Impressions #8 (Weir, Sullivan & Brett)

 Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

369 pages
Del Rey
published in 2013

This is normally not a book I would pick up but all the hype and positive reviews made me curious. I didn’t expect to like it but was surprised that it immediately caught my attention and wouldn’t let me go. Despite lots of technical descriptions it was a real page turner. Hell..even those technical details were interesting to read about! Mark Watney is a great protagonist. I loved his dry sense of humour but also the fact that he doesn’t seem like a super hero-scientist who just manages to achieve everything and overcomes all the odds at the first try. There are many throwbacks and not everything he plans works out as well as he wants it to. I feared for him for the whole book and that’s a good thing. Although he never gives up, he has his moments of doubt.

It has some wonderful funny scenes, I especially liked the irony Watney uses when he’s communicating with earth. For some reason the author managed to make a story that mostly centers around just one character worth reading.

It’s clever and somehow never unbelievable, given the situation of one person stranded on Mars. The ideas the author comes up with are just brilliant and I can only compliment him on the research he did.

It made me very emotional in the end and I don’t regret reading it. I also liked the movie a lot. Despite Matt Damon, who will never be the same serious actor to me, since I watched Team America 😀


1. Theft of Swords (The Crown Conspiracy & Avempartha)
2. Rise of Empire (Nyphron Rising & The Emerald Storm)
3. Heir of Novron (Wintertide & Percepliquis)
324 pages
published in 2010
They killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.
There’s no ancient evil to defeat or orphan destined for greatness, just unlikely heroes and classic adventure. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater, are running for their lives when they’re framed for the murder of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy that goes beyond the overthrow of a tiny kingdom, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery before it’s too late.
This is one of those ‘meh’-books. It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good. It wasn’t anything special or particularly new. Everything seemed a little bland. I liked the set up well enough and I thought I would enjoy the dynamics between the 2 main characters. But I didn’t really connect with both of them. There was something missing, I would have liked some more depth. It’s a typical Fantasy story with betrayal, a conspiracy and lots of fighting. At first I thought I would give the second part a try as the first was pretty short and there’s only so much character development you can achieve. Also, the style of writing was far from bad and I like bromances. But after a few months I have to say that I don’t care enough to read more.

painted manAs darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.

563 pages
Harper Voyager
published in 2009

1. The Painted Man
2. The Desert Spear
3. The Daylight War
4. The Skull Throne
5. The Core (2017)

Good book, although I never had the desire to pick up the next parts of the series.

What I liked about it is, that we get to know Arlen in his childhood and see him grow up. This creates a special bond and always makes the characters more relatable. I felt like I knew Arlen very well and didn’t even mind that he is a bit of a Gary Stu. I also liked Leesha’s story.

The setting was particularly interesting, especially since the world used to be much more developed. I remember that I was very curious about the history and wanted to read more about it. I liked the atmosphere created. Everyone is scared of the demons who come out by night and cause chaos. The only thing that keeps humans save, are magical wards, but they grow weaker and the knowledge on how to fight the demons was lost.

Arlen wants to find a way to fight the demons and make humanity strong again 😉

I didn’t like that the story jumps a couple of years of Arlens’s journey and the person we meet in the second part of the book is very different to the Arlen we got to know in the first part. I would have liked to read more about what happened in between and made him change so drastically.

Also, that sex scene. It was so unnecessary. At a bad place and bad time and didn’t fit at all. Nope.

In general it was easy to read though. I liked the fighting scenes and the action.



  1. Guten Abend,

    Der Marsianer war ja 2015 für mich ein totales Highlight und die Dämonen-Reihe gehört ja sowieso zu meinen absoluten Lieblings-Reihen und ich bin sau froh, dass im September schon der nächste Band (und leider der letzte) erscheint. Ich kanns kaum erwarten.

    Die Reihe von Sullivan steht ja noch auf meiner Wunschliste und vielleicht gefällt es mir ja etwas besser als dir. Allerdings will ich erstmal den ersten Band seiner nächsten Reihe lesen. Rebellion erscheint dieses Jahr auf Deutsch.

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    1. Wahas, der letzte Band? Oha, vielleicht sollte ich mich da doch nochmal dran versuchen. Ich mochte ja Teil 1 total gerne. Hab nur direkt aufgegeben, weils im Beginn von Teil 1 um einen anderen Charakter ging 😀 ich wollte aber Arlen 😉 Sind die weiteren teile alle genauso gut wie Band 1?

      Bin gespannt, was du von Sullivan haeltst, wenns soweit ist^^


      1. Also ich mochte Band 3 nicht so gerne. Das zog sich irgendwie in die Länge. Allerdings beginnen alle Bücher mit anderen Charakteren und Arlen hat nicht mehr so großen Anteil an den Büchern (allerings in Band 5 bestimmt wieder) – es gibt aber eine Figur , die mit Arlens Szenen zusammen hängt, die ich hasse wie die Pest und ich WETTE dass du sie auch hassen wirst.
        Allerdings finde ich die Welt nach wie vor spannend und es wird halt sehr actionreich und sehr intrigenlastig.

        Was Sullivan angeht werde ich berichten 😀


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