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message 1: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Henderson I tried but I could never get into this book; probably due to the fact that I haven't read a lot of science fiction.


message 2: by Stephan (new)

Stephan I believe this was my first scifi book! I loved it because of the hilarious humor, the language, the absurd imagery and the fantastic characters. The space stuff was just the dressing for me :)


message 3: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Henderson After reading The Sparrow I thought I might like the Hitchhiker books as well - I guess the humor went over my head then :D


message 4: by Stephan (new)

Stephan Hm, I just checked out The Sparrow. I'm a total atheist, fan of Richard Dawkins, humanist that survived 7 years of boarding school lead by alcoholic Jesuits (I'm not joking). But I like a philosophical challenge. Might I like The Sparrow? I feel drawn to it right now..


message 5: by Twila (new)

Twila The most fun you've ever had with a book?! I must add this then! :D


message 6: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Henderson I did love the Sparrow, the author made all the Science Fiction elements so believable and real. Totally unbelievable technology is present but there aren't a lot of long, boring passages and everything flows along in the telling of the story.

It starts off with making an asteroid into a space ship to travel to the place where the beautiful music was coming from.

I'm pretty sure you would like it too. The Jesuit priest is likable and a good man - yes there are good Jesuits in the world :D

I saw you read The Mosquito Coast - that's another one I loved.


message 7: by Stephan (new)

Stephan Twila wrote: "The most fun you've ever had with a book?! I must add this then! :D"

YES! You so need to read this, Twila. I read it in the late 1980's and still stand to my words. Btw, don't worry about it being 'old', I don't think there's anything old to it and it's still being referenced to all over the place. If you've ever wondered where all the references to 42 come from, look no further. Also it's not very long and if you like it, this is only part 1 of 5. Just give it a shot, if you turn out not to like it it was still worth giving it a shot :)


message 8: by Stephan (new)

Stephan Laurie wrote: "I'm pretty sure you would like it too. The Jesuit priest is likable and a good man - yes there are good Jesuits in the world :D."

There I go again messing up my TBR plans :) I'm gonna give it a try!


message 9: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Henderson So many people have TBR plans and I'm in awe of their organization abilities - but I just read whatever I feel like reading when I want to, so I'm a little bit glad I messed up your plans. :D
I don't think you'll be sorry - this book has it all.

The Sparrow does have a sequel too.


message 10: by Stephan (last edited Apr 25, 2017 06:00PM) (new)

Stephan Laurie wrote: "...so I'm a little bit glad I messed up your plans. :D"

That's the best thing about plans! Throwing them overboard with all the might you can muster and heading off in the opposite direction whistling and heading happy towards doom and enjoying it.

**heads happily towards doom whistling**


message 11: by Twila (new)

Twila I don't think I'll have a problem with it being old. I don't mind old anyway! Plus, I love humorous books. If I had known this book was funny, I would have read it a long time ago.
Hopefully I can get to it next month :)


message 12: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Henderson Now you're making me feel guilty :D


message 13: by Stephan (new)

Stephan Twila wrote: "Hopefully I can get to it next month :)"

Let me know so I don't miss it :) pls


message 14: by Jim (new)

Jim Steele I certainly loved it! Sent me after all his books, some are better than others. If you start looking at Adams, be sure to find, Last Chance to See. It is the story of him going out to look for animals in danger of becoming extinct and it is hilarious! Short, easy to read, nonfiction. Well worth your time!!


message 15: by Stephan (new)

Stephan Thanks for the rec, Jim Never would have considered a non-fic of his really!


message 16: by Jim (new)

Jim Steele Let me know if you read it.


message 17: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Henderson Twila wrote: "I don't think I'll have a problem with it being old. I don't mind old anyway! Plus, I love humorous books. If I had known this book was funny, I would have read it a long time ago.
Hopefully I can..."


Did you read The Martian? That one will definitely make you laugh.


message 18: by Stephan (new)

Stephan Really? While I really enjoyed the book and might have chuckled here and there I found it more gripping than funny. I guess that's how different each of our book experiences are!


message 19: by Stephan (new)

Stephan Laurie wrote: "...so I'm a little bit glad I messed up your plans. :D"

Sorry to say I've turned my back on doom (namely The Sparrow) and returned to my TBR that's actually more of a W(ant)TR because TBR feels like H(ave)TR.


message 20: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Henderson The main character was so nonchalant in between the disasters he constantly had to face which made his little quips amusing to me.

Mainly it was his sardonic and sarcastic manner when looking at his predicament that I found to be entertaining.

This highly technical book did bog down for me due to having too many details for my taste; but the main character was such an upbeat guy who made me have many LOL moments.

But everyone has a different sense of humor I suppose.
So you never laughed when reading this one?

This reminds me of the book: A Confederacy of Dunces which the male audience seemed to find hilarious for some reason I'll never understand.

Most women didn't view the book in the same way and I didn't even bother to finish it.

The MC in the book was a big, fat, slob content to live in an extremely messy apartment and expelled gas in public sans shame - which didn't amuse me at all. :D


message 21: by Stephan (new)

Stephan That Confederacy of Dunces sounds utterly terrible!

I think I'm comparing my hilarious rofl'ing during hitchhiking to sympathetic and hearty chuckles while Mark has one of his plural moments :)


message 22: by Emelia (new)

Emelia I LOVED this book ! And pretty much everything Adams has written. You must read "The Restaurant at the end of the Universe" lol......"In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” hehehehehehe


message 23: by Stephan (new)

Stephan Absolutely marvelous.

I also love Slartibartfast, the one name to rule them all!

I am also a total fan of the prophet Zarquon,who always comes late.


message 24: by Emelia (new)

Emelia HUZZAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


message 25: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Henderson Stephan wrote: "That Confederacy of Dunces sounds utterly terrible!

I think I'm comparing my hilarious rofl'ing during hitchhiking to sympathetic and hearty chuckles while Mark has one of his plural moments :)"


I bought the Ultimate Hitchhikers book with all 5 stories after hearing so many raves about it. I'll probably give it another try one day since I probably wasn't in the right mood the first time I tried to read it. It's encouraging to know that it's hilarious :D

Would you believe that Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzers Prize?


message 26: by Stephan (new)

Stephan What? I haven't even checked out the blurb, messy slobs just don't seem worth it, especially not a Pulitzer!


message 27: by Cyndi (new)

Cyndi I love this book!! So far I've loved everything I've read by this author, and your review brought the laughter back for me. Good job!! 😄


message 28: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Henderson Stephan wrote: "What? I haven't even checked out the blurb, messy slobs just don't seem worth it, especially not a Pulitzer!"

Oh yes, ACOD has even been proclaimed a classic.

The poor author committed suicide after trying unsuccessfully for years to have his book published. His mother found the manuscript and after much work was finally able to find a publisher.


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