Saturday, 7 July 2012

Review // The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

Published - 18th December 2007
Published By - Ballantine Books
Format - Kindle
Goodreads Synopsis - Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years. Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!

LOVED this book! The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been on my to-read list for a long time now and recently I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the 'trilogy' of five for my kindle, thanks to a friend. Because i'd waited so long to actually read it, I was worried that my expectations would be too high, but there was no need.

From the first few pages, Adams had me laughing out loud and I immediately fell in love with Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect. The interaction between them was pure genius and it just got better as the book progressed.

Originally, I had planned to read these books physically  and not electronically, but after the description of the Hitchhiker's Guide, I felt more happier about it and it added to the experience in a way that would be hard to explain! The concept of this book and (with little spoilers) the events involving the mice and computers especially were brilliant. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fun read with fantastic characters and an absolute crazy plot!


Strange-buzz said...

I completely agree that reading the hitchhikers guide on an e-reader adds something to the reading.

robert eggleton said...

Great review!

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