Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time by Douglas Adams

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....sigh. I'm reminded of how I feel listening to "The Muppet Movie" soundtrack. Jim Henson also died far, far too young, and this collection (hodge-podge, really) of bits and pieces rescued from the late (too soon) Douglas Adams's Macintosh likewise reminds me of the loss of a very gifted man.

I found a cassette version of this book at the Minneapolis library, read by Simon Jones, and it was a delight to hear Mr. Adams's words. Entertaining, thought-provoking and even perplexing. As loosely organized as it was, it was still great fun and worth a read (or listen) to any hoopy frood who comes across it.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly by Eric Flint, Dave Freer

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From the Publisher

The intrepid team of mentally uplifted rats and bats, and their vat-born human leader had not only pulled off the only victory the beleagured colony's feeble military forces had won against the invading aliens, but had also uncovered the secret that the invaders were really a feint, being under the control of the other aliens which the naive humans had thought were their allies. Unfortunately, that was the easy part, because now they had to convince their boneheaded military bureaucracy (burdened with incompetents and riddled with quisling humans) of their discovery, and keep from being court-martialed, drugged into submission, or executed by the human traitors. And they had to do this quickly, before the aliens launched their surprise attack. Fortunately, they had found a way around the alien's mental programming. What's more, the daring and resourceful Fluff, apparently the ineffectual pet of one of the colony's ruling class, was on their side. Only Fluff can save us now. . . .
Whew! A whacked out story that equals or surpasses Rats, Bats and Vats! Throw in Shakespeare, Elvis, Irish revolutionary Bats and comic opera military... this is a great follow up to the Freer and Flint's first book. I can only hope a sequel is somewhere in the offing.....

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (Read by)

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So... after the Minneapolis system finally merged with the Hennepin County Library system, the Southeast branch reopened, at least for a few days a week. That's handy, because I can run over to that one when I'm at work... AND... they still have a few books on TAPE, including this one. So I've been making my way over there on a regular basis - and this was one of my finds, and it was well worth the trip.

From relating stories of his childhood and family, to observations on America while living in France, Sedaris does a great job keeping my interest and giving you something to laugh AND THINK about. It's great to hear in his voice, too - he's got great delivery and timing.