Month: August 2015
I should probably start off with being honest. I had no intentions to read this book. At all. I kept seeing the reviews pop up and people recommending the book. “Ah, this book is great! It’s about a guy that gets stranded on Mars. You should go read it!” I wasn’t interested. It sounded ridiculous to me. I mean, a guy on Mars, really? I was so wrong.
My interest in the book was caused by the lovely movie trailer. (There are a few things in the trailer that are kind of spoiler-y, but if you’d like, you can find it here.) After that, I was hooked. I really wanted to read it. It looked amazing, engaging, and epic. And it was; it really was.
If you have missed all of the reviews, the book, and the movie trailer, let me expand your horizons, and I’ll tell you what it’s about. The Martian essentially chronicles one astronaut—Mark Watney—that gets stranded on Mars during the Ares 3 mission. The other astronauts left during an emergency evacuation. In the midst of this evacuation, Watney’s suit was hit, and the rest of the crew thought he was dead. Watney, now alone on the planet, must find a way to survive in the hopes that NASA will eventually come rescue him. Read the rest of this entry »
This is my very first unhaul on this blog. An unhaul consists of books that I’m getting rid of; although, in this case, all of the books listed below are no longer in my possession. A few days ago, I went to my local, independent bookstore that buys used books for store credit, and they bought these books from me. Just fair notice: there might be a part two to this eventually, for I still have books that I’d like to get rid of.
First, I’d like to say that I’m not trying to be intentionally rude about any books that you may or may not like. This is just my personal opinion.
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
This book came out in February of this year, and I read it in April. It’s a Sleeping Beauty retelling, and it fell incredibly flat for me. Perhaps, it is because I had such high expectations, but I was disappointed in almost every single facet of this novel. I didn’t care for the characters because there was little to no development, and I disliked the turn of the plot near the end of the novel. In short, I have no desire to continue reading this series, so I decided to get the book off my shelves.
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
I can’t say anything really negative about this book because I never finished it. I had tried numerous times to finish the book, and eventually, I lost interest. Read the rest of this entry »