This is the second book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, written by Douglas Adams. As the story begins, we see the Heart of Gold travelling innocently through outer space, about to be decimated by the massive Vogon ship which is travelling behind it. On board the ship is the protagonist, Arthur Dent, along with his four shipmates; Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and the expert contributor to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, four-armed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee (who is now called Trillian), and Marvin, the paranoid android. As the crew hurtle through space in their ship powered by pure improbability, they unite with a desperate longing for something to eat. They don’t know it yet, but they are speeding towards the best place in the universe to dine: the ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food (literally) speaks for itself.
The start of this book confused me a bit as I could not understand why it started the way it did. The last line of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (the first book) is “Ok baby, hold on tight,” said Zaphod. “We’ll take a quick bite at the Restaraunt at the End of the Universe.” and the at the start of this book, the group had no idea that they were going to the Restaraunt at the End of the Universe, or, as a matter of fact, any restaurant. I don’t think this was thought out well enough by the author but overall, the rest of the book exceeded my expectations.
This book made cry with laughter and I found it hard to put down until it was finished. It is a must-read book for over tens as throughout it is quite confusing. I’d give this book a 9.5 out of 10 and just from reading it, I already know that the next one will be just as brilliant.
By Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase is dead. He was killed by a fire giant when it threw him off a bridge but his life didn’t end there… or it did but he didn’t stop walking and talking. He woke up in Valhalla and became one of Odin’s warriors, destined to die -permanently- fighting when Ragnarok starts.While they are waiting for that to happen that to happen the einherjar are given missions and Magnus Chase has just been given one of the hardest yet… he has to stop Ragnarok, or at least delay it. He has to stop Loki’s ship from sailing and ending the world as we know it… Piece of cake, right?
His team is made up of Samirah al-Abbas and Alex Fiero (children of Loki), Hearthstone (the elf), Blitz (the dwarf), Halfborn Gunderson and Mallory Keen (who have just broken up and are constantly fighting), TJ (son of Tyr) and himself. The eight of them have to fight the biggest army seen in centuries. Umm?
I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it for nine years old and up. It is extremely funny but also quite sad as we see the backstories of the characters which are not very pleasant.
BY DOUGLAS ADAMS
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is one the most hilarious books I have ever read! It is about a man called Arthur Dent who conveniently pulled from his home planet, Earth, by his friend Ford Prefect who is a researcher for the revised edition for the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, just before it is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway. While escaping their doom they are helped by, Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, four-armed, totally out to lunch president of the galaxy, Trillian, formerly Tricia McMillan and Zaphods girlfriend and Marvin the moody android.
The story follows the group’s adventures on board the Heart of Gold, from trying to find a cup of tea on the ship which only has a liquid which is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea to finding a mythical planet where people say, you could build a planet. And to make matters worse they are being followed by nearly everyone in the galaxy, from the police who are after Zaphod to the Vogons who are after Arthur and Ford.
This is one of the best stories I have ever read because you never know where it is going next but you are sure that there will be jokes around every corner. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes comedy over the age of ten because it can be a little hard to understand sometimes. Overall I really enjoyed this book and the laughs that came with it.
BY SCOTT KELLY
Endurance is the autobiography of the retired astronaut, Scott Kelly. The thing that
makes this book really interesting is that it covers Scott Kelly’s extraordinary year on the ISS -International Space Station- and also his past, from when he was a young boy and hated school to when he signed himself up for the #yearinspace program.
This book is extremely interesting and detailed. When I was reading parts of it, I could
see through the eyes of the narrator and see the things that Scott Kelly did on the space station and his view of earth from the “CUPOLA” -a room made of windows so that the occupants can see the earth and other areas of space. I found the book very personal as Scott writes a lot about his home life as well as his life in space and as a test pilot. At times the language was slightly confusing as I do not know a lot about space stations. When he was talking about piloting different planes and jets it was especially confusing but Scott Kelly explained most of what he was talking about.
While we are reading we can see the stress that being sent into space, from the danger of flying into space junk, the spaceship exploding, or the thing that Scott feared most; the danger of something happening while he is away and he being unable to help. This book makes you fear for the people who are featured in it, even though we know it has already happened and it touched me to read about it from one of the two people who actually had to spend the year in space.
By Pierre Boulle
(Yes this is a book, not just a movie!)
This story is a story within a story. It is of two characters called Jinn and Phyllis, who are traveling in a spaceship at the speed of light. When Jinn and Phyllis rescue a manuscript from outer space and read it for us to hear, we see the second story. The manuscript was written by a man called Ulysse Mérou who is traveling to another planet, also at the speed of light. Crash landing on an inhabited planet far from his home in France on Earth he finds himself in the company of primitive humans and… What is that in the distance? Ah yes, a gorilla in a donkey jacket, hunting the humans for sport! Wait, what? Yes readers, he finds himself on a planet inhabited by civilised apes!
I really enjoyed reading this book because, being a planet of the apes fan myself, I could connect different characters to the 1968 movie and also the reboot franchise! This book had twists around every corner and didn’t let me put it down until I had finished. I would recommend it for 12s and upwards and to anyone who has an interest in alternate realities, different worlds and especially anyone who has watched the Planet of the Apes movies, either the 1968 movies or the 2011 ones!
BY MALORIE BLACKMAN
Sephy Hadley is a Cross. Callum McGregor is a nought. The Crosses are all powerful. And the noughts can’t walk down the street without being stopped by the police. And what if a nought and a cross love each other so much that they would throw away their peaceful lives to be together? That’s just impossible! A nought and a Cross? Together? In love? It’s simply unheard of!
But Callum and Sephy are different. Their families and friends won’t stop them from being together. Or will they? When Callum’s world gets rough and Sephy fears she is losing him for good they both have to look inside themselves and decide if they believe that the world they live in isn’t right and what they are going to do about it but how can two teenagers defeat a world a prejudice and hate?
Noughts and Crosses is a book aimed at young adults and rightly so. It is an amazing book full of twists and turns and touched my heart more than once, before viciously breaking it. I connected with these characters and went through their journey with them. I became them emotionally and though I have connected with characters before, not many books have made my heart break into more than two pieces while still letting me love it so I must congratulate Malorie Blackman on that achievement.
SORRY FOR NOT WRITING FOR A WHILE BUT I WAS WORKING ON A BLOG ABOUT MY FAVOURITE MOVIES OF ALL TIME: THE PLANET OF THE APES FRANCHISE! I HOPE YOU CAN GIVE IT A LOOK AND FORGIVE ME FOR TAKING A BREAK FROM THIS BLOG.
IF YOU HAVE HEARD OF THIS FRANCHISE I WOULD RECOMMEND MY MOST RECENT POST: PLANET OF THE APES 4?
IF YOU ARE SITTING THERE THINKING “WHAT THE HELL?” OR “PLANET OF THE WHAT?” THEN I WOULD RECOMMEND THESE THREE INTRODUCTIONS TO EACH OF THE MOVIES THREE MOVIES:
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES,
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES,
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES!
THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS AND STICKING WITH MY BLOG!