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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

To Boldly Go...
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...

Most 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.
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June 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, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:


Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Forty-Thirty 
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast

Bethlehem

Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood

 

 

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 fifth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
and 
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA
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For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,