Question: What’s the last book you read and what did you think?
My Answer: The Martian by Andy Weir.
This book was recommended to me by my oldest son who, as an aerospace engineer, was understandably intrigued by it. And rightfully so. He said there was a lot of hype over this book in Huntsville, AL which is home to the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. While I am not usually into Science Fiction, this book sounded like it would be very good. And it was. Who wouldn’t be curious about an astronaut who was mistaken for dead and stranded on Mars by his fellow astronauts, and then has to learn how to survive on what little resources he has while hoping a rescue is imminent? I liked this book and it was very obvious to me that Andrew Weir is quite brilliant. The research he had to have done just to accomplish writing this book is impressive. And like the movie (which was also very good), it made me laugh. Having said all that, the one big turn-off for me in this book was the profanity used. It came close to ruining it for me. A friend of mine, who is reading the book now, told me last night that she wished the author didn’t feel the need for the bad language because it adds nothing to the story. I couldn’t agree more.