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Old 09-12-2015, 11:24 AM   #1
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Our son and granddaughter suggested we read The Martian, an adventure story set on Mars in the relatively near future. A man is left on Mars and has to survive with limited resources, sort of a Robinson Cruose, I suspect there's no man Friday. Ginny calls it McGiver on Mars.

I've only read the first chapter and it's grabbed me.

$9 Paperback, $7 Kindle. on Amazon.
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This will be released as a movie on October 2nd: The Martian (2015) - IMDb
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I enjoyed it as well...
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Finished The Martian

Andy Weir started his book writing Chapters and posting it to the Internet. He was asked by readers to post it on Amazon for $0.99 so people could read it on their Kindles. It quickly became a hit and publishers came running.

As well he received feedback from all kinds of technical people pointing out mistakes. He corrected them before the published book.

Mark Watney is the primary character continually confronted by problems in an environment where a small error can be fatal. With wit and smarts (and a little duct tape) he perseveres.

Truly a marvelous story, the kind of story children should read to show the ability to actually overcome.
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I second (or third) the recommendation.

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A lot of people will like this book, though it's set a little in the future, it's not far in the future and the technology is all today technology.

To me it has a bit of RVing in the book. I equate long term travel a little bit like being on a deserted island, that is a moving deserted island. In some measure it's you and your trailer. Like the hero of The Martian, all your systems and utilities are contained in your 'ship' and you are responsible for them and of course we all carry duct tape.

I've read multiple times Swiss Family Robinson, Mysterious Island and Robinson Crusoe, I'm sure I'll read The Martian again, probably right after I see the movie.
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Robinson crusoe on mars has been done . i like the move i think the 70s ?
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Robinson crusoe on mars has been done . i like the move i think the 70s ?
Try The Martian. I very good example of the ability of a bright guy facing adversity in a tough environment.
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Robinson crusoe on mars is nothing like the Martian. Robinson crusoe on mars was made in 1964. It seems kind of corny now, but I like scfi. I have seen the movie a few times. It is nothing like this book. The Martian it is much more believable because our better understanding of space, who knows what people will think in 50 years.
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The last post was by my Seattle son who suggested The Martian to me. I've bought it for myself and two other people. I've finished and the other two readers also love it,

Ginny's next to read it. I can't wait until she begins so we can talk about it. We often read the same books. Having someone to discuss it with is really fun and extending.
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Ginny finished The Martian this weekend and today was a rainy day so we went to see the Movie version in 3D. The purpose of the 3D is not for special effects but to provide a better view of the scenery and movie events.

The movie was relatively faithful to the book. It did not do a great job at showing the cleverness but was still very good. If I had to choose one over the other I'd choose the book for the story and the movie for the panoramas.
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