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17. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams REVIEW

I was in the mood for a fun easy read, and I’ve always heard great things about this book. Did I like this book? Let’s find out!

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PG (Some space violence) : 159 pages

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.

The Good :

  • Okay, let’s start with something you have already heard about this book. Its HILARIOUS! I have never laughed so hard while reading a book. Seriously, the humor alone is a huge reason to pick up this book.
  • This is a classic space adventure, done well. There are lasers, spaceships, and aliens. What more can you ask for?
  • I liked all the characters. They were all pretty unique and so funny. Even those written to be slightly annoying are likable.
  • There are so many unique ideas, in this book. Most are for jokes, but the majority of this book has some sort of element that I have never read in another book before.

The Bad:

  • I felt like the characters got out of sticky situations too easily. Most of the time, it was because it was setting up a joke, but I would still like to see my protagonists using their skills.
  • The ending of this book was weak. I understand that this is a series, and it’s setting up for the next book, but regardless I expect it to have a solid ending. As you may know, a bad ending to a book is one of my reading pet peeves.

I really enjoyed reading this, it made me laugh out loud like twenty times. If you like science fiction, or to laugh, check this book out!

  • Characters – 3/5 (They were pretty average.)
  • Plot               – 3/5 (Basic end of the world/space adventure story. Nothing special.)
  • Writing        – 4/5 (Super funny!)
  • Uniqueness- 4/5 (Too many unique things to count!)

Overall I give the 3.5 Towels out of 5!

 

Have you read this book? What did you think about it? I would love to know!

 

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5 thoughts on “17. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams REVIEW

  1. I read this book years ago, but I think I remember giving it a rating similar to yours. It was funny and entertaining, but it didn’t blow my mind or anything. My favorite part was robot (I think his name is Martin?). Great review!

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  2. I absolutely loved this book when I first read it but it wasn’t all that original. Speaking in end of the world science fiction category. But its still a hilarious book to read!!!

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