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January 14th, 2018

The Martian by Andy Weir
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Liked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



Set in the near future, manned trips to Mars happen every four years or so, stays on the planet being about 30 days long. During one of those missions a storm hit, and a crewman seemed to be killed. The remaining crew had to make the hard choice to leave his body behind. Turns out he wasn't dead.

The story followed him through surviving on the planet. The next arrival wasn't scheduled for four years, and he had supplies for an intended 30 day mission.

The story was really interesting. Loved the science, loved the character. But, as the story continued on, the science and math seemed to take over the book. Page after page (sometimes 4-5 pages), of the math of him calculating things. zzzzz

All in all I enjoyed it though, and I'd recommend it, even if (like me) you might end up skimming a few pages now and then.

Funny thing: Once I finished the book, I checked out the movie trailer. The voice I heard in my head for the main character EXACTLY matched the actor playing him. Had I heard the trailer before and somehow remembered it without realizing it? Or did they just do that good of a job matching him to it?


Hope for a Buffalo by Charlie Richards
Traditional or self-published: Traditional (shockingly)
Rating: Hated (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)



This was such a bad book. It's part of a series of books, one of which I had reviewed some years back. I have no idea why there was still one on my Kindle.

In the story, the world has a bunch of secret "shifters" (were-animals). Almost all of them are big buff gay men. The story's world does that "if you meet someone's eyes, you know instantly if they're your soulmate" thing, which I hate so much. Feels so cheap and easy and UGH.

The writing was so so so bad (how was this not self-published?). Ugh, the whole thing was just so awful.
I stopped reading at 12%.

Partial book credits:
Point reached in this book: 12%
Previous abandoned book total: 88%
New total: 100%

Currently reading: The Boy at the End of the World. Oddly Amazon says it's for readers 10-14 years old. I wouldn't have guessed that. The story is good, writing is great, worldbuilding is really nice.

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