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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (Feb. 11 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804139024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804139021
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 558 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By PEM on Feb. 24 2013
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This was one of the best Science Fiction stories I have read, and I've been reading SF for over 40 years, ever since I first picked up a book by AC Clarke when I was in junior high. The Martian is fast paced with great characters and an inventive plot. The reason I only gave it four stars is that it could have been even better. The author does an outstanding job of developing the engineering and problem solving, but there is little on the science and landscape of Mars. If Andy Weir had woven in the stunning views like those seen by Curiosity, Spirit and Opportunity, I would have rated The Martian as the finest SF book I have ever read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger Waterhouse on Feb. 4 2013
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Best book I've read in a long time. Hi tech, DIY and geeky. Also very funny and the writing is excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nicolas Forget on Feb. 14 2013
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Very much enjoyed this book, you are hooked from the very first sentence, and it doesn't let go until the very end. A very enjoyable read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on April 11 2013
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Kept my attention to the end. A real page turner. I loved how the author moved from 1st to 3rd person view and made it work! Very well written. I enjoyed it throughly. In fact the story has stuck with me where many are a great read, but the morale is lost. The martian makes you realize the importance of perserverance in spite of all odds. I would absolutely read other works from this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheWhistler on Jan. 4 2013
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Grabs your attention from the get go.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 1 2014
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As usual I received this book free of charge in exchange for a review, this time from NetGalley. Also as usual I will give my candid thoughts below.

The plot of this one is basically Castaway plus any movie you've ever seen set on Mars. Guy's marooned on Mars and only has his wits to survive the situation.

On the positive side the level of detail here is amazingly intricate and the author tells you every single detail of every cliff-hanging situation and its eventual resolution. Also, the main character is one of those rare individuals who responds to stress with humor so the book manages to be quite funny in its way despite the rather grim situation being faced.

To the negative, the science in this book is OK but at times left me scratching my head in perplexity. It's obvious the author has done his homework but there were more than a few holes. For the most part I managed to ignore them but anyone who is hyper-technical will likely be inflamed at the whole thing. Finally, after a while the meticulous detail tended to be rather draining. I started and finished this book in a single 5-hour sitting and by the end I was just exhausted and ready for it to end. I highly recommend that you do NOT attempt that.

In summary, this book has a great premise and pretty good execution for a book so intimately tied to science content. I also have absolute confidence that this will become a movie (if it hasn't already) so look for it in the theatre eventually.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NC in Ottawa on Dec 23 2013
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Entertaining, at times, amusing. But didn't do a ton for me. I don't have a science background so maybe I couldn't fully appreciate it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna M Ryan on April 21 2013
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I rarel every write a review but this book had a lot of lol moments and was simply enchanting. I love science fiction and i loved this novel :)
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