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reviewed The Martian by Andy Weir (The Martian, #1)

Andy Weir: The Martian (Hardcover, 2014, Crown) 4 stars

A mission to Mars.

A freak accident.

One man's struggle to survive.

Six days ago, …

Review of 'The Martian' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

From the description of this book, it might seem like a short story, but it isn't. Andy Weir puts together a great story that reminded me of Martin Caidin's Marooned which was also made into a movie. The interesting thing is how he uses the protagonist's log entries to narrate his time on Mars, and mixes it with more normal third person narration for others in the story.
There's lots of science and McGyver-ist survival action, and Mark Watney (likely the first man to die on Mars) approaches most of it with a humor that will win you over. When I finished this book I decided to use Watney's figures of speech, like "dumb-assery", in a sentence at least once a week.