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The Ultimate Guide...

I'm halfway through So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, and I'm just not finding it as entertaining as The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and Life, the Universe and Everything. It's almost as if Adams made more of an effort to tell a coherent story here, and that just weighs it down. I mean, I still want to know what's going to happen and all that. It just seems to be missing a lot of the zaniness (or the zaniness seems more contrived), and it's not as fast a read. (Still, I'm impressed that I'm on my fourth novel in a little over a week.) I think the biggest flaw with So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish is that the Earth seems to have been undestroyed, as if the Vogons never happened (or at least that's what I've been led to believe by Chapter 17). The galaxy seemed funnier, believe it or not, when there was no earth!

Must plow through. I want to finish this up so that I can add it to my soon-to-be-released list of books I'm giving away. Not that I haven't enjoyed these Adams novels immensely -- I have -- they just don't strike me as the sort of thing one reads over and over again. Still left are the short story "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe" and the last novel, Mostly Harmless.


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Feb. 1st, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, the charming illogic of restoring the destroyed home planet of the human race without explanation. A good snake oil salesperson can get away with about anything once he has ensnared his audience. I mostly considered the whole collection to be fluff.
Feb. 2nd, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)
Of course it's fluff. Never had any illusions about that. But it's fun fluff. Fluff is not inherently a bad thing.
Feb. 3rd, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
On a ten point scale (zero to ten), I would rate it 9+ for fluffiness but only 4 for fun.
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