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text 2017-07-22 05:41
24 in 48: Expectations and Intro Survey
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Gunslinger - Stephen King

 

This is the first time I join in a readathon! This 24 in 48 suits me.

 

I'm no a speed reader, so I reckon I'll finish my BLopoly Roll's at most, but we'll see. They are not that long.

 

Now, the survey:

 

  1. 1. Where in the world are you reading from this weekend? Argentina
  2. 2. Have you done the 24in48 readathon before? Nope, I'm a first timer.
  3. 3. Where did you hear about the readathon, if it is your first? Debbie posted about it, and I got curious.
  4. 4. What book are you most excited about reading this weekend? Since we are on the home-stretch of the BLopoly game, I'll go with my two picks for my double roll: HHGttG and "The Gunslinger". Both have been in my tbr for years, this game is really helping me with the clean up :D
  5. 5. Tell us something about yourself: Ermm... I'm a strange mix between a burrowing introvert and the dog from UP. That means that I tend to read while listening to music and drinking infusions, or hear audiobooks while cooking, cleaning and exercising. I can't do ONE thing at a time, which is why most people plain bore me, and I socialize best while dancing, or over board games. Not eating, though, unless you are very close to my heart, because I'm a huge and messy eater, and people's surprise annoys me into lectures about stupid expectations of dainty ladies, and feminist soapboxing that scares everyone... right.

 

*buckles down*

 

Starting the clock now.

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review 2017-05-12 20:54
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Neil Gaiman,Douglas Adams

In the 1970s, a BBC radio serial was a surprise hit with a combination of humor and science fiction, eventually this spawned more radio serials, a TV show, even a Hollywood produced film, but also a series of books by creator Douglas Adams.  The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy contains the first five novels and a short story written by Adams for fans both old and new, but unfortunately it seems that the novels might be more hype and substance.

 

The five novels contained in this anthology book are all flawed in various and similar ways, which seem to appear and disappear through the series.   As a series of stories that were meant to be rooted in humor and science fiction, only the latter seemed to be constantly topnotch while the humor was a lot of hits-and-misses as in some stories seemed to have them and others didn’t.  Another issues was narrative flow in each story or general lack thereof, as the majority of the stories are just a series of things happen before ending while others were narratively solid stories that got the reader looking forward to how it would end only for said ending to just appear out of nowhere leaving the reader cheated.  Sadly the best story in the entire book that essentially got all the above flaws correct was the short story about young Zaphod.

 

Having looked forward to reading this collection of stories, I feel ultimately cheated after finishing the book.  Overall I found everything in the book average and okay, but this will not be a book I go back to read again and has put in my mind to search out the original radio series or the old TV series to see if either or both are better than The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2.5/5)

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (3.5/5)

Life, the Universe, and Everything (3.5/5)

So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish (2.5/5)

Young Zaphod Plays It Safe (4/5)

Mostly Harmless (2.5/5)

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text 2017-05-12 20:19
Reading progress update: I've read 815 out of 815 pages.
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Neil Gaiman,Douglas Adams

Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams

 

The fifth and penultimate installment of the Hitchhiker's series had an interesting premise and sadly poor execution, which almost seems to sum up my overall thoughts on the entire series.

 

The story begins and ends on Earth, not the first one nor the second but another one, with reporter Tricia McMillan wishing she had joined Zaphod seventeen years before.  Meanwhile Arthur Dent is hitchhiking around the Universe looking for an Earth to settle down on, if he can get the dimension right, while finding out that Trillian is a reporter for an inter-dimension & multi-time period news channel.  And Ford Prefect goes to the Guide's headquarters and finds out it's been taken over by a corporate giant that has developed a frighteningly new version of the Guide and mails it to Arthur just before his escape.  Ultimately all these treads end on Tricia's Earth through strange twist that might appear to be Random, but are a result of a bureaucratic need to check a box.

 

Throughout the entire story, Adams creates great situations and locations that seem to be the start of a story in themselves only to then quickly end them in an attempt to link them to another or each other like in the end of the book.  However, this just resulted in making the reader think "this story could be great if..." for over half the story and wish some characters had been around longer or even appear.  So much promise, but nothing to show for it.

 

2 1/2 STARS

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text 2017-05-09 00:48
Reading progress update: I've read 624 out of 815 pages.
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Neil Gaiman,Douglas Adams

Young Zaphod Plays It Safe by Douglas Adams

 

In short story featuring Zaphod Beeblebrox, Douglas Adams brings both quick story with some funny dialogue.  Two bureaucrats hire Zaphod to dive down to a crashed spaceship to explore the cargo, though Zaphod wonders why they keep on calling it the "safest" ship ever when it's a crashed wreck.  Yet as they go through the interior the bureaucrats get anxious about the really dangerous cargo that Zaphod starts wondering what it is after they pass rooms containing really harmful material including chemical weapons.  Its only until Zaphod learns what the most dangerous cargo on the ship is that he learns why the bureaucrats insist on calling everything "safe".  Overall, the shortness of the story and tight plot make this a very good read with some nice jokes.

 

4 STARS

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text 2017-05-09 00:09
Reading progress update: I've read 612 out of 815 pages.
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Neil Gaiman,Douglas Adams

So Long, and Thanks for the Fish by Douglas Adams

 

The fourth installment of Adams' Hitchhiker series finds characters and reader returning to a planet that shouldn't exist and figuring out why.  Yet like the original installment this one has series problems in plot and humor, incoherent for one and flat for the other.

 

Earth is back out of no where and Arthur Dent has hitchhiked his way to his home planet that he thought gone forever 8 years before, only for everyone else it's only be about 8 months.  While hitchhiking to his house, Arthur meets Fenchurch and just has to meet her again even though she technically didn't meet him.  Once they do meet up things just start happening as if it's mean to be, including Fen reminding him all the dolphins disappeared which leads them to California to find the answer to that.  Meanwhile Ford finds that his very long entry on Earth has suddenly popped up on the Guide and hurries to Earth to get Arthur.  Then the three of them travel to view God's last message to the Universe where they meet up with Marvin.

 

Honestly, this story had a lot of things going for it that never materialized in both plot and humor.  The joke about Fenchurch's name is apparently is obviously just English based that anyone from elsewhere on the planet just has to assume it's an English in-joke and that it's suppose to be funny.  The main plot, if there even is one, is Arthur just getting back into the flow of Earth after traveling the Universe and then falling instantly in love before solving a mystery.

 

Overall, So Long, and Thanks for the Fish has it's moments both for story and humor but nothing is really connected or coherent.  It's ho-hum fine, but nothing I'd go back to read.

 

2 1/2 STARS

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