Monday, October 12, 2015


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.


~ Carrie


Kimberly G. Giarratano said...

Best blurb ever! That pretty much sums it up.

Tara said...

So. Good! I read the book last month and saw the movie last week. This is a perfect summary! Five stars! ;)

Stephen Kozeniewski said...

Killed it.

Carrie Beckort said...

Thanks, Kimberly!

Carrie Beckort said...

I can't wait to see the movie. Hopefully soon!

Carrie Beckort said...

Why, thank you very much!

Brenda St John Brown said...

Haha. I haven't read this yet or seen the movie, but I sincerely hope it's like your version!

Carrie Beckort said...

The book is a bit more technical than my description, but I tried to stick to the important parts :-)

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