The Martian – A Movie Review

I don’t usually write movie reviews but this movie is based on one of my favorite books “The Martian”. If you want to check my book review just click here .

If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie yet (and you plan to) then don’t continue reading. [Spoilers] I was so excited to see the movie after reading the book and I know they can’t fit a whole book in a movie but I feel it missed some of the fun and interesting parts.

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  • There was a lot of humorous dialog not mentioned and I feel that they didn’t portray what was going on in Mark’s head as good as they could have (maybe more entry logs). Like one of my favorites: “Maybe I’ll post a consumer review. “Brought product to surface of Mars. It stopped  working. 0/10.
  • Another thing that was missing was when Pathfinder didn’t work and he lost all communication with NASA.
  • The trip to Ares 4 had a lot of action and the movie depicted none, not even how he tried to avoid the storm that was coming. He just drove through peacefully.
  • I thought they could have done a better CGI job showing us how thin Mark became on Mars. They just filmed the back of some thin guy with no face. They should have checked the CGI people who worked on making Chris Evans so thin and small in Captain America: The First Avenger.

All in all, I enjoyed the movie. I liked watching how he grew the potatoes and how NASA worked on saving him. I also liked the ending, the book ends when he gets on the Hermes but the movie added what I thought was a better ending where each crew member is back on earth watching the launch of Ares 5 and Mark is teaching future astronauts.

The Blade Itself (The First Law Trilogy #1) – A Book Review

I finished listening to the audiobook “The Blade Itself” first book in The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie a couple of days ago but couldn’t find a perfect timing to sit and write a review until now.

This book left me with mixed feelings (here is what the book is about). I gave it a 4 star rating on goodreads. This is my rating for books that I enjoyed but that didn’t wow me and this book didn’t wow me.

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What I enjoyed was:

  • The author’s story telling style was interesting, fun and not complicated.
  • The well defined characters and their personalities was well portrayed.
  • The language of the book was easy to follow, no use of sophisticated words and jargon.
  • The narration of Steven Pacey was excellent. He made each character stand out and was fun to listen to.

My dislikes with the book were:

  • I didn’t feel a connection to the main characters and I don’t mean that I was looking for a hero, it’s not that kind of a story. But I didn’t get the feeling that I wanted to know what happens to them.
  • The whole book was like an introduction to the characters and their world. I felt that there wasn’t a major plot until towards the end of the book.
  • By the last couple of chapters of the book I lost interest.

This was my first read for the author and I read this book based on the high reviews and the interest to read a book from an author I haven’t read before, but I think this series is not for me. I will still follow up on the author’s books and read some of his other work and maybe get back to the First Law Trilogy later on.