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Wednesday, April 2, 2014
To Boldly Go...
1:55 pm edt
Although I am pretty much of a hermit these days, hardly ever seeing my neighbors for days at a time, I am fairly secure
in my now blissful solitude. Yet, I can't imagine what it would be like to be totally separated from any human contact for
years at a time. Especially if you have to struggle daily for your very existence. Like Tom Hanks' character marooned
for years on a deserted island in "The Castaway". Like Mark Watney in Andy Weir's first sci-fi action/adventure
novel, The Martian.
One of the first space explorers to walk on the red planet Mars, Watney is almost certain he will be the first
to die there. Left behind when his fellow crew members flee a massive dust storm, he is inadvertently stranded totally alone
with a heap of problems to solve to ensure his survival. It will take nearly two and a half earth years for NASA to send a
rescue mission and with only enough food, water, and oxygen to last only one Martian year, our hero Mark has to figure out
how to to survive until help finally arrives. A dire predicament, indeed. As I say, I just can't imagine...
of you know I am not a great fan of the action/adventure genre, although my closest friends know I like science fiction and
am a closet Trekker and an affirmed Trekkie (there is a difference). Hence, I was both a bit reluctant and intrigued when
my editors at www.authorexposure.com sent me an advanced reviewer's copy of Weir's work, suggesting that I "boldly venture into unknown reading territory..."
And so, I did. And, yes, after a few reservations while reading the first few pages, I was hooked, perched on the edge of
my seat wondering if Astronaut Watney will make it back home to earth.
When you get a chance, please beam yourself
over to www.authorexposure.com and read my review. You just might want to cheer heroic Mark on.
J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville
during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her fourth novel.