Archive for May, 2014

gameoftowels

It’s International Towel Day!! do you know where your towel is? I may be a bit crazy but I love this day. Douglas Adams was and still is one of my favorite authors. He did not write many books but he certainly left a impact in the literary community. Why a towel you ask well here is a brief explanation

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost.” What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in “Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)[3]

A friend of mine related this story of his towel day celebrations

“A couple years ago I went down to Whyte Ave with a friend to buy some books on towel day, this served as an excuse to get out and be seen with my towel as well as getting new books (win-win). As we were on our way back it started to rain and we were standing at a bus stop with no shelter. A Transit bus displaying “Not in Service” comes down the road and stops in front of us. At first I think he is just dropping off a remaining passenger until the door opens. I see a towel tossed over the back of the drivers chair. He says to me, “I’m not supposed to pick up when I’m out of service but I see you know where your towel is. Where are you froods headed?” Proof that having your towel really does help a hitchhiker get a ride.”

International towel day is celebrated around the world with Douglas Adams fans from all backgrounds. Here is Canada there are a few events to take note of that will be happening on international towel day

  • In Toronto, the annual Towel day event is held at The Blue Goose Tavern (1 Blue Goose St., Etobicoke) from noon to midnight. Plenty of beer and peanuts for pre-Intergalactic consumption. Bring your best towel! RSVP and details on Facebook.
  • In Edmonton, the Edmonton New Technology Society is hosting an informal event. There is a not-quite-infinite improbability of tea and fairy cakes in the afternoon, as well as entertainment and/or activities of some sort. Perhaps there will be some remedial poetry lessons offered (e.g.,: “moon” does not rhyme with “May” unless a deadline has been missed), or perhaps there will be a round table discussion on the best methods of efficiently packing one’s strag-borrowed toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. whilst hitching the length and breadth of the galaxy. Attendees are encouraged to share their best DNA memories and towel hacking tips.
  • In Kingston, Ontario, something is brewing… Find out more here.
  • In Vancouver, there’s a meetup at 10am at Ron Basford Park on Granville Island, in Vancouver, BC on the hill. These froods will be reading the book THGTTG with towels in hand. Along with a snack. Anyone who enjoys Douglas Adams is welcome. This will be very informal. If its pouring rain, they will be located at the Picnic Pavillion near the Water Park.

I wish I could attend some of these events but sadly I won’t be able to make it this year but hopefully next year or I just might through my own towel day party. Looking for towel day celebrations where you are visit http://towelday.org/

And can we ever forget our friends the dolphins who left this wonderful message for us.

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Well it’s been a year since I launched this book review site. I have had a lot of fun with it and hope that you have been enjoying it as well. I love sharing with the world all the wonderful adventures and books I have been reading. I have found that books are far more entertaining that 99% of the dribble and trash that can be found on TV these days. I work for the cable company and get pretty much all the channels for practically free and yet there is still very little worth watching.

As I look back on the books I have reviewed I want to take some time to share with you my most popular posts over the past year. You may not have seen some of these posts so I hope that you will enjoy reading them. I will list the top 10 most popular posts/reviews for you to  check out and hope that you will.

10) Words of Radiance

9) The Third Kingdom

8)Ender’s Game a Message for our Time

7) War of the Worlds

6) Sisterhood of Dune

5) Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

4) The Picture of Dorian Gray

3) The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

2) Ender’s Game

And finally the Number 1 Most popular review/post is …. Drum role please

 

 

1) The Phantom of the Opera

 

Looking back over the past year It is not an easy task to come up with my favorite books that I have read over the past year. To think of my top 10 favorite is a difficult task and I don’t think I could possibly list them in order of favorites. They will probably change order as I write them down. So instead I will just tell you my top 10 favorites over the past year in no particular order and I hope that you enjoy them as well .

1) The Way of Kings

2) Words of Radiance

3) The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

4) Enders Game

5) The Sisterhood of Dune

6) Steelheart

7) The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

8) The Picture Of Dorian Gray

9) The Dark Legacy Of Shannara: Witch Wraith

10) The Dark Legacy Of Shannara: Blood Fire Quest

Far from a comprehensive list of my Favorite books that I have read but certainly some of my favorite reads over the past year. I look forward to another year of adventures and great stories told by great story tellers.

What are some of your favorite books that you have read over the past year?

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E-BOOKS

Posted: May 5, 2014 in Thoughts on Reading

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So I have recently downloaded some eBooks. I will read them eventually but really only if there is nothing else to read, or maybe just when I’m done all the books I have print copies of first. I have never been a fan of E books. I have just always liked holding the books in my hand as I read. We are too attached to our digital media these days. There is something about getting away from digital media for a while and curling up with a good book that just feels right and good.

Some of the E books I downloaded are by authors that I like such as Brandon Sanderson and Terry Good kind. I Read Terry Goodkind’s E book The First Confessor. So I will read an E book occasionally if it is by an author I really Like. However I do have some Ground rules about E books and when I will download them and read them. 3 basic rules apply

1) The book must be free whether by a new author or one I read now, where as the print edition I would have to pay for

2) That must be the only format available for the book before I would consider paying for it

3) If I pay for an E book then It would have to be by an author I really like and the only Format Available.

If the book does not meet one of these 2 criteria then It’s a no go as far as E reader goes. That’s just the way I read.

Let me know what you think. Is e-reader a no go for you as well, Or do you prefer it over print edition.

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