Ordinary Human Language

by Brian Crane

The Martian

This was a completely random purchase at the bookstore. I’d never heard of it but read the first few pages standing among the shelves and was drawn in.

The story is straightforward, directly written and completely captivating. I couldn’t read it fast enough, and by the end, I was in knots as (spoiler alert) the crew of the rescue mission were making impromptu adjustments to their flyby in a desperate attempt to slow down and scoop up the protagonist after his attempt to launch into a high orbit fails.

Just a great read … that I now discover is being made into a film and is popular enough to be the subject of jokes. Who knew?

Posted June 25, 2015