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"In the city of my birth, I had a dream..."
The last of the Hitchhiker novels! I feel so accomplished... 
29th-Sep-2005 07:28 am
Reading
I also got a really good start on Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger. It is as good as his previous novel and every bit as bitingly funny. The format makes the love story seem so genuine and unstrained.

*coughs* But I was talking Sci-Fi, wasn't I? (Not to mention that I have that class today...)

Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
I couldn't help noticing that at long last the writing had acquired a touch more control and polish. (Too bad it was such an untimely death; he might have really gotten somewhere later in life. :P ) Much of the novel is what Adams does best--a comedic caper. Actually, there are two this time around. Arthur looking for home after Fenchurch (who, in my opinion, was a mistake in the first place so I'm glad that particular mistake gets remedied) inexplicably disappears, and Ford infiltrating the Guide Headquarters, which has in turn been taken over...by Vogons. Wow, long time no see, guys! In any case, Adams definitely has lots of trouble writing women; his alternate universe Tricia is terribly unconvincing never mind the aliens she encounters, which was downright head-scratching, and Random is even worse. Even as a parody she's terrible. The novel had a few high points, including Arthur as Sandwich-Maker and the Domain of the King Bar & Grill. The ending, though...*sighs* Well, I guess I'm not surprised that we are once again back where we started and that *this* time there is no escape for anyone, but I really didn't think it was in the personality of the Vogons to care enough about the thorough completion of their job, namely the destruction of *every* Earth in every universe. In the first novel, they came across as more petty and small-minded than ineffably evil and self-motivated to do that evil, so I'm not sure I'm convinced by their Guide takeover. It isn't the Vogons who end up destroying the Earth, anyway. About the only thing I'm left wondering if Adams had this end figured out by the time he had finished the third book since, after all, the seeds of Arthur's downfall are sown in that book. (Though it was such a comparatively minor detail that he actually bothered to remind readers of it.) Well, I guess everyone interested in the genre should read these novels as they are widely considered classics, but honestly I can think of hundreds of novels where my (and your) time could be better-spent. I'm just glad it's over.
Comments 
29th-Sep-2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
I finished the latest of the Harry Potter books last night, so I feel kind of accomplished too, even if they are arguably kids' books ^^;;
29th-Sep-2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
*snickers* You have more willpower than I do. I quit after Book 3 because they, well, never got any better, despite assurances otherwise from friends.
29th-Sep-2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
The latest one seemed kinda, I dunno, disjointed maybe? Nothing much really seemed to happen until the very end too.
You know, Harry also seems to get less and less likeable with each book.. He comes off as a hot tempered brat in this one. Although, he is supposed to be 16 ^^;; Very cliché filled ending too....

The only interesting character is Snape ^_^;
29th-Sep-2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
At this point I will only continue reading the Harry Potter books if someone pays me. *laughs* They were such a waste of time...save that I have the authority to say that they are indeed a waste of time after having read some of them.
29th-Sep-2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
What also seemed strange to me, many of the characters in the books seemed less developed than the same characters in the movies.. Even Hermione I think, had more to her in the movies.. Like the books have more individual events, but less detail..
29th-Sep-2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
I have this theory:

The Harry Potter books are like mostly-blank slates--people project their own imaginations and expectations onto them without even realizing it. And thus people see what they expect and what they most want, so they think the books are good. Since the books are so blank by themselves, they can appeal to a large number of people. Therefore, bestseller. :P

I've become convinced that a bestselling novel (unless Oprah is promoting it) cannot have a skilled, individualistic writing style because otherwise people can't escape into it. The author is too omnipresent.
29th-Sep-2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
I think you’re right...... I noticed that I was relying almost completely on what I’d seen in the movies for creating the scenes in my mind... In a way it’s good, forcing kids to use their imaginations, etc.. But, it’s also kinda, well, cheating ^^;;

I've become convinced that a bestselling novel (unless Oprah is promoting it) cannot have a skilled, individualistic writing style because otherwise people can't escape into it.

Well... to an extent... Have you ever read On The Road? Very individualistic writing style with the author obvious all through it, sometimes it even reads like a rambling letter he wrote to you.. But, so well known it’s almost a cliche by itself ^^;
But yeah, most stuff that’s really well written will never attract a substantial audience....
29th-Sep-2005 08:36 pm (UTC)
In a way it’s good, forcing kids to use their imaginations, etc.. But, it’s also kinda, well, cheating ^^;;

*rolls eyes* They won't have any imaginative material to draw on if all they read is books as empty-headed as J. K. Rowling's...

Have you ever read On The Road?

No. I've never really read any of the Beat or counterculture lit.
29th-Sep-2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
They won't have any imaginative material to draw on if all they read is books as empty-headed as J. K. Rowling's...

Well maybe if they see the movies too ^^;; It’s true what I’ve heard some say too, there’s nothing really original there, more like a combination of storylines and stock characters.. Read the descriptions of Dumbledore and it may as well be Merlin, and the end of the latest book has a scene that was lifted straight out of the end of Casablanca... And she’s made like a billion dollars off the series *sighs*
30th-Sep-2005 12:00 am (UTC)
It's a hero's journey a la Joseph Campbell. Think Star Wars, for a modern example. :P

And the original bits? What original bits? It was all ripped off of Jane Yolen, Roald Dahl, etc. The only really original thing in the books is Quiditch (or however it is spelled).
30th-Sep-2005 12:22 am (UTC)
Think Star Wars, for a modern example. :P

"Harry, I am your father."

"NOOOoooooo!!!"

^_~

Starring Dumbledore as Obi Wan.....

It was all ripped off of Jane Yolen, Roald Dahl

Not familiar ^^;

The only really original thing in the books is Quiditch (or however it is spelled).

*cringe*

And honestly, with my *cough* love of sports *cough* I really didn’t pay much attention to the quiditch stuff.. I couldn’t even explain it really.. Well, people fly around on brooms playing some kind of soccer, and Harry always catches something else and wins the game...
30th-Sep-2005 01:36 am (UTC)
Starring Dumbledore as Obi Wan....

They are the same archetype. Really.

Not familiar ^^;

Look 'em up. ^_~

Well, people fly around on brooms playing some kind of soccer, and Harry always catches something else and wins the game...

*rolls eyes* He wouldn't be an admirable hero if he weren't a God at sports...
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