For March I set myself the task of reading about Mars. I didn't really think this through beforehand and if I have a theme month again (and I might), I shall prepare beforehand and stock up on books. Despite that, I had more books than I read, and there were several I meant to read that I didn't quite get to. I also didn't quite make the balence between fiction and non-fiction I wanted.
In these respects Mars Month was a bit of a failure, as it didn't work as a deep-dive into my shelves. One reason for that is (almost by defination) a lot of the books I have is quite dated; to get up-to-date info on Mars exploration I turned to the Internet and also listened to dozens of hours of podcasts. This lead to a little 'Mars burn-out' and meant that at the end of the day I just didn't want to pick up a book on the subject. I also significantly undersetimated my ability to absorb technic data - it's a long time since I had to do any 'homework'!
The lesson to me is that a themed month is OK, but it shouldn't be at the exclusion of everything else.
Here they are in the order I read them (do persevere through the lengthy discussion of The Red and Green Planet).
I started with the grand-daddy of all 'alien invasion' books.
I've always enjoyed the economy of Wells' writing and War of the Worlds gives an account of the invasion without any fat (even down to the fact that very few characters are named). Despite that, it remains a very powerful story.
Of course, I'm of the age that when I read certain passages of this, I hear the voice of Richard Burton or David Essex. Given the comments on my previous post, it seems that a number of you are too!
|Thunderchild's Last Stand by Scot Andrew Bailey|
|'Robinson Crusoe on Mars' (1964)|