Wishlist Wednesday: The Martian by Andy Weir



Wishlist Wednesday is a meme hosted by Pen to Paper, where bloggers get the chance to show which books they’ve added to their wishlist this week.

This is another book that I heard about on  Books on the Nightstand  podcast. Also this is the second week in a row that I have chosen to put a work of fiction on my wishlist, which is perhaps odd, considering all my claims that I don’t usually read fiction. I don’t. But this book sounds so intriguing…

The martian



Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. 

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. 

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

I don’t know but I’d sure like to find out. I used to read a lot of science fiction as a kid. It’s been ages since I read any. It’ll be good to go back onto that genre for a bit. This book has been described as Apollo 13 meets Cast Away and Robinson Crusoe on Mars. But what got me about this book is something that Michael Kindness (one of the hosts of Books on the Nightstand) had to say about it.

He said (apart from the fact that the book is gripping and that it is wonderful read) that the science in this book is excellent. And that is one of the things that matters a lot to me. I cannot abide a science fiction book in which the science is questionable…


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