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Killing Time – May 15, 2014

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““This thing all things devours;
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays kings, ruins town;
And beats high mountain down.”
~ JRR Tolkien (The Hobbit)

 I should probably do a proper book review on this, but since I have you all here, I wanted to recommend a book that I think any fan of science fiction (especially space nerds) needs to read.  It’s called The Martian by Andy Weir and it originally was e-published in 2012 but the physical version hit stores in February.  This is the best book of 2014 so far, by far.  It’s about a manned mission to Mars that goes catastrophically wrong and an astronaut is left behind as the commander has to take off or lose the whole crew.  Part Apollo 13, part Castaway, part Twilight Zone, this book is a thriller and a page turner while managing to keep a sense of humor in the midst of this most dire of circumstances.  Ridley Scott and Matt Damon are rumored to be adapting this, but don’t wait.  If you want a summer book, take it from someone who read hundreds, this is the best one I’ve read since The Fault in Our Stars last year.  Go pick it up immediately! Continue reading Killing Time – May 15, 2014