Page to Screen: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
based on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

I’ve mentioned compulsive watchability before in my review for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. There are just some movies I never get tired of watching. While Sherlock Holmes is a fantastic movie on all levels, some of my other favorites that fit into this category aren’t… The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, anyone? The 2005 film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of these, but it’s neither as mindblowingly amazing as Sherlock Holmes or as all-over-the-place as the second Pirates of the Caribbean film—instead, it’s, well, solid, and probably my favorite version of the story.

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The Sunday Salon: NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction, Fantasy Books

In June, I was alerted by my fellow The Lord of the Rings fans to NPR’s call to nominate books for their Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books. Setting aside the problem of conflating the genres—I mean, I get it, but it does mean a lot of good books in both categories will fall by the wayside—I enjoyed looking through the comments for new recommendations and, of course, taking the opportunity to peddle Jacqueline Carey’s The Sundering like it’s my job. (If you read and liked The Lord of the Rings, you should read it. End of story.) The nominations were counted, the votes were tallied, and on Thursday, NPR unveiled the fruit of its labors—their top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books (circa Summer 2011). I’m not going to copy the list verbatim—you can find a printable version here if you so desire—but I am going to talk about some of the selections that made it, be they good or bad in my book.

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Reading by Ear: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

It’s unfair, really. While the PINES library system has the audiobook of Brideshead Revisited as narrated by the incomparable Jeremy Irons, I can’t get my grubby paws on it, since it’s not in my immediate library system, composed of my library and two nearest ones. They won’t ship audiobooks and DVDs over for no reason. I may become a librarian just to fix this gross oversight. (Actually, it’s because they fear that the Georgia sun might damage the goods, which is a totally valid concern.) In any case, deprived of a free copy of Brideshead Revisited, I cast around the audiobooks at a loss—until I saw The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy as narrated by Stephen Fry on the shelf, which came home with me. (I should note that this was the first thing I did upon moving home, even before actually moving home.)

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