Cecily's book reviews

In general I've written reviews of every book I've read since I joined GoodReads (RIP) in May 08, along with one or two I read prior to that. More recent reviews tend to be longer (sometimes a tad too long?). I always carry a book, though I don't get as much time as I'd like to get engrossed - life is busy, but in a good way. Too many of my favourite authors died without writing enough! Apart from reading, and writing about reading, I enjoy Scrabble, good restaurants, woodland, and attending the theatre.
The Hitchhiker's Trilogy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1-5) - Douglas Adams The first two are fantastic in the literal and colloquial senses. The remainder are only weak in comparison to what went before. So many wonderful concepts and phrases:

Vogon ships "hung in the sky in exactly the way bricks don't"; the Hooloovoo; the old man who said nothing was true but was later found to be lying; spend a year dead for tax reasons; meat bred to want to be eaten; the "knack" of learning to fly is to "throw yourself at the ground and miss" (I think Buzz Lightyear borrowed that); "Aggressively uninterested"; Slartibartfast; "One of the least benightedly unintelligent organic lifeforms it has been my profound lack of pleasure not be able to avoid meeting" (I think Boris adapted that one); "it makes as much sense as the sea being parallel"; the future is "just the same old stuff in faster cars and smellier air"; "the sun was quite bright but the day was hazy and vague".

Brief summary and favourite quotes from each of the five books, as follows:

Hitchhiker's Guide (vol 1): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/107767859

Restaurant at the End of Universe (vol 2): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/107768059

Life, the Universe and Everything (vol 3):
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/107768142

So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish (vol 4): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/107768203

Mostly Harmless (vol 5): http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/107768298

Currently reading

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy
Sebastian Peake, China MiƩville, Mervyn Peake
Gormenghast
Mervyn Peake