’t it?….

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To join in, just answer the following three questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir

Upon glowing reviews from 3 of my blogging colleagues I picked this up at the weekend from a local charity shop. In perfect condition so a bargain at £1.50! I had anticipated keeping it for my book club choice but then I discovered the movie is released at the end of September and wanted to read before then so in I went.

Well, once you get your head around all the 3 letter acronyms in the first few chapters I anticipate that’s it’s going to be quite a tense, rollercoaster of a read!

 

The blurb

 I’m stranded on Mars.I have no way to communicate with Earth.

I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days.

If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death.

So yeah. I’m screwed.

I recently finished reading…

PlainsongPlainsong by Kent Haruf

If you read my WWW post from last week, you may remember I wasn’t particularly looking forward to reading our latest book club choice. And I’m pleased to say I was actually surprised by this book and quite enjoyed it. It’s very simply written but without it losing its detail or emotion, I had expected it to be over-descriptive with flowery over-complicated language but I was wrong!

The blurb

In Holt, Colorado, Tom Guthrie is struggling to bring up his two young sons alone. In the same town, school girl Victoria Roubideaux finds herself pregnant and homeless. Whilst Tom’s sons find their way forward without their mother, quiet and gentle Harold and Raymond McPheron agree to take Victoria in, unaware that their lives are about to change forever.

A novel of haunting beauty, Plainsong explores the grace and hope of every human life and mankind’s infinity capacity for love.

What’s up next?

IMG_0595I’m hoping to squeeze in one more #PaperbackSummer read before the end of the month before starting the Netgalley challenge in September and will leave this choice to my TBR jar I think.

 

 

Do share what you’re reading this week in the comments below