Books are said to develop us mentally and spiritually, to provide us with knowledge and enable us of independent thinking. However, I sometimes want just to read, without all this personal development and other philosophical stuff. Yet, it appears that in the world where everybody has something clever to say t is difficult to find just an adventure story with interesting twisted plot which will make you “swallow” the book. Having dived into the depth of my memory I have extracted several adventure stories which I recommend you to read.
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” was written by a famous American writer Douglas Adams and presents the first books in his series. The story describes the adventures of Arthur Dent, the Earthman, and Ford Prefect, the alien. The heroes travel across the galaxy on different spaceships which give them a lift. The book is full of absurd situations and you may either try finding sense in this entire circus or just relax and follow the adventures of two friends, who try to save the Earth, by the way. The canons of narrations are turned upside down. In traditional fiction the heroes search for some Great Answer to all their questions, while in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide” the Answer is already given by a supremely clever race and it sounds like “42”, so the heroes should search for the question to this answer instead. This book is a whirlwind of weird characters, ridiculousness and funny moments, so what can be better for easy reading? To add more intrigue, you will find out that the Earth was created by mice for the purpose of scientific experiment.
I think that if to speak about adventure stories it hardly can be found anything better than space travels, except, may be the mixture of mystics and dark secrets which will be revealed only in the end of the story. If you want to live for several days in the world where the words have magical power and get a bit scared at the same time, your choice is “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield. The main characters of the story, Vida Winter and Margaret Lea have to face their past and deal with dark secrets which prevent them from calm life. It is like travel back in time, deep into the essence of the human nature and memory. If you are not afraid of some scaring revelations you can join two women in their neo-gothic adventures.
If you are more of a fantasy stories fan, you are bound to read the series written by Philip Pullman which is called “His Dark Materials” and comprises the books “Northern Lights”, “The Subtle Knife” and “The Amber Spyglass”. These stories provide you with all necessary elements of fantasy adventures – new unknown reality, strange creatures which present the physical image of your soul, witches and polar bears. However, you should not be afraid that the narration is too childish -the style is very refined and the issues concerned are really very serious ones.