Review: The Martian

The Martian
The Martian by Andy Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is incredible. If you are an engineer, you will love this book. If you are fascinated by space exploration, you will love this book. If you enjoyed the movie Apollo 13, you will love this book. If you are will probably love this book.

This is a short(ish) story describing the events of a manned mission to Mars. It isn't the first mission, nor is it planned to be the last. After a handful of days on the surface, a large storm batters the crew and they are forced to abort the mission. Unfortunately, one member of the crew is swept away and presumed dead. He wasn't.

The book isn't available from any bookseller at the moment as it is being relaunched in February of next year. You can listen to the audio book on Audible. If you don't mind reading from your PC or tablet, you can pickup the e-book at this link:;topic=30393.0;attach=483981

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Review: Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've been extremely busy, which is the only reason it took me so long to finish this book. I know it has been made into a movie, and I'm thinking this would be a rare case where filler would be needed. It was recommended reading for our oldest child, and I thought I would give it a read as well.

I enjoyed the imagery used in this story, but it isn't one that will stick with me. Whether or not everlasting life would be a blessing or a curse is a difficult and personal issue. The characters briefly express which they find it to be. Fitting for a YA story, but not enough meat for me.

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Jade Mason