BOOK REVIEW: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – by Douglas Adams

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Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
(Hitchhiker’s Guide To THe Galaxy Series #1)
Author: Douglas Adams
Genre: Science Fiction, Humor, Fantasy
First published: 1979
Finished reading: March 1st 2015
Pages: 216
Rating 3

“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.”

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I know a lot of people seem to love The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, but I have to be honest and I cannot say the same. It’s not that I hated it either; I just wasn’t able to connect to the story or characters. And although I admit there are some funny parts, I didn’t catch myself laughing out loud like others did. I normally do like dry and sarcastic humor, so it is truly a mystery why I didn’t seem to enjoy this classic by Douglas Adams… Still, since I own the whole Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series I will probably read The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe and the rest of the sequels at some point in the future. I might see the movie first though to see if it helps improving my enjoyment of this series… Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood when I read this one, who knows?

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The Earth is about to be destroyed to make way for a galactic freeway, but Arthur Dent doesn’t know anything about it. His friend Ford Prefect saves him from this terrible fate. Ford is a researcher for the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and has been stuck on the planet Earth for the last fifteen years… But luckily they were able to hitch a ride just before the Earth ceased to exist. Unfortunately for them it was about the worst ship to pick for your own rescue mission, as the captain hates hitchhikers and is truly unpleasant in general. They soon start a journey through space where they meet a lot of improbable travelers, and Arthur slowly learns more about the galaxy with the help of the Hitchhiker’s Guide. Ford’s friend Zaphod Beeblebrox, the current president of the galaxy, has stolen a very special ship and together with its crew he his looking for a very special planet most people think is a myth…

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Yes, the prose was pretty good. Yes, the characters as well as the plot were interesting. Still, I just couldn’t truly connect to either of them, and the humor didn’t have a great impact on me. It might just have been the wrong moment for me to read this classic, as a lot of people seem to love The Hitchhiker’s Guide Through The Galaxy… But I wasn’t convinced. I know I will give this series a chance in the future and I will probably watch the movie as well to see if I’m able to enjoy the story better after it. But for now this one won’t be making it to my list of favorite classics.

WWW Wednesdays #29 – March 4th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

thecoldwifeI’ve just started The Cold Wife by Ruth Ann Nordin yesterday, so I cannot say too much about the story yet. I didn’t realize this one is actually a sequel, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed it won’t be a problem. It’s supposed to be a historical fiction and romance novel, but I am afraid this one will end up being too much of a cheesy romance for me to handle… I guess I will find out soon enough when I have more free time to read.

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

nakedindeaththehitchhikersguidethroughgalaxyI’ve finished Naked In Death by J.D. Robb yesterday and I must say the plot is definitely interesting. It is a crime/mystery novel set in the future, and that makes it stand out from other novels in that genre. I liked the main characters Eve and Roarke, although I’m not a fan of the romance scenes… A full review will be posted later this week. I also finished The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams a few days ago, but unfortunately I didn’t like that one that much. I know a lot of people seem to love this classic, but I just couldn’t get into the story. Maybe a case of not-for-me?

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

gardensofthemoonirobotI’m going to keep repeating myself and keep Gardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson as my next read… Maybe I should just kick myself and finally read it, because this one has been on the top of my TBR pile for way too long now.  Although I might read I, Robot by Isaac Asimov first…