Book Buzz – The Martian

“Yes, of course duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”
― Andy Weir, The Martian

One of the things I miss about not working at the library is being one of the first to get the “New Book.”  So for those of you who have already read The Martian ages ago, please share your impressions in the comment area.  The book, written by Andy Weir, pulls you in from the beginning.

The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian by Andy Weir

Before I go any further I should add that I listened to this book which was narrated by R.C. Bray.  My local librarian said she started listening and then switched to the book because she could read faster than listening.  I wanted to hear the narrator’s voice before I made my decision.  His voice was perfect.  To me, he was Mark Watney, the astronaut main character of the book.  His voice perfectly portrayed the  moods and emotions of Watney.

“Problem is (follow me closely here, the science is pretty complicated), if I cut a hole in the Hab, the air won’t stay inside anymore.”
― Andy Weir, The Martian

If you should read reviews you will quickly discover that Mr. Weir writes with a sound knowledge of the technicalities of space travel.  He has done his research.  There isn’t smoke and mirrors or magic.  This is a plausible and possible event.  Some might think all the technical jargon would be ho hum boring, but somehow it isn’t.  Instead of putting me to sleep, I was avidly following every word.  Did I understand all of it?  No, but I understood that these people are brilliant and are unbelievably qualified to be on a space mission.  One of over 2,000 reasons I read the books and don’t fly off into space.

“I need to ask myself, ‘What would an Apollo astronaut do?’ He’d drink three whiskey sours, drive his Corvette to the launchpad, then fly to the moon in a command module smaller than my Rover. Man those guys were cool.”
― Andy Weir, The Martian

The movie version of this book is coming out late fall.  I definitely would recommend reading the book before seeing the movie.  The book is well written and should not be passed up.  I can live with being disappointed with the movie because it didn’t live up to the book.  I don’t think that will be the case, I think the movie will  depict a story similar to the book with a slightly different voice.  Read the book, Andy’s voice is powerful and worth the effort.

Photos from my walk…

“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”
Diane Arbus

Two posts in one day!   I decided to go for a walk and put what I had learned to work.  I was so happy with the results I just had to share.  This time of year is not all that photogenic, but I had faith I would find something… and I did.


There wasn’t much to see until I got up to the Millhouse.  Management had turned off the running water, but the pond still had some standing water in it and it had frozen.  Everything the wind had blown that way had been trapped in place.


I liked this configuration so much I took a shot with my iPhone.  I used the standard camera so I could run it through a couple of my apps.  When I got home I made some changes with Snapseed, which I haven’t used very much.  I like some of the effect I could create.  That was where I added the greenish hue.  I then pulled it through Instagram and finished it off.  I have to say I do love my iPhone camera.  I actually find this version of the shot more interesting.

Hydrangea laceHydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers.  I can never figure out which color I like the best.  Now I will have to include the lacy version in there with the others.  I love the skeletal, lacy effect of this beauty.

Design Path

This is my walking path.  Sometimes I like to make my photos more artistic by adding filters.  The shadow designs on the walkway were so pretty I wanted to make this more like a painting.

All in all it was a great morning walk.  The weather was briskly, chill.  The book on my iPod was “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd.  The reader is excellent and I highly recommend it.  Although I was not fond of “The Mermaid Chair,” I loved “The Secret Life of Bees.”  This has the same feel to it and may be just a little bit better.