The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Release Date: April 30, 2002

 

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If you haven’t read The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (go read it), this review may not be for you. It may seem illogical—but this is a review specifically written for those that reread Douglas Adams’ work regularly. These people exist. They are normally referred to as hoopy froods who always have a towel handy. Since Tammy a.k.a. Rabid Reader’s Reviews was tied up in the Vogon poetry appreciation chair, I volunteered to write this review. She is still alive and well, and I am pleased to inform you that she hasn’t gnawed off her own legs yet.

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42 Books to Love for Towel Day 2016

May 25, 2016

This year yet again, Rabid Reader’s Reviews presents 42 books to love for Towel Day. This is a selection of books that have been reviewed on this blog. We hope you will enjoy them.

 

DA_Last_Chance_to_SeeLast Chance to See by Douglas Adams
nonfiction, environment, humor

Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine head out on an epic adventure in search of the strange and exotic creatures with whom we share our world. More…

 

 

 

Dr. Who, City of Death by Douglas Adams
Humor, Science Fiction, Serial Fiction

The Doctor takes Romana to Paris for a vacation and instead of landing them in the intended time period, the TARDIS takes them to 1979. There the Doctor finds rogue time travelers, art theft and the resurrection of a dangerous alien race thought extinct. Joined by the rough British P.I. Duggan, they must do what the Doctor does best…save the human race. More…

 

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Book Store Review – Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

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Comic Books & Stuff

Thirty miles west of Detroit, Michigan sits the small college town of Ann Arbor. A liberal enclave in Washtenaw County with the University of Michigan at its heart. Downtown Ann Arbor has small funky shops and restaurants featuring a variety of cuisines. Ann Arbor is a town with a long history but has a contemporary feel.

On South Main Street near the Liberty intersection is a heaven for comic book lovers, the wonderfully named Vault of Midnight. I first visited the store in March when my anime loving 14-year-old and her friend declared the store a must see on a trip across the border over the spring break. They’d found reviews of the store on Yelp and noted that the store hosts anime movies on Wednesday nights at an off-site location (for a limited run). While unable to take in the anime movie, my daughter and her friend spent time browsing the large collection of anime novels. Continue reading Book Store Review – Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Blog Tour with Author Alan Jones

 

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Today Rabid Reader’s Reviews is hosting the author Alan Jones whose latest novel “Bloq” will be released tomorrow.

Book Blurb

Bill Ingram’s daughter, Carol, moved to London from Glasgow to start her career as a journalist. When she goes missing, Bill will stop at nothing to find her. He finds that his little girl had problems that he couldn’t have imagined and her nightclub-owning Albanian ex-boyfriend looks like a likely suspect in her disappearance. Can he find Carol in time to save her?

This is a gritty crime novel with some sexual content.

 

Read my full review of Bloq by Alan Jones here.

 

 

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Do you want to read an excerpt? Download the excerpt for Bloq by Alan Jones as a PDF to read online and offline by clicking the cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rabid Reader’s Special Announcement

 

Hand_TruckFaithful readers may notice that for the last several months the number of new reviews posted on this site has dropped dramatically. In October of last year, we made a sudden decision to list our house for sale. Preparing for the sale consumed our lives. Ultimately, we sold the house and found a new one in our desired area, where we’re sure we’ll be very happy.

Because the house we sold is located in a rural area, we’ve had intermittent Internet problems for years. I’m happy to report that the new house and area to which we’re moving has a wealth of options. We chose to go with Cogeco and I’m happy to report that they have very good reviews for Internet services in our new surroundings.

In the new house, I’ll have a designated reading and review-writing room and I am looking forward to sharing pictures.

As I sit waiting for the lawyers to call to tell us that they have the keys to our new home, I’m excited about the reviews to come and I am thrilled to find  really wonderful stories for my readers.

I’d like to apologize to those authors still waiting for their reviews. You haven’t been forgotten and I will be following up on those books as soon as I have settled in.

I will continue to post spontaneously in the upcoming weeks before returning to publishing reviews regularly. This site has over 400 reviews—take the opportunity to drop by and read some older reviews from the previous year—maybe you will discover a new author.

Tammy a.k.a. Rabid Reader’s Reviews

 

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Theatre Review: Windsor Light Music Theatre presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Windsor Light Music Theatre’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at The Chrysler Theatre in Windsor, Ontario opened on November 13, 2015. I attended the November 15, 2015 matinee show. 

 

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Amber Thibert as Ariel and Aaron Bergeron-Grundy as Prince Eric Photo courtesy of Amber Thibert

The adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story of a teenage mermaid that falls in love with the surface world and the human Price Eric stars Amber Thibert in the eponymous role of The Little Mermaid, Ariel. Aaron Bergeron-Grundy stars as the ocean loving object of Ariel’s affection, Prince Eric. Kristen Siapas stars as Ursula the Sea Witch, sister of King Tritan, bent revenge of the brother she saw as standing in the way of her rightful title. Owen Thomas stars as Sebastian the Crab charged with the musical education of King Triton’s mermaid daughters.

 

 

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Spooky Halloween Reads and More for 2015

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Reviewed especially for Halloween:

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Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography by Victoria Price

The late Vincent Price was the master of horror and comedy. His movies had an eerie and unsettling quality that made him a horror film icon. Read a review of his biography written by his daughter, Victoria Price.

 

 

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The Black Witch by Micheal Rivers

In the tradition of his enticing book Verliege, Rivers, once again, takes the reader on a supernatural adventure. This time, he chose the sea as a location for tragedy and suspense on board of The Black Witch—read what happens in this review.

 

 

GW_Oh_Shit_Im_DeadOh Shit, I’m Dead! by G.R. Williams

This debut novel by Williams is a short story into the afterlife. The character, Ray, takes readers along on a emotionally-charged journey to the final destination. Read the The Oh Shit, I’m Dead! review.

 

 

 

 

Spooks Reads Recommendations

For this year’s Halloween, we put together some spooky reads that have been reviewed throughout the year on this website. Check out our Spooky Reads for Halloween 2015 list.

 

 

Further Reading

 

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The Mariner’s Shadow by Clive S. Johnson

Once again, Rabid Reader’s Reviews is able to present one of Clive S. Johnson’s popular poems The Mariner’s Shadow. Don’t miss out on his other two poems From a Moorland Walk and Remiss that were published on this blog in 2014. Clive S. Johnson is a science fiction author and poet. Check out a review of the book Cold Angel Days, the fourth book in The Dica Series.

 

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Romance, science fiction author, Veronica Scott, presents a special post and illustrations dealing with Victorian Veggie People for Halloween.

 

HALLOWEENPALOOZA III: 31 Days of Halloween

There is a Halloween celebration going on on the HALLOWEENPALOOZA Facebook page. You can read short stories entered for this event on the HALLOWEENPALOOZA blog.

 

…and More

Last year’s movie reviews proved to be a success. This year again, we reviewed some movie classics for you:

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House of Wax (2005 | 1958)

A remake of the original House of Wax starring the legendary actor Vincent Price that does not live up to its 1953’s predecessor. The message conveyed in the modern version is that if you’re going to take a detour, take a lot of friends to keep the killers busy while you look for a way out. Read more about House of Wax.

 

 

 

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Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)

This movie was one of the first that introduced the audience to a formulaic plot line and gory details. It is a parody of southern hospitality, which at times, has a very comical effect. The film was mostly played in drive-in movies and became on instant success. Read more about Two Thousand Maniacs!

 

 

 

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The Screaming Skull (1958)

The Screaming Skull is a cult classic and a fun look at the classic, psychological horror genre. You won’t die of fright watching it, but it contains enough highly dramatic and scary moments to keep you watching. The movie was based on the classic horror story by the author F. Marion Crawford and originally published in 1911. Read more about The Screaming Skull.

 

 

 

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 Shaun of the Dead (2004)

This horror, comedy movie is a British-French-American production dealing with an apocalyptic zombie uprising and has become a cult classic. Because of its satirical approach, it is now considered one of the top horror movies of the decade and the best zombie movie ever made. According to Screenrant, Shaun of the Dead is one of Tarantino’s top 20 movies.

 

 

 

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Ghost Ship (2002)

Originally, the screenplay was written as a relatively bloodless psychological horror movie. The script underwent several revisions and turned Ghost Ship into a gory film with an emphasis on the supernatural element.

 

 

 

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The Uninvited (1944)

This atmospheric and moody film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematorgraphy in 1945. The movie is based on the novel “Uneasy Freehold” by Dorothy Macardle that was published in 1942. The Uninvited is listed as one of the 11 scariest horror movies of all time by Martin Scorsese.

 

 

DVD_Attack_of_the_Killer_TomatoesAttack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)

What type of movie do you get when scientists experiment with tomatoes? A musical, black comedy horror B-movie that is so bad, it became part of the pop culture. Although Attack of the Killer Tomatoes will probably go into the annals of the worst vegetable movie ever made, fans are pushing for a remake.

 

 

 

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

This movie is a science fiction, horror comedy that has reached a cult classic status. Aliens, who resemble evil circus clowns, invade a small town. Although the story line is considered quite simple, the movie, in general, is a reminiscent of past B-movies. Killer Klowns From Outer Space received praise for its special effects and visual design.

 

 

 

Around the Internet

On the Metro page you can check out the 5 tips (from scientists) on how to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Bored Panda has a great recipe for a red velvet zombielicious Brain Cake.

Live Science page has a ‘The Walking Dead’: How to Survive a Zombie Invasion article on their site.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Earth Edition is having a Halloween round-up. Articles include the history and traditions of HalloweenThe Perfect Halloween PumpkinHow to Make Green Goo/GloopPumpkin-Potato-Polenta Dumplings and Scary Tales for Halloween.

Zombie Research Society is the leading expert on everything zombie. Their homepage is dedicated to zombie survival, zombie culture and zombie science. Enjoy articles like The Benefit of Cannibalism, Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse, Zombie-Proof your Apartment, 7 Badass Zombie Kills, and the Apocalypse Check List: High-Tech Gadgets.

Business Insider released an article A giant ‘spooky’ space rock is flying close to Earth on Halloween, but that’s not the most disturbing part. We hope this is not any kind of zombie apocalypse.

Fast Company has run an article with photos on Running a Haunted House is Scarier Than You Think.

Missed Spooky Halloween Reads and More last year? check out our post now.

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