Book Review, Crime/Thriller, Sci-Fi 5 comments on The Martian – ANDY WEIR

The Martian – ANDY WEIR

The Martian Book Cover The Martian
Andy Weir
Fiction
Crown Pub
2014
369

After a freak accident, astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on planet Mars. His shipmates have left him, not knowing he is still alive, and Mark has two choices: either succumb and die a lonely death or put his engineering and botany skills to good use and figure out how to live on Mars. He chooses the latter and becomes the sole living being on the planet. After months of solitary existence, Mark is able to harness his ingenuity to get back in touch with his teammates. Now planet earth must do everything in her power to bring The Martian back home.

What a fantastic, entertaining novel. Do not expect literary nuggets, but if you’re in for an emotional planetary ride, this is your book. I was always at the edge of my seat and found myself laughing out loud more than once. The geek in me is pleased and my interest in sci-fi is deepened.

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Book Review, Crime/Thriller 5 comments on The Girl on the Train – PAULA HAWKINS

The Girl on the Train – PAULA HAWKINS

The Girl on the Train Book Cover The Girl on the Train
Paula Hawkins
Psychological Thriller, Fiction
Riverhead Books (Hardcover)
January 13, 2015
336

Every day, alcoholic divorcee Rachel takes the train from the suburbs into London, pretending to go to a job that she's been long fired from. The train always stops at the same signal, one that lets her take a peek into the old life she once had with ex-husband Tom. She fools herself into avoiding staring at Tom's new life with Anna, the woman he had left her for and began a new family with, by letting her eyes drift to a couple a few houses down, who exhibit the perfect hopeful image of true love. She affectionately calls them Jess and Jason, though those aren't their names. When Meghan, Jess's real identity, goes missing, Rachel thinks she might have seen something, but she can't put the pieces of her memory together. For the first time, she sees her alcoholism as the crutch it really is, costing her not only her sanity but also the clarity around Meghan's disappearance as well.

It’s not enough to be a gripping and jumpy novel. Often, the most successful stories are the ones that remind us of our darkest selves or make us revisit moments in our lives that we thought we had safely left in the past. Good novels make us regurgitate our experiences. We project the nadirs of our existence onto works of art, from a distance at first. If the writing is good and doesn’t distract, we will feel the narrative with every fiber of our bodies.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling – ROBERT GALBRAITH

The Cuckoo's Calling Book Cover The Cuckoo's Calling
Robert Galbraith, (J.K. Rowling)
2013
449

Army vet, turned private investigator, Cormoran Strike has just lost his girlfriend and is about to declare bankruptcy, when old acquaintance John Bristow walks into his office. Bristow enlists Strike to look for the murderer of his adopted sister Lula Landry, a supermodel, who months earlier had plunged to her death from her skyscraper apartment in London. Despite the evidence, Bristow refuses to believe it was a suicide. Strike takes the job and together with new assistant Robin (yes, a sidekick named Robin, though it's a female redhead who wears no capes), Strike begins to navigate the world of the rich and famous.

Robert Galbraith put together an enticing cast of characters, rich in complexity and distinct in their agendas. I would not expect otherwise, since Robert Galbraith is actually a pseudonym for none other than Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling (the cat’s been out of the bag for years on that one though, they actually reveal that fact on the back of the cover).

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