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The Martian v. The Martian

The Martian novel, written by Andy Weir, is a self-publishing success. In 2011, he self-published the book and it got enough attention to garner him a contract with Crown Books. In 2014, The Martian was re-released with the help of Crown and became one of the top selling books on Amazon.Com. And then it became a movie.

I started reading The Martian last year and, between applying to graduate programs, moving (twice!), picking up a few side jobs (on top of my main jobs), and all the rest of life stuff that gets in the way of fun stuff, it took me a while to finish the book. Mind you, I really enjoyed the book as I was reading it and I even got students of mine to read it as well.

Now that I’ve finally finished reading and watching The Martian, I can compare and contrast the two different media used to tell Andy Weir’s story of an astronaut left behind on Mars for your (and more likely my) amusement and declare one better than the other (because all things must be ranked!).

If you haven’t read the book or watched the movie, this post contains spoilers. Though, if you’ve clicked on this blog because of the title, I’m assuming you kind of already knew that, but I thought I’d be nice and post a warning anyway.


2014 Book Gift Guide

It’s the season for gifts, and what better gifts are there to give than books? The gift of the book is not just a gift of knowledge, but of a whole second life to live. It’s through books and reading that we’re able to experience the ups and downs of human emotions without actually having anything dire happen to the reader. As it was said by an unknown author:

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

With that in mind, here are the best books that came out in 2014 and who might appreciate them as gifts.

For the pop-culture fan in your life:

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Honestly, who isn’t a Parks and Rec fan? This gift is good for everyone!

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Well, maybe a little bit of that kind of girl. Just a smidgen.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes


Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

I really hope there’s at least 1 page that says “You died. Start over.”

For the literature lover:

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr

Seriously, this book has been on the New York Time’s Best Seller’s List for 6 months. If you know someone that loves literature, this book is a must-get.

Everything I Never Told You: A Novel by Celeste Ng

I’ve actually been keeping more than a few secrets. It’s a pretty big book.