MyTBR#56: Andy Weir! The Martian, and the New Wild

For episode #56 of the To Be Read Podcast this week we recorded Wednesday (Canada Day for all of us up here) because we had a very special guest, author Andy Weir. Patrick and I both loved his mega-hit debut hard sci-fi novel The Martian, along with his very short story, The Egg , so it was a blast to have him on the show with us. We talked about some of his favorite books past and present, formative reading influences, and about his upcoming softer sci-fi series with aliens and FTL travel, and of course the movie version of The Martian starring Matt Damon, and coming this October.

If you haven’t checked out The Martian and The Egg, do it! The audiobook won an award for the awesome work of R.C. Bray.

I continued reading the nature-oriented non-fiction recommended by Hugh Howey, this time with The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation by Fred Pearce, an award-winning environmental journalist. It’s fascinating, and right up my alley, challenging our thoughts and myths about invasive species, but with a balanced eye. I’m more than halfway, but loving the combination of stories from around the world, review of research and the history of research on invasive species, and it dovetails nicely with Hugh’s other recommendation that I started last week, Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds by Jim Sterba. I’ll get back to that one after I finish this The New Wild.

I’ve also continued reading the advance reader copy of Ben Herr’s part II of Alynia Sky. More on that next week when I’m done.

With my son we polished off a bunch of books, including the next 2 volumes of Attack of the Clones, and a really cool kids book about Harry Houdini.

Happy Canada Day up here, and down south everyone have a great 4th of July!

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.