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review 2018-11-22 20:00
The Martian
The Martian - Andy Weir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, an astronaut of sorts gets left behind on Mars, for he is thought dead during a failed mission, but he is indeed alive, with a minor injury. When he fixes that minor injury, all he really has left is himself and thus does his best to survive on Mars. When Nasa of Planet Earth learns that he's not dead, but he is indeed alive, it tries to do its best to ensure his survival and bring him back home to Earth. Since this is a story of an American astronaut, you can easily guess the rest. Quite honestly, the only thing that I liked about this book is the sarcasm of the lead fictional character and the lead character's will and immense desire for survival. 

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review 2018-11-11 11:00
Science fiction novel with loads of real science - still quite interesting
The Martian - Andy Weir

 

 

If science bores you, then this is probably not for you. As in the film, Mark Watney gets stranded on Mars and the novel deals with how he survives, using his scientific knowledge and later NASA’s. There’s buckets of science information which presumably is correct but may put readers off. Despite my limited knowledge, I got quite a lot out of the book and there’s tension and adventure involved.

 

Quite good novel and I’m sure that many will enjoy it.

 

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review 2018-10-23 19:04
Ooh! Me spotted dick!: "Artemis" by Andy Weir
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir


Boring = Bad.

As the little sister in "Lair Of The White Worm" exclaimed: "Ooh! Me spotted dick!"

'Artemis' read like a Haines manual. The main narrator had no personality beyond hating disco (so I wished death on her from about page five - better than no reaction, I suppose) and then it switched to Mission Control in America c.1995. The book was an elaborate daydream for people who watched enough 'MacGyver' to think they could fix everything with gaffer-tape and a Swiss Army knife, modified by NASA's website regurgitated almost verbatim.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-10-17 06:38
Artemis, Andy Weir
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

I seem to remember reading a lot of reviews expressing disappointment with this book when it was first released, but, whilst not perfect, I thought it was actually a big improvement on The Martian, even if our protagonist is only a female criminal version of Mark Watney.

 

It feels like Weir learned an enormous amount about novel writing between the two books; character development, differentiation and impact on plot are all enormously better. The plot is, by comparison with The Martian, a sophisticated and not entirely predictable thriller, holding more interest than purely survival/engineering problems.

 

That's not to say there aren't still flaws - Weir's love affair with exposition explaining how everything works is still somewhat out of control which makes for a first third that is slower than necessary. Some of it could be cut and explained in the relevant plot moment (because it is, causing a repetition) or just cut altogether because it's never relevant.

 

There's some clumsy moments that include details you just know are going to be super plot-crucial later - not well disguised despite the barage of similar details. The protagonist at times verges on being unsympathetic and the reaction of the general populace to her actions during the denouement seems not entirely realistic.

 

There are much worse novels by much more experienced novelists than this, however and if Weir can carry on learning he will become a really good writer.

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text 2018-10-16 04:33
Reading progress update: I've read 98 out of 305 pages.
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

Getting exposition heavy; too much time explaining moon colony engineering, not enough advancing the plot.

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