Search Results: "Douglas Adams"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1980

"Lots of pure silliness, too many English references for U.S. readers, but—like moviegoers who sat through Life of Brian for the sake of a few good chuckles—fans of absurd deadpan parody will happily flip through this likable send-up in order to extract a couple of dozen fine giggles."
Sci-fi, Monty Python-style—as West England villager Arthur Dent becomes the only survivor of Earth, rescued by Ford Prefect of Betelgeuse, a roving researcher for The Hitchhiker's Guide: when Earth is destroyed (demolished by the Vogons to make way for a hyperspatial express route), the two of them escape into a Vogon spaceship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 1990

"Surprisingly mature reflections on the environment—with Adams's trademark comedy humming along at high pitch: eco-humor comes of age."
Despite the joint authorship, this is Adams's (The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, etc.) book, written in the first-person and marked by his singular nose for absurdities, as he and zoologist Cawardine—who contributes an epilogue—tour the world on the track of rare or endangered species. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 16, 1984

"Despite the slow start, there's less silliness and more comic substance than usual here—making this, overall, the best entry since the original Hitchhiker's."
In the disjointed, amiable, but not particularly funny opening to this fourth in the comic Hitchhiker's series, we catch up with the doings of the main characters: Ford Prefect, stuck light-years from civilization, puzzled that the new edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy now features all the tourist information about Earth that he collected; and Arthur Dent, uneasily arriving on an Earth that he thought had been destroyed by the Vogons to make way for an interstellar bypass. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A beautiful sendoff, Douglas, wherever you are."
Posthumous trunkful of items found on four beloved Mac computers belonging to the late high-techie best known for his first novel, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 19, 1982

"Overall, however: an effortful enterprise which at best achieves a sort of slow-witted camp pulp—and only for Adams addicts."
If The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was a work of genuine lunacy, and its sequel The Restaurant at the End of the Universe less inspired and considerably more ragged, this is a much busier but practically mirthless offering: the whole notion palls, the dialogue is frequently reduced to the characters telling one another to "zark off," and even the chunks of furious hyperbole have an ominously serious ring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOSTLY HARMLESS by Douglas Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 1992

"Might raise the odd grin among the terminally amused."
Mostly limp and inane: That's the sad reality of this, the fifth in Adams's once respectably droll Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1989

"Adams isn't particularly funny here, but he's often fun—and there's the built-in appeal of Dirk Gently II."
From the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series: a sequel to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (not reviewed), in which our laid-back, freethinking detective arrives five hours late for an appointment with his client (he's been decapitated in the interim), suffers a broken nose at the hands of an adolescent TV addict, and gets trapped in his living room by a large and evidently demented eagle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 1992

"Meanwhile, Adams and Frantz offer a primer that promises to measure up against further coverage."
The first book on the Bank of Credit and Commerce International as the depository institution of choice for drug- dealers, gun-runners, terrorists, and other lawbreakers. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

JUAN RULFO
by Richard Z. Santos

Douglas Weatherford, translator of the first English-language version of Juan Rulfo’s second novel The Golden Cockerel, knows that Rulfo isn’t a household name. And Weatherford thinks that’s a tragedy.

“It’s important for English speaking readers, especially in the U.S., to discover Juan Rulfo. For some unfortunate reason he never reached the same acclaim as Jorge Luis Borges, Isabel Allende ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GARY AND RAY by Sarah Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Lovely. (Picture book. 3-8)"
All the other animals seem to have family or friends with whom to interact, but Gary the gorilla has no one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOING FOR OYSTERS by Jeanie Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"To include a glossary. (Picture book. 5-10)"
An affectionate picture of Australia's aboriginal people on a traditional outing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVE AND VIOLET by Sarah Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A fitting fable for the very young about friendship and diversity. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Violet's best friend Dave has a hard time fitting in. Read full book review >