Sunday, 29 April 2018

Book Review on - The Martian by Andy Weir



The Martian is about an astronaut, Mark Watney, who is the first to walk on Mars. After a sandstorm his crew had to leave him, assumed dead. He survived and the story is about how he survived. Mark is a botanist and mechanical engineer, so the only way he can think of to stay alive is through growing potatoes. Why potatoes? Because it has 770 calories per kilo. So as we read along, he calculates and tries solving many problems that come into play. His dark sense of humour saves him at times.
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I read this book, because I have seen the movie and it was so good, I had to buy the book. This was also my first time in reading a science fiction book.
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I must applaud Andy Weir, the way he writes this book, is just astounding. With his knowledge of being a software engineer, his maths and physics, scientifically woven into this story, you would think this would be so believable. His plot twists in this book is superb which you don't see coming.
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I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the engineering industry who like to know how things work, readers who like space, sci fi fans (and apparently Andy Weir is a Doctor Who fan and has seen all the episodes).
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Word of warning, since it does have dark humour in this book, there is a bit of swearing and crass language, but not overbearing.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Book Review for Run by Ann Patchett



Book Review for Run by Ann Patchett

Genre - Fiction
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The book, Run, by Ann Patchett is done in a style over a 24 hour period.
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The scene, Boston.  Snowy and cold.
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The story kicks into action when Tip and Teddy and their father, Doyle goes to see a lecture together, afterwards, while walking to the after party, Tip gets struck by a car and right there, the story becomes extremely interesting, as a lady, Tennesse, throws herself to save Tip, but ends up badly injured herself, leaving her daughter, Kenya, in a world that we find as readers, very intiquing, bringing, Tip, Teddy, Doyle, Sullivan, Fr Sullivan, Tenesse and Kenya into a blood related family affair.
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I absolutely loved Ann Patchett style of writing.  The author is crisp, to the point and I had no problem in following the story along.  Ann Patchett didn't jump too much from character to character, so it was easy to identify who and what happened at such time.  Beautifully put together, considering the story was set over a 24 hour period.  I will be reading more of Ann Patchett books in the future.





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