Which is when the Sledgehammer of Oh-My-God-Just-How-Dumb-Are-You,-Kid? hit me in the head, stopping me in my tracks. The library, you bloody idiot! I'll go check the library! There's one just around the corner from my house. Mind you I hadn't been to a library - with the express intent of borrowing a book to read for leisure - in years, so I'm not surprised I didn't immediately think of it. When I told all this to Nick he's like "You have a library at school!" which is quite true, but I'm not sure they'd have a large collection of fictional works to loan out just for personal enjoyment. It's mostly just textbooks and course-related books. The only reason I've ever gone in there is to use the computers to look up information, print off files or do some photocopying.
So after getting home from work, I got changed and headed over to the library. I ran a search through their catalogues, only to find the book was either on hold for someone else, or not available at the library I was at, but at other branches around the city.
In the end, I just ended up buying the omnibus of the first 4 books from a local bookshop for $35 AUD. Which wasn't so bad, considering the first book alone was still selling for $20. And I never feel too bad spending money on books - I usually always get my money's worth.
And so now I've finished reading the book (the first one, HHGTTG, it only took me a couple of days) and - I realise I HAVE already read it. Ages and ages ago. It's very short. I remember that now. I think that was probably why I didn't think all that much of it. Don't get me wrong, it's a good book. But it was a good book for <1980, which is when it was written. I can see how Terry Pratchett was influenced by Adams, he writes in a very similar style but not as chaotic, even using the asterisk for addenums down the bottom of the pages.
However, I think I'm going to enjoy it more now that I have ALL 4 books as one. Because, in my experience, all four books equal the length of what I would consider these days to be one decent book. I think the ending to HHGTTG was just terribly bad. Was it rushed? Did they always plan on doing a sequel? Did it sound better on radio? Anyway, now I'm on to The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and am free now to see the movie at my local theatre, which I just might do. Nick went and he said he liked it, so I've heard nothing but good things so far. Hannah's already expressed interest in going to see it, if I plan on going, so that could be cool.
Now, I must go an ring our telephone company to ask them why they hiked up our telephone rental on our last two bills, without our consent. Adios!