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review 2017-05-11 01:08
Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn
Martians Abroad: A novel - Carrie Vaughn

Book, it’s not you, it’s me. Actually, to be honest...some of it is you.

 

This book initially annoyed me with its conflation of mass and weight, but it was mostly just a boring new-kid-at-school young adult novel (or children's book, maybe). Most of the book is pretty dull, with the main character, Polly, acting like a bit of an idiot, and when things actually start to happen, the book just becomes unbelievable.

 

This book’s setting is a future science fiction world where there are some colonies on Mars and elsewhere in the solar system. Polly’s mother decides to send Polly and her “twin” brother Charles to a school on Earth called Galileo and they have to acclimatize to the stresses of Earth’s gravity as well as the snotty attitudes of the Earth kids. Because they're Martians. Then some stuff happens and it gets just a little too ridiculous.

 

I’d probably have liked it more if I had read it as a kid but the plot still seems silly so I doubt I would have thought it a great book even back then.

 

In case anyone’s wondering, I didn’t read this for booklikes-opoly because it’s a library book that is due back this week and I started it before I could legally roll again.

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text 2017-05-09 02:41
Reading progress update: I've read 15 out of 287 pages.
Martians Abroad: A novel - Carrie Vaughn

"Five kilos on Mars or Earth?"

A kilogram is a unit of mass, not weight. It's the same on Mars and on Earth.

 

Time to bail? Or should I give it another few pages?

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review 2017-03-10 15:36
Review: Martians Abroad
Martians Abroad: A novel - Carrie Vaughn

A fun and interesting main character in a to-short fish out of water tale. This is standalone, but I'd devour another book about Polly if she does write a sequel.

 

I'm not 100% sold on the ending, either in terms of how the plot is resolved or where we leave the protagonist, but whatever. If my big complaint is that I wanted more pages, I don't really have any complaints.

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text 2017-02-15 21:09
2017 e-book pre-orders
Martians Abroad: A novel - Carrie Vaughn
Hunger Makes the Wolf - Alex Wells

I'm a bit late posting this, as I'm currently reading one of these. This is just my kindle pre-orders. The list is longer than the 2 pictures shown, those were the only two BL had covers for at the moment.

 

January:

Martians Abroad: A novel - Carrie Vaughn: Currently reading this fish out of water tale, and looking forward to picking up a paper copy for my niece.   

 

March:

Hunger Makes the Wolf - Alex Wells: Interstellar travel and bikers.  

 

May:

Owl and the Electric Samurai (The Owl Series) - Kristi Charish: The third book in this UF series following the ongoing shit show that is Owl's life as she fails social interactions and turns every bad situation into a catastrophe. I am a big fan of this series.

 

River of Teeth - Sarah Gailey: Hippos and such.

 

June:

The Prey of Gods - Nicky Drayden: This looks to be some sort of misfits save the world kind of thing.  

 

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter - Theodora Goss: Hate the name, love the concept. Supernatural mystery with links to horror and SF classics.

 

July: 

The Rift - Nina Allan: Sisters and trust for the win. 

 

Strange Practice (A Dr. Greta Helsing Novel) - Vivian Shaw: Cults, murders, and a doctor of the undead.

 

At the Table of Wolves - Kay Kenyon: Alt-history, supernatural spy thriller.

 

September: 

White Trash Zombie Unchained - Diana Rowland:  Book 6 in a series that's been quite fun so far.

 

December:

Barbary Station - R. E. Stearns: Pirates in space!  

 

I have a separate list of physical books on order with my almost-local indy shop. I'll try to post that list in the next few days.

 

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review 2017-02-02 00:00
Martians Abroad: A Novel
Martians Abroad: A Novel - Carrie Vaughn DNF @ 30%

This is not holding my attention. I was excited to read it; the premise sounded awesome. Martians kids go to school on Earth. But, meh, it's the typical board school drama-rama, with the Earth kids and the instructors treating the off-world kids like crap. I thought the main character was flat, and the daily grind at the school for the most elite of the elites was uninteresting.
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