I gave this book five stars. Just kidding! Check this out! If you take Spaceballs, Monsters versus Aliens, Player Piano, and Catch 22, throw them into a blender and purée, you might just end up with this book. This wacky look at intergalactic space travel, zany situations, and preposterous characters permeates the ephemeral, volatile fabric of this convoluted, sometimes witty, often disjointed fabrication. Still its mostly harmless. Like the guy who fell asleep in class and was prodded by his neighbor with the answer to the teachers question about transendentalism; who jumped up and yelled 42; youll discover the answer to life, the universe and everything.
The improbability that someone would write this book is two to the power twenty-five thousand to one against and falling.
The improbability that someone would publish it is two to the power fifty thousand to one against and falling.
The improbability that someone would buy it is two to the power seventy-five thousand to one against and falling.
The improbability that someone would actually read it is two to the power one hundred thousand to one against and falling.
The improbability that a reviewer would place it on a must read list is two to the power of infinity minus one to one against and falling.
I thought that this book was amusing, but even though Ive read that others compare it to Terry Pratchetts humor, I cant say that it was as enjoyable. It definitely has the dry humor that is fun, but its not on my greatest list of reads. However, it is interesting enough for me to continue reading the series because I did like the movie. I guess I was just expecting the book to be a lot better than the film was.
I did not appreciate this book the first time I read it over 20 years ago. I am gald that I re-read it. The story is wonderfully written and it shows how much insight Douglas Adams had. I am thinking of starting the second book in this series very soon.
Seconds before 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 Hitcher's Guide to the Galaxy". Together, they journey through space with a galaxyful of colorful companions.
Don't go anywhere without the guide! The first book in the outer space adventures of English everyman Arthur Dent. Includes A 92-page afterword on the making of the movie with a essay by the screenwriter and interviews with the actors who brought Douglas Adams' quirky characters to life.
I'm sure glad that this is not the only genre there is to read otherwise, I would have to give up reading. I think I just don't get it! Glad I listened to the audio because if I had to read it I would never get through it. Enough said, I'm moving on!
If you have ever thought, "I want to read something totally different from anything I have ever read before, this book is for you." It's weird, quirky, and off-the-wall, but you won't be able to put it down.
Okay, I was pretty much underwhelmed by this. This is another book on the 1001 books you must read before you die list that I didn't feel deserved much praise although others think very highly of this book. Maybe I need to read the rest of the series by Adams but based on this one, I think I'll pass. Well, the book did have some pretty interesting tongue-in-cheek humor and it satirized pretty much everything from politics to bad poetry to pulp science fiction. But overall, I didn't really get the fascination with this book about Earth being destroyed and one earthling, Arthur Dent, being saved by his extra-terrestrial friend, Ford Perfect with the two of them being thrown through the universe as hitchhikers on a couple of intergalactic space ships. Ford's job was to gather information for a new edition of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe which is an electronic travel book giving information on everything in the universe. We do learn how and where planets are made and also find out that man is only the third most intelligent being on Earth after dolphins and a surprising other life form...
Anyway, I doubt if I will be reading others in this series. It was just a little too far out there for my taste.
Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You'll never read funnier science fiction; Adams is a master of intelligent satire, barbed wit, and comedic dialogue. The Hitchhiker's Guide is rich in comedic detail and thought-provoking situations and stands up to multiple reads. Required reading for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and British sitcoms.
Don't panic! Here are words of praise for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!
"It's science fiction and it's extremely funny...inspired lunacy that leaves hardly a science fiction cliche alive."
"The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes, and his travels afford a wild satire of present institutions."
"Very simply, the book is one of the funniest SF spoofs ever written, with hyperbolic ideas folding in on themselves."
School Library Journal
"As parody, it's marvelous: It contains just about every science fiction cliche you can think of. As humor, it's, well, hysterical."