MyTBR#54: David Wright Has All the Martian Gifts

This week on the To Be Read Podcast we were joined by David Wright, co-author of Yesterday’s Gone and so many other books with his writing partner Sean Platt. He had introduced Patrick Stemp to a book he loved called The Girl With All The Gifts, by MR Carey, and they pitched me (and you, the listener) on it, then had a spoilery discussion of the book. If you think you might read the book, stop listening to the podcast once they mention spoilers might be coming!

Then come back and enjoy listening to Dave talk about books he’s reading, which we don’t get to hear enough of. But maybe MR Carey and Tad Williams have converted him back into a regular reader of fiction outside of Collective Inkwell re-reads!

Patrick had more to celebrate, because I finished his #1 book of 2014, The Martian by Andy Weird. And more importantly, I loved it too and heartily recommend it to anyone. I don’t really ever read hard sci-fi, but this was fantastic. The science is core to the story, but the main character’s personality makes it fun, shining all the way through. I also loved the other perspectives from Earth, etc, and it gets really intense so many times but especially as it builds toward the climax. Highly recommended. Get over the bits of swearing (directed to my wife), because this guy is stuck alone on Mars. I’m sure the movie with Matt Damon will be great this October; they just swapped up the release date with Victor Frankenstein.

And if you haven’t read Andy Weir’s free short story, The Egg, check it out.

My son and I finished Uderzo and Goscinny’s Asterix and the Picts (and are revisiting some of the other Omnibus editions as well.

I also started an ARC copy of Kevin Tumlinson’s Evergreen, which goes on sale tomorrow but is up for pre-order. Really enjoying it so far. A thriller with a supernatural twist, with the main character able to absorb the memories of people he touches, but only for 30 minutes at a time.

NOTE: Yes, if you happen to buy one of these from Amazon based on my recommendation links, they’ll throw a few cents my way as a thank you. Or go get the book out of the library (I love my library), buy it in a used bookstore, or borrow it from a friend. If it catches your eye, you’ll find a way.