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10 thoughts on “Mars (The Grand Tour, #4)

  1. says:

    Bullet Review What an utter disappointment Childhood Me is sitting in a corner, sobbing Adult Me is just totally amused at how such an interesting concept can go so wrong in so many different ways.For people who think all scifi sucks, that it s just a bunch of robots wandering around technobabbling and being hideously racist and sexist, this is not going to make any new believers.2 stars, and al...


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    Mars is Ben Bova s love letter to space exploration it s a novel length booster for a manned Mars program A very well conceived and engaging in places novel, you should not read it expecting it to be space opera or really, any kind of adventure aside from the inevitable dangers of flying to another planet Mars stays strictly hard SF, so even when the possibility of life on Mars arises, you can be sure it won t come in the form of ancient cities and little red men, nor hazardous beasties who Mars is Ben Bova s love letter to space exploration it s a novel length booster for a manned Mars program A very well conceived and engaging in places novel, you should not read it expecting it to be space opera or really, any kind of adventure aside from the inevitable dangers of flying to another planet Mars stays strictly hard SF, so even when the possibility of life on Mars arises, you can be sure it won t come in the form of ancient cities and little red men, nor hazardous beasties who need to be shot or run from.The main character is Jamie Waterman, a half Navajo geologist who is a member of the first Mars expedition The expedit...


  3. says:

    After hating Bova s Titan what was I thinking going right into another of his novels It s the COVER ART damn it I am such a sucker And this book is just pure trash The characters are straight out of an exceptionally bad SyFy movie I finished the book only because I wanted to convince myself it was consistently boring and stupid I keep telling myself I will never read Bova again, yet I find myself getting sucked in from cover art, misleading blurbs or my latent desire to commit a form of After hating Bova s Titan what was I thinking going right into another of his novels It s the COVER ART damn it I am such a sucker And this book is just pure trash The characters are straight out of an exceptionally bad SyFy movie I finished the book on...


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    This is a reread review I went straight from one Bova as my bathroom reading, to another Thankfully, I found this one muchengrossing and consistent than I did the Kinsman Chronicles The pacing doesn t lag in the middle, as that one did, and I never had trouble convincing myself to pick it up and read a fewpages Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you This is a reread review I went straight from one Bova as my bathroom reading, to another Thankfully, I found this one muchengrossing and consistent than I did the Kinsman Chronicles The pacing doesn t lag in the middle, as that one did, and I never had trouble convincing myself to pick it up and read a fewpages Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodre...


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    I have a love for books about the colonization of Mars that borders on unhealthy I enjoyed this one, but it was impossible to refrain from comparing it to Kim Stanley Robinson s trilogy Red Blue Green And Robinson s trilogy was muchsatisfying I found the portrayal of characters in Bova s Mars to becaricatured, and the personal conflicts muchsoap opera y This book also had much less futuristic technologies and whatnot in Robinson s books, he described fictional technolo I have a love for books about the colonization of Mars that borders on unhealthy I enjoyed this one, but it was impossible to refrain from comparing it to Kim Stanley Robinson s trilogy Red Blue Green And Robinson s trilogy was muchsatisfying I found the portrayal of characters in Bova s Mars to becaricatured, and the personal conflicts muchsoap opera y This book also had much less futuristic technologies and whatnot in Robinson s books, he described fictional technologies in a way that made me thing DAMN, why hasn t that been invented yet but in this book, the mission to Mars looked pretty much like what I imagin...


  6. says:

    Mars isn t everyone s conception of what science fiction is supposed to be this is no sweeping, epic space opera populated by intelligent robots and raygun wielding starship captains Rather, Mars is a story of exploration set against a brutally inhospitable backdrop A realistic take on what the first manned mission to the red planet may actually be like, Mars presents challenges that are personal and environmental rather than the product of some moustache twirling villain s skul...


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    A Review of Mars, a novel by Ben BovaAuthor of over 120 novels and nonfiction books, Ben Bova is well known in science fiction circles In his fiction, Bova writes in a saga sweeping style that is well researched and dedicated to realistic portrayal First published by Bantam in 1992, Mars is a story written from the point of view of a Native American geologist, Dr Jamie Waterman, who is a member of the fictional multinational team to land on and explore Mars Waterman s lifelong dream is to be A Review of Mars, a novel by Ben BovaAuthor of over 120 novels and nonfiction books, Ben Bova is well known in science fiction circles In his fiction, Bova writes in a saga sweeping style that is well researched and dedicated to realistic portrayal First published by Bantam in 1992, Mars is a story written from the point of view of a Native American geologist, Dr Jamie Waterman, who is a member of the ...


  8. says:

    I m ambivalent This was a delightfully nerdy novel about humanity s first trip to Mars and a clutter of cliches and worn down tropes that didn t give Ben Bova s nerdy ambitions the narrative breathing room it deserved I loved that MARS was anchored in realism and yet let the reader mirror a boundless future The strong writing and the rationalism of MARS won me over and got me to continue reading despite my issues with the novel.MARS is a rare case of a novel suffering from too much exposition I m ambivalent This was a delightfully nerdy novel about humanity s first trip to Mars and a clutter of cliches and worn down tropes that didn t give Ben Bova s nerdy ambitions the narrative breathing room it deserved I loved that MARS was anchored in realism and yet let the reader mirror a boundless future The strong writing and the rationalism of MARS won me over and go...


  9. says:

    the rocks in this book havepersonality than the characters No I m serious there s this lovely martian boulder with a green streak in it that has all this. this potential this guy knows his science but can t write complex emotion for shit.


  10. says:

    Rounded up from 2.5 stars Mars is typical Bova, in that the bulk of the novel focuses on descriptions of machinery and landscapes, racial and sexist stereotypes, and interpersonal relationships straight out of middle school, while a minimum of the plot is actually given ove...


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Mars (The Grand Tour, #4) Geologist Jamie Waterman Is A Last Minute Replacement On The First International Mars Landing Team He Endures Training Rigors, Personality Conflicts, Political Intrigues, And Over 100 Million Kilometers Travel In Space The Crew Battle An Alien Landscape And Earthbound Bureaucrats Heading Toward A Chasm Over 10 Times The Arizona Grand Canyon, They Make A Shocking Find.