The Martian

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  1. Arkie Proud

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  2. One Knight

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    we did, it was pretty good too.
    I'm interested to see how it does as a movie, they are going to have to create an ending. Also, I am curious how they will work out all the dialogue that was in his head, presumably by way of him making videos (as I write this, I have not seem the trailer)
     
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    Just watched the trailer, I am encouraged.
     
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  4. lhprop1

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    I just read this a few weeks ago after hearing they were making a movie out of it. I had the same thoughts. I hope they can properly incorporate his humor into the monologue*.
     
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    Really excited for the movie
     
  6. The Blackfish

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    That looked awesome. Looks like they are changing a few things up, like not telling his crew that he was still alive
     
  7. RonBurgundy

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    We did read it. It was good. Will watch.
     
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    Yes..it was really good. I can't wait to see this.
     
  9. LKRFN88jp

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    Liked the book a lot, hopefully the movie is good too.
     
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    Pissed we lost all of the commentary.
     
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    I just finished reading it a few weeks ago so it's still fresh in my head. In the book, they didn't tell the crew he was alive until they actually had a plan and they shot the Chinese rocket up with the resupply of rations. Also, I didn't picture the HAB to be that big. It looks pretty roomy.

    If they do this right, it could be the movie of the year. Ridley Scott knows how to make a good movie, so I have my fingers crossed.
     
  14. The Blackfish

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    Right, the trailer makes it look like they tell them early or Watney contacts them directly
     
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    started the book after work at 5. i'm 57% 72% through it already. really fun read so far
     
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    Schroedinger's Martian, I guess. I thought it was an obvious troll when I said that his death resembled spaghetti and meatballs being shot out of a cannon.

    I get a kick out of "spoiling" movies by telling people that the main character dies, even if they don't and even if I've never seen or heard of the movie. My wife fell for it the first few times and sat there waiting the whole time for the person to die. Now she just ignores me. I guess I'm an asshole in that regard.
     
  18. Arkie Proud

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    Yeah, you should probably just quit being an asshole. Pretty good advice for everyone actually.
     
  19. laxjoe

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    and i'm done. really really enjoyed the book. (obviously) a very quick read, funny, exciting, and well constructed. can't wait for the movie
     
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    started this last night late

    it's pretty good
     
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    Enjoyed this immensely. Perfect pacing with how it jumps around between JPL, Watney, and Hermes.
    Really excited for the movie. Fortunately for Weir, his video log narration style should translate perfectly for Matt Damon.
    Although I dread the inevitable comparisons to Interstellar since it is Damon that is once again stranded. :laugh:
     
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    Randomly saw this in the airport book store and picked it up. Amazing read so far
     
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    finished this the other day, and I'm bummed about it - I could have kept reading, just loved the book. Made Mark such a likeable character.
     
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    I really wish he'd come up with some other stuff. The Martian was so good, though, he may be afraid of writing more. It would be tough to top.
     
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    Everything I read, I keep wanting the stream of consciousness of Mark Watney. :(
     
  28. KJROD20

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    I just finished this and absolutely loved it. Funny, exciting, and made me more interested in space overall. Can't wait for the movie.
     
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    I said this in the movie thread but Watney's line was funnier in the book.

    "What's a guy that's alone on Mars think about?"

    "Why does Aquaman control whales? Their mammals."

    Killed me
     
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    Watched the new trailer in the movie thread. Looks awesome. So many lines right from the book. Looks like they gave him a wife and kid though. No biggie.
     
  32. RWisoursavior

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    Got it last night, impossible to put down. Had me from page 1.

    Will by done soon.
     
  33. LKRFN88jp

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    Thanks for posting itt!

     
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    yup, definitely getting a wife and kid there. but god damn am i excited
     
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    I feel like they give away way too much in the trailer.
     
  36. Truman

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    Him talking about making it back and how easy it would be to bang chicks cracked me up
     
  37. Arkie Proud

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    Fucking chills.
     
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    Just finished this book. Fist pumped during several parts. Will see this movie opening day.
     
  39. The Blackfish

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    All Along the Watchtower was the perfect choice for that trailer
     
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    Was strolling through Sam's Friday to get a case of water for the office and saw the book. Bought it and finished Saturday @ noon. Awesome read and even more excited for the movie. Favorite line was about the Iris probe.
     
  41. AIOLICOCK

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    I read this on sunday, was anyone else disappointed by the ending? :idk:
     
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  42. Truman

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    No. What was disappointing about it?
     
  43. AIOLICOCK

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    Don't feel like pounding this out on my phone, will explain when I get home.
     
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    Complaints:

    -Okay, first off, the first time he survived a total catastrophe due to nothing but blind luck, it was cool. It was interesting. By like the 5th or 6th time, things were feeling a little formulaic.

    -What the fuck was the deal with the sand storm? Like Weir spends several chapters setting up this impending disaster, and then Watney is just basically like "Oh, hey, a sand storm...I guess I'll just go around it." Crisis averted.

    -There is absolutely zero character development in this entire book. I mean, I get that they're astronauts, and they're a different breed or whatever. But Weir managed to write a story about a dude being stuck on a planet in complete solitude for nearly a year and a half, and in all that time we learn hardly anything about him. We aren't even shown how that suffocating solitude affects his mental state. Instead of a series of near-fatal disasters that, as it turns out, arent nearly as ominous as they seem, we could've seen how Mark wasn't just fighting against the harsh realities of life on mars, but was fighting against his own deteriorating mental state. That would have been a better book.

    -The rescue attempt. Okay, so our solution involves assembling an improvised explosive device, within a matter of minutes, and using it to blast a door off the side of the ship? I mean that's some Michael Bay-tier problem solving.

    -And finally, the very end, where Mark waxes poetic about how humans are inherently good and want to help each other. I mean...that's some pretty fucking hokie shit. Might as well have ended it with "And Mark lived happily ever after"
     
  45. Truman

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    Sorry you wasted your time on such a crappy book. Bummer.
     
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  46. AIOLICOCK

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    Okay...odd response.
     
  47. a.tramp

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    Really enjoyed this book although the ending seemed rather abrupt
     
  48. KJROD20

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    Just finished watching the movie and really enjoyed it. Held pretty true to the book overall, although

    I was surprised they left out the sandstorm and rolling rover from the movie