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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

So! A well-known book and a quick read in compared to some of my other books recently, and to be honest I don’t know why it took me so long to pick the book up in the first place.

One Thusday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpetedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only jut had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cipe with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the galaxy is a very strange and startling place.

(Blurb found on the back of my family’s all-books-in-one edition)

Having watched pieces of this movie many times when it’s been on television, I knew most of the plot. For any of you who have watched the movie only, the book follows a very similar course of action with a few more interesting things happening like the very sneezy religious group. Fortunately, I am okay with that happening because Douglas Adams co-wrote the movie so it is canon as well even if it contradicts the book’s events.

This book, to me, is like a giant sci-fi existential crisis that the author, characters and readers all go through at the same time, which is cool. I found this book quite funny at times, especially during the excerpts from the book (or perhaps more than a book) called The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which exists within this novel.

I am sure that this is sci-fi, but perhaps as it is not YA I found it very different to all the high-action, high-stakes books that I have read recently from the same genre.

There are still questions I have which I am keen to explore (and hopefully get answered) as I read the next three books.

This concludes my quick review so I only have a few words left to say: so long, and thanks for all the fish.

3 comments

inky State Library Victoria

Loved the TV series and the books!

28th Jan, 20
silene

Great review! Still can't pick up this book after it being on my TBR for more than a year...

4th Feb, 20
sekhmet

It was the same for me!

4th Feb, 20