Book Review - Andy Weir - The Martian

Photo taken by me – my book shelves.
Preston, England
March 14, 2017 2:12pm CST
2013 – Del Rey Press – Spoiler alerts I have purposely avoided watching the movie version of this story until I had read the novel, which is great. It tells of an astronaut, Mark Watney, surviving alone on Mars when his crew abandon him there (assuming with some justification that he has died). The story looks realistically at what he can do with the space mission hardware left at his disposal, and as a botanist, his skills in generating food and oxygen are stretched to their absolute limit. The tech described is all feasible and the procedures Watney follows are often textbook, but it can seem like watching an episode of Mcguyver at times. Watney’s diary of his times on the Red Planet are mixed with the increasingly desperate rescue plan as NASA see evidence of his survival and work out how to reach him. Not the first book or film to deal with a marooned astronaut on Mars, but certainly one of the most authentic and thoroughly meticulously researched. This will probably be required reading for the pioneers who really do make the trip. Arthur Chappell
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@JohnRoberts (67539)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Mar 17
Now you will have to see the Matt Damon movie.
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• Preston, England
14 Mar 17
@JohnRoberts I certainly want to see it now
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@PatZAnthony (13282)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
14 Mar 17
We would read rather than watch also. Not a fan of movies so much, but love a good book.
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• Preston, England
14 Mar 17
@PatZAnthony I do want to watch it but I alays put the books first when possible
@egdcltd (7216)
14 Mar 17
I love this book! I've read it multiple times. And seen the film.
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• Preston, England
14 Mar 17
@egdcltd it is worthy of multiple reads
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@celticeagle (121072)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Mar 17
I will have to watch the movie.
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@Corbin5 (123372)
• United States
14 Mar 17
Good to hear that this one is a well-researched one and may have value. I hope the movie does not disappoint.
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@RasmaSandra (21264)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
14 Mar 17
I'm usually not into such books or movies but this sounds so fascinating. Just looked and it is online so I will give it a try as soon as I can. Thanks great review.
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