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3.0 out of 5 stars Mars - a Survivalist Handbook, 24 April 2014
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Very enjoyable read and an interesting premise. Persevere beyond the GCSE maths fest that constitutes the first section because fortunately the rest of the book moves on to an actual plot rather than a series of equations. Did feel in retrospect that we don't actually get to know much about our hero beyond his problem solving skills - think most humans in such a situation might display a greater range of emotions, nostalgia etc. But then I am guilty of contemplating the deep fragility of life every time I board easyjet to Bristol. Interesting to compare this with James Smythe's novel The Explorer which dealt with a similar scenario with far more humanity and emotional depth.
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2014 10:12:02 BDT
P. Evans says:
After reading your review I bought The Explorer and enjoyed it very much a much better book a much better writer who doesn't feel the need to show off so thank you for mentioning Smythe's novel.
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