Review: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Fair warning: this is going to be a short one.

I recently read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.  It’s been on my to-read list for a few years.  Goodreads provides a snapshot of the book in its description:

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

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The Friday Five

Has this week absolutely flown by, or is it just me?  I swear, I rolled out of bed on Monday morning, blinked, and it’s suddenly Friday!  L and I have an action-packed weekend ahead of us; we’re going to go see my aunt, uncle, cousins, and both sets of my grandparents.  I’m looking forward to seeing all of them, and to spending lots of quality roadtrip time with my man :)

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Review: The Bone Season

This review is long overdue.

I read The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon over a year ago following the recommendation of Librarian Extraordinaire Alexandra Patterson (seriously though, go read her blog y’all).  It was awesome.  I loved it.  And now, I’m telling you that you oughta read it now, because its sequel is being released in January.

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Normally, I would include a Goodreads synopsis for the book, but I think it’s borderline spoiler-y, so you get the Cardigan-Clad Culinary Condensed Version:

The Bone Season is the debut novel by a burgeoning young author.  It plays on the dystopian fiction trend in a new way — rather than toying with magic or divergence or some other facet of interest, The Bone Season deals with clairvoyance in London of the future.  Written about a young adult (okay, 19-year-old), this is not a young adult novel, per se.  It deals with adult themes from cover to cover, and address complex relationships in a way that young adult books do not.  Another distinguishing factor: I would classify this books as a little bit steampunk.  It’s pulling on Victorian slang, themes, and imagery.  In The Bone Season, our protagonist, Paige, is captured.  She leaves the criminal underworld and is forced to work in a prison run by the beings who set her dystopian reality into motion.

I’m hesitant to say more about The Bone Season for fear of too many spoilers.  The book is complex and delightful.  And you know what?  I give it five out of five stars.

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The Friday Five

Happy Friday!  I am unbelievably excited that the weekend is finally here, because it’s going to be an exciting one!  Tonight, I’m headed to a Silpada party, then tomorrow we’re going to breakfast at The Nake Egg Cafe to celebrate Teri and Maci’s birthdays.  Tomorrow night, it’s Cirque du Soleil, then Sunday is also L’s birthday.  So many birthdays!  I’m looking forward to giving him his present, but since he occasionally reads my blog I’ll with hold the details for now…

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