The Martian

Hardcover, 384 pages

English language

Published July 10, 2014 by Crown.

ISBN:
9780804139021
OCLC Number:
932376129

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4 stars (97 reviews)

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?

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Review of 'The Martian' on 'GoodReads'

2 stars

Абсолютно платоновский Уэйр: набор совершенно уже не экзотичных околонаучных фактоидов завёрнут в настолько тонкую сценарную обёртку, что всю требуху и кости видно с первого взгляда.



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Review of 'The Martian' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Dunque, di cosa parla "L'uomo di Marte"? Beh, a dispetto del titolo e dei temi trattati, il tema centrale di questo romanzo è il potere dell'ottimismo e della forza di volontà. Non è un tema molto originale a pensarci bene, anzi direi che si tratta di un tema estremamente abusato. Innumerevoli personaggi che riscoprono il valore dell'ottimismo e la forza di volontà dopo un periodo difficile causato dalla perdita di una persona cara, dell'amore, del lavoro o di un animale domestico; bleah, tutta roba terribilmente umana. L'uomo di Marte prende questo stesso tema e lo porta ad un livello molto superiore, interplanetario direi.

La trama in breve: Mark Watney è stato uno dei primi astronauti a mettere piede su Marte. Ma il suo momento di gloria è durato troppo poco. Un'improvvisa tempesta lo ha quasi ucciso e i suoi compagni di spedizione, credendolo morto, sono fuggiti e hanno fatto ritorno …

Review of 'The Martian' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

Man, what a blast. I read a description that this book was heaven for people who wished that Apollo 13 was entirely that bit where they go "well we have to connect this to that and flip this, and then...", and that's the best description I have. But it's also funny, entertaining, suspenseful, and even heartwarming. Good job, Andy Weir. Movie, here I come.

Review of 'The Martian' on Goodreads

4 stars

Man, what a blast. I read a description that this book was heaven for people who wished that Apollo 13 was entirely that bit where they go "well we have to connect this to that and flip this, and then...", and that's the best description I have. But it's also funny, entertaining, suspenseful, and even heartwarming. Good job, Andy Weir. Movie, here I come.

Review of 'The Martian' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Man, what a blast. I read a description that this book was heaven for people who wished that Apollo 13 was entirely that bit where they go "well we have to connect this to that and flip this, and then...", and that's the best description I have. But it's also funny, entertaining, suspenseful, and even heartwarming. Good job, Andy Weir. Movie, here I come.

Review of 'The Martian' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Hard science Sci-Fi that didn't let the science get in the way of the story. I enjoyed the shit out of this book. I couldn't stop laughing at Mark Watney and even cried a little at the end. Not many books do that to me, but here the pace of disaster after disaster was just enough to be believed and the conclusion was satisfying.

Review of 'Marciano, El' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Reseña completa: http://markapaginas.blogspot.com.es/2015/03/el-marciano-andy-weir.html



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A decir verdad en esta novela esperaba un monólogo de Mark, un soliloquio de sus últimas horas de vida en Marte, pero además de Mark también nos encontramos con un elenco de personajes que tienen mucho juego en la historia. Los compañeros de misión de Mark, la gente de la NASA, los espectadores de todo el planeta Tierra… porque en ésta novela no sólo se hablan de las últimas horas de Mark en Marte, si no de cómo se manejan la información y los recursos y cómo el Ser Humano lucha por sobrevivir aunque las probabilidades de sobrevivir sean una contra un millón. O que la única posibilidad para sobrevivir te acerque más a la muerte. Así pues nos encontramos doblemente con la angustia. Por un lado narrada desde el punto de vista de Mark, único habitante de un planeta desierto y por el otro con …

Review of 'The Martian' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

It's not really a novel. It's more like a fake documentation. They could give an exam afterwards. But it's suitable for certain kinds of people and I'm afraid I'm one of them. You may not be.



I found myself working harder and putting up with any annoyances while reading this because, compared with what the characters in the book had to deal with, hell, what they volunteered for, my life is easy.



Some ubergeek could come along and find a flaw somewhere, but I'm totally convinced that no facts have been bent and science has been given it's full due. But aren't novels supposed to be about people? There's a missing part to these people. They live in their heads, sure, but in a novel, we're supposed to see how this costs them. In this one it binds them together in a way better than is available to the rest …

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