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Endlessly Frustrating and Exasperating, would return if I could!
on April 16, 2011
I was sufficiently intrigued by the author's interview on Weekend Edition Saturday to purchase this book, hoping it would be informative and wittily written (like Mary Roach's "Packing for Mars"). While the subject itself remains fascinating and worth investigating, the author's writing style is so fragmented and disjointed that I cannot honestly recommend this book: odd non sequitors, rampant cliches, sudden forays into this or that part of the author's background and history...all these took away (for me at least) from the book's supposed subject.
Memo to NASA and to the staff of the Phoenix Mars Mission: find people who can WRITE about interesting subjects, either from an outside perspective (Mary Roach and Bill Bryson are two examples of lay people who CAN write while informing, and entertainingly so), or inside (Steve Squyres "Roving Mars", Mike Mullane "Riding Rockets").
The one part of a Kindle purchase I wish could be changed for this purchase: deleting a purchase instead of just archiving it!