Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A bit about Douglas Adams

When I first started reading my way through the library, I had to start with Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. A Fine book, but not to my taste, and when I had to follow it with the Hitchhikers' books and Watership Down, I started to wonder about the sanity of the previous librarian.

If you have a boy who doesn't want to read a science fiction book for a class assignment, ask if he liked Monty Python. Then give him Adams. There's a weird crossover, like boys who like horror books also reading about WWII, and girls who like vampire books also liking problem novels. I just got a copy of the fifth book and am reading it, but none of it is sinking in. Instead of a review, here is a list of the series, as well as the official Adams site. Sadly, this author passed away in 2001.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Mostly Harmless


  1. Ah, Douglas Adams. I read these over and over as a teen. Still do from time to time. Not everybody's taste, certainly, but I thought they were hilarious growing up. He wrote two "Dirk Gently" novels, too, before he died. A huge influence on me, for sure.

    Ever read Robert Aspirin's "Myth Adventures"? Also a comedy, but set in a "sword and sorcery" universe.

  2. I'm impressed that you keep trying, even when it doesn't tickle your sense of humor. I have an admittedly juvenile sense of humor, so these books make me giggle. Although I did enjoy Hitch-Hiker's Guide more than Dirk Gently.

    Btw, I nominated you for an award over at my blog. :-)