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  1. J.W. Kurtz
    January 30, 2015 @ 9:33 pm

    I loved this book until I read your review/critique and thought on it. Um…yeah, I would have to agree with much of what you wrote here. Now I feel cheated! A whole year plus on Mars and nothing about what it looks like…no real exploration. May as well of been on Earth stuck out in the desert with a flat. Good job here.

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    • Cheney
      January 30, 2015 @ 11:09 pm

      Haha! Well I am not sure whether to be flattered that I swayed you or sorry that I took some of your book enjoyment away!

      I just think, if you have this guy in a unique situation, being stuck somewhere alone where no one has ever been alone before.. Do something interesting with it. It’s science FICTION after all.

      And now that I think about it, he didn’t even really talk about loneliness other than a few comments about not having seen a woman in months (that I can remember.)

      I need to just write my own damn book!

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      • J.W. Kurtz
        January 30, 2015 @ 11:13 pm

        I read that the author wrote the story for some friends in an attempt to show them the plausibility of surviving on Mars for a year with tremendous support or supply. He researched for a bit and then threw the trek together as a vehicle to carry his research on survival on the red planet.

        I liked the nerdy science of it. Until your review I hadn’t really thought of it as a real story. When looked through with a critical lens such as yours I was forced to agree with your assessment. What needs to happen is some guy named Mark Whatney actually get stuck there and go through the same trials and tribulations and they can call it non-fiction instead. 🙂

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        • Cheney
          January 30, 2015 @ 11:16 pm

          That’s definitely a story I would read but wouldn’t dump a dude on Mars to get it, lol!

          I bet the movie will be better than the book. Because it sounds like a great movie, and I hear Matt Damon is playing Mark Watney. Hopefully in the movie version he’ll just do all the things instead of explain all the scientific things in minute detail 🙂

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          • J.W. Kurtz
            January 30, 2015 @ 11:42 pm

            Ridley Scott is directing and he is my all time favorite director. Despite this I am not blind to his less than stellar works of late. Robin Hood was not so great. Could have been but just wasn’t. Prometheus I wanted to love. I’ve watched it too many times to candidly share out of my embarrassment. Gods and Kings or whatever that terrible looking thing is called just looks…well, terrible. Really hoping that Matt Damon can add some much needed dialogue to The Martian. That dialogue can be spoken or shown. Either way it needs to be more than a guy growing potatoes and grunting as he moves solar panels about in the sands of Mars. Fingers crossed.

          • Cheney
            January 31, 2015 @ 9:18 pm

            I agree. Although I enjoyed Prometheus, thought it was pretty great for a prequel. I’m sure we will get a lot of inner monologue for the movie.

  2. NotAPunkRocker
    February 2, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

    This is the first I have heard of it.

    When it comes to Martian stories, I will always hold all others to Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles. That’s a pretty high bar for anyone though (if you like Bradbury, that is)

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    • Cheney
      February 2, 2015 @ 12:33 pm

      I actually haven’t read that yet but it’s on my list! I actually just picked up a copy of Something Wicked This Way Comes.

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      • NotAPunkRocker
        February 2, 2015 @ 12:34 pm

        Another great one! They released his stories as ebooks after his death a few years ago, so I splurged and replaced the paperbacks. 😀

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        • Cheney
          February 2, 2015 @ 12:34 pm

          Nice! I really want to read Dandelion Wine again but I’m going to wait for summer!!

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