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Book Review: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

This week we tackled the second of our November’s “Month of Travel” reading, and this week we picked up Douglas Adams’ sci-fi comedy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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To my friends who have been recommending this book to me for years on end – my greatest apologies that it took a book challenge for me to believe you. What an amazingly funny book!!!! I have always been a fan of British humor (and a huge fan of British sci-fi… as in “Doctor Who”), so I don’t why it’s taken so long for me to give in and pick this one up. Adams writes with such dry humor and an overabundance of wit, and I found myself literally laughing out loud while reading this. My poor husband was subjected to totally out of context aloud readings of things he couldn’t possibly understand, while trying to decipher what I was saying through all the giggles.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy follows three main characters – Arthur Dent (England Native and Earthling), Ford Prefect (Galactic Hitchhiker and content editor of the book), and the book, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which contains tips and tricks for galactic hitchhikers wanting to see the galaxy while spending very little money. The guide makes appearances by offering hilarious entries about various locations around the galaxy, including Earth’s entry… “Mostly Harmless.” Ford Prefect has been stranded on Earth for 15 years, and at the moment of its destruction, grabs a pint at the pub, and rescues poor Arthur Dent. Arthur witnesses the destruction of his planet with little emotion, and joins Ford on a dangerous trip hitching rides across the galaxy.

To avoid any spoilers, I’ll just say Ford and Arthur run into some very strange creatures, some familiar (to us Earthlings), and some impossible! Adams creates a great cast of comedic characters, from the flighty Ford, to the adaptable Arthur, a few alien races, and even the manic depressive robot, Marvin. Arthur experiences a very improbable few days throughout the book, one that promises to keep you entertained (and possibly exhausted, if you’re Arthur). This book is smartly written, full of laughs, and endlessly exciting!

This book was a much welcome break after the tedium of Letters From Amelia last week. The book kept me laughing, but I was a little disappointed at how abruptly it ended. I guess that’s why there’s four more stories, which possibly (?) follow Arthur and Ford, and the Guide, as they make their way across the galaxy. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to fit the second book into my reading challenge, but I might just need to play catch up next September when my challenge ends.

I hope you read along with me this week! I couldn’t stop laughing out loud, and had a hard time putting this one down. It’s tough not to move onto the next book, but I have both homework and housework to catch up on! What did you think about this book?!

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

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Book 7: “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”

In keeping with our Halloween theme for our October reading, this week’s reading is a “biography” about one of the greatest American presidents … who also happened to be on a secret mission to rid America of vampires. Seth Grahame-Smith’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” gives us our first “comedy” book (although I’m pretty sure it’s a dark comedy) of our book challenge.

All a reader has to do is look at the cover art to know this is going to be a fun week of reading:

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Classic, famous image of Mr. Lincoln… splattered with blood and… what’s that behind his back?

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Ah…. looks like someone’s been busy.

Hopefully this will prove to be a fun book to lift us out of the drudgery of last week’s reading! I’ve been anxious to throw something less serious into our book selection, and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” should be the perfect way to put us into the Halloween Spirit, but not give us nightmares!

So get to the library or used book store, or download the ebook, and let’s get reading!

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October Reading

The end of September is rapidly approaching, and with it the first month of my 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge is coming to a close! It’s hard to imagine that: 1) I’ve actually kept up with my schedule so far; and 2) It’s almost Halloween!! Cannot wait!

Speaking of Halloween, the holiday was the inspiration for the book selection for October. That’s right – October’s theme is “Halloween” (surprise surprise)! Now, I didn’t want to just pick horror novels, so I dug deep (and asked for inspiration from some great friends) and came up with a list of books I’m happy with. So, without further ado, here is October’s book selection!

Sept. 29 – Oct 5. – Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

  • This novel is a good crossover between September’s “Movie/TV” theme, and October’s “Halloween” theme. Shelley’s classic horror novel has been adapted into dozens of different movies, and her monster has been played by everyone from Boris Karloff to Robert De Niro. In 2014, Aaron Eckhart will don the bolts in “I, Frankenstein” (the verdict is still out on that one…). What better way to start off our Halloween month than with the real story?!

Oct. 6 – Oct 12The Mist – Steven King

  • Here comes a really embarrassing admission: I have never read a Steven King book before. Not once. I’ve seen plenty of the movies (I love horror films), but never picked up one of his books! I should probably be rewarded for this feat considering that it’s almost impossible to avoid his book with how many he’s written, but… it’s just never happened for me (my mother is probably gasping in horror at this point because I know she encouraged me to read The Stand at different points in my life… sorry, Mom). Why did I choose The Mist? Well, if I’m being honest, it was the only one at the used book store that I hadn’t seen the movie adaptation for, and I was anxious for a new scary story!

Oct. 13 – Oct. 19Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith

  • Well, we finally have our first comedy book on our list! This “biographical horror story” tells about Abraham Lincoln’s secret life as a vampire hunter! Did you know he not only created great social change in America, but also rid our country of vampires? Join me in reading all about his heroic life! This should be a good break from the horror novels, and bring some “light” to our Halloween theme! This book was  a recommendation from a friend (thanks Shannon!!!), and I can’t wait to give it a shot!

Oct. 20 – 26 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – John Berendt

  • This book is our first non-fiction on our list, as well as our first mystery story. It tells about a group of society ladies in Georgia who are somehow connected to a shooting that is being investigated … but is it murder or self defense? To be honest, I wouldn’t have picked up this book if it weren’t $2.50 at the used book store (and the lovely cover art and intriguing title helped, too). I’m not much into non-fiction or mystery, but I have been surprised before!

Oct. 27 – Nov. 2 – Guilty Pleasures – Laurell K. Hamilton

  • I’m always excited for recommendations from friends, and this was the first book my wonderful friend Katrina handed me when I told her about my book challenge idea. Guilty Pleasures is the first in a series of books called “Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Novels” and revolves around the heroine’s attempts to rid the world of vampires – in a time when vampires are protected by the law. I always love a strong female lead. Apparently there are some strong sexual undercurrents in this novel. To be honest, I was thinking about incorporating one of the Sookie Stackhouse (“True Blood”) novels into this challenge, but Katrina’s recommendation that I give Anita Blake a chance won me over. I’m sure the title give enough of an idea what kind of “smut” to expect.

So there you have it, folks. My carefully prepared list of “Halloween” themed books for the month of October. I hope this gives you enough time to get to the library, find the ebook, hit up the used book store, or find a friend who can loan them out to you! I can’t wait to read these books with you, and start getting into the Halloween spirit!

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