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The Martian

A Novel
Weir, Andy (Book - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Martian


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"Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old 'human error' are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?" --
Authors: Weir, Andy
Title: The Martian
a novel
Publisher: New York, NY :, Crown Publishers,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 369 pages :,map ;,24 cm.
Notes: "Originally self-published, in a different form, as an ebook in 2011"--T.p. verso.
Summary: "Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old 'human error' are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?" --
Local Note: 1 2 3
ISBN: 0804139024
9780804139021
Branch Call Number: F WEI
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Report This Apr 23, 2014
  • mwegmann rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Good book. Well written and it seems well researched. Funny and apparently verisimilar.

If you have a degree in chemistry, this book may be for you. I have basic knowledge of chemistry, but yet I put the book down after page 42 of the mundane chemspeak;. I did finish the rest of the book...YAWN,

Report This Apr 18, 2014
  • billmacrotarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Martian is written in the spirit of the great Arthur C. Clarke short stories and novels of the 50s and 60s, routed in science but with the wonder of a distant world to make the reader dream. The story of an astronaut marooned is as old as space travel novels and presents a futuristic version of Robinson Crusoe (without his man Friday). This novel is a page-turner; written partly as a first person journal and partly as omniscient author. Just as the reader thinks that our hero has his problems solved then something goes wrong. Aside for the action, suspense, and technological elements Weir also takes shots at large organizations and the organizational culture which rewards mediocrity. The Martian will rescue the reader from boredom.

Report This Apr 17, 2014
  • shawnmuller rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow, one of the best stories I've read in years! Intelligent, fast-paced and packed with genuine moments of humor.

Report This Apr 11, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The first line of this book sold me. It's the first thought that I think any sane person would have when they've found themselves stranded on Mars but our hero does not despair. I mean he does, he has his moments, but he does what he's trained to do and uses what he knows to get through this. Mark is an engineer and a botanist and both specialties are put to the test as he works to not starve, find a way to contact home, and last until the next Mars mission (in four years) arrives. This is a very quick read and it keeps you engaged. Mark is very much an every man and is a person I'd love to have a beer with if he were real. There's also a great balance between the technical aspects of the book and the human aspects of the book so it's a quick read without getting bogged down when Mark gets excited by science and explains how he MacGyvered something with duct tape and spacesuit parts. The human part is very real, mostly in our time spend with this particular human but also with the other humans that enter the tale. It's a fabulous story, funny as much as it is harrowing at points. I eagerly look forward to more of Andy Weir's work.

Report This Apr 10, 2014
  • ValleyViewLibrarians rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Everything you have heard about this book is true. It's smart, it's funny, it's unbelievably fun to read and is impossible to put down. Weir does a great job of explaining science and technology in a way that even the most tech-challenged readers will be able to understand. Expertly paced with well-drawn characters, Weir has created a vastly entertaining story that will appeal to just about everyone.

Report This Apr 04, 2014
  • nuclearduck rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have been reading Science Fiction my entire life (I am 65) and this is one of the best 'hard' science fiction novels that has come out in many years. It is a must read for any serious science fiction buff.

Report This Apr 03, 2014
  • melwyk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mark Watney, astronaut, is one of the very first people to walk on Mars. But he is currently turning the Red Planet’s atmosphere blue -- he is upset both by the fact that his mission to Mars has been suddenly aborted, and that while evacuating the surface his team thinks he’s been killed by flying debris, and leaves without him. What does a botanist and mechanical engineer do, facing the task of solitary survival for the next four years, until the next Mars mission arrives? Fortunately for Mark, he is a creative and resourceful scientist. He calls upon every bit of knowledge he has ever encountered (along with some disco and vintage Agatha Christie to stay sane) and builds his own survival strategies. Right at the start, as Mark tries to create water and plant potatoes, the story is a little dense in its level of detail. But once the action really kicks in, it's a very quick read; think of “MacGyver on Mars”. It’s an entertaining combination of adventure, pure scientific ingenuity, space exploration, and humour. This book is full of lots of hard science of interest to space fanatics, along with a fun character with a dark sense of humour that stands him in good stead in his extreme situation. Mark finds a way to communicate with NASA, on a patchy basis, and they make a plan for his rescue. Unfortunately for NASA, the fact that they’ve left a live astronaut behind on Mars gets leaked to the media; in the ensuing frenzy, we also see the desperation on Earth as people across the world follow Mark’s every move. There is also a good sense of the teamwork involved in space travel, as both NASA ground control and Mark’s team, now on their way back to Earth, engage in numerous strategies to ensure his rescue. Pick this up if you’re in the mood for a fun, plot-based novel. If you don’t mind sarcasm and strong language, and enjoy the triumph of creative survival over harsh odds, you’ll love this, even if you think you don’t like science fiction. Recommended for its strong setting and fast-paced story, tempered by humour.

I like it, but i kind of got bored, he was tryin to put a garden in mars, offcourse to grow the pototoes and countin the days and the food that he has left,oh lord..

Superb first novel. Andy Weir is top notch in this edge-of-your-seat adventure novel.

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Report This Apr 10, 2014
  • ValleyViewLibrarians rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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