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Book Review – The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir My rating: 5 of 5 stars Last night I finished reading 'The Martian'. I can completely understand why it was voted the best science fiction book of 2014 by goodreads users. It's an engaging rollercoaster of a story. The main character is left behind on Mars when his mission is scrubbed because of a massive storm that threatens to destroy their ascent vehicle. The wind blows part of the comms array into him, knocking him unconscious and destroying the bio-monitor in his suit. The rest of the crew believe he is dead and take off before the wind blows over their ship. Artist concept of a Mars sample return mission (Photo credit: Wikipedia) This is a story of overcoming incredible odds to survive, and you are left almost to the last page wondering whether or not he is going to…
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New Books of 2015 pt.1

In keeping with my resolution to read more paper books (and the self-imposed target of at least twenty or five more than I've acquired) I thought I would record the new books I've acquired this year. I intend to read all of these during 2015. The first batch are technically 2014 acquisitions, mostly Christmas presents, but I'm counting them in my 2015 total. Here they are: That makes seven books so far, and you should expect to read reviews of them all on the blog later in the year. Given my post last year about how readers choose books I thought I would also record why I chose each of these books.  Working up from the bottom here are the reasons I wanted each of these books. The fantastically funny Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett. This was on my wish list…
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