Happy Friday, guys! I’m powering through revisions and am emotionally unprepared for how cold it’s going to get over the weekend here in the Boston area. In the meantime, here’s a look at what I’ve been reading and writing in fifteen words or under.
Reading: The Martian by Andy Weir
Fun and funny and loved how it embraced science. Mentally cast Anthony Mackie as Watney.
Writing: “…pretend that I have a little more creativity than spiking the punch at College Night.”
Character has standards for his pranks.
There is so much chat about the book and the movie that I feel compelled to check it out, but I am not a fan of space themes–it usually ends up in sadness, tragedy, deceit, loss. And space is so claustrophobic, due to no windows (it’s like being in a big closet). Is it really that good?
Without too much of a spoiler, The Martian is an oddly positive novel, considering it’s about a guy who gets accidentally abandoned on Mars. But it’s definitely more of a pulp-y action novel–the characters aren’t too deep, and the dialogue isn’t that fresh, but it’s a fun read, especially if you’re looking for sci-fi that’s very heavy on the sci. Reading it, I thought “oh man, this is totally meant to be a movie” in both good and bad ways. I might do a larger post about it and my reaction to reading it, so more thoughts to come. Let me know if you end up reading/seeing it!