Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Book review: The Martian, Andy Weir

Tricky science-fiction that is almost too real to be fake. This is going to be another short review, because what is there to say? It's good, read it. Any book that starts off with 'I'm pretty much fucked' is either going to be really good or really bad. Thankfully, it's really, HILARIOUSLY good. I say its tricky because this story? The one where our engineer/botanist astronaut is suddenly stranded on Mars with a slim chance of survival? Is so realistically portrayed you can reach out and touch it.

Makes sense, you know, when the author is insanely smart and pretty much IS an astronaut. You'd think the book would get bogged down in technical drivel (and, well, it is a little bit like that) but its balanced by hilariously sharp wit and humor. And the need to know that the guy is going to be okay.

Funnily enough I was thinking near the end of the book, 'This HAS to be a movie, someone had better make this into a movie because damn and lo, and behold it IS being made into a movie.

Nuff' said. Damned well written book and hilarious to boot. Go read it.

1 comment:

  1. This is indeed a great book. Much of the science went over my head of course but the characters are so well done and Mark is so likable you're just totally rooting for him the whole time. I just hope the movie doesn't add explosions or aliens or evil spies on Earth or any of the unnecessary things movies are wont to add. They just need the perfect guy for the lead and to depend on him.