Andy Weir’s The Martian

I’ll just say that Andy Weir’s book The Martian is the most fun read I’ve had in the last year or so. I’m not to the end yet, but I’ve been simultaneously on tenterhooks while laughing. I’ve wanted to play hooky from work to finish it. You should read it.

(And if you haven’t read John W Campbell’s The Moon is Hell, then that’s another great one. A similar problem, but set on the moon. Written in 1950, so it’s a bit dated, but still pretty darned good).

Author: landon

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4 thoughts on “Andy Weir’s The Martian”

  1. Wholeheartedly agree, Landon! I listened to the audio book, and it was awesome. It was frequently too intense, and I had to set down the iPhone for a while in order to calm down a bit.

    Andy Weir gave a talk at Google yesterday (2/13/14) (and NPR today), and while I was sadly unable to attend, Scott Knaster did and gave me a report. Look for the talk on the authors@google channel soon.

  2. Just finished this after hearing about it here. Hard to put down in the latter few chapters. Excellent recommendation, sort of me of i-robot style problem solving drama

  3. The Martian was far better than The Moon Is Hell. Much more detailed, I also like how it was one guy on his own vs a group of people. Moore and Rice (in the Moon Is Hell) were almost mystical characters in their ability to solve pretty much any issue, whereas in the Martian, he has to do (and therefore the author must explain) all of his fixes and discoveries.

    Anyways, I really appreciate the book recommendations. Tore through those, The Gone Away World, and the House of Leaves (probably won’t read that one again).

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