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text 2017-06-14 00:33
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The Martian - Andy Weir

Let me preface this by saying that I loved the movie of The Martian. I went into it completely expecting science fiction suspense, and it was one of the funniest films I've seen in a really long time. 

 

So far, the book is much the same (thank goodness!). It's got quite a bit more cursing than the film (which bothers me, but oh well), but so far that's the only stickler for me. Mark is a sarcastic, deprecating narrator, but he's smart and witty. I'm trying to follow the science, but since I'm the type of girl who gets low Cs on science tests (when you're allowed to use Google), it's slow going and most of it goes over my head. 

 

This is slow going so far because I'm kind of easing myself back into reading for fun. I grew up listening to stories when I went to bed, and I've been listening to the same "Emperor's New Clothes" collection since I graduated from college. I decided to listen to Fellowship of the Ring, but since I always fall asleep before the chapter ends, I'm also reading along. So my main priority right now is reading a chapter of Fellowship a day, and this gets fit in between that.

 

Sorry Andy Weir, but Tolkien will always be bae. 

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text 2015-12-31 21:05
Finished!
Fires of Invention - J. Scott Savage

Okay, I pushed through the last hundred pages so I could finish today. I only had one more real complaint about this whole book, and that's that Trenton is so quick to believe he's been found out. There were probably at least four or five times that someone alluded to perhaps knowing what he was up to, and he practically breaks down and tells them everything. For instance, his parents are like, "You've been sneaking around with a girl." OMG, they know about Kallista! "*smiling broadly* Let's have her over for dinner!" OMG, they're going to grill Kallista about our secret plans! "Don't you have a girlfriend?" Oh... they don't know anything.

 

Same thing happens with Angus a few times. "I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING." HOW??!!!! "DON'T THINK YOU'LL GET HER TO LIKE YOU." Why would I be trying to get Kallista to like me?? Maybe I should ask him that out loud. "WTF, who's Kallista, I'm talking about Simoni, wait, who IS Kallista, should I be concerned about this?" SHOOT I MISUNDERSTOOD EVERYTHING, REWIND, REWIND.

 

Anyway. Sometimes it was frustrating to watch Trenton almost give himself away so many times because he constantly jumped to conclusions. If I were him and doing a bunch of illegal crap, I would probably respond to accusations like these with something like, "What did you find out?" instead of "HOW IN THE WORLD DID YOU FIGURE OUT MY SECRET PLANS?!?!?" You know. It's better sneaking.

 

All in all, pretty solid and enjoyable, all things considered. It sets up the series pretty nicely (although the ending seemed a little too nicely packaged). 

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text 2015-12-31 16:46
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Fires of Invention - J. Scott Savage

Was that supposed to be climactic?

 

Trenton and Kallista just got into a fight because she was being an idiot (like usual). Trenton threatens to quit working with her on the project, and even throws some serious shade, which is all resolved in a few sentences. 

 

I don't know, I figure we've just had a time skip of several months, they've been friends for quite awhile now--is this really the first time she's gotten so frustrated? Is this the first time Trenton has said he'll quit if she doesn't stop acting like such a brat? I know it seems like I'm nitpicking, but I feel like a little more drama in either of the characters' reactions here could have made the situation more believable. 

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text 2015-12-28 04:55
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Fires of Invention - J. Scott Savage

So far, so good. I mean, it's not groundbreaking or exceptional in any way, but it's fairly well written, and I'm interested in seeing where the story goes. Sometimes it's a little frustrating because I can't picture the mechanics of things very clearly (for instance, the tool Trenton and Kallista are trying to put together), but I don't know how much to blame on the writing or myself. Oh well. Right now I'm feeling three stars because I don't feel anything one way or the other. 

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text 2015-12-12 07:34
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Fires of Invention - J. Scott Savage

This is one of the books being considered for a prize I'm helping to judge this year. As a result, I was sent a handful of books from the sponser (or who I think is a sponser?), and although many of my judge-companion people have already gotten through several of the books on our list, this is my first one. (I started another, but I guess enough people didn't like it enough that I decided to move on.)

 

I'm going to be a little more meticulous as I go through this book, even though I haven't been very active recently. I want to remember the things I like and don't like about these novels so I can know exactly how I'd like to vote when the time comes. Although I still have so much to do for school and basically no breaks between now and graduation (a year from now), I'm making these a priority ASAP!

 

So far, it's good. I like the writing, and although I don't know much about the story yet, I'm looking forward to seeing how it all plays out. Trenton is so far likeable, although the love interest/bully were introduced pretty quickly and seem a little cookie cutter. I have high hopes, though!

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