weir-martianThe Martian by Andy Weir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This month’s book recommendation is The Martian by Andy Weir. We read this book for our old booksellers and authors book club, and Judine and I were unable to attend. This is the astronaut stranded on Mars story, a familiar concept to those of us who grew up in the 40s and 50s at the dawn of science fiction. But that does not mean you shouldn’t read it. Indeed, you should. It was an exciting, insightful science based tale of how someone abandoned as dead could possibly live in such an inhospitable climate and survive. At times, it was a little over the top. At times, I got bogged down – or maybe buried – by all the scientific explanations for things. Even so, it kept me turning the pages to see what ingenious solution our hero would concoct to survive yet another impossible dilemma. Andy has a real life background in science and space, and a passion for his subject, so he gets the job done and done well. Give it a try. He’s a first time author, and I want to see what he comes up with next.

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Written by Terry Brooks
I am the author of the Shannara, Landover, and Word/Void series, as well as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Street Freaks. I love to write, read, and travel. For more information about me, you can read my writing guide/memoir, Sometimes the Magic Works.