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The Martian

Andy Weir (2014) The Martian, Nova

 

The martian portadaSUMMARY:

The Martian is set in a very near future, even nearer now with the first Mars mission being planned. A group of astronauts are located on Mars, where they are part of the third Mars mission, codenamed Ares III. Everything seems to be going well until an unexpected storm hits their compound and they are forced to leave, fearing their shuttle could be tilted over. However, on their way to the ship, a piece of an antenna is ripped off and crushes into botanist and engineer Mark Watney. The crew´s captain tries to save him, but ends up having to leave with the rest of the crew, much to her grief. One day later, against all odds, Mark gains consciousness. He had miraculously survived, but is now stranded on a barren planet. He will use all his wits and his never ending flow of ideas to keep himself alive until he can be saved. On his side will be millions worth of NASA equipment, less than 200 days’ supply of food, potatoes, 70s TV shows and tons and tons of disco. He is basically doomed.

REVIEW:

The Martian is written by Andy Weir and tells the thrilling story of astronaut Mark Watney.

I absolutely loved this book, even more than the film, which I thought impossible. This book has surprisingly affected my life in a big waThe Martian portada 2015y, as it has made me start to love science. The book is filled with realistic scientific problems which the brainy problem solver Mark will solve, much to the delight of the reader. It manages to give advanced scientific explanations without boring or losing the reader. If you have already seen the film, fear not, as there appear many more challenges and feats for Mark to accomplish that do not occur in the film. Now, to probably the best part of the book by far. It is absolutely, hilariously funny.

This book will have you nearly continuously laughing, you will never stop smiling and it will always lighten your mood. It beautifully blends humour and the seriousness of the situation. Not only will you love Mark´s personality, but you will also admire and laugh along with the brilliant and nerdy NASA scientists. This book is all a reader could want and I cannot recommend it enough. It mixes science, space exploration, humour, good characters, well written plot and adventure. One of my highlights of the year.

ASSESMENT: I give it: 10/10 points.

Fotograma película The Martian con Matt DamonRECOMMENDATIONThe Martian is best known for the 2015 Ridley Scott hit that came out in October and received great critical acclaim, starring Matt Damon. When I first thought about reading this book I was very sceptical as I was one of those who had loved the film and I could not get into my head the idea of it being a book. It came into my hands as a Christmas present from a friend of mine. I decided to give it a go, thinking it would not be any good, and, boy, was I wrong.

Libro (Encuadernación Tapa blanda, 383 páginas) 11 €
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AUTOR: Óscar William Matthews Martínez.  Alumno de 3ºESO

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Conan Doyle, Arthur (2013) The Hound of the Baskervilles, Oxford

 

Portada The Hound of the Baskerville Sir ArthurSUMMARY:

When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead in the moors, his friend Dr Mortimer and Sir Henry Baskerville, heir to the Baskerville manor, come to Sherlock and ask him to come to the moors and investigate. All evidence leads to a savage hound from hell, which legend has it is attacking the Baskervilles due to an ancient curse. Soon though, Sherlock will realise there is more than meets the eye and then makes the strange choice of sending Watson alone to the manor.

At the manor, alongside Sir Henry, he will start to investigate the moors, uncover shadowy secrets, family scandals and immerse himself into the dangerous moor where an escaped convict is on the loose. In the moors civilisation is distant and superstition fuses with reality, and the more Watson comes closer to the end he will have to rely on his instinct and courage as he deals against an evil force. To make matters worse, he must act quickly before the hound makes its next move.

REVIEW:

sherlock-holmesThe Hound of the Baskervilles is written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this book, Sherlock Holmes, the brilliant, witty, deductive and eccentric detective of 221 Baker Street will face his toughest challenge yet. Alongside him is Dr Watson, his resourceful friend and partner in fighting crime.

It is an incredibly well written book conceived in 1901. It brilliantly recreates the tone of the English moors and creates a truly sinister and mysterious setting.

The characters have depth and are realistic showing real emotions. This book could also be considered a historical novel as it shows life in the English moors in the very early 20th century. They say a book is only as good as its villain and this truly applies in this case. Even though we only see the murderer at the end, the one responsible for the crimes is as evil and psychopathic as can be.

The book uses many different narrating techniques showing us Doyle´s writing skills and cleverly changing the books tone. Doyle also uses a great number of red herrings to trick us and keep us at the edge of our seats. I would say this is the best book to read if you want to try a Holmes book and is one of the most iconic English mystery books. Some may say it is out of date and old fashioned but I think it still remains contemporary and popular these days.Dibujo Sabueso siendo disparado

One of the other things this book achieves is a masterfully well done creation of tension. There is a scene in this book in which Watson is looking for the murderer inside an ancient village. In this scene, the tension is high as you know the suspect is hiding somewhere and Watson is holding his revolver ready to fire. And of course, maybe the most important and entertaining factor in the book is none other than Sherlock Holmes. The witty detective is always fun to read about as we see him use his unique set of deduction skills to solve the case. At first the all the readers are amazed at his deductions, but it is always fun to then see him explain how he reached that conclusion and the simplicity of it.

ASSESMENT: I give this book 9 points.

RECOMMENDATION: All in all The Hound of the Baskervilles is a great book and must be read by all those thriller lovers out there. Also, it is a classic and schools should make everybody from the ages twelve and up read it..

Libro (Encuadernación Tapa blanda, 176 páginas) 8.90 €
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AUTOR: Óscar William Matthews Martínez.  Alumno de 3ºESO

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