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review 2018-04-22 20:33
Artemis by Andy Weir
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

This started out strong, then the main character, Jazz, started showing the reader why she was known for making poor life decisions and so it got kind of annoying for a while. At least Jazz was annoying. It did redeem itself a little in the end with the way she made up with her father but overall I'd describe the book as just okay. Not great, not terrible, but with a main character who makes bad decisions and shouldn't be trusted to pull off sabotage on the moon.

 

Actually, describing Jazz as a lifer in a small touristy town is probably fairly accurate. Artemis only has a couple thousand permanent residents, after all, and although it doesn't seem quite fair to describe a population of technicians and so on living on the moon to be stuck there, they kind of are. Although unlike some characters who might be desperate to leave a small town, Jazz is desperate to stay.

 

I did quite like Jazz's father.

 

Side note: I'm glad I got through this one so quickly because there are apparently 172 people waiting for it at the library (with 33 copies in circulation although ten of those are express copies).

 

Previous updates:

222 of 305 pages

184 of 305 pages

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text 2018-04-22 18:57
Reading progress update: I've read 222 out of 305 pages.
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

Ok, this part is kind of cute:

"Very few people get a chance to quantify how much their father loves them. But I did. The job should have taken forty-five minutes, but Dad spent three and a half hours on it. My father loves me 366 percent more than he loves anything else.

Good to know."

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text 2018-04-22 17:41
Reading progress update: I've read 184 out of 305 pages.
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

Said about Jazz:

"I mean, it's not your style. It was risky—and you're really smart. You don't take risks unless you have to. You're not desperate for cash or anything, so far as I know. I mean, yeah, you're poor. But you're stable."

 

I've seen zero evidence for Jazz being smart other than figuring out a couple things quickly and honestly that doesn't take that much "smarts". She acts like a seventeen year old that never grew up.

 

I was initially feeling a little guilty while reading this because it started out pretty strong and I knew that other people had complained about Jazz, but I was enjoying it...and then Jazz started acting stupid (I think it was around when she blew a bunch of money on the hotel room).

 

I disagree that Jazz is basically a female Mark Watley. Watley was sometimes crude, yes, but smart. Jazz is super dense and only has a crap lifestyle because she never made up with her father. All evidence points to her father still caring and wanting back in her life and so she could remake herself...but she hasn't in the last eight or nine years.

 

She literally only has herself to blame.

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text 2018-04-22 16:14
Reading progress update: I've read 68%.
Head On - John Scalzi

Chris and Vann are the best. That’s all. 

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text 2018-04-21 22:21
Reading progress update: I've read 59%.
Generation - J.J. Green
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