Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Martian

Bring him back to Mars.

Science fiction is not on my top-to-buy list. It’s not even on the list. The reality of me picking and reading The Martian is highly unfathomable. But I guess, it’s destiny. Or it could be shit.

Well it’s, definitely, shit. Let me explain myself.

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Book Blogger Hop: Blogging Experience

Blogging Experience

Back story: I was supposed to post my Top Ten Tuesday but the topic (Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get) didn’t fit me quite well. I only read few series and tons of stand-alone. And if I do read one, I make sure that I have every single book in that series. Because I’ve been traumatized by cliffhangers and spoilers. So you know..safety first.

So introducing this is new meme, which is Book Blogger Hop! Where they post and ask a particular question of the week and I answer them.

This week’s question is: 

As you grow in your blogging experience, have you become more particular in terms of what you will post on your blog or what books you will read for review on your blog?

My blog is fairly new. It’s quite young; I only started this year. Soo in terms of my “experience”, I’ve always been particular of what to post. I might have an OCD (Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder). You know, a person who gets satisfied when everything is neatly set and organized. Something like this:

Well I’m not that crazy.. yet. And if I have to be really really honest. I have this thing: I just can’t stand minor errors in my blog posts. Like typos, missing comma, spacing, alignment and such. Hence, this madness:

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But no worries, my minimum revisions are usually 8 or so. Which is normal, right? RIGHT?

Besides that, I do have a theme. Which is plain, I know. Maybe boring. But I have my reasons: so that whatever picture I post won’t clash with the blog and it will stand out more. If you’re familiar to my blog, I always put my physical copy (usually) of the book I’m reviewing and also the price (in pesos). And I categorize them in that way–here.

I have nothing against books that are not in physical copy such as e-book and audio. It’s just that I’m not just a reader; I’m also a book collector as well, even an addict. So I prefer them tangible. See: (Btw, that’s not everything. I just can’t make it fit in one picture)

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 4.57.58 PMAnd I’m open to any kind of books–fiction and non-fiction. Well maybe not Erotica. But yes, I’ve read Fifty Shades of Gray and let’s just say it was scarring. Just full of sex, really. Which is pretty appropriate, I think.

I review books that pique my interest doesn’t matter what genre it’s in. And it’s usually Adult, specifically historical fiction. I read YA here and there but I have a hard time stoping my eyes from rolling. I guess it’s safe to say that I’m quite picky when it comes to YA. But I read it nonetheless, I just don’t do it often.

What books do you review? What do you prefer the most? And if you have a particular theme you post in your blog? Tell me! Comment down below and share! 🙂

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(Besides the book shelf, pictures are not mine)

Review: The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas

End of Mr YI don’t get the hype.

Ambitious. The intention of the author was to create another dimension inside us, which is great. And it didn’t focus on our unconscious but on our conscious level. I didn’t expect that but it was a good idea to start with. But the execution was (unfortunately) a total fail for me.

As much as I want to add more plus points, I really can’t find another one. I actually love it when they put science into the book but reading this one felt choking on it. There was too much information given to you all at once. And they didn’t even make it friendly but rather very scientific. All I wanted was to finish the damn book but the author didn’t want me to because of how thick the book is.

Reading this book literally felt like suffocating (which I never encountered before) I wanted more dialogues. More like I craved for more dialogues but instead they gave me 3 pages of long explanation of the Troposphere (which I don’t really give a shit) quoting famous people like Derrida, Darwin, Heidegger and Einstein. I catch myself jumping from one paragraph to another because I wanted to get it over and done with. I even kept on counting how many pages were left, that’s how much I wanted it to end.

As if that wasn’t enough, they had to compare it to Shadow of the Wind. I read the Praises for The End of Mr. Y, and I saw one particular praise that made me want to rip the page, it says “Reminiscent of Carlos Ruiz Zafrón’s The Shadow of the Wind — Pages”

And damn do I beg to differ. Really, how dare you (Pages) compare this book to Shadow of the Wind? Like, have you even read it? One, there wasn’t even one bit of science in that book. And two, I don’t recall hating it. Geez, you’re putting shame on Carlos Ruiz Zafón (No offense Scarlett, but next time try to pick decent and reliable reviews)

Actual Rating: ✰

Do I like it: Hell no

Recommended: To people who enjoy reading science textbooks

(Fullybooked, Paperback, P 599)