Friday, November 23, 2007

Wonderful

It's a weekend of painkillers and boredom here at the PPA House -- I've wrenched my back something awful, and I'm on call for any emergencies at work, so I just sit here and write/read/watch movies/stare at the walls. Oh, and Xbox 360. A friend of mine lent me his for a while, so chances of me accomplishing anything (or leaving the house) are low over the coming months.

On a whim, I picked up an old favorite over the past couple days...

#47 -- "The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul" by Douglas Adams

This is probably the first time since high school that I've read anything by Adams (actually, maybe college -- I read the last Hitchhiker's book when it came out, not sure when that was). There was a time when that would have been unthinkable. In junior high, I kept the Hitchhiker's trilogy in my backpack, and read and re-read them constantly.

But as is probably apparent, I'm prone to phases, and I moved on (to horror, then hardboiled mysteries, then out of genres in general), and somehow, years down the line, this is the only Adams paperback I still have.

I remember enjoying this when I first read it (as opposed to the first Dirk Gently book, which I didn't), and it holds up now. Adams' combination of loony humor and wistful loneliness still works for me -- I suspected it wouldn't. I'll probably pick up a copy of the Hitchhiker's trilogy one of these days, to see how that's held up from my youth. Probably pretty well.

This is one of those vagueish, undetailed book posts I swore off, isn't it? Blame the painkillers. I'm not on top of my game right now.

3 comments:

Tapeleg said...

Well, if you liked that...

You probably know about at east one of these two books, but I can't recommend them enough.

First up is Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's "Good Omens." Hilarious stuff, with a similar sense of humor, but you probably know all about Pratchett's sense of humor. It's like Hitchhiker meets the end of the world.

The second is Douglas Adams' "Last Chance to See," a nature book where he goes to see endangered species for the BBC. It shows the heart of Adams, and that he is just as funny in real life.

gsdgsd13 said...

I've got "Good Omens" -- I read it when it first came out (in the '80s?) and haven't picked it up since. That might be a good one to grab off the shelf... I really don't remember any of it.

vakfan said...

"Good Omens" is indeed a great book. Try also "Small Gods", that´s my favourite Pratchett.