Quick Review: The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir is one of those books that you embarrass yourself talking about with everyone you meet because it’s just so good you can’t not talk about it.

The Martian - Andy WeirThat’s what happened to me, anyway. Maybe you have more self-control. I wasn’t even finished with the book before I called my mother, who is also an avid reader, and started gushing about this one.

The thing about The Martian is that it surprises you. It’s an unassuming book, with a fun but predictable “man versus wild” / “man against nature” theme that we’ve all read plenty of times before, and yet … it’s not.

I knew within the first five pages that this was a special book for me and it turned out I was right. I devoured this book in one morning because once I started reading it, I couldn’t quit.

The Martian is a simple story. Mark Watney is an astronaut who gets trapped on Mars, left behind, left for dead, and since he isn’t the kind of man to just give up, he has to figure out how to survive, alone, until the next Mars mission brings a rescue—assuming there’s going to be a next mission.

That’s where the story opens and the book is the story of how Mark deals with his deadly and outrageous predicament. Where it goes is somewhere wonderful, making The Martian one of my favorite books of all time.

I highly recommend you get your own copy of The Martian if you haven’t read it yet.

 

Quick Review: A Talent for War

A Talent For War by Jack McDevitt was an intriguing read that I enjoyed quite a bit, not so much for the science fiction, but for the mystery.

Jack McDevitt - A Talent for War

If I had to label this book, I’d call it science fiction mystery. There are plenty of intriguing sci-fi elements present in the book, but the fact is, the mystery is what propels the story onward.

A Talent for War is book 1 of the Alex Benedict series.

This was a good story, one that kept me intrigued up until the end. I’m definitely interested in reading the follow up books in the series.

From Amazon:

The acclaimed classic novel and fan favorite—the far-future story of one man’s quest to discover the truth behind a galactic war hero.