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The Martian

A Novel
Weir, Andy (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old 'human error' are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?" --
Authors: Weir, Andy
Title: The Martian
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Crown Publishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 369 pages :,map ;,24 cm
Content Type: still image
text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Originally self-published, in a different form, as an ebook in 2011"--Title page verso.
Summary: "Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old 'human error' are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?" --
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ISBN: 9780804139021
0804139024
Statement of Responsibility: Andy Weir
Copyright Date: ♭2014
Subject Headings: Mars (Planet) Survival Fiction. Astronauts Fiction.
Genre/Form: Science fiction.
Science fiction, American.
Topical Term: Survival
Astronauts
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Oct 17, 2014
  • notthatjenn rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I know other people who loved the snarky voice of this character accidentally stranded on Mars, but it didn't resonate for me. I wanted either more depth to the character or a better sense of how he's using humor as a defense mechanism. The middle road of narration that was taken instead is, in my opinion, not terrible, but fairly bland.

Sep 29, 2014
  • m1kenyc89 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The was a good fast paced novel. Not exactly sci-fi but completely enthralling. Like others I stayed up way too late reading because I couldn't stop reading.

Sep 26, 2014
  • danomcd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent book that at numerous times I stayed up WAY too late reading. I loved the way that you couldn't predict where it was going. I also loved the explanation of science and chemistry in it - although it requires a little suspension of your disbelief to enjoy.

Sep 25, 2014
  • danomcd rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent book that at numerous times I stayed up WAY too late reading. I loved the way that you couldn't predict where it was going. I also loved the explanation of science and chemistry in it - although it requires a little suspension of your disbelief to enjoy.

Sep 05, 2014
  • meg1534 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's not literary fiction but it is plenty fun.

Sep 03, 2014
  • bsherylak7 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you like hard sci-fi, this will satisfy immensely. It also made me aspire to learn some more skills!

Aug 13, 2014
  • hindins rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best books we've read in a very long time. Its both funny and suspenseful. I could go again almost straight away.

Aug 13, 2014
  • kdwaynec rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good, almost excellent. The cover caught my eye and once I stated reading and got all the characters straight in my head, I couldn't put it down.

Aug 11, 2014
  • naw666 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed reading this. Never knew anything about space travel, terminology, et al, until I read this book. The protagonist is a blast & a delight with an incredible sense of humour as well as having a strong sense of self-preservation to go along with that incredible high intellect. It made me love him! :)

Jul 30, 2014
  • nappunkkomah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What an excellent read! This was my first sci-fi but guess what? I LOVED IT. From the beginning 'til the very last page! I didn't even know I was going to like this book so much considering that this is about astronauts in space, blahblahblah...I thought it'd be too scientific and technical for me to get through the book. It indeed was quite technical and had quite a lot of science but didn't expect the humor in this book that would make me WANT to know what'd happen to this poor guy stranded in Mars while he uses his engineering and science to survive. Very enjoyable! In fact, I'm even getting my own copy.

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Jul 26, 2014
  • BrigidWilson rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"Hell yeah I'm a botanist1 Fear my botany powers!"

"Remember those old math questions you had in algebra class? Where water is entering a container at a certain rate and leaving it at a different rate and you need to find out when it will be empty? Well, that concept is critical to the 'Mark Watney doesn't' project I'm working on."

Jul 06, 2014
  • donnamswan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped."

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