This planet has–or rather had–a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
Interactive fiction like the Choose Your Own Adventure series was a staple of my childhood reading experience. The Race Forever featured two stories in one volume about a death-defying endurance race across the African bush, and was one of my favorites! I couldn’t tell you how many times I checked this book out from the library at Still Elementary, so it was only natural that I locate a hardcover copy on Ebay for my permanent collection!
This one was difficult only because I really have several favorites (broken down generically). The Hitchhiker’s Guide “trilogy”, The Alchemist, The Hacker Ethic, and The Sword In The Stone all vie for the top spot, but I have to tip my hat to Goldman’s story-within-a-story that combines all the tropes of high adventure and romance found in Sword and Alchemist with the snark and wry sensibilities that I relish in H2G2.
I did enjoy the Frog and Toad books, almost as much as I enjoyed the Claymation interpretations narrated by James Earl Jones.
Arnold Lobel’s beloved books taught children to understand and appreciate their individuality.
Source: Frog and Toad and the Self
Seriously, drop what you’re doing and go play this.
Ernie Cline’s having a high-score contest for ‘Phaëton,’ the fictional game from his novel Armada, and announcing it with this totally radical “commercial.”
Another reminder, y’all, that the digital media you “purchase” is never actually purchased.
Sit right back and I’ll tell a tale—a tale of a fateful e-book.