It seems that I’m up for the next installment of the Back Jacket Hack-Job. I decided to take Tara’s approach and use one of the most recent books I’ve read -- The Martian. So here we go.
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Mark Watney is no Neil Armstrong.
Armstrong only had about 2.5 hours on the moon. Watney is trying to find a way to stay alive on Mars for 4 years.
Mark Watney is no Christopher Columbus.
Columbus had three ships, with a full crew each, designed to sail long distances. Watney is alone and only has two land rovers that were designed for short excursions.
Mark Watney is no Angus MacGyver.
MacGyver had a variety of random materials to hack together a solution. And his Swiss Army Knife. Watney pretty much only has duct tape. And his own bodily excrements.
Mark Watney is no E.T.
E.T. had the tasty Reese’s Pieces. Watney only has a few potatoes.
Mark Watney is no John Travolta.
Travolta knows how to disco with the best of them. While Watney’s theme song could be Stayin’ Alive, he hates disco.
So who is Mark Watney?
Well, according to Watney, he’s f***ed.