The Martian Paperback – 27 Aug 2015
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"Andy Weir's masterpiece!" (Tom Hanks Twitter)
"Watney's gallows humour and his brushes with death as he uses every ounce of his intelligence and astronaut's training to claw his way out of the pit will have you laughing and gasping by turns. I read this book in a weekend. I didn't think I'd have the time to - but Andy Weir's edge-of-the-seat storytelling didn't leave me any choice." (Richard Madeley, Richard and Judy Book Club)
"Andy Weir's terrific 'lost in space' novel is an absolute page turner from first to last ... Tautly-written, full of extraordinary and fascinating detail about life in a frozen red desert so far from home, The Martian is one of the best thrillers either of us has read in years. Highly recommended." (Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club)
"The best book I've read in ages. Clear your schedule before you crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech. Smart, funny, and white-knuckle intense, The Martian is everything you want from a novel." (Hugh Howey New York Times bestselling author of Wool)
"Accomplished…believable but suspenseful as [Watney] battles against the odds for survival" (The Guardian)
"like Gravity meets Robinson Crusoe – utterly nail-biting and memorable." (James Lovegrove FT)
"A book I just couldn’t put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy…reads like MacGyver meets Mysterious Island." (Astronaut Chris Hadfield Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth)
"The amount of research here is astounding. We’re suckers for well-grounded fiction, and on the technical side, The Martian is exemplary ... witty ... funny" (SFX)
"The Martian kicked my ass! Weir has crafted a relentlessly entertaining and inventive survival thriller, a MacGyver-trapped-on-Mars tale that feels just as real and harrowing as the true story of Apollo 13." (Ernest Cline New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One)
"Weir’s debut is easily the best SF novel of the year so far" (Financial Times)
"An impressively geeky debut novel ... the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up" (Entertainment Weekly)
"Strong, resilient, and gutsy. It's Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 21st century style. Set aside a chunk of free time when you start this one. You're going to need it because you won't want to put it down." (Steve Berry)
"Think Apollo 13 ... on Mars! ... A saga of courage, ingenuity and humour - and utterly convincing thanks to superb research. The best space disaster story since Clarke's A Fall of Moondust." (Stephen Baxter)
"jaw-clenchingly gripping ... a modern-day Apollo13" (Stuff Magazine)
"Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years…Utterly compelling." (Wall Street Journal)
"Don’t be put off thinking this is a sci-fi book – it’s so much more than that. Utterly brilliant." (Bella)
"One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time, an incredible story about an astronaut marooned on Mars. This is no science fiction tale: the technology is beautifully researched and based on what is currently envisioned for a manned flight to Mars. It feels so real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive and power of a rocket launch. This is Apollo 13 times ten. I could not put this book down." (Douglas Preston #1 New York Times bestselling author of Impact and Blasphemy)
"Gripping…shapes up like Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe as written by someone brighter." (Larry Niven, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series and Lucifer’s Hammer)
"The tension simply never lets up, from the first page to the last, and at no point does the believability falter for even a second. You can't shake the feeling that this could all really happen." (Patrick Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Breach and Ghost Country)
"Weir has fashioned in Mark Watney one of the most appealing, funny and resourceful characters in recent fiction ... gripping" (Huffington Post)
"one of the best survival stories you’ll ever read (think Robinson Crusoe on Mars only more extreme)." (Martin Sorenson Publishers Weekly)
"Sharp, funny and thrilling, with just the right amount of geekery." (Kirkus)
"Apollo 13-meets-Robinson-Crusoe-on-Mars, and I guess for those who enjoyed the films Gravity or Moon, this one will be a literary equivalent ... I was, in the end, totally won over by this book in its celebration of how humans can deal with anything the harshness of science and extreme environments can pose, and it kept me reading longer than I meant to" (SFFworld.com)
"one of the most thrilling and absorbing novels I have ever read" (Sfcrowsnest)
"Riveting...a tightly constructed and completely believable story of a man's ingenuity and strength in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds." (Booklist)
"Weir combines the heart-stopping with the humorous in this brilliant debut novel... the perfect mix of action and space adventure." (Library Journal (starred))
"An exciting, insightful science- based tale [that] kept me turning the pages to see what ingenious solution our hero would concoct to survive yet anotherimpossible dilemma" (Terry Brooks)
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I think one of the reasons this book is so popular, and certainly why I liked is it that Mars feels so tantalizingly close. I hesitate to classify this as sci-fi, simply because technically speaking most of the stuff in the book is feasible now - it's more an engineering problem to be solved, and political will that stops us solving that problem. There are no warp drives, lasers, aliens (hope that's not a plot spoiler) or other staples of sci-fi - just a guy trying to get home after getting stranded far from home. Reading this made Mars feel even closer - I hope some day soon we get there.
What a treat. I loved it and didn't want the book to end. Its a story about an astronaut left on Mars and his bid to live long enough to get off. There is loads of technical stuff in the book but so well explained and the prose is excellent. I followed through with the ideas and the equipment used and never got lost, as I do in other Sci-Fi books I have read.
Its funny in places and I love the initial contacts between Earth and Mars and found myself laughing out loud on the train several times.
For me its a great read and I have not stopped recommending it to friends and strangers. It is that good!
The idea of being stranded on Mars with some kit and having to improvise to survive is a fascinating one.
At first I found the diary like daily status reports and our hero`s gung-ho attitude a bit wearisome, but as the story unfolded I soon changed my mind and found Watney quite inspiring. It has much to do with courage in the face of adversity and a sense of humour as well as the spirit of adventure. A great book in my opinion!
I actually found the sections set on Earth, as NASA attempts to first communicate with him and then work out a way to bring him home, the most interesting. I think it's fair to say the bureaucracy of that venerable, monolithic, organisation does not come out of this smelling of roses.
Overall, an engaging read. The prose is sparse and perhaps the most unrealistic part of the whole plot was that the main character seemed to suffer no psychological effects from being alone for so long and the prospect of facing dangerous situations just about every day. I know astronauts are a special breed but still..
If you object to detail, or prefer symbiotic aliens, or don't warm to Watney, then you will struggle with this book. As the majority of readers won't be astronauts, engineers, or botanists, there is a certain amount of explaining stuff to the layman. I could see how some might consider that tedious but I certainly didn't find it so.
Other reviewers have noted the frequent use of swear words. The swearing doesn't bother me but it might bother you. Contrary to what some people seem to think, profanity is common, even amongst highly trained professionals.
I too noticed the arguably unlikely lack of depression. The psychology is a moot point; most of us would struggle with such isolation but I am willing to accept the hand picked, highly motivated member of an extremely testing interplanetary mission might be different. If you want to read an actual example of one man's response to total isolation, you could do worse than "A world of my Own" by Robin Knox Johnston, a man who spent many months alone on his tiny boat during his record round the world voyage in the days of stiff upper lips.
The only thing I don't understand is the picture used in a lot of the advertising and on the cover of the book...the broken helmet. Not in the book or the film.
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