As a big fan of Frankie Boyle's stand up and Tramadaol Nights series this was just the sort of thing that I would expect from him. This is not going t...moreAs a big fan of Frankie Boyle's stand up and Tramadaol Nights series this was just the sort of thing that I would expect from him. This is not going to be for everyone but if you enjoy Frankie's material then you should enjoy this. If you are easily offended do not read this book. I repeat do not read this book.(less)
It is probably true to say that Mostly Harmless was one book too far for The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy series, as although well written and ent...moreIt is probably true to say that Mostly Harmless was one book too far for The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy series, as although well written and entertaining to read, it lacked a lot of the humour and the warmth that were inherent in the earlier books which made them such a joy to read.
Only a few of the characters from the first book made an appearance here with Zaphod Beeblebrox being the obvious exception, and this wasn’t as chock full of wonderful and wacky ideas as the others had been which was a bit of shame really as they were always the highlights of the other books in the series.
I can’t really say that this is a bad book, because it isn’t; I can’t say that it is badly written either, because it isn’t, but it just isn’t as good as some of the other books in the series, but at least it does provide a conclusion to the whole story, even if it is rather underwhelming after everything that had come before it.
I would read this if you had been following the story since the first book, but if you had never read another book in the series then I wouldn’t bother as you wouldn’t want this to be the only book in the series that you had read, and be representative of the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy as a whole. (less)
This version of Shada has been written by Gareth Roberts based on Douglas Adam’s original scripts and it is a fully realised version of the script of...moreThis version of Shada has been written by Gareth Roberts based on Douglas Adam’s original scripts and it is a fully realised version of the script of the uncompleted story that is much better than the Tom Baker narrated version of the story released on BBC Video twenty years ago and the Big Finish version starring Paul McGann produced ten years ago.
This is because the whole thing now flows much better than it ever did before and makes a lot more sense as a whole piece and is a whole lot more enjoyable as a result. Although the majority of the dialogue and the plot comes straight from Douglas Adam’s script what I like about this book is that Gareth Roberts does not try to ape a Douglas Adam’s style in writing this, he writes it in his own style as he did the Missing Adventures that he wrote years ago perfectly evoking the era that the story was set in.
Most impressively of all is his bringing to life of the characters from the script some of whom were little more the ciphers in the script, and also in the footage that was shot all of whom now are more believable living and breathing characters, even the smaller ones such as the people who were unlucky enough to have their minds stolen by Skagra such as the man who picked Skagra up in his car and didn’t live to tell the tale.
He also brings in a love story between Chris and Clare who feature in the story which was in no way evident in the original script but makes perfect sense, and gives Skagra a better back story and more than just a rather one note villain and we also find out a little bit more about Salyavin and the other renegade Time Lords from the early days of the Time Lords some of whom I would love to meet in further adventures.
This is very much a Douglas Adams story but Gareth Roberts has done a fine job in brining it all together and turning it into this book which I think could be enjoyed by both Doctor Who fans and fans of Douglas Adams who will find plenty of things to enjoy within its pages.
The Big Finish version of the story has its merits but this is the real deal, and I think is the most definitive version of the story that we are ever going to see. (less)
Livin' the Dreem : A Year in my Life...Probably is a book by the big collared, bald comedian Harry Hill and is ostensibly a diary of a year in his lif...moreLivin' the Dreem : A Year in my Life...Probably is a book by the big collared, bald comedian Harry Hill and is ostensibly a diary of a year in his life, as it says in the title, but this being Harry Hill this is not an ordinary life that us mere mortals would have, but a rather strange life that only could emenate from the surreal mind of Harry Hill.
So Harry Hill in this book lives with his mum and their dog. Nothing wrong what it, all perfectly normal apart from the fact that the dog works at the airport and also has a drink problem. Then there is his mail-order Thai bride Lay Dee who turns out to be more than meets the eye.
This is nothing compared to some of the other stuff in the book which is even more far out than all of the stuff I just mentioned such as Terry Wogan having a subterranean lair; Morrisey entering the Eurovision Song Contest; Channel 4 commissioning a series entitled 100 Favourite Trees etc (which is actually the sort of show that they probably would commission one of these days).
Harry Hill has a prodigous imagination and in this book in particularly he is allowed to run riot with it and the result is this totally barmy book which you really have to read to believe. (less)
Charlotte Street is the first fiction book by Danny Wallace author of Yes Man and Join Me and is a story about a bloke in his early thirties who ends...moreCharlotte Street is the first fiction book by Danny Wallace author of Yes Man and Join Me and is a story about a bloke in his early thirties who ends up embarking on a rather strange journey of discovery pretty much on a whim when he happens to help a girl with her shopping and ends up with her disposable camera.
So far it sounds like a very similar premise to all of Danny Wallace's other books and to be honest it is, the only difference is that this is not a true story, and the main character is not him and the main characters friends are not his friends and so on and so on but if you are familiar with Wallace's work then you will notice an awful lot of similarities but in a good way and the book is very funny and the main character very likable even if he does do some stupid things (but don't we all) but is ultimately a character that you believe in and can empathise with.
It was difficult when reading the book not to picture Danny Wallace himself as the main character in the book so used am I to the stories being all about him and the silly things that he gets up to, except this time he is writing about the silly things that happen to the main character who is a very thinly disguised version of the author himself.
I would highly recommend this book, it’s a hoot! (less)