6

June
2014

11:06 pm

book review: the martian

Just finished The Martian by Andy Weir. I found it oddly compelling, as if Popular Mechanic wrote a novel. It is almost entirely devoid of dramatic tension. There are conflicts, but they are resolved quickly and leave the people involved unaffected. The main character may be fundamentally changed by his experience as a castaway, but if so, you wouldn’t know it from reading his journal. He maintains an unflagging attitude of can-do throughout; the narrative is a series of the challenges he faces and how he resolves them. If he ever despairs, or is even once overwhelmed by the apparent hopelessness of his position, his absolute solitude in this most alien of environments, he does so off-stage.

If this were real life, he’d probably be first pick of someone to be marooned with. For a novel, perhaps next time more story?

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22

April
2014

11:14 am

ordering

  • old blossom
  • old tree
  • old rock
  • old fire
  • old air
  • old water
  • old earth
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2

April
2014

8:37 pm

arbutus walkthrough

  • Wind before rain
  • rattles
  • leaves after blight.
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13

March
2014

7:22 pm

in the river country

  • Frogs croak.
  • Clouds part before the moon.
  • Frogs croak.
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22

February
2014

12:50 pm

no wind

  • Snow falls
  • from the sky to the pond,
  • from the pond to the sky.
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