Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, September 11, 2015

Had to Leave This Book at Home

The Martian.

I'm about 30 pages into it and, in my earlier days, I would have stayed up into the wee hours to finish it.*
* I've done that before. When I was in college, on a quiet Friday night, I was browsing the stacks of the library. I checked out a 19th Century edition of The Three Musketeers and took it back to my dorm room. I thought I'd read a chapter or two before going to sleep.

Next think I knew, I had finished the book and it was 0530.


Nangleator said...

I had that problem with the Spenser novels. Can't describe them as fine literature, but I learned that once I started one, I would have to finish it in one sitting.

I'll have to get The Martian.

Deadstick said...

I did that one forty years ago with Jack of Shadows. I hadn't smoked anything, nobody saw me, and you can't prove a thing.

CenterPuke88 said...

Good old Shadow Jack, eh? An engrossing read, with an interesting world concept. I to have on more than a few occasions spent the night reading rather than sleeping. It's remarkable how the wave of sleepiness rushes over you as you finish the book...along with a wave of regret...with the inevitable call to report you are sick and cannot work.

Marc said...

I've stayed up too many times after saying to myself "just one more chapter'. Having an e-reader and overdrive installed doesn't help. Finish book one, log in to the library and grab book two...

Latitude 43 said...

The Martian is an excellent read. I was up all night reading as well. I'm pretty excited about the movie but then tito neve as good as the book. Being an ex engineer I was fascinated by the detail of this novel yet it was still fast moving.

Latitude 43 said...

Sorry about the auto correct failings of my samsung

Will said...

Excellent book. An over-niter, sigh... Should make a great movie, if the preview is an indicator.

One of the MythBusters, Adam Savage, did an interview with the author. That's a really good video. Might be better to watch after reading the book, though. Long, 55 minutes!

movie trailer:


3383 said...

Last time I did that was with Debt of Honor. I'm older now, and accidents like these are much less likely.