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.