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The Martian Paperback – 28 Aug 2014
|Paperback, 28 Aug 2014||
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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)
About the Author
ANDY WEIR built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time.
He is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. He also mixes a mean cocktail.
He lives in California.
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Once Mark is abandoned in the godforsaken planet, it is a relentless series of life threatening problems thrown at him one after another, right till the end. But with his resourcefulness, intelligence and willpower to survive he finds some or the other solution to each of those situations.
One thing I would have liked is a better character development of Mark. Given his strong personality type, some background of Mark's earlier life, some personal stories would have been better for the readers to connect to his character. It would have also been a nice break from all the technicalities in the narration, which at times, I felt, was getting to a saturation.
Other than that, it is a phenomenal work of sci-fi, even better than the movie, I would say. Must read if you like science fictions or survival stories.
As far as Amazon's service is concerned, the book was delivered on time and in great condition. So full marks for that!
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This book have changed my perspective about life in many ways. One person is enough to change everything round. This book taught me about finding humour in the most devastating of times.
The story starts with Mark Watney being deserted on a DESERTED planet far far away from any human communication “MARS”. Yes u heard it right. He is stranded on Mars for Gods sake!!!! There were others in his team. But he can see no one around. Maybe they left him thinking he would be dead for better or for worse.
Few months back there was a mission back in N.A.S.A with five crew members pf which Watney was one. Not in any important position. Just one of the co-pilots. They landed on Mars. Upon landing they started doing whatever they had to do(Obviously that includes work and not partying :P ). Anyhow.. now on the third day of their mission N.A.S.A warns them of a sandstorm that could push them to the pits of hell (joking) .. that could destroy all the machines.. So they decide to abort their mission and return back safely before it hits them.. but during their evacuation the sand storms had already picked up its pace. They continue to move on.. Accidentally a flying dish hits him.. and…….KABOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!
He wakes up being hurt with no one around him. GREAT -_- .
It’s a story of survival.. a story of inspiration. A story about how quick thinking and optimistic attitude can change soo much of a situation in which no one of us could think of survival. A must read!!!(if you haven’t already)..Well I won’t mind reading it again and again and again.. ok that’s too much. But I don’t care. Its that good. Mark Watney I am ready to marry a man like you :P
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