“This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much all 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.”
I am sure some people will be shocked that I gave this only four stars! I really enjoyed this, but my second time reading it I just didn’t have the love for it that I did the first time. I reread this immediately after my audio reread of Good Omens (which I still need to review) which may have something to do with it. There are some brilliant bits, of course, and it still made me laugh, but I was not as captured by the characters and crazy happenings as I was the first time. Definitely still worth reading, if you have not read it yet.
“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”