[Audiobook] Review: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (THHGTTG, #2), by Douglas Adams

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restaurant at the end of the universeTitle: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Series: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #2
Author: Douglas Adams
Genre: Science Fiction, Humour
Source: Borrowed

Length: 6 hours (Unabridged)
Narrated by: Douglas Adams
Published by: New MIllenium Audio


Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbabilityband desperately in search of a place to eat.

Among Arthur’s motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and expert contributor to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee who’s gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, the moody android who suffers nothing and no one very gladly. Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food (literally) speaks for itself.

Will they make it? The answer: hard to say. But bear in mind that the Hitchhiker’s Guide deleted the term “Future Perfect” from its pages, since it was discovered not to be!

“What’s such fun is how amusing the galaxy looks through Adams’ sardonically silly eyes.”

my thoughts-01

I had never really intended to read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, it just sort of happened. While I tried to read the first book over and over again, I never got into it, but when I popped in the audiobook narrated by the author, I was completely in love. A little worried that I wouldn’t understand this second book in the series since it had been so long since I listened to the first, I was quite happy to be able to slide right back into that world, into the hysterical mind of Douglas Adams.

“It is worth repeating at this point the theories that Ford had come up with, on his first encounter with human beings, to account for their peculiar habit of continually stating and restating the very very obvious, as in “It’s a nice day,” or “You’re very tall,” or “So this is it, we’re going to die.”

His first theory was that if human beings didn’t keep exercising their lips, their mouths probably shriveled up.

After a few months of observation he had come up with a second theory, which was this–“If human beings don’t keep exercising their lips, their brains start working.”

In all honesty, I have no idea what to say about this book. I laughed and laughed at some sections (mostly while listening in my car, which I’m sure was hilarious to other drivers) – mainly the ones that revolved around tea, from Arthur Dent trying to explain to a computer how to make a proper cup of tea, or to the increasingly loud Number Two asking Arthur and his comrades what they want to drink.

“Your God person puts an apple tree in the middle of a garden and says, do what you like, guys, oh, but don’t eat the apple. Surprise surprise, they eat it and he leaps out from behind a bush shouting “Gotcha”. It wouldn’t have made any difference if they hadn’t eaten it.’

‘Why not?’

‘Because if you’re dealing with somebody who has the sort of mentality which likes leaving hats on the pavement with bricks under them you know perfectly well they won’t give up. They’ll get you in the end.”

I love how Adams pokes fun at certain things, with the whole book not making a whole lot of sense (seriously, these books can get weird!), but they’re still so accessible. For most of my listening, when I wasn’t busting a gut I probably had a furrowed brow as I wondered what in the galaxy was going on. Some sections were completely drawn out and ridiculous, other sections cut off abruptly, but the whole thing just works. When I finished, I knew that I would have to continue on listening to the rest of the story because I had to get to the bottom of it all!

I’m sure that there are still so many parts that will go over my head, but in the end, I found this book to be immensely enjoyable and I wish I had read (or listened to) it sooner. Can’t wait to continue on!


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Review: The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet (Origami Yoda, #4) by Tom Angleberger


the surprise attack of jabba the puppetTitle: The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet
Author: Tom Angleberger
Series: Origami Yoda, #4
Genre: Middle Grade Humour
Source: Library (Hardcover)


Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight’s back—and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students’ standardized test scores. Instead, it’s driving everyone crazy with its obnoxious videos of Professor FunTime and his insidious singing calculator!

When Principal Rabbski cancels the students’ field trip—along with art, music, and LEGO classes—to make time for FunTime, the students turn to Origami Yoda for help. But some crises are too big for Origami Yoda to handle alone: Form a Rebel Alliance the students must.

United, can they defeat the FunTime Menace and cope with a surprise attack from Jabba the Puppett?

my thoughts-01

Another fun installment to the Origami Yoda series! I’m not sure what it is about this series, since I wouldn’t call myself a die-hard Star Wars fan, but whenever I see a new one is going to come out, I get very excited.

I think part of my excitement rests in the fact that Tom Angleberger just makes the books a lot of fun to read. The stories are very true to life in middle grade, the characters are interesting — and have grown since the first book! — and the illustrations are great.

I do really like how the books are written, with each chapter being a different viewpoint from a different schoolkid. It’s nice that there’s a mix of girls and boys and they each definitely have their own voice in the story (even if Harvey is the one who wants to stand out the most!).

Oh, and I’ll admit that I completely forgot about Jabba the Puppet until about 3/4 of the way through — that was a lot of fun and completely unexpected! The title says it all when it says SURPRISE attack — it definitely was!

The only thing that I didn’t enjoy so much in this book was that there were a LOT of characters. The first few books had a few characters from the movies and that was fine. We got to know the actual people of the books a lot more, but this book seemed to have a TON of movie characters — so much so that for my little brain (that doesn’t know more than the main characters) couldn’t entirely wrap around the quirks that make those characters unique. Of course, maybe that just means I have to watch the movies again.

The book ends with a ‘to be continued’ which is great — I hope the next book is just as fun! I think one of these days I’m going to have to try and tackle some Star Wars origami — I think it could be a lot of fun!


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Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosch


hyperbole and a halfTitle: Hyperbole and a Half
Allie Brosch
Purchased (Paperback)


This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative–like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it–but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:

Stories about things that happened to me
Stories about things that happened to other people because of me
Eight billion dollars*
Stories about dogs
The secret to eternal happiness*

*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

my thoughts-01

First things first, I need to talk about how I got this book. Not because it’s a really interesting story, but because it all kind of pissed me off. I am a HUGE buyer of books at my local Wal-Mart. I would stop there JUST to buy the books. I didn’t even need any of the books I was buying but the fact that they sold books for 40% off was a huge selling point for me.

So the husband and I go to the Wal-Mart to buy a gift and I go to the books (naturally) and see this one. I saw it over on Sarah’s blog at Sarah Says Read and thought it would be a fun read. I picked it up and the husband says, “What? $21.00 for a book? Are you serious? That’s way too expensive for a book!” I told him not to worry, the books were always 40% off – even though I didn’t see the normal signage for this promotion.

Nope. NO 40% off for me. Apparently they had done away with that promotion.

Suck it Wal-Mart.

I’m sure you’re waiting for me to say that I didn’t actually buy the book, that I decided to stick it to the man and put it back on the shelf at the register, but nope. I’m weak. The book came home with us that day.

While I sat and snickered as I read it, the husband keeps looking my way saying, “If you’re going to read it that fast, we can always go and return it when you’re done. Are you really going to read it again?”

Little did he know that when I finished the book, I could totally see myself reading it again – well, maybe not the whole thing, but bits and pieces. I’m a complete sucker when it comes to anything about dogs, especially funny stories that have me looking at mine saying, “Yup. This is totally you.” Like the one story in the book about the author, Allie, seeing whether or not her dog (the simple dog) was smart. The husband and I did ALL of those tests on our own first dog when we got him. He was definitely smarter than the simple dog, but it was funny to look back.

There’s also a great story about a goose – nay, a killer goose – who had broke into Allie’s house (wait – can a goose break into a house?) and attacked. That one was HILARIOUS and I loved how the author actually tacked on some stills of footage she took of the episode, since it’s easy to think, “Oh, you’re just making that up.”

Of course, then I think back to when the husband and I were on a paddleboat at the local zoo and we got a little too close to a goose. Those things HISS. They’re pretty mean. I could totally relate to the story. Don’t get too close to geese. They WILL attack. Really. They’re right up there with sharks.

Not only is this book full of true stories from Allie’s life, but there are also drawings. They reminded me of The Oatmeal drawings and really added to a lot of the stories. I’m not sure what it is about drawings that are so terribly done that make me laugh, but they were FUNNY. The book’s stories were also broken up by colour, which I really liked. It just made for a really pretty book – if you’re into gazing at the edge of a book at the closed pages. It was like a rainbow, I’m telling you.

This book might not be for everyone and it might not be a book to read all in one sitting. A story here and there works well. If you like humour, want something fast to read, and something that’s unique, then read this book. I’ll be sure to check out the author’s blog, Hyperbole and a Half, now. She’s got me hooked!


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