The Martian: A Novel Hardcover – Feb 11 2014
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“Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years…Utterly compelling.”--Wall Street Journal
“Terrific stuff, a crackling good read that devotees of space travel will devour like candy…succeeds on several levels and for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its surprising plausibility.”—USA Today
“An impressively geeky debut…the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up. And really, how can anyone not root for a regular dude to prove the U-S-A still has the Right Stuff?”--Entertainment Weekly
“Gripping…[features] a hero who can solve almost every problem while still being hilarious. It’s hard not to be swept up in [Weir’s] vision and root for every one of these characters. Grade: A.”—AVClub.com
“Andy Weir delivers with The Martian...a story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure [and] an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel.”--Associated Press
"A gripping tale of survival in space [that] harkens back to the early days of science fiction by masters such as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke."--San Jose Mercury News
“One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time. It feels so real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive and power of a rocket launch. This is Apollo 13 times ten.”
--Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Impact and Blasphemy
“A book I just couldn’t put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story, interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy…reads like “MacGyver” meets “Mysterious Island.”
--Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth
"The best book I've read in ages. Clear your schedule before you crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech. Smart, funny, and white-knuckle intense, The Martian is everything you want from a novel."
--Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool
“The Martian kicked my ass! Weir has crafted a relentlessly entertaining and inventive survival thriller, a MacGyver-trapped-on-Mars tale that feels just as real and harrowing as the true story of Apollo 13.”
—Ernest Cline, New York Times bestselling author of Ready Player One
“Gripping…shapes up like Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe as written by someone brighter.”
--Larry Niven, multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series and Lucifer’s Hammer
“Humankind is only as strong as the challenges it faces, and The Martian pits human ingenuity (laced with more humor than you’d expect) against the greatest endeavor of our time — survival on Mars. A great read with an inspiring attention to technical detail and surprising emotional depth. Loved it!"
--Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse
“The tension simply never lets up, from the first page to the last, and at no point does the believability falter for even a second. You can't shake the feeling that this could all really happen.”
—Patrick Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Breach and Ghost Country
"Strong, resilent, and gutsy. It's Robinson Crusoe on Mars, 21st century style. Set aside a chunk of free time when you start this one. You're going to need it because you won't want to put it down."
—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The King’s Deception and The Columbus Affair
“An excellent first novel…Weir laces the technical details with enough keen wit to satisfy hard science fiction fan and general reader alike [and] keeps the story escalating to a riveting conclusion.”—Publisher’s Weekly (starred)
"Riveting...a tightly constructed and completely believable story of a man's ingenuity and strength in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds."--Booklist
“Sharp, funny and thrilling, with just the right amount of geekery…Weir displays a virtuosic ability to write about highly technical situations without leaving readers far behind. The result is a story that is as plausible as it is compelling.”—Kirkus
"Weir combines the heart-stopping with the humorous in this brilliant debut novel...by placing a nail-biting life-and-death situation on Mars and adding a snarky and wise-cracking nerdy hero, Weir has created the perfect mix of action and space adventure."--Library Journal (starred)
“A perfect novel in almost every way, The Martian may already have my vote for best book of 2014.”—Crimespree Magazine
“A page-turning thriller…this survival tale with a high-tech twist will pull you right in.”—Suspense Magazine
About the Author
ANDY WEIR was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age fifteen and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.See all Product Description
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My favorite scene: where Watney tries to grow potatoes and has to shovel his own feces everywhere. Laugh out loud funny. I wanted to cry at the end of the book but mostly I was grinning from ear to ear. I wish I could've read this book slower so I could appreciate more of its nuances.
What's this book about? Basically on a NASA mission to Mars, Mark Watney, a botanist and engineer is left behind by his crew (through no fault of their own). He is presumed dead by his crewmates and everyone on Earth.
So he has to figure out a way to survive for several YEARS on Mars with his limited supplies and brilliant knowledge of science. The whole book is filled with a) s*** happening and then b) Watney fixing it with his ingenuity. It's absolutely brilliant.
Obviously I don't know how scientifically accurate the information in this book is. But by what I've been reading, Weir had scientists from all over the world pitching in suggestions for this book.
"The Martian" is one of the best books I've read all year. I'd give it 10/5 stars if I could! Grab it today. Seriously.
Oh and I don't think I want to eat potatoes for a while...
This was not that book.
Andy Weir has created a fantastic storyline; astronaut Mark Watney (spoiler alert!!)marooned on Mars - left behind by a crew who thought him dead. It's all about his creative ingenuity, and his resourceful nature; infused with his fantastic sense of humour.
My disappointment - liked it too much. No relaxing long read. I loved the book; I devoured the book. Spent my $20 bucks, read like a mad man - four days done.
I'm not one for spoilers, but if you like books about human beings that face challenge,and become resourceful in difficult circumstances; notwithstanding that it's science fiction, you should read this.
Well Andy Weir, the next time you create a novel I love so much be nice and make it a 600 page novel I can sink my teeth into; and if you want a great review send me your next ARC.
Great idea for a story and well researced. The main character is most likable with a great sence of humour. I think there should be a sequl. A colony is established on Mars, given all the knowledge Mark has obtained, and he is the commander.
Looking for more works by this author.
The audio book is coming out in March according to amazon US. There is a sample on their webpage, sounds good.
I hope the movie is as enjoyable. With Ridley Scott directing and Matt Damon starring it should be.
I've seen the movie and was disappointed. Sooo much was left out. So many great lines. So many challenging, and therefore suspenseful, situations.
I know a movie can't usually fit everything that's in a great book in but man this adaptation fell far far too short.
I've watched Apollo 13 four or five times and it's great. Even though I knew the crew survived I was incredibly riveted right up until splashdown. Kudos to Ron Howard for making a well known historical event so gripping.
The Martian movie just breezed by. Its two hour + run time felt far shorter. There was no real sense of a struggle to get Watney home or of just how precarious his situation was. Probably I'll watch it once more for the visuals. The vistas of Mars are breathtaking. You'd almost think they shot them there.
Lastly, and again, sooo many great lines were left out. Like "In space nobody can hear you scream like a little girl."
If it's one or the other read the book. It's a real page turner.
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After watching the movie we knew that we he to read the book. The author was new to us but it didn't disappointed us.Published 3 hours ago by Latino buyer
I usually don't read science fiction, but this was amazing! A nail biter, witty, highly intelligent woven with science yet written so interesting and easy to read! Read morePublished 2 days ago by M
There are moments of suspense in this novel but that is certainly not enough to make it worthwhile reading. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Pierre Gauthier
1. This book started off very slow and continues with a slower pace throughout.
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