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Of dolphins or sharks?
I finished the last book in the Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide by Douglas Adams.

It... Well, it was sort of like reading the Anita Blake series. Not nearly as bad, mind you, but the same sort of feeling. Like... you had found something great... and then the author suddenly gives you the finger.

Now, I was warned that the last couple of books weren't all that great. That he was pressured by fans to write them. But really, that's no excuse. (Also? I loved So Long and Thanks For All the Fish. It was Mostly Harmless that I have a bone to pick.)

Don't get me wrong, I hold a lot of Douglas Adams' work in high regard. I was amused a good amount of the time. And although he screwed me out of my OTP and then took away the other romance that I had grown to love, I still have to give him props for talking rats, missing the ground, Zaphod (although I'm still rather cross with him for killing my OTP puppy), and all sorts of other small things that made the books worth it.

Plus? It's always nice to be able to make a '42' joke and not feel like an impostor with not having read the source.

But... but... WHY? I'm not talking just what happens to all the characters at the end. I'm talking about the ENTIRE last novel. If you don't want to write another book in a series? Then don't. Leave it in a good place. Trust me, your fans will be grateful in an innocent way.

So, as far as I'm concerned, the books ended after the fourth. And while I'm at it, Zaphod came back to get his girl and they had a whole bunch of make up sex. *Nods sagely*

Just like, as far as I'm concerned, the last thing Anita Blake did was have a good romp in the hay with Richard after her first Spirit!Raina run-in. I don't care what the whole rest of the AB fan club says. It didn't stop being good after Obsidian Butterfly. No, that was the book that started the badness and evil. That was the book that foreshadowed her destroying all her characters and their happy places. *Sobs* Why, oh why, did she have to start the destruction with my Edward?

*Cough* Wow, that was off-topic.

Anyway, I give the Douglas Adams series... two bags of popcorn out of five. (Loses one for a shitty ending, one for killing my OTP puppies, and one for jumping the shark instead of just letting something die with dignity.)

I'm about twelve pages into Persuasion by Jane Austen. I... don't like it one bit so far, but it was a recommendation, so I'm doing my best to ignore the bleh. There is nothing I dislike more in a novel than being lectured about character history. There are so many more interesting ways to tell readers about the history of X! Thing is, when I'm lectured, I stop listening. And so right now I'm somewhat confused of who exactly this Elizabeth person is and why she's being talked about more than Anne, since she's the main character.

And man, oh man, do I need some dialouge STAT.

Current Location: work
Current Mood: disappointed disappointed

12 purrs or Purr for me
betacandy From: betacandy Date: November 15th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I totally forgot the 5th book exists. No wonder I'm a big fan. ;)
From: laechim Date: November 15th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's so very, very easy to forget. ^_~

betacandy From: betacandy Date: November 15th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
And that's totally the best thing to do with it.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: November 15th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm hoping, with time, that that's the happy place I'll go to. Considering I have the memory of a gold fish, I believe this should be feasible!

*Crosses fingers*
ninjadebugger From: ninjadebugger Date: November 15th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just store it in the same place you store your memories of Highlander 2.
ifritah From: ifritah Date: November 16th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
... That is an EXCELLENT idea. I mean, I have seen that movie and have no recollection of it!
betacandy From: betacandy Date: November 15th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can do it! You might need some strategic alcohol infusions, but it CAN be done! We're here to help!
ifritah From: ifritah Date: November 16th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Sniffle* You guys are the best!
miggy From: miggy Date: November 16th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember reading the last book for the first time. I had one good thing to say: "Oh. Stavros Mueller. Clever."


But man, the first four!
ifritah From: ifritah Date: November 16th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha! Yes, I'll agree with that!

And yes, even with the bitterness still with me at the moment, I have no problem saying the first four were awesome awesome.

I heard he was in the middle of writing a sixth book when he died. ... I'm curious but mortified at what that could've been.
From: sporkchan Date: November 17th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't bother to mention it to you last time, but if you enjoyed the first 4 books, you should try Douglas Adams two other books from the Dirk Gently series. They have the same wit and a charming main character, even if he is a bit of an asshole sometimes. However, they're not linked by anything except the main character. There's no OTP for you to sign onto, because the only reoccuring character is the main character. That does mean that he won't kill your puppy though!
ifritah From: ifritah Date: November 17th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hrm, I shall consider it. I'm still bitter at the man at the moment, so we'll see after the grr stops. ^_~
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