So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (167 pages), Mostly Harmless (230 pages), The Salmon of Doubt (280 pages), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts (256 pages), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Scripts: The Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases (357 pages) all by/inspired by the incomparable Douglas Adams.
I liked the books better than the radio scripts, but, of course, scripts are meant to be read, and I haven’t heard them. I liked the first one (which I’d probably give 4/5) better than the second (3.5/5), mostly because it has Douglas Adams’s sound effect details in it, which are hilarious, and often involve asking for a sound effect for, say, an alien’s eye colour changing. The two in the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy are 5/5s, of course. Salmon of Doubt was pretty good, for a collection of fragments. 4/5.
The Female Member (196 pages) by Kit Schwartz was a loan from a friend when I expressed interest, but it was highly disappointing. The chapters are written using drawn-out metaphors, which most of the time was just irritating. There were a few times I found things that were interesting, but not very many. And I’m a lesbian, so I don’t see how anyone else would be more interested in the subject matter. Definitely disappointing. 2/5.
Wish You Were Here (352 pages) by Nick Webb is a biography of Douglas Adams, and finished my Douglas Adams reading session. It was exactly what I would expect of it. Well-written, informative. But there were a few references to the books that either he got incorrect or I have. For instance, when they go to see the guy in the shack, Webb says they meet the creator of the universe, but I thought they met the ruler of the universe. Did they ever say that guy created it? 4/5
Bend, Don’t Shatter (120 pages) by T. Cole Rachel is a collection of “coming of age” queer poetry. Some of it was okay, but some was just excellent! It reminded me that I want to read more poetry, and definitely especially lesbian poetry! 4.5/5
And now, a quick recap of how much of a slacker I am. These are the books I have read at work this month while it was slow:
Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg (208 pages) by Gail Carson Levine and its sequel Fairy Haven and the Quest for the Wand (208 pages) were both excellent. I know they’re for eight-year-olds or something, but I actually enjoyed them a lot, which is a little embarrassing. I just adore Gail Carson Levine’s writing. (Especially Ella Enchanted.) 5/5.
Once Upon a Time in the North (122 pages) by Philip Pullman I read because I read the Golden Compass trilogy this year. It was good, too. I guess I have to face that I like kids’ books. 4.5/5.
Okay, so they’re kids’ books, but still. Three books finished at work, on the clock. Eep.
And the last two I read:
ReGeneration: Telling Stories From Our Twenties (319 pages) collected by Jennifer Karlin and Amelia Borofsky I read because it was the only book in a library in town that has something from Alix Olson (a lesbian poet I’m doing a presentation about in my Writing 12 class) in it, but it turned out to only include a poem I’d already read. Oh well. It was okay, some of the stories were good, but the writing beginning the sections was largely unnecessary. 3/5.
Pretending You Care: The Retail Employee Handbook (208 pages) by Norm Feuti, on the other hand, was all kinds of awesome. It’s just perfect, I can say nothing against it. I was laughing out loud lots of times, and it manages to be terribly depressing as well as funny. Really expressed and solidifies what I hate about chain stores/big box stores/retail in general as well as what it’s like working in it. Definitely recommended for anyone who works in retail, has worked in retail, or will work in retail. 5/5.
So, in total this April I read:
Books read: 13
Pages read: 3,023
Male authors: 5
Female authors: 4
Money spent on books: $0
Douglas Adams was responsible for five of those books, Gail Carson Levine for two, and ReGeneration has two editors, which is why the author numbers don’t match up to the books.