Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Books for September

After two months of more serious titles, I thought it would be fun to try something a little lighter and with an emphasis on humor. From my list of suggestions, the group selected two of my favorite titles: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

I promise to offer up some more brain-straining titles next month!

Both books are now available on the Nooks

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

On Discworld life is never quite what it seems.

At first glance, Maurice is your typical rodent-eating moggie, but too many days spent on the rubbish dump outside the Unseen University have made him a little unique. Maurice is a talking cat who has recruited a bunch of equally loquacious rats and a dumb kid, called Keith, to ‘pull the pied piper trick’ on unsuspecting villages. All is proceeding smoothly: widdling rats . . . screaming peasants . . . a boy and his cat arriving just at the right time to lure the plague away . . .

Then they reach Bad Blintz and Maurice is faced by a strange absence of normal rats and rat-catchers waiving bootlaces and claiming that the town is overrun with rodents. Can Maurice save the rats and escape with some of his nine lives intact?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

          It begins as just another normal day for Arthur Dent and then everything goes wrong.

A demolition team arrives with the news that his house lies along the route of the new bypass, which is more than a little annoying, but then a large fleet of interstellar aircraft arrive to relay the exact same news to the rest of the planet. Oh, the irony!

Follow Arthur on his bizarre adventures through the universe armed only with his trusty towel and the most invaluable book ever written: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Discover the ‘wonders’ of Vogon poetry, the strange but massively useful Babel fish, an android with a brain the size of a planet and the reason why mice always look so smug.

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