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review 2021-12-20 14:05
W tym szaleństwie jest metoda
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams

No, szalone to było. Wariackie. Ale jakoś, dziwnym trafem, wszystko się ładnie zazębia i tworzy zaskakująco konsekwentną historię w tym odjechanym (wszech)świecie.


A wyjaśnienie pochodzenia ludzkości na Ziemi wydaje się całkiem prawdopodobne.

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photo 2021-10-14 20:35

For all you Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fans -- win and wear the ultimate answer


Why 42?

Forty-two is the answer to life, the universe and everything, in Douglas Adams’s masterpiece, a surreal and goofy romp through the universe.


Enter now!


Why giveaway this?

Because I think that fans of HHGTTG will also enjoy my new book, Alpha Max: An Existential Romp through an Absurd Multiverse. Now, I’m not saying Alpha Max is as funny HHGTTG, because that’s a pretty high bar.


However, I have some earlier reviewers compare this work to that of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and also Kurt Vonnegut. The winner will also receive a signed, first edition copy of my new book!


cover image of Alpha Max by Mark A. Rayner

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text 2019-06-25 16:25
BL-opoly: Dice Roll #12, Parts a and b
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Stephen Fry,Douglas Adams
Tombland - C.J. Sansom,Steven Crossley
Today is a roll day for me:  It started with doubles that sent me to another square I've visited before (and for a moment had me fearing I'm stuck in a loop, too):


I move to square 26: How? -- Read a book that is science fiction or a book with the word "how" in the title.


This is an excellent excuse to listen to the Stephen Fry audio of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that I recently acquired.

Length of equivalent print edition: 216 pages

=> + $3 upon completion.




My next roll -- since the first one were doubles -- also landed me on a question mark square, but this time one I haven't visited before:



square 34: When? -- Read a book that is time travel or historical fiction, or a book with the word "when" in the title.


I think the BL-opoly gods are telling me to finally get a move on and read C.J. Sansom's most recent Shardlake book, Tombland, which at this point has been sitting on my shelves for way too long.  So, Tombland it is!


Length: 866 pages

=> + $10 upon completion.




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review 2019-06-13 18:55
The perfect end.
Mostly Harmless - Douglas Adams

This was my favourite book in the series - clever and hilarious, of course, but also fascinating on philosophical and scientific levels. Parallel universes and infinite Earths - well there were at the start of the novel anyway. One thing I did notice after five books, however, is the lack of character arcs.

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review 2019-05-23 09:06
Save the Humans
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish - Douglas Adams

Less happens in this, the fourth book of the Hitchhiker's trilogy, than in the preceding three, but it is funny and clever in true Adams' style. The story includes a new Earth and a love interest for Arthur Dent (one that sends them soaring into the clouds). Three bowls gifted by the missing dolphins, an inside-out house in California, the co-ordinates to God's final message, a grumpy rain god and angels in Scholl sandals provide the requisite whimsy and allow the reader it indulge in a much needed escape from reality. It's silly and fun (as you'd expect) but perhaps not quite at the level of other Adams novels. Suspense and conflict are absent, replaced by convenient coincidences that allow Arthur to sail gently through the story.

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