Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1984

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Hitchhiker's Guide was huge in the '80s in the US. I never knew anybody who'd listened to the original BBC radio broadcasts, but the book was very popular and spawned lots of tie-ins like the famous text-based computer game

o. nate, Thursday, 15 July 2021 18:09 (four months ago) link

Yeah, Hitchhiker's Guide was pressed on me by a friend, and I read it out of loyalty.

Voted for Munif, by the way.

alimosina, Thursday, 15 July 2021 18:20 (four months ago) link

So Long ... is a much, much better book than HHGTG imo and demonstrates he really could write

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 15 July 2021 18:52 (four months ago) link

So Long is the worst book is worst book of the 5-book trilogy, or at least the one that fans of the series like the least. It's mostly a romcom, with one sci-fi-y thing in the final chapter.

wasdnuos (abanana), Thursday, 15 July 2021 23:27 (four months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 16 July 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link

re-read neuromancer a few years ago, and while i did not and would never vote for it, it holds up much better than a 40yo book of its type has any right to

mookieproof, Friday, 16 July 2021 00:15 (four months ago) link

The sky above the port was the colour of ilx, tuned to a dead thread

Camaraderie, I am heartened to find out you actually consider Life, The Universe & Everything to be the best Douglas Adams, as I had taken yr previous declaration that the 4th book is the best to be referring to Mostly Harmless, which I really couldn't justify on any level.

My impression (mostly second-hand, since I've read so little of him) is that Adams wasn't really a writer, rather an inventor of whimsical notions. Alasdair Beckett-King is a current example. It must be an English thing. I don't feel strongly about any of this, just a kind of puzzled wonder at Adams's recurring appearance on these lists.

Well, I also include stuff like, say, Jackie Collins or Ian Fleming in these - Adams is a more constant presence than those two were purely because he always gets votes. While the area he influenced - comedy sci-fi- may be somewhat niche, I think his influence on it is enormous (and mostly bad, you could say); like there's a whole cottage industry of Adams rip-offs that you can purchase. Stephen King is an example of someone whose shtick is pretty easy to dismiss too and I make sure to include his stuff every year.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 16 July 2021 09:17 (four months ago) link

No, I really did mean that Mostly Harmless is the best book.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 16 July 2021 09:46 (four months ago) link

hold on sorry no

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 16 July 2021 09:46 (four months ago) link

So Long ... is the best, Mostly Harmless is awful

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 16 July 2021 09:47 (four months ago) link

So Long is the worst book is worst book of the 5-book trilogy, or at least the one that fans of the series like the least. It's mostly a romcom, with one sci-fi-y thing in the final chapter
could not give a flying stuff what fans of the series like, fans always seem to have it the wrong way round. the absence of sci-fi and replacement with subtle character and place studies and what I can only describe as a mystical yearning for meaning (which is very much at odds with his wisecracking logical friend-of-Dawkins stuff) this is all why it is a much better book than the rest of the series.

Mostly Harmless is the opposite of this, it is full of a nihilistic existential despair which blocks him from writing anything interesting

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 16 July 2021 09:52 (four months ago) link

SLATFATF is a rom-com only in that it concerns a romantic relationship, and is sometimes funny. typical that a certain kind of fan would turn their noses up at that.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 16 July 2021 09:54 (four months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1985

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 16 July 2021 10:06 (four months ago) link

daniel_rf, feel heartened that i often do think that life, the universe, and everything is the best adams

bart harley-jarvis cocker (voodoo chili), Friday, 16 July 2021 18:07 (four months ago) link

The Boys on the Rock is sad and beautiful (and hot)

Seconded. I read it years ago, and the final pages haunt me still.

edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Friday, 16 July 2021 19:40 (four months ago) link


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