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  • #206630
    Jonsmad
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    Enjoying the google picture today, for Douglas Adams 61st birthday, the silent hitchhikers guide graphics onboard the heart of gold. http://www.google.co.uk

    #206657
    HelloMabel
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    Aw, I didn’t see this thread in time. :(

    #206659
    Blisschick
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    It wasn’t very interactive, but it was nice to see it. It made me think about reading the series again this summer, when I’m out from college. I haven’t read it in years.

    #206666
    Jonsmad
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    >Aw, I didn’t see this thread in time. :(

    Ah but hellomabel. In both Hitchhikers and Red Dwarf. Time is a relative. So…

    http://www.google.com/doodles/douglas-adams-61st-birthday

    #206667
    Blisschick
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    Thanks, Jon, for posting that. Reading it, I forgot all about listening to the radio show. NPR here played it, and I tuned into it and the Star Wars radio show weekly. I think I was the only nerdy kid in my podunk little country town that had any appreciation for them.

    #206670
    MANI506
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    Finally got around to reading The Salmon Of Doubt and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. Completely wonderful. Re read them both several times.

    Also all five radio series are brilliant.

    a. It’s a shame that the movie he spent so long trying to make turned out to be mostly mediocre and b. is it worth reading And Another Thing?

    #206676
    Ian Symes
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    a) Yep, especially as I recently heard that the rights issues involved in the movie mean that the BBC can’t currently repeat the original radio or TV series.

    b) It’s worth tracking down every single copy in existence, burning them, pissing on the ashes, then force-feeding a lump of the resultant mush to the author, the publishers, and absolutely everyone involved in the project, once every hour until they all sincerely and profusely apologise.

    #206680
    si
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    Not a fan, Ian? I have a copy of And Another Thing. Read it the once, and promptly forgot about it. I feel slightly guilty for allowing it to share shelf space with Douglas’s original series.

    #206682
    MANI506
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    I see that Simon Jones has done an audio version of it. Hmm, I think I’ll wait until I’ve read The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul before I investigate further.

    All the reviews on Amazon I’ve seen have been so so to poor.

    #206684
    si
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    Simon Jones had a cameo in the movie, he didn’t make *that* any better.

    #206686
    MANI506
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    Good point, well made.

    #206691

    I haven’t read And Another Thing, but I’m glad that Mostly Harmless’ ending isn’t the official last word anyway. Was far too bleak for my liking.

    #206693
    clem
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    I can’t remember a great deal about what happens in And Another Thing but the ending isn’t particularly happy IIRC. Anyway, yes it’s shit. My copy went to the charity shop.

    #206701
    Phil
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    _Was far too bleak for my liking._

    It was exactly bleak enough for mine. B-)

    #206729
    Jonsmad
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    b) It’s worth tracking down every single copy in existence, burning them, pissing on the ashes, then force-feeding a lump of the resultant mush to the author, the publishers, and absolutely everyone involved in the project, once every hour until they all sincerely and profusely apologise.

    And then recycling them as firelighters.

    When the book first came out I had a bunch of small stickers made that said “Fan Fiction” and sticking them on the front cover of copies onsale in book shops around London during my travels to gigs, is the only contact ive ever had with the novel.

    #206730
    Ian Symes
    Keymaster

    When the book first came out I had a bunch of small stickers made that said “Fan Fiction” and sticking them on the front cover of copies onsale in book shops around London during my travels to gigs, is the only contact ive ever had with the novel.

    I love you, Jonsmad.

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